Peak District Boundary Walk

To celebrate our beautiful national park, we’ve devised a 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

13 sept 2021NEWSFLASH – revised guidebook now available – we have done our best to incorporate 4.5 yrs of comments and route changes in to the revised guidebook which you can now buy direct here 

Please note – we are in the process of updating the digital maps and the roundels on the signposts on the route to reflect the minor route changes in the revised book – please note that until the process is complete there will be minor differences)

1 July 2021 – Please note 
Unfortunately, due to a lack of sponsors and reduced resources in the charity, we have stopped the stamping stations and passports for the PDBW.  We also no longer have the resources to provide certificates for finishers. We thank you for your understanding, and we really hope you will continue to support the walk, the Peak District, and our charity.

Video produced with support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund through the South West Peak Landscape Partnership.

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Before you walk…

Download here the latest news and updates about route diversions and changes.

Reporting problems with the condition of the footpaths

CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire is not responsible for maintaining the footpaths on the Boundary Walk.  If you notice a problem with a surface or condition of a footpath, please report it to Peak and Northern Footpaths Society via their fault reporting form here: PNFS: Report a problem to us (peakandnorthern.org.uk).  Alternatively, you may contact their inspection team with any problems via the following email address inspection@pnfs.org.uk.

Route maps and directions below…

With special thanks to all our photographers: Tony Allsop, Bill Bennett, Kate Beresford, Mark Chadwick, Deborah Fox, Laurence Hallet, Chris Heard and Paul Maguire.

Boundary walk stages

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Stage 1: Buxton to Peak Forest

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Stage 2: Peak Forest to Hayfield

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Stage 3: Hayfield to Old Glossop

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Stage 4: Old Glossop to Greenfield

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Stage 5: Greenfield to Marsden

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Stage 6: Marsden to Holme

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Stage 7: Holme to Langsett

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Stage 8: Langsett to Low Bradfield

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Stage 9: Low Bradfield to Ringinglow

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Stage 10: Ringinglow to Millthorpe

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Stage 11: Millthorpe to Beeley

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Stage 12: Beeley to Winster

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Stage 13: Winster to Roystone Grange

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Stage 14: Roystone Grange to Thorpe

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Stage 15: Thorpe to Waterfall

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Stage 16: Waterfall to Tittesworth Reservoir

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Stage 17: Tittesworth Reservoir to Wildboarclough

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Stage 18: Wildboarclough to Bollington

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Stage 19: Bollington to Whaley Bridge

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Stage 20: Whaley Bridge to Buxton

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Quernmore landscape