Exploring Stone in History
A series of nine circular walks, all along designated public rights of way, have been designed to cover various mining and quarrying industries in the south eastern part of the Peak District. Walks vary in length from 3.5 to 6 miles (1.5 - 4 hours). The area is extremely hilly and many routes involve significant sections of climb and descent. They range from the high level plateau of Stanton Moor to Whatstandwell deep in the Derwent Valley to the south.
The 'Exploring Stone in History' trail guide, covering the nine circular walks, is available for a small charge from our Discovery Centre.
New: Detailed directions, a map, and points of interest are now included in a PDF file for each of the circular walks listed below.
Walk 1: Middleton Moor
Walk 2: Bonsall - Masson - Ball Eye
Walk 3: Whatstandwell/Crich
Walk 4: Bonsall Moor
Walk 5: Whatstandwell/Alderwasley 'Coalfield'/Derwent Valley
Walk 6: Middleton by Wirksworth/Cromford
Walk 7: The Wirksworth Quarries
Walk 8: Stanton Moor
Walk 9: Cuckoostone Dale/Matlock Moors
Based upon mapping by the British Geological Survey (IPR/82-16C)
The Local heritage initiative is a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Nationwide Building Society and the Countryside Agency