Our friends at Let’s Go Peak District have gathered together their pick of the 5 Best Peak District Walks for you to enjoy.
The Peak District was the first National Park ever created in the UK, back in 1951, and it now receives more than 10 million visitors every year. It’s so popular for a very good reason: it’s absolutely stunning!
Despite its well-deserved popularity, however, it’s still very easy to escape the crowds in the Peak District, and there are more than 1,800 miles of footpaths, trails and bridleways for you to explore.
Whether you enjoy hiking hard in the hills, or wandering gently along the river banks, there’s a Peak District Walk to suit you.
To inspire you, our friends at Let’s Go Peak District have gathered together their pick of the 5 Best Peak District Walks, and we guarantee you’ll love whichever one you choose!
Best Peak District Walk for…A Riverside Ramble – Dovedale Walk via Hall Dale and Ilam (6 miles)
This beautiful Dovedale Walk on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border takes in the most breathtaking views of this part of the Peak District. It crosses the famous stepping stones in Dovedale, walks on shady paths alongside the River Dove as it cuts between towering limestone crags, tracks through the grassy slopes of Hall Dale, strewn with wildflowers, and passes through the picture-perfect village of Ilam, before returning to the start point.
Although there are magnificent views along the way, this route does not feel like a tough one and it’s a great one for the whole family to enjoy, maybe with a picnic en route.
Best Peak District Walk for…Stunning Views – Edale Walk via Mam Tor (7.5 miles)
OK, so this isn’t the easiest walk in the Peak District, but they do say the best views come after the hardest climbs! There’s no question that this circular Edale Walk via Mam Tor is challenging in places, but it shows off some of the most spectacular views in the Peak District, and for a true countryside day out that gives you a real taste of this part of the world, it’s hard to beat.
The route follows part of the Pennine Way out of the pretty village of Edale in Derbyshire, with stunning views all across the Edale Valley to Mam Tor, and then follows farm trails to the lovely hamlet of Upper Booth. From Upper Booth you climb up on to Rushup Edge and along the ridge to the summit of Mam Tor, all the time with the most amazing views to both sides of you, of the Hope Valley in one direction and back across the Edale Valley in the other. From Mam Tor you walk along the iconic Great Ridge to Hollins Cross, and then down on hill trails and country lanes back to Edale.
Best Peak District Walk for…Peaceful Woodlands – Wyming Brook Walk (1.7 miles)
In medieval times the area around Wyming Brook was a private hunting forest for the region’s nobility. Now these same acres are a Nature Reserve and SSSI in the Yorkshire Peak District, preserved by The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham as a home and safe haven for a wide variety of wildlife. Keep your eyes and ears open for crossbills, dippers, redstarts, pied flycatchers and wood warblers here, as well as the common lutestring and northern spinach moths.
This lovely circular Wyming Brook Walk follows the course of the picturesque brook as it tumbles through a wooded ravine over mossy rocks, criss-crossed by a series of pretty wooden footbridges. It then follows wide, level, wooded bridleways back to the start point.
Best Peak District Walk for…Families – Robin Hood’s Stride Walk (2.7 miles)
This great circular Robin Hood’s Stride Walk is written specifically with children in mind, and it’s a great one for adventurous kids and their adventurous grown-ups! There are trees to climb, huge rocks to scramble over, a hermit’s cave to explore and a rope swing to play on.
Robin Hood’s Stride is a fabulous collection of rocks perched high on a hill, perfect for climbing and scrambling, and there are fantastic views from the top. The walk starts and ends in the pretty Derbyshire village of Elton.
Best Peak District Walk for…Ancient History – Minninglow Walk via High Peak Trail (3 miles)
This wonderful circular Minninglow Walk takes you along the High Peak Trail in Derbyshire to the top of the magnificent Minninglow Hill, an ancient and mysterious landmark. Minninglow Hill is the site of a collection of Neolithic tombs, dating from around 3,000BC.
The tombs are still very evident, scattered around a later circular mound constructed in the Bronze Age. The whole site is now crowned by a group of tall beech trees and encircled by a further outer ring of younger beech trees, creating a distinctive shape that is recognisable from many points throughout the White Peak. There are magnificent views all the way along this walk.