Walks in the Peak District

Great Ridge
The view from Mam Tor across the Great Ridge to Lose Hill

The Peak District was not one of the earliest walking regions to be included on the Walking Englishman. This popular park had taken a place down the pecking order behind the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, primarily because both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District were closer to my home. Thus the area was overlooked for far too long. I first walked in the Peak District during the foot and mouth crisis in the 1990's when walking was banned in most areas. The Peak District was a shining beacon during that dark period as it remained open while every other national park in England was closed to walking. On that very first visit to the Peak District I stayed in the Buxton area for a long weekend and to my delight I found some super walks. In subsequent visits I learned more about the delights of this superb National Park and its two distinct areas; the Dark Peak of gritstone and the White Peak of limestone. I now return to the Peak District whenever I have the opportunity and as I do so new walks will appear on these pages.

Interactive map of the walks

Walk Miles Description
Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge 4.0 A fantastic gritstone edge walk for those who like to live on the precipice!
Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill 4.3 A White Peak walk from Earl Sterndale to the two most famous limestone hills in the Peak District.
Low Bradfield, Agden Side, Rocher Edge and High Bradfield 4.3 A lovely half day walk on the outskirts of Sheffield. There is much to enjoy on this very popular route.
Matlock Bath 5.1 A walk with many highlights including High Tor, Matlock Dale and the Heights of Abraham.
Higger Tor and Padley Gorge 5.5 A wonderful contrast of heather moor in late summer bloom and an oak wooded gorge are to enjoy here.
Thorncliffe Trail 5.5 On the edge of the Peak District exploring history in an interesting part of north Sheffield.
Wetton Hill and Thor's Cave 6.0 A circular walk to Thor's Cave, a fantastic adventure starting out from Wettonmill.
Lamaload Reservoir, Jenkin Chapel, Pym Chair, Cats Tor and Shining Tor 6.0 A Peak District walk from Lamaload Reservoir to Shining Tor via atmospheric Jenkin Chapel and the popular viewing point at Pym Chair.
Rivelin Valley Nature Reserves and Heritage 6.2 A linear walk of the Sheffield's historic Rivelin Valley from Redmires Reservoir to Rivelin Park.
Monsal Dale, High Dale, Miller's Dale and Monsal Trail 6.3 A stunning walk from Monsal Head into a series of dales, across a high plateau and past old lime workings.
Stanage Edge from Hathersage 6.5 The iconic dark peak walk to the most famous millstone grit escarpment of them all.
Monk's Dale and Tideswell Dale 6.7 This walk through splendid dales is not as hard as some. Its a delightful walk, one I recommend.
Harthill Moor and Stanton Moor 6.7 Ancient sites abound on this two moors walk including castle sites, stone circles, rock outcrops and caves.
Thorpe Pastures, Upper Dove Dale, Bunster Hill, Dove Dale and Lin Dale 6.9 A variation on the popular Dove Dale walk featuring not just the valley but the hills on both sides too.
Curbar, Birchen Edge, Baslow Edge and Curbar Edge 8.4 A thrilling walk along a series of gritstone edges in the Eastern Peak District.
Mam Tor Ridge from Hope 8.5 This is clearly the most popular Peak District ridge walk on the environs of the Hope valley.
Kinder Scout 8.8 The objective of the honorable landmark Peak trespass. We were luckier than the pioneers of walking.
Ladybower Reservoir, Alport Castles and Ashop Dale 9.0 A lovely walk in the Dark Peak from Ladybower Reservoir to the outstanding Alport Castle landslip formations.
Redmires Reservoir, Stanage Edge and Hallam Moors 9.3 A wonderful walk to the west of Sheffield which also includes Stanage Pole, High Neb and Hollow Meadows.
Gradbach, Lud's Church, The Roaches, Hen Cloud, Ramshaw Rocks and Dane Valley 9.5 A Peak District walk featuring the best and most popular gritstone edges in the south of the National Park.
The Monsal Trail 9.9 Ken Brockway enjoys a linear walk of the Monsal Trail from Bakewell to Chee Dale.
Lathkill Dale and Bradford Dale 10.3 A walk to two extra special dales, one well known, one a delightful surprise.
Ladybower and Derwent Edge 10.5 A walk of contrast, a reservoir walk and then a moorland crossing followed by an exploration of Derwent Edge.
Wirksworth, Ecclesbourne Valley and Kirk Ireton 10.5 A countryside walk from Wirksworth in the pretty region which is home to the popular Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.
Derwent and Howden Reservoirs, Margery Hill and Howden Edge 11.2 A Dark Peak walk to desolate and beautiful south Pennine moors which begins in the Upper Derwent valley.
Monsal Dale from Bakewell 11.7 A superb guest entry walk from Owain Roberts. A great report of a splendid walk.
Chrome Hill from Buxton 12.0 A super Peak District hill to climb. We did it from Buxton in winter snow.
Shelf Moor and Bleaklow 12.1 A tough walk but with many highlights including Torside Clough, Black Clough and the Longdendale Trail.
The Great Ridge and Win Hill 12.1 Climb to Mam Tor then leads to Hollin's Cross, Back Tor and Lose Hill before the outstanding Win Hill finale.
Lud's Church, the Roaches and Hen Cloud 12.5 A superb walk taking in a host of classic Peak District landmarks including Hanging Stone.
Dovestone Rocks 12.5 This walk from Ken Brockway is about a peak bagging exercise in the north west corner of the park.
Dove Dale and Wolfscote Dale 13.2 This is possibly the most popular of all the Peak District Walks. There are many reasons why.
Baslow to Bakewell 13.4 Follow this spectacular 12 mile linear walk on a beautiful but chilly winter's day.
The Baker Way 13.4 A linear walk on the edge of the Peak District National Park from Delamere Forest Park to Chester.
Kinder Scout and the Great Ridge 14.8 The epic number one and most popular challenge walk in the Peak District National Park.
Kinder Trespass Anniversary Walk 15.3 This walk celebrates the trespass pioneers and also explores the industrial heritage of the area.
Six Dales Circuit 26.7 This walk is marathon distance. The rewards are worth it though, a walk to six exceptional dales.
The Bullock Smithy Hike 56.0 Adam Gallimore's brilliant report of his 56 mile challenge walk in 24 hours around the Peak District in 2012.
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