Good runs in the Peak District

Views over Peak District

From Park Runs to trails at the edge of the Peak District National Park

Training for the #VLM London Marathon 2018, meant lots of running and to stop myself getting bored, I explored new routes in the Peak District trying as far as possible to start off from Matlock, my home base. A now very familiar route, which I often started or ended a run with, is the new trail from Matlock to Rowsley along the route of the steam railway and you can even try running to beat the train, waving at the driver and passengers as the train goes past. The Cromford Canal was another one of my top routes and you can get there from Thornleigh by running through Matlock Bath, stopping to watch the motor bikes or grabbing a quick coffee on your way through. On my longest training runs, I ran all the way from Matlock to Bakewell, definitely cheaper than catching a bus there or I ran from Matlock to Chatsworth park. I am so lucky to have such great routes to choose from so close-by.

Running at Chatsworth

There are some more great running routes directly from Thornleigh House.

  • Try running up Bank Road and then Chesterfield Road which will really test your hill running skills or maybe as part of your own race training program? Head back into Matlock by taking a left off Chesterfield Road after the golf course, heading towards Beeley as a loop that can take you back into Matlock through Darley Dale.
  • Visit Lumsdale water falls by again running up Chesterfield Road, turning left at Highfields school which takes you back down the hill into Matlock Green.

Or a short drive away

  • Find the High Peak trail, and then join the trail route to Middleton top linking up to the Tissington Trail. If you time it right, why not stay at Thornleigh to run the annual Tissington half marathon? Relax those tired muscles and recuperate in Thornleigh’s on-site sauna and hot tub afterwards.
  • Carsington water – a good 8-mile circular route around the water with plenty of small gradients and spectacular views. There are toilets around the route, a visitor centre to have a drink and detours to watch the birdlife in the hides scattered around the route-one of my favourites. Try it early in the morning when it’s quieter and to watch the sunrise over the water.

Fancy a running tour with a Peak District guide?

Join the regular Saturday social run based in Matlock with the local Peak District Our Running Revolution or contact them for your own bespoke guided route—they come highly recommended.

There is also a great running shop in Matlock- Run Forest to visit. Always gets 5 * reviews from their customers from far and wide and with good reason. Have a coffee, read the local race blackboard and chat to the very friendly and helpful staff.

Why not become a park run tourist?

The locals are very welcoming and as the regular Saturday morning runs set out from Hassop café along the Bakewell section of the same trail. Or try the regular Whitworth park 5K thread.

Running in Hall Leys Park, Matlock

Bring your running buddies as Thornleigh House would be a great base for a group of running friends to stay

8 Reasons to tempt you

  1. Firstly, the hot tub and sauna onsite must be the biggest attraction for running buddies staying at Thornleigh- whose going to get in first?
  2. Great running routes either within a short drive or directly from the house
  3. Real ale houses, wine and cocktail bars, restaurants are all 5 minutes’ walk away so not too many more steps to go after a long run
  4. Plenty of half marathons, full marathons, 5k or 10 k throughout the year to enter in the Peak District with a great base to go back to debrief with those running buddies over a glass of wine or beer in our sociable living space.
  5. One of the best running shops in the area is in Matlock- Run Forest and with a blackboard filled with local runs. Have coffee, cake and running chats in their friendly shop stocked with the very best running gear.
  6. Try a guided running tour with Our Running Revolution
  7. Some of the most scenic Park Runs in the country to run alongside friendly Derbyshire locals.
  8. Share your running escapades On Thornleigh’s Facebook or twitter feed page with #RunThornleighRun
Peak District runs along river