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The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional rescource for all walkers, hykers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to guided walks and really audious walks.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

First Ascent UK Ltd

Lime Tree Rd, Matlock DE4 3EJ, UK – 01629 580484

Hard to find, no shop signs other than a B&W 12 x 9 board saying First Ascent. Is this actually a shop or a supplier?

Nice guys- found me an old spare part from the depths of their warehouse and sent it at no charge.

The Original Factory Shop

26 Firs Parade, Matlock DE4 3AS, UK – 01629 56083

Topped up with some different bird food for the feeder in the garden. Decent variety at good prices.

It's good, they always have different products arriving but they don't sell kids clothing or shoes. Would have given 5 stars if they did.

Matlock Bath Indoor Market

74 N Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NS, UK

Supporting local business. Love it. Particularly liked the card stall. Great cards for all occasions. Unusual and beautiful. Very nice.

Fabulous day out for all the family. A must place to go for motorbike fans. And don't forget The Chocolate Shop best hotels chocolate in Matlock.👍😉

Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Packhorse Farm

Foxholes Lane, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5LF, UK – 01629 580950

Stayed at the pack horse with the family 11year old and a 2year old we thoroughly enjoyed it very clean facilities freezer for your Ice packs and also wooden picnic benches provided which was good. The walks are beautiful bit out in the sticks but nice walks we would definitely return the only down side is their was no park for the children but definitely recommend this camp site. ☺

Excellent campsite. Everything you need is right here, owners very friendly and helpful, if you dont mind a walk you're within walking distance of plenty of local attractions, if not it is only a short car ride. Facilities are always spotless, prettt much faultless, myself and my family will be back, i am also recommending it to my other family members. Superb site. Up there with the best I've been to, and i have visited a LOT of campsites over the past 15 years.

The Duke William Matlock

91 Church St, Matlock DE4 3BZ, UK – 01629 583111

Had a great time here, again. 2nd visit camping. Lovely area. Left alone to do what we want. Top quality food, especially the Carvery. All seemed very fresh and lean meat. The staff bend over backwards to keep you happy, I wanted some background 80's music while eating. Out came Alexa to the rescue, I will be going back here again and would recommend to others. Pub has good choice of beers and a decent dart board for those who play. I do hope they get electric hookup sorted and give the place a lick a paint, i'd happily pay 2 maybe 3 times more. 2 things to note. its a hilly area so high heels not best footwear for the ladies. And be careful on way in, the driveway is a bit steep and you can see where other cars have been caught out. If your coming up the hill, It might be best to drive past the pub and turn around to get best line up especially if you've got a low/ heavy car. Thanks for a wonderful time again to the staff and hope to see you again, very soon. Mick n Neil and the 2 ladies from Doncaster. xxx

Me my Partner and Son enjoyed the music. Nice friendly staff. Very friendly to my Son that is only 4 months and 3 weeks old, so very family friendly.

Tansley Wood Scout Centre

off Old Coach Road, Tansley DE4 5FY, UK – 01629 584056

Brilliant small campsite - we come back time and time again

I simply love this little gem of a campsite. We camp here twice a year with our Cubs and we love the fact that it is tucked away yet easy to access. It is so close to lovely walks and has all the facilities you need for a Pack weekend away.

Dog People is such a great website if you have dogs who go on holiday with you. Just enter your location and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!
'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around East Lodge Hotel or Derbyshire just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy