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:

A Ramble in the Loxley Valley

This is a moderate walk in the Loxley Valley from Loxley 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

Whitwell Moor from Bolsterstone

A moderate walk along the Whitwell Moor starting off from Bolsterstone, already at a generous 300m in altitude! A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image © Copyright steven ruffles and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Ewden Valley Ramble

Starting from Bolsterstone, this route takes you on a ramble around the Ewden Valley and the reservoirs. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright SMJ and licensed for reuse under thisCreative Commons Licence

Walder’s Low and Wantley Dragon Circular Walk Deepcar

A walk with a dragon and the grave of a Saxon King, Walder’s Low. A moderate walk 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 Dave Pickersgill and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Ramble to Midhope Moor

A moderate route from Underbank Reservoir, exploring Midhope Reservoir and up to Ewden Height and Whitwell Moor. 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

Wigtwizzle Circular Walking Route

A circular route from Bolsterstone to the Reservoirs at Broomhead and More Hall, and the woodland at Wigtwizzle. 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

Dungworth and Damflask Reservoir Ramble

This rambling route from Low Bradfield takes you around Damflask Reservoir and throug Dungworth. 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

Around Langsett Reservoir

An easy walk around Langsett Reservoir from Langsett. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright Steve Fareham and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Easy Walk Around More Hall Reservoir

This is an easy circular walk around the More Hall Reservoir near Ewden Village. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright SMJ and licensed for reuse under thisCreative Commons Licence

Cader Idris Minffordd Path

Dukes Road and Back Tor Walk from Low Bradfield

A long hard walk from Low Bradfield onto the Back Tor moors. The return is along the Strines and Dale Dike Reservoirs. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image © Copyright Espresso Addict and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Wind Hill and Whitwell Moor Walking Route

Walk up to Whitwell Moor and Wind Hill from Bolsterstone on this moderate walk. A Local Expert walking route from Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image © Copyright steven ruffles and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Green Moor Ramble From Worley Station

No trains run from Wortley Station these days, but makes a good starting point for exploring the Stocksbridge countryside. A Local Expert walking route from Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome in the Peak District. Click here to view the full description and a shorter route here. Featured Image – © Copyright Dave Pickersgill and licensed for reuse under this …

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Pike Lowe from Langsett Reservoir

This walk takes you up to Pike Lowe cairn from the shores of Langsett Reservoir. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image © Copyright steven ruffles and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

A Ramble around Worrall

An easy walk on the edge of Sheffield on the River Don. This ramble takes you between the villages of Worrall and Oughtibridge. 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 Pickersgill and licensed for reuse under this Creative …

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Walk to the Green Moor from Deepcar

A Similar route to this one – starting from Deepcar and exploring the Green Moor area of Stockspbridge and returning along the disused railway. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. © Copyright Dave Pickersgill and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Pot House Woods and Bolsterstone

An easy walk up to Bolsterstone from Stocksbridge via Pot House Woods. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image –   © Copyright Dave Pickersgill and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Wortley Circular Ramble

A Short ramble along the Trans Pennine Way from Wortley near Stocksbridge. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Featured Image – © Copyright Nigel Thompson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Cader Idris Minffordd Path

Win Hill Walk From Hope Village

A short walk from the village of Hope in the Peak District up the 463 metre high, Win Hill. A Local Expert Route from Allen Hudson. Click here to view the full description. Photo credit: Dan Cook Archived (dan-scape.co.uk) / Foter / CC BY-SA

Agden Reservoir Walk from Low Bradfield

An easy family walk from Low Bradfield around the Agden Reservoir in the east of the Peak District. 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