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It's easy to explore the Derbyshire countryside on foot from the self-catering cottages at Stainsborough Hall.  We've direct access to the walk around Carsington Water and that's just the start.  

Carsington Water

Stainsborough Hall sits on the shores of Carsington Water and there is private access directly on the reservoir's circular route. Eight and a half miles around, the good paths offer easy and relatively level walking through fields and woodland alongside the reservoir. 

Length of Walk: 8.5 miles

Distance of starting point from Stainsborough Hall: 0 miles


Cromford Canal

This walk starts as a gentle canal-side stroll before climbing up to the High Peak trail and finishing with descent through woodland and fields to Cromford.

Length of Walk: 4 miles

Distance of starting point from Stainsborough Hall: 4 miles


Derwent Valley Heritage Way

The 55 mile Derwent Valley Heritage walk takes in contrasting landscapes along the Derwent Valley from Ladybower Reservoir, via Chatsworth and the Heritage mills before reaching the riverside path through Derby to Shardlow and finishing where the Derwent flows into the River Trent.  If this is too far, completing a portion of the path will provide an enjoyable day.

Length of Walk: 55 miles

Distance of Starting point from Stainsborough Hall: 25 miles



Dove Dale is possibly the most beautiful limestone dale in Britain. This stunning walk takes in steep limestone cliffs and spires, are woodlands species and the opportunity to explore many caves such as Reynard's Cave and the Dove holes.  

Length of Walk: 6 miles

Distance of Starting point from Stainsborough Hall: 12 miles


Lumsdale Valley

This walk takes you from Matlock to the beautiful wooded gorge of the Lumsdale Valley. Walking along the gorge takes in historical mill ruins, waterwheels, mill ponds and finishes at the beautiful Lumsdale Waterfalls.

Length of Walk: 2 miles

Distance of Starting point from Stainsborough Hall: 6 miles

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