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For over 100 years the valley has been a centre for recreation for people wanting to enjoy the countryside and to participate in outdoor activities. The network of footpaths and bridleways give peaceful ways to walk, mountain bike or horse ride along and across the valley.



Both the Mid-Shires Way and the Goyt Way long distance footpaths pass down the valley. Many circular routes can be made and a booklet is available at the Roman Lakes cafe with a variety of routes with maps to choose from. The booklet costs just £1.


Mountain Biking

The many bridleways along and crossing the valley are a great start to longer rides out into the Peak District. With free and safe parking at Roman Lakes and armed with the routes book available at the cafe, you can be sure of some fine riding and spectacular scenery.

Riding along the valley floor is suitable for families whilst still giving the feeling of adventure.


Horse Riding

The bridleways through the valley are suitable for making circular rides. If bringing horses by horse box parking is available at the roadside on Arkwright Road or at the car park at Roman Lakes where there is a hitching post and mounting block.



Roman Lakes is a day ticket angling water and a special favourite with carp anglers.



The North Lake is used for canoeing but only for organised groups with BCU qualified instruction. Enquire at Roman Lakes.

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