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You’ve officially joined life in the beautifully slow lane. No need to jump back into your car just click the links for amazing local walks directly from your cottage and you’ll clock up your 10,000 steps in no time.

Remember to take care when crossing fields – some of the cows can be very inquisitive, particularly if you have a dog with you.

Walk 1 – Low(ish) Road to Earl Sterndale – 1.25 hours

No stiles on this walk. Can be very, very muddy as you go through Underhill. The steep climb after Under t’hill can also be quite slippery.

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Walk – 2 High Wheeldon – 30-40 minutes

No stiles on this walk but it is steep and can be slippery. Fun for children as it’s short and you can look for fossils halfway up around the old limestone kiln. There’s a fantastic view at the top.

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Walk 3 – Longnor – 1.75 hours

No stiles on this walk. If you want to avoid walking on the road between Crowdecote and Longnor, you could walk to Longnor via Beggar’s Bridge and then retrace your steps on the way home. Longnor is on the 442 bus route, so it’s possible just to walk one way.

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Walk 4 – High Peak Trail & Royal Oak – 1.25 hours

No stiles on this walk if you go all the way to the Royal Oak; if you do the shorter version, there’s some stone steps and a bit of scramble up the embankment to get onto the trail.

A good part of this walk is on the High Peak Trail and a wide gravel park, where dogs (under control) can be let off the lead. Buggy friendliest of our walks if you do the full version.

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Walk 5 – High Road to Earl Sterndale – 1.25 hours

There’s a low stone stile and a wooden stile on this walk. The path above the quarry can be full of nettles and thistles in the summer, so best not to wear shorts. The views down are spectacular.

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Walk 6 – Crowdecote Circular – 1.5 hours

There are a couple of stiles towards the end of this walk. There’s a short, steep section on the narrow road as you leave Crowdecote, so take extra care.

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Walk 7 – Parkhouse & Chrome Hills – 2.5 hours

Almost stile-free – just one near the end. Can be very muddy as you go through Underhill. You can easily add another two to this walk by climbing both of the hills – not recommended if you suffer from vertigo.

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Walk 8 – 45-minute circuit

Just the one low stone stile – which we’re hoping will be replaced one of these days – then it’s gates all the way. The areas around the gates can get very muddy, as the cows seem to like congregating there.

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Walk 9 – High Needham Circuit – 1 hour

Be prepared for a couple of quite steep and awkward stiles.

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