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:

Dale Dike Reservoir and Ughill Moor Walk

Walking route in the Peak District along the Dale Dike Reservoir returning over the Ughill Moors. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image –   © Copyright dave hudson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Hunshelf Bank Circular Walk around Stocksbridge

This moderate walk takes you on a tour on the hills above Stocksbridge. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright Dave Bevis and licensed for reuse under thisCreative Commons Licence

Cubley Walk From Underbank Reservoir

This moderate walk starts from Underbank Reservoir near Stocksbridge and takes you to the village of Cubley above Penistone. 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

Hunshelf Bank Walk from Stocksbridge

A moderate walk from Deepcar to the disused Isle of Skye quarries and the Hunshelf Bank. A Local Expert walking route from Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image –© Copyright Jonathan Clitheroe and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

An Easy Walk at Underbank Reservoir

This easy walk from Underbank Reservoir at Stocksbridge does have a bit of ascent on it, but it’s only a 3km walk overall and 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 …

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Easy Bolsterstone Circular Walk

An easy walk from Bolsterstone around the Allman Well Hill high above the River Don. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright Terry Robinson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Walk up Broomhead moor

A moorland walk from Wigtwizzle that doesn’t go too high, but still high enough to get some views. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright John Fielding and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Damflask Reservoir

An easy ramble around Damflask Reservoir from Lower Bradfield. A Local Expert walking route from Bradfield 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

Langsett and Mickleden Edge Walk

This moderate walk from Langsett takes in the reservoir before climbing up to nearly 400m to the Mickleden Edge for a bit of moorland walking as well. A Local Expert walking route from Bradfield Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image –  © Copyright Jonathan Clitheroe and licensed for …

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Wharncliffe Chase Walk from Deepcar

A steady walk from Deepcar to the Wharncliffe Chase and Wood. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image –  © Copyright Oxana Maher and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Walk Around the Ewden Reservoirs

This moderate walk takes you around More Hall and Broomhead Reservoirs. A Local Expert walking route from Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright SMJ and licensed for reuse under thisCreative Commons Licence

Langsett and Midhope Reservoir Walk

A Circuit of the Langsett Reservoir with a detour to Midhope Reservoir. A Local Expert walking route from Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright Steve Fareham and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Wharncliffe Chase and Wharncliffe Wood Walk

A Moderate walk to Wharncliffe Chase and Wood from Deepcar. A Local Expert walking route from Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image –  © Copyright Oxana Maher and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Ewden Beck Ramble from Stocksbridge

This walk from Stocksbridge is to Ewden Brook in the next valley, returning via Broomhead Reservoir. A Local Expert walking route from Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright Steve Fareham and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Wharncliffe Crags Walk

A short walk to the Wharncliffe Crags, returning through woodland above the River Don. A Local Expert walking route from Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image –  © Copyright Chris Morgan and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Ramble from Bolsterstone to Broomhead and Canyards

A moderate walk that starts in Bolsterstone and explores Broomhead Reservoir, Canyards A Local Expert walking route from Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright SMJ and licensed for reuse under thisCreative Commons Licence

Lose Hill and Mam Tor Walk from Hope

In this walk from Hope in the Peak District, walk up Lose Hill and Mam Tor on a wonderful grassy ridge walk A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Photo credit: Paul Stevenson / Foter / CC BY

A Short Walk up the Wharncliffe Crags

This is an easy walk up to the Wharncliffe Crags from Deepcar. There’s a longer route – here. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image –  © Copyright Chris Morgan and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Easy Walk Around the Agden Reservoir

A simple circuit of the Agden Reservoir from Low Bradfield. A Local Expert walking route from Bradfield Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image –  © Copyright dave hudson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Bramall Lane

An Easy Walk up onto part of the Barnsley Boundary Walk 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 Dave Bevis and licensed for reuse under thisCreative Commons Licence

A Very Easy Walk about Low Bradfield

This is a very easy ‘urban’ walk around the village of Low Bradfield. A Local Expert walking route from Bradfield Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright Andrew Hill and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

A Walk up to Whitwell Moor from Stocksbridge

This is a short walk from Stocksbridge to the Trig Point on Whitwell Moor. It provides an excellent viewpoint for the effort! A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. © Copyright steven ruffles and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence