Archive for category: 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.

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 Millers 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:

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