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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.
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 Dovedale, 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:
This is a longish mountain bike ride from the Tegg’s Nose Country Park near Macclesfield that varies from forests to high moorland. There are a few sections along main roads, but they’re short if not sweet, and a fair few pubs along the way (including the Cat and Fiddle). Some sections get pretty remote, so …
The final section of the Gritstone Trail, a 55km trail that crosses Cheshire’s Peak District from Disley in the north to Kidsgrove and Staffordshire in the south, starts from Timbersbrook and finishes at the Kidsgrove railway station. The Gritstone Trail offers true upland walking, mostly over 300 metres – a surprise for those who thought the Cheshire Plain …
This is the second section of the Gritstone Trail is a 55km trail that crosses Cheshire’s Peak District from Disley in the north to Kidsgrove and Staffordshire in the south. This section starts from the Tegg’s Nose country park and finishes in Timbersbrook. The Gritstone Trail offers true upland walking, mostly over 300 metres – a surprise for those who …
The Gritstone Trail is a 55km trail that crosses Cheshire’s Peak District from Disley in the north to Kidsgrove and Staffordshire in the south. It’s split into three manageable sections, the first of which starts from the railway station at Disley and ends at Tegg’s Nose country park. The Gritstone Trail offers true upland walking, mostly over 300 metres …