Wirksworth Shottle loop (Walking - Hiking) Route Details

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This round walk is around 9 miles. We walked it on a sunshine and clouds day in May. There is some up hill which is well worth it for the stunning views. We saw lots of bluebells and wild flowers emerging in the hedgerows. Boogie had fun negotiating some of the stiles!


Quite lanes and fields. The conditions were good when we did this walk.

Detailed description

A peaceful walk along one side of the hill from Wirksworth to Shottle and back.

This is a great walk if you want to avoid the crowds and usual tourist hot spots.  Perfect for a bank holiday Monday when you may not want to go into the Peak District.  Take a picnic and enjoy the countryside.

Head up Gorsey bank, up towards Aplort Heights, then over the fields for a quick far away view of Belper before turning and heading towards Shottle. A lovely mix of lanes, fields, a bit of woodland and streams.  Returning to Wirksworth, making a good round walk.


The choice of footpaths around Wirksworth is fantastic, from limestone, rocky walks to quiet lanes and fields surrounded by hedgrows.

We know some of this walk already but still managed to find some new routes and enjoy some different views.

As the bluebells were out and other flowers emerging we enjoyed taking photos not only of the views but also the flowers.

We had a picnic part way round which was perfect.

This is a great walk if you want to avoid the crowds, we saw just one other couple out walking and a farmer.

Exploring different routes is always fun, seeing a view from a different angle, we even found a little dell with a stream which was a nice surprise.



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