5 Best Dog Walks in Derbyshire by Natalie Booth
Getting out into nature is one of the best forms of exercise, not only for you, but for your furry friends too.
There’s an old saying: “A tired dog is a happy dog”, and it couldn't be more true. Walking with your dog will help to keep you both healthy and strengthen your bond at the same time.
Here's a list of 5 of the best places to walk with your dogs. The list is tried, tested and approved by my trio of adventurous pups!
1. Robin Wood
Part of the National Forest, Robin Wood is a beautiful woodland area which offers a relaxing and leisurely walk in South Derbyshire. The wood is encompassed by a circular path, but you can also wander off into the trees if the mood takes you, (which it often does with my intrepid explorers!)
The walk offers picturesque views in all seasons; Spring is wonderful with a carpet of bluebells covering the woodland floor. There is no designated car park, but there is a small layby outside the entrance.
More Information on Robin Wood can be found here
2. Poppy Wood
Also situated in South Derbyshire and not far from Robin Wood, Poppy Wood is a popular place for dog walkers.
It's a completely enclosed, dedicated dog park; it even has its own little agility course! Poppy Wood is also part of the National Forest and has its own car park. We love this park for off lead fun with our dogs. It's also perfect if you want to stop for a drink or snack, with picnic benches dotted along the route.
Click here to find out more on Poppy Wood.
3. Padley Gorge
Padley Gorge is a deep, tranquil valley in the Peak District. Its wooded area offers one of the most enchanting walks in Derbyshire. The shallow Burbage Brook stream is perfect for your dog to dip their paws into; it runs throughout the valley and provides a wonderful sense of relaxation. Ancient trees form twisted shapes along the banks, creating a magical atmosphere. There are a few different paths through the valley, some classed as a moderate walk as it can be uneven under foot.
More information on the beautiful Padley Gorge can be found here.
4. Foremark Reservoir
Foremark is popular with day trippers and walkers alike; it’s also part of a nature reserve, so you can enjoy sailing, horse riding and fishing too. There are 4 different trails at the reservoir, each varying in length and for different abilities. The walks take you alongside the reservoir, through woodland and up to Carver's Rock. Theres also a cafe and toilet which is especially handy if you plan on taking the longest route.
Find more information on this walk here.
5. Chee Dale
Chee Dale can be found below the Monsal Trail in the Peak District. The starting point for the walk is at Millers Dale car park, which also has toilets and a cafe for refreshments. Beginning here, the walk follows the Monsal trail for a short period and then turns towards the River Wye.
This route is often winding and very uneven underfoot, with steep steps to navigate near to the river, so it's not advisable to visit after heavy rain. Stepping stones across the river can also be submerged entirely after wet weather, so it's important to plan ahead.
The walk is challenging but a lot of fun; if you have dogs that love to get their paws wet, they'll love paddling in the river in warmer months.
Follow this link for more information on the Chee Dale walk.
Hopefully some of the walks in this list are new to you, and that you enjoy exploring Derbyshire with your dogs in tow!