Peak District Boundary Walk

To celebrate our beautiful national park, we’ve devised a long distance (200-mile) walking route around its entire boundary.

  • Stretching from the moorland tops of the South Pennines to the gentle limestone scenery of the Derbyshire Dales, the route embraces the urban edges of Sheffield and Oldham, as well as Staffordshire’s rugged moorland and the undulating slopes of Cheshire.
  • Follow the route along existing footpaths, tracks, quiet lanes, former railway lines and a canal towpath
  • Enjoy some quiet and little known corners of the national park
  • Walk it in day stages or tackle it all in one go

Boundary Walk book

“The guidebook is excellent. A lot of the word descriptions were extremely useful.” James Hall, the first walker to complete the whole boundary walk.

Buy the Book

On this page

  • Download maps of each stage of the walk
  • Read about any recent amendments to the route
  • Find out about accommodation and public transport along the route
  • Read about other walkers’ experience of the walk, and the book
  • Order your FREE Peak District Boundary Walk passport
  • Check out all the stamping stations where you can get your passport stamped

News and updates

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Stages

Click on the links below to find the start / end grid references, and to download maps of the route.

Stage 1 – Buxton to Peak Forest

START: Buxton Town Hall (GR SK 058733)
FINISH: Peak Forest (GR SK 113793)

OS MAP: Explorer OL 24 The Peak District – White Peak Area
DISTANCE: 10.2 miles/16.4km
ASCENT: 983ft/300m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 2 – Peak Forest to Hayfield

START: Peak Forest (GR SK 113793)
FINISH: Hayfield (SK 036869)

OS MAPS: Explorer OL 1 Peak District – Dark Peak Area and OL 24 Peak District – White Peak Area
DISTANCE: 9.7 miles/15.6km
ASCENT: 1,326ft/404m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 3 – Hayfield to Glossop

START: Hayfield (GR SK 036869)
FINISH: Old Glossop (GR SK 041948)

OS MAP: Explorer OL 1 Peak District – Dark Peak Area
DISTANCE: 9 miles/14.5km
ASCENT: 1,850ft/563.8m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 4 – Glossop to Greenfield (Dovestone Reservoir)

START: Old Glossop (GR SK 041948)
FINISH: Greenfield (Dovestone Reservoir) (GR SE 013034)

OS MAP: Explorer OL 1 Peak District – Dark Peak Area
DISTANCE: 9.8 miles/15.8 km
ASCENT: 1,576ft/480m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 5 – Greenfield (Dovestone Reservoir) to Marsden

START: Greenfield (Dovestone Reservoir) (GR SE 013034)
FINISH: Marsden (GR SE 049116)

OS MAPS: Explorer OL 1 Peak District – Dark Peak Area and OL 21 South Pennines
DISTANCE: 10.6 miles/17km
ASCENT: 2,520ft/768.09m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 6 – Marsden to Holme

START: Marsden (GR SE 049116)
FINISH: Holme (GR SE 107058)

OS MAPS: Explorer OL 1 Peak District – Dark Peak Area and OL 21 South Pennines
DISTANCE: 8.5 miles/13.7km
ASCENT: 1523ft/464m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 7 – Holme to Langsett

START: Holme (GR SE 107058)
FINISH: Langsett (GR SE 211004)

OS MAP: Explorer OL 1 Peak District – Dark Peak Area
DISTANCE: 10.5 miles/16.9km
ASCENT: 852ft/260m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 8 – Langsett to Low Bradfield

START: Langsett (GR SE 211004)
FINISH: Low Bradfield (GR SK 263920)

OS MAP: Explorer OL 1 Peak District – Dark Peak Area
DISTANCE: 10.5 miles/16.9 km
ASCENT: 1,346ft/410m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 9 – Low Bradfield to Ringinglow

START: Low Bradfield (GR SK 263920)
FINISH: Ringinglow (GR SK 291837)

OS MAP: Explorer OL 1 Peak District – Dark Peak Area
DISTANCE: 9 miles/14.5 km
ASCENT: 1,508ft/460m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 10 – Ringinglow to Millthorpe

START: Ringinglow (GR SK 291837)
FINISH: Millthorpe (GR SK 317764)

OS MAPS: Explorer OL 1 Peak District – Dark Peak Area and OL 24 Peak District – White Peak Area
DISTANCE: 9.3 miles/15km
ASCENT: 964ft/294m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 11 – Millthorpe to Beeley

START: Millthorpe (GR SK 317764)
FINISH: Beeley (GR SK 264674)

OS MAP: OL 24 Peak District – White Peak Area
DISTANCE: 10.6 miles/17km
ASCENT: 1,121ft/342m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 12 – Beeley to Winster

START: Beeley (GR SK 264674)
FINISH: Winster (GR SK 242606)

OS MAP: OL 24 Peak District – White Peak Area
DISTANCE: 6.5 miles/10.4 km
ASCENT: 1,198ft/365m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 13 – Winster to Roystone Grange

START: Winster (GR SK 242606)
FINISH: Roystone Grange (GR SK 200566)

OS MAP: OL 24 Peak District – White Peak Area
DISTANCE: 10 miles/16km
ASCENT: 1,083ft/330m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 14 – Roystone Grange to Thorpe

START: Roystone Grange (GR SK 200566)
FINISH: Thorpe (GR SK 155505)

OS MAP: OL 24 Peak District – White Peak Area
DISTANCE: 7.7 miles/12.4km
ASCENT: 567ft/173m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 15 – Thorpe to Waterfall

START: Thorpe (GR SK 155505)
FINISH: Waterfall (GR SK 080515)

OS MAP: OL 24 Peak District – White Peak Area
DISTANCE: 8 miles/12.9km
ASCENT: 1,086ft/331m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 16 – Waterfall to Tittesworth Reservoir

START: Waterfall (GR SK 080515)
FINISH: Tittesworth Reservoir (GR SJ 993601)

OS MAP: OL 24 Peak District – White Peak Area
DISTANCE: 11.3 miles/18.1 km
ASCENT: 1,330ft /440m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 17 – Tittesworth Reservoir to Wildboarclough

START: Tittesworth Reservoir (GR SJ 993601)
FINISH: Wildboarclough (GR SJ 982685)

OS MAP: OL 24 Peak District – White Peak Area
DISTANCE: 10.1 miles/16.2km
ASCENT: 1,174ft/358m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 18 – Wildboarclough to Bollington

START: Wildboarclough (GR SJ 982685)
FINISH: Bollington (GR SJ 937778)

OS MAP: OL 24 Peak District – White Peak Area
DISTANCE: 8.5 miles/13.7km
ASCENT: 1,532ft/467m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Stage 19 – Bollington to Whaley Bridge

START: Bollington
FINISH: Whaley Bridge

OS MAP: OL 1 Peak District – Dark Peak Area and OL 24 Peak District – White Peak Area
DISTANCE: 9.5 miles/15.3km
ASCENT: 1,363ft/415m

MAP: Click here to download map

Stage 20 – Whaley Bridge to Buxton

START: Whaley Bridge
FINISH: Buxton

OS MAP: OL 24 Peak District – White Peak Area and OL1 Peak District – Dark Peak Area
DISTANCE: 9.2 miles/14.8km
ASCENT: 1,700ft/518.16m

MAP: Click here to download map

OS © Crown copyright [2016] GV-201101

Information

Comments

Here are some splendid compliments from satisfied walkers:

  • ‘A very big thank you to you all for working together to provide what seemed to be a totally flawless event… a very memorable and enjoyable day.’ Tina
  • ‘A very enjoyable walk – I am looking forward to doing further sections!’ Tony
  • ‘Thank you for organising such an enjoyable event today to open the new boundary walk, my family and I very much enjoyed it……We enjoyed the music and stalls and I enjoyed the walk and fantastic views very much!’ Sue
  • ‘…thoroughly enjoyed myself, and if the rest of the boundary walk is only half as good as the bit we walked, it will be awesome.’ Steve
  • ‘I thought I would write, to congratulate the organisers of the Peak District Boundary Walk. Having completed 14 of the 20 stages, I can only say what a fabulous walk, taking me to parts of the Peak District not ventured to before. Only 58 miles to go!!’ Chris
  • ‘…has introduced me to an area of the hills which I don’t know at all which is one of the purposes of the trail…’ Gill
  • ‘A good walk and a great celebration of the Peak District’ Nicky
  • ‘We found the instructions and waymarking excellent and the scenery outstanding’ Stuart

History

  • We were shortlisted for the TGO Readers’ Book of the Year Award 2017.
  • Members of the Castle Mountaineering Club walked each stage of the Boundary Walk between July and their Anniversary Celebration weekend in October. You can see their record of achievement on their website.
  • Less than four weeks after the launch, on Thursday 13th July, James Hall was the first man to complete all 192 miles. Congratulations James!!
  • On Saturday 17th June 2017 the Peak District Boundary Walk was launched on Buxton Market place by Emma Bridgewater
  • The Boundary Walk featured in the June editions of Country Walking and The Great Outdoors magazines.

If you would like to know more about the walk – how it came about, where it goes and why it’s important to us – we offer a talk to groups, by Julie Gough, the Friends’ marketing and fundraising co-ordinator… and originator of the boundary walk. Please email Julie to arrange a talk.

Stamping Stations

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We’re very proud that Marston’s Brewery have sponsored our Stamping Stations, so you can pick up your official boundary walk passport and get it stamped at 19 Marston’s pubs around the boundary and many other lovely venues – cafes, pubs, hotels, bookshops and outdoor shops.

Pick up your FREE official boundary walk passport and get it stamped at any of the Marston’s pubs and other venues in the table below.

Once you’ve completed all 20 stages, send us your passport (or email us a photo of it) and we’ll send you a completion certificate!

Stage Venue Location Telephone
1 Kings Head Buxton – SK17 6EJ 01298 27719
1 Jo Royle Outdoor Buxton – SK17 6EB 01298 25824
1 The Old Sun Inn Buxton – SK17 6HA 01433 51480
1 The Nineteenth Hole Buxton – SK17 7EN 07545 011733
2 Fickle Mermaid Chapel En Le Frith – SK23 0RB 01298 812346
3 George Hotel Hayfield – SK22 2JE 01663 743691
4 The Bulls Head Old Glossop – SK13 7RN 01457 866957
4 Prince of Wales Glossop – SK13 8PX 01457 237432
5 The Swan Inn Dobcross – OL3 5AA 01457 873451
5 Kingfisher Saddleworth – OL3 7AE 01457 872295
6 The Riverhead Brewery Tap Marsden – HD7 6BR 01484 841270
6 Railway Marsden – HD7 6DH 01484 841541
7 The Fleece Inn Holme – HD9 2QG 01484 683449
8 Bank View Café Langsett – S36 4GY 01226 762337
9 Flask End Café Low Bradfield – S6 6LA 0114 285 1235
10 Norfolk Arms Hotel Ringinglow – S11 7TS 0114 230 2197
11 Millthorpe Nursery Millthorpe – S18 7SA 0114 289 0334
11 Royal Oak Millthorpe – S18 7WJ 0114 289 9032
11 Robin Hood Inn Baslow – DE45 1PQ 01246 583186
11 Wheatsheaf Baslow – DE45 1SR 01246 582240
12 The Old Smithy Beeley – DE4 2NR 01629 258927
12 Grouse & Claret Rowsley – DE4 2EB 01629 733233
13 Winster Village Shop Winster – DE4 2DJ 01629 650683
13 Ye Olde Gate Inn Brassington – DE4 4HJ 01629 540448
14 The Bridge Ashbourne – DE6 1GF 0133 5418234
14 Smith’s Tavern Ashbourne – DE6 1GH 01335 300809
14 Stepping Stones Ashbourne – DE6 1AY 01335 300800
15 Pipes in the Peaks Thorpe – DE6 2AT 01335 350 258 or 0777 800 5729
16 The Red Lion Inn Waterfall – ST10 3HZ 01538 308279
17 Tittesworth Water Visitor Centre Meerebrook – ST13 8SW 01538 300188
18 The Crag Inn Wildboarclough – SK11 0BD 01260 227239
19 The Spinners Arms Bollington – SK10 5PW 01625 546677
20 The Goyt Inn Whaley Bridge – SK23 7LR 01663 732710
20 Shady Oak Whaley Bridge – SK23 7HD 01663 733658
20 Shepherds Arms Whaley Bridge – SK23 7HR 01663 732384