Derbyshire is a great place for country walks, let's start with a few possibilities from railway stations for those visiting without a car.

From Derby there is a rail line north to Matlock. About 30 minutes up the line is Cromford, where there is a canal (nice level walking). You can also reach this by bus on the Derby to Matlock service or there is a car park. A mile south on the canal is a steam pumping station which can be seen working from time to time. If you want a climb, and it’s a steep one, you can head off up the High Peak trail to Black Rocks. Or you can continue 2 level miles further to Whatstandwell where there is a pub and another rail station so you don‘t have to walk back. An alternative would be to walk between Whatstandwell and Ambergate. This is the part of Derbyshire where the cotton spinning industry developed.

On the Manchester to Sheffield line there are several good places for walks in the Hope Valley - Edale, where the Pennine Way starts, Hope, Bamford, Hathersage, and finally Grindleford. Most of these have pubs and flat walking around and the stations are mostly about 2 miles apart. From Grindleford you can take a steep walk about a mile and a half up to Froggat Edge and get a view right along the valley.

Nearer to Manchester on the Buxton line you can take the train to Disley and walk to Lyme Hall, where some of the recent Pride and Prejudice footage was shot (in the BBC version). There used to be a shuttle bus from the entrance up to the house.

Then there are places where there used to be a railway line - you can walk from Ashbourne to Buxton passing through Parsley Hay, or from Parsley Hay over to Middleton then down to the canal near Cromford. The tracks have been taken away are replaced by a smooth surface, very peaceful but look out for cyclists who come up behind you and ride past. There are car parks all along the route and some cycle hire places too. Near the tracks are several places for lunch or tea like Hartington and Tissington.