Peak District Walks

The Peak District was the first National Park in England, created in 1951. It’s a popular destination as it is surrounded by urban areas all around. Manchester to the west, Huddersfield to the north and Sheffield to the East. It covers an area of 1440km² and parts cover the counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, South and West Yorkshire

The Peak District National Park is generally split into three principal areas that have their own characteristics– the Dark Peak to the north, the White Peak to the south and the South West Peak Area.

We’ve put an article together with all the Best Walks in the Peak District to make it even easier to choose a Peak District walk.

The Dark Peak

This is essentially the southern end of the Pennines, especially as the Pennine Way starts at Edale and traverses it’s length before. It includes the Peak District’s highest point, Kinder Scout at 636m as well as the summit of Bleaklow Head which is the second highest. These are both plateaus, with extensive ground over 600m. The geology is gritstone, which isn’t porous and so the soil above remains wet. This is largely peatbog and good boots are always required to traverse this terrain! The northernmost area is Saddleworth Moor, with the highest point being Black Hill at 582m.

The plateaus are characterised by the edges, which give the impression of a coastal terrain without the sea. The gritstone of Stanage Edge is one of the most notable, and is popular with climbers and walkers. There are also some more shapely hills around the principal area of Edale, namely Mam Tor, Lose Hill and Win Hill.

Some choice walks in the area include Kinder Scout from Edale, Walks up to Stanage Edge , Bleaklow and Black Hill and the walk to Mam Tor and Rushup Edge from Edale .

The White Peak

In contrast to the Dark Peak, the White peak is mainly free draining limestone with dry river valleys and caves. There are also a number of cycle tracks, also good for walking such as the Monsal Trail. There are a number of good walks in the area such as DovedaleMillers Dale to Monsal Head and Chee Dale.

The South West Peak

This is the section of the Peak District to the South West of Buxton, and includes areas such as The Roaches and the hill of Shining Tor and Shutlingsloe. There are a number of popular walks in this area such as the walk up Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor and walks around the Roaches.

All the Peak District Walks on Mud and Routes can be found below:

The Tissington Trail

The Tissington Trail is one of the most popular cycling and walking routes in the Peak District. It follows the route of what used to be the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) line between Buxton and Ashbourne which closed in the late sixties. The Peak District Authority bought the line and re-opened it as …

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Circular Low Level Edale Walk

Circular Low Level Edale Walk

This is an easy circular walk from the National Trust that starts from the Edale railway station in the Peak District. Following the Pennine Way from the train station, this easy walk takes you along the Edale valley to Upper Booth. It’s then a short descent to Barber Booth before a return along the valley, …

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Best Walks from Castleton and Hope in the Peak District

Best Walks in the Peak District

The English Peak District National Park has plenty of varied walking, and choosing a list of the best routes isn’t easy. With walks varying from peat moors to scenic river valleys, we think we’ve chosen a good cross section of walking routes that rank among the best walks in the Peak District. The highest point …

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Walk up Mam Tor from Castleton

Walk up Mam Tor from Castleton

Mam Tor in the Peak District may only be a 517 metres in height, but that doesn’t stop it being more popular with walkers than the neighbouring Kinder Scout. It’s a shapely hill, and with a natural ridge line makes a most pleasant outing. Mam Tor was voted 10th on the list of UK’s top 100 …

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A Walk Around the Derwent Watershed

Mark Barrett of hillexplorer.com shares this classic and extremely challenging Dark Peak route. At 39 miles, it covers the whole of the watershed around the Derwent reservoirs and, though it’s not officially a challenge walk, it’s up there with the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in terms of effort required, and even harder in terms of the …

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A Walk Around The Roaches, Lud’s Church, Hen Cloud, and Ramshaw Rocks

A Walk Around The Roaches, Lud’s Church, Hen Cloud, and Ramshaw Rocks

This Peak District walk covers the popular Staffordshire area of The Roaches, Lud’s Church, Hen Cloud, and finally, Ramshaw Rocks. It’s a very long walk, but also extremely rewarding with a variety of terrain covered, and some fantastic views. For the full description of this challenging and scenic route, follow this link – A Walk Around …

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Winscar Reservoir and Snailsden walk

A moderate walk from Dunford Bridge along Winscar Reservoir and up Snailsden. A Local Expert walking route from Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright Humphrey Bolton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Stocksbridge Circuit Walk

A long walk that takes in the footpaths in a 20km circuit around Stocksbridge, starting from the villlage of Bolsterstone. A Local Expert walking route from Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright Terry Robinson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Three Reservoirs Walk from Stocksbridge

Walking along the Langsett, Midhope  and Underbank Reservoirs from Stocksbridge A Local Expert walking route from Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright John Fielding and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence