Walking Guide

Walks in the Peak District

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Experience the great outdoors with some fantastic walks in the Peak District

What better way to explore your surroundings than on foot? Discover the best walking opportunities in The Peak District with our useful walking guide. Find the most picturesque routes and enjoy the best of the scenery The Peak District has to offer.

The Peak District National Park spans roughly 550 square miles and includes rolling hills, limestone dales, pretty stone villages and majestic country houses. Unsurprisingly, the area is immensely popular with hikers of all abilities.

Whether you are looking for rocky heights or picturesque riverside rambles, there are walks in the Peak District to suit you. Join the Pennine Way at Edale to reach the highest point in the area, Kinder Scout, measuring 636 metres. Climb the hillside to reach Kinder Downfall and take a moment to admire the panoramic views of the Kinder Reservoir from the top of the Dark Peaks, before continuing southwards to Noe Stool. For a less strenuous trail, take the 5-mile trail to Mam Tor, the famous Bronze Age hill, and admire the natural history of the area that is still visible today.

There are a wealth of dog walks in the Peak District that all the family can enjoy. Explore the beautiful limestone dales like Lathkill, full of wildlife, copious amounts of flora and fauna and its river is the perfect spot for dogs to cool off after a long walk. For views of the exceptional 16th century estate, Chatsworth House, follow the path beginning in the village of Beeley. Travel through woods and moorland, passing the Swiss Cottage and Emperor Lake, finally entering the Arcadian grounds of the estate, possibly spotting fallow deer on the riverbanks.

  • Chatsworth Estate

    There are a number of walks that pass through the grand Chatsworth Estate, two of which are fairly simple circular walks that take in the beautiful sight of the house, as well as the scenic parkland. One is just over 2 miles in length and passes through Calton Hollow and the second is 3 miles long and crosses through the peaceful village of Edensor.

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  • Ladybower Resevoir

    There are a number of walks that encompass this Y-shaped reservoir, one of the most easy starts near the Upper Derwent Visitor Centre and circles the northern section of the reservoir in a 6-mile loop, giving walkers fantastic views of the iconic body of water.

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  • Lathkill Dale

    Follow the 8-mile riverside walk through the peaceful Lathkill Dale, lined with majestic forests and imposing limestone cliffs. This is a moderate trail that takes in some of the most beautiful wildlife, flora and fauna that the Peak District offers.

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    Mam Tor

    Mam Tor is one of the more famous routes in the Peak District and is popular with both hikers and cyclists. The 5-mile trail takes in the summit of the 517-metre-high Bronze Age hill, granting visitors a spectacular view of the surrounding scenery.

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  • Pennine Way – Edale to Kinder Scout

    Follow a section of the Pennine Way to reach the summit of the famous Kinder Scout on this circular 10.3-mile route. This is a fairly challenging trail, with some sections that may require a bit of scrambling.

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