The riverside Peak District village hidden in a valley perfect for day of walking

The Peak District is filled with fantastic spots which act as a great base for a day of walking in the lush Derbyshire countryside. Ancient market towns, old railway stations turned into cafes and villages sat in the shadow of derelict castles, the national park has ample opportunity for a good old-fashioned day of hiking.

There is one village which has everything you need for a full day in the Peaks – whilst also being positioned in one of the most beautiful valleys in the area. Calver is a pleasant stone-built village in the Derwent Valley and its surroundings combine some of the best of both White and Dark peak scenery.

Built around the pristine River Derwent, Calver is a village with a rich tapestry of industrial history. Looking over the Derwent is the imposing Calver Mill, a former cotton mill, later producing stainless steel, now converted to luxury apartments and it was even featured as Colditz Castle in the TV series about the prisoner of war camp.

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The north of the village also used to be the scene of lead mining activity. While the history of Calver is very interesting, what the village offers as a basecamp for a day’s walking is unrivalled.

There are a number of routes stemming from the village centre – ranging from trails for experienced walkers to those looking for a jolly stroll through the countryside. For any looking for a relaxing walk, there is a fantastic trail along the River Derwent. Starting near Calver Mill the route has you meander through some stunning woodland and fields.

Curbar Edge can accessed from the village of Calver
Curbar Edge can accessed from the village of Calver
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A more challenging day of hiking is making the trek up from the village centre to Curbar Edge. This gritstone moorland escarpment provides a panoramic view of Calver and neighbouring villages.

If you’re looking to extend your day of walking, Curbar Edge is just one of three locations which make up the Three Edge walking trail – the other spots being Froggatt Edge and White Edge, both equally as beautiful.

The abundance of walking trails isn’t the only part of Calver which makes it a walker’s paradise. Boasting three cracking pubs, the Bridge Inn, the Eyre Arms and the Derwentwater Arms, there is ample opportunity to wash down a good day’s hike with a crisp cold pint or perhaps a hearty Sunday roast dinner.

The Bridge Inn is a dog friendly pub on the bank of the River Derwent in Calver
The Bridge Inn is a dog friendly pub on the bank of the River Derwent in Calver
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The Derbyshire Gift Centre has lots of products to browse, ranging from homemade bath bombs to locally produced biscuits and fudge. Connected to the shop is also the Eating House, providing an alternate dining establishment in a quaint rustic setting.

Although the A623 runs through Calver, there is plenty to explore away from the main road. Meandering streets wind away from the busy road and allow you to properly digest the village. There is roadside parking near the Calver Mill, and customer parking at the Bridge Inn and Derbyshire Gift Centre

Calver is an hour’s drive from Derby, and less than 30 minutes from Chesterfield.


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