The Peacock at Rowsley

Nearby Walking Routes

Here are a few hand picked circular walks directly from the Peacock’s front door taking in some of the best Derbyshire countryside. They are proper walks which mostly avoid roads; are not too challenging and very beautiful. You can print maps to take with you from the menu icon on the top right of the route maps below – or if you are tech savvy download to a GPS device or smartphone. For instructions and further information click on the route name hyperlink below the maps which will take you to the “Plotaroute” website entry.

Stanton Moor

A 10k circular walk from the Peacock exploring Stanton Moor, with fabulous views in all directions. See the “Nine Ladies” stone circle and stop for an excellent pint at the Flying Childers in Stanton village.


Manners Wood

This route takes you from the front door of the Peacock through Rowsley village to the top of Coombs Valley with fabulous views towards Bakewell to the north and Matlock to the south. Then up through Manners Wood which is especially beautiful when the bluebells are out in late April. It takes you through Calton Pastures on Chatsworth land; past the ornate Russian Cottage (inspired by a gift of a model of a Russian farm to the 6th Duke of Devonshire in 1855 from the brother of Tsar Nicholas of Russia); through Calton Lees village and back along the Derwent river valley to Rowsley and the Peacock. This route is entirely off road and can be extended to include Chatsworth House.

Peacock to Haddon Hall and Return

This is the very pretty off road route, entirely on the Haddon Estate, from the Peacock to Haddon Hall and return – which takes you to the top of Coombs Valley, past Bowling Green farm then down to the river Wye and on to Haddon Hall. Peacock guests get a 50% discount on admission tickets to the hall and there is an excellent restaurant for lunch. Then back out the gates, turn right and dip back down onto the footpath which takes you down the river, past Elliottholme Lodge then up Coombs Valley and back to the Peacock.

Lathkill Dale from Monyash to Rowsley

This is a fabulous route that follows the entire course of the Lathkill river and back to the Peacock. This is a bit of an expedition, 13 km long but worth it. Take a taxi from the Peacock and ask them to drop you at the head of Lathkill Dale at Monyash. Follow the dale down looking out for orchids in the summer and in winter the cave where the spring gushes water and is the source of the river. Through the gorge and past old lead mine ruins to Over Haddon which has an excellent pub, The Lathkil which prides itself on its real ale. Then through picturesque Alport up to Stanton in Peak and back to the Peacock.

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