The Peak District is one of the most popular walking areas in England. A network of paths and bridleways provide countless opportunities to explore the wild hills and moors. From bog trotting Kinder Scout in the Dark Peak to the stunning Roaches in the White Peak, this really is a hill walkers paradise!
Best Walks in the Peak District
- Kinder Scout Walk from Edale: You’ll need your bog trotting skills as you take on this popular 10 mile circular walk starting from Edale and incorporating the Pennine Way, Kinder Scout and notorious Kinder peat bogs! Sweeping views of the Edale valley and Great Ridge provide endless photo opportunities on this half day adventure in the heart of the Peak District.
- Stanage Edge Short Walk: There’s no messing about on this walk, a short approach leads directly up to Stanage Edge allowing you maximum time to explore this epic 3 mile long gritstone escarpment. Wander along the edge, bimble amongst the boulders and take in the magnificent views of this climbing mecca and wonder of the Peak District.
- The Great Ridge and Winnats Pass Walk: You’d be forgiven for taking endless photos on this 8 mile circular walk which includes a traverse of the iconic Great Ridge. After walking from Mam Tor to Lose Hill, you’ll descend into the pretty village of Hope before walking over fields to the busy village of Castleton. An ascent of the majestic Winnats Pass will get your heart racing before a final uphill push back to the start. This classic Peak District walk has everything!
- Mam Tor Circular Walk: Tick off all the must see landmarks in and around the village of Castleton, situated in the Hope Valley. This 6 mile circular walk starts in Castleton, following a public footpath through farmland to eventually reach the summit of the looming Mam Tor via the eerie broken road. From the summit its all downhill via farm tracks and open fields, finally descending to the village through the Cave Dale limestone valley.
- Kinder Scout from Hayfield: Traverse the Kinder Scout horseshoe via Snake Path and the Pennine Way, paying homage to the site of the famous 1932 mass trespass on this 9 mile circular walk starting from the High Peak village of Hayfield. Highlights include Snake Path, Kinder Reservoir, William Clough, Kinder Scout plateau, Kinder Downfall and Hayfield village. Parking, pubs and cafes in the village.
- The Roaches Circular Walk: This tough 9 mile circular walk in the White Peak area of the Peak District covers a variety of terrain and includes ascents of Hen Cloud, Ramshaw Rocks and the Roaches. With elevated and far reaching views aplenty and a deviation via the impressive deep chasm of Lud’s Church this walk is super enjoyable!
- Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill Circular Walk: This popular and highly rewarding circular walk has everything packed into less than 5 miles – epic views, summit ridges, a little scrambling and some leisurely rambling. I’m struggling to think of a more enjoyable short walk in the Peak District!
- Edale Valley Epic Walk: This tough 14 mile loop traverses the popular Great Ridge from Mam Tor to Lose Hill before heading up Win Hill and around to the wild side of the Edale Valley for a truly epic day in the Dark Peak!
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