In South Darley, there is the extensive network of footpaths used by residents and ramblers alike. See overview map and also the Derbyshire County Council Rights of Way pages.

The ultimate authority for footpaths is the Rights of Way section of DCC but the parish council has a Minor Maintenance Agreement whereby it undertakes to keep the paths free of surface vegetation and carry out light strimming of sides of pathways along with waymarking. A footpath warden undertakes this work on behalf of the council. If you are aware of any issues with footpath in the parish, please contact us.

Two long-distance walks pass through the parish Derwent Valley Heritage Way and the Limestone Way.

The Derwent Valley Line has developed a range of short circular walks in the Derwent valley and walks linking two local railway stations.

The 172 bus service by Hulley’s can be used in the same way using local footpaths, by taking the bus between any two of the following destinations and walking back: Matlock, Darley Dale, Darley Bridge, Wensley, Winster, Elton, Birchover, Stanton in Peak, Haddon Hall and Bakewell.

The Derbyshire Dales Ramblers group organises walks of various lengths and difficulty on several days each week, often in areas local to South Darley.

See also the Derbyshire Dales Health Walks programme of led walks.

You might be interested to watch a video of a Darley Bridge, Wensley and Oker Hill walk by Patrick Leach, the Solitary Rambler.