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walks in the Peak District

Visiting the Peak District

The Peak District is conveniently located in the heart of England. Located mainly in Derbyshire but also taking in parts of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, and Staffordshire the Peak District is more than conveniently located for most. Created as a National Park in 1951, millions of people visit every year to capture the breathtaking scenery on offer or just to catch a break from 9-5 in the city. More than 20 million of us live just an hour away by car, bike or train.

There are hundreds of trails for people of all ages and abilities including 64 miles of disability-friendly trails. We haven't even been able to come close to documenting all these yet, but below are some of our favourites. For those after a challenge, Kinder Scout is the highest point in the area. Try one of our routes below approaching from Hayfield or Edale.

 

Click an image to find out more about each walk or visit our gallery to see everything in one go.

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2-3 Hours

A pleasant 6 mile circular walk that takes in some stunning elevations in one of the most popular areas of the Peak District. A great weekend walk that doesn't take too much time but will leave you feeling refreshed.

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3-4 Hours

Starting at Hayfield and taking in the reservoir, falls of Kinder Downfall and Kinder Low with a long circular route back off the plateau into the village at the end.

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3-4 Hours

A good circular route up onto the top of the edge and back around into Hathersage. A nice incline at the start, if you like that sort of thing. We did this in heavy snow and the going was still good. 

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2-3 Hours

A quick 3 mile round trip starting in Wetton to the popular Thor's Cave in Staffordshire and down the Manifold Valley, back to the village. A fun place to climb for a challenge or take the family round on a weekend alike.

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4-5 Hours (Possibly 3)

Alport Castles formed as the result of a landslide, said to be the largest in the UK. This walk starts in the Derwent Valley and ends up with fantastic views down the Hope Valley. Not to be missed, and definitely a good one.

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3 Hours

Extremely popular in the summer, Dovestone Reservoir is just outside of Oldham and right on the edge of the Peak District and Saddleworth Moor. 

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3-4 Hours

Grindslow Knoll and Fox Holes is a good hike and scramble up to the southern end of the Kinder plateau. Challenging but ultimately rewarding, prepare for an incline.

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3-4 Hours

An 8-mile circular walk around two stunning rock formations near Leek - The Roaches and Lud's Church. A perfect long weekend walk without much vertical challenge which won't stress the legs too much.

2-3 Hours

An easy Sunday morning walk near Buxton and Macclesfield with a short climb to some stunning views across the Cheshire plain. This route also gives you the opportunity to view the ruins of Errwood Hall.

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2-3 Hours

A quick 3 mile round trip starting in Wetton to the popular Thor's Cave in Staffordshire and down the Manifold Valley, back to the village. A fun place to climb for a challenge or take the family round on a weekend alike.

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