Four beautiful Buxton walks to enjoy during festival season
Buxton’s stunning location in the middle of the Peak District makes it an ideal destination for ramblers. To celebrate National Walking Month, we’ve shared four favourite Buxton walks that can be enjoyed during festival season.
The Ring of Trees
This circular route is 10 miles (16km) long and passes through 200 acres of woodland owned by the Buxton Civic Association. Originally planted by the Chatsworth Estate to regenerate hillsides that had been scarred by by lime burning, the woods are now filled with wildlife.
The ‘core’ walk takes approximately 4.5 to 5 hours to complete but don’t let this put you off! The beauty of this circuit is that it can be accessed in short sections from anywhere in town. You can find a digital map here. If you’d prefer a physical copy, you can purchase a booklet at Pooles’s Cavern.
An offshoot of The Ring of Trees route, the steep climb to Solomon’s Temple is a popular Buxton walk. The folly was built in 1896 to replace an earlier construction commissioned by local landowner Solomon Mycock and sits on top of a Bronze Age barrow.
The views from the top are spectacular and you can see for 15 miles (24 km) on a good day. The best way to reach the peak is to follow one of the marked paths on this map from Poole’s Cavern and Allow 2.5 hours for a comfortable stroll from Buxton town centre.
Many festival-goers will be well acquainted with the charms of the Pavilion Gardens but how many have ventured across to the lesser-known Serpentine Walks?
Explore this hidden spot by crossing Burlington Road (just next to the Pavilion Gardens Car Park by the Octagon) and heading down the steps at the bridge. Much quieter than the main gardens, this compact corner has its own wild flower meadow and if you explore a little further, you can visit the Serpentine Community Farm on Wednesdays and Sundays. These vintage images shared by Explore Buxton capture the magic of this secret nook.
This is the most accessible of the walks and the round trip takes around 30 minutes from Buxton Town Centre.
A circular walk to the Goyt Valley
One for more serious hikers, this 8 mile (13 km) Buxton walk leads you over the moors to the picturesque Goyt Valley and back again via the old road. Passing via abandoned railway tracks, the tranquil Goyt Reservoir and atmospheric ruins of Errwood Hall, you can’t help but be transported to the past as you weave your way through the landscape.
The Goyt Valley website provides an excellent guide to this route.
Buxton International Festival Walks
Almost all of our festival walks have now sold out, but if you’d like a gentle guided stroll around Buxton we have limited spaces on John Wright’s foraging Walks. John, who often works with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of TV’s River Cottage fame, will be pointing out edible wild food in and around the town.
And for those who are in need of a rest after rambling, why not treat yourself to a couple of seats at Kate Humble’s talk about her new book Thinking on My Feet: The small joy of putting one foot ahead of the other – an ode to the life-changing magic of the simple act of walking.