Most of the Peak District is in northern Derbyshire, but it also includes parts of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. It’s so close to northern cities that the area receives millions of visitors each year.
Here are some excellent hikes to be found in the Peak District. Tug on those hiking boots and head for the hills.
Mam Tor (which means ‘Mother Hill’) is one of the most famous hills in the Peak District. It’s an easy hike on good solid paths with a couple of steeper climbs. You’ll be rewarded with one of the most spectacular views when you reach the top over the Edale Valley. This hike is 3 miles long and should take you around two hours to complete.
Kinder Scout is the highest gritstone peak in the Peak District. It’s the first stage of the Pennine Way, a 267 mile trail that starts in the Peaks and ends in Scotland. This hike is for experienced hikers as it starts with a tough uphill ascent in Edale village. Still there’s a reason Kinder Scout is one of the most loved peaks in the Peak District. This particular route is 7.5 miles long, taking around three hours to complete.
Dovedale is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Peak District. There are a number of hikes you can take through Dovedale – from easy to more challenging hikes. The route below is one of the more difficult routes, starting in Ilam through Dovedale, Milldale to the amazing Wolfscote Dale. Once you are past the popular sections, the crowds will disperse and it’ll just be you and the countryside. At 13 miles long, it will take around six to seven hours to hike.
If you are looking for a relatively flat hike, head for the Tissington Trail. It runs alongside an old railway, so it’s accessible for everyone, including those that prefer cycling. This route is an 8 mile walk from the village of Tissington to Alsop en le Dale, dotted with Norman churches and remnants of the old railway. You’ll be treated to great views of the surrounding limestone countryside.
The Roaches are one of the coolest geographical features in the Peak District. It is a ridge that runs north of Leek and the Tittesworth reservoir before descending down into a woodland filled with beech and oak trees. Inside this wood, you’ll find Lud’s Church, a high moss-covered gorge where Sir Gawain and the Green Knight from Arthurian legend are said to have fought. Keep your eyes peeled for peregrine falcons. This hike will take you around four and a half hours to cover 8.6 miles.
For a easy mellow hike, try the Bamford walk. It’s a relatively easy hike with a climb towards Bamford Moor. Start at the Ladybower Reservoir and pass through the villages of Bamford and Thornhill. If you like birds, this is a hub for wood warblers, blue tits and pied flycatchers. You’ll be hiking just over 5 miles through this beautiful stretch of the Peaks.
Eyam is a historic plague village which sounds kind of gruesome, but it’s actually fascinating. The brave villagers of Eyam prevented the plague from spreading to the rest of the north of England by isolating themselves, even though it meant 260 out of the 350 villagers ended up dying. This strenuous 9 mile hike starts and finishes at Eyam, crossing over moorland and fields.
Looking for an extreme challenge? As mentioned above, the Pennine Way is a 267 mile-long hiking trail that starts in the Peak District and ends in Scotland. You can hike it in sections or if you would prefer to take on a serious endeavour, spend three weeks hiking the entire trail. It’s an infamously difficult hike but definitely one for the bucket list.
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