There are numerous beautiful walks to enjoy in the Peak District, but these are some of our favorites. On our guided Peak District walks, you can enjoy the exhilaration of ascending some of the highest hills in the area, and crossing beautiful moorland. The scenery is stunning!
All of the walks below are available with our personal walking guide service
and some are available to join on our guided group walks
and group walking holidays
. These Peak District walks are focused around the Hope Valley area and would suit anyone with a reasonable level of fitness who is able to walk between 9 and 12 miles/15 and 19km per day over sometimes rough and steep terrain.
Longer, more challenging Peak District walks are available on our trek training walks
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The Big One - Kinder Scout
An exhilarating climb up to the edges of Kinder Scout - the highest mountain in the Peak District. Enjoy stunning views around the gritstone edges, and venture through the groughs and hags of the central Kinder Plateau. Look out for red grouse, mountain hares, and a wealth of interesting moorland plants. Learn about the importance and fragile nature of the peat bogs. One of our favourite Peak District walks!
(Approx 11 miles/18km and 550 metres of ascent).
Over the Hills to Eyam
Venture into the hills south of Hathersage, crossing the beautiful Offerton Moor, skirting around Abney Moor, and crossing Smelting Hill - once an important lead smelting site for local mines. We also see and learn about the historic hiding place of Bretton Clough before visiting the pretty peakland village of Eyam to learn its tragic story of the 1665 plague. We return to Hathersage walking over the heather covered Eyam Moor and cross the river on stepping stones if the water is not too high. Stunning and diverse scenery throughout the entire walk.
(Approx 11 miles/18km and 400 metres of ascent)
Derwent Edge and the hills around Ladybower
A scenic walk up to Derwent Edge to marvel at the gritstone rock formations, including the much photographed Salt Cellar Boulder, and The Wheel Stones - said to resemble a coach and horses racing across the Peak District moors from a distance. We often see red grouse and other interesting wildlife on this walk. We return across open moorland, through fields, and then along the side of Ladybower Reservoir. Amazing views throughout the entire walk.
(Approx 9 1/2 miles/15km and 400 metres of ascent).
Four Gritstone Edges
Explore the gritstone edges above Grindleford and Froggatt. Our walk takes us on White Edge alongside Big Moor, believed to have once been fertile farmland and the site of an early settlement. Look out for the elusive herd of Red Deer - we do see them sometimes! We return along Baslow Edge, Curbar Edge, and part of Froggatt Edge - all part of the long ridge of gritstone that stretches for miles down the east side of the Peak District. We then descend steeply through bluebell woods before ending our day with a stroll through meadows on part of the long distance Derwent Valley Way path.
(Approx 10 1/2 miles/17km and 400 metres of ascent)
The Great Ridge
Arguably the finest ridge walk in the Peak District. From the village of Hope, we follow low level paths to the village of Castleton, famous for its castle and Blue John Caves. To reach the summit of Mam Tor we have the option of either a steep ascent to the top of towering limestone cliffs high above Winnats Pass with breathtaking views, or an easier path which winds its way up the hillside through fields and moorland. On Mam Tor we see evidence of a Bronze Age hill fort, and learn why it is known today as 'The Shivering Mountain'. We then follow the ridge of hills over Hollins Cross, Back Tor, and Lose Hill with fantastic views on one side across the Vale of Edale to Kinder Scout, and on the other side across the Hope Valley.
(Approx 9 miles 14km and 500 metres of ascent)
Stanage Edge and Bamford Edge
From the village of Hathersage, we walk up to the famous Stanage Edge, a long gritstone edge with stunning views over the surrounding moorlands, hills, and villages. We return on the lesser known, but very beautiful Bamford Edge, with panoramic views over Ladybower Reservoir and the Derwent Valley, then on quiet lanes and lower level paths through fields back to Hathersage.
(Approx 12 miles/19km and 550 metres of ascent)
Millstones and Moorlands
For a wide variety of diverse scenery all in one day, we don't think you can beat this walk! Starting from the village of Hathersage, we explore dramatic moors and gritstone edges, find abandoned millstones nestling amongst heather and bracken. We visit the site of an Iron Age hill fort and enjoy views over the beautiful Burbage Basin. In complete contrast, our walk returns through the parkland of the Longshaw Estate, through woodland, and finish with a stroll along the banks of the river Derwent.
(Approx 10 miles/16km and 400 metres of ascent)
A walk in the hills, woodland, and meadows surrounding Ladybower Reservoir. From the village of Hope, we ascend Win Hill and try to decide whether we believe the local legend as to how it got its name. We enjoy fantastic views from the summit before following the line of the hill then descending through pine woods to the edge of Ladybower Reservoir. The second half of our walk takes us up into the hills again for more amazing views, and then on lower level countryside paths back to Hope. A Peak District walk no to be missed!
(Approx 11 1/2 miles/18km and 600 metres of ascent)
Please note that all descriptions of what you can see on our Peak District walks are subject to weather conditions. In low cloud, hill fog, or rain you may not be able to see the view. We are sure that you will ensure the walk though!
See also our countryside blog for some of the interesting things we have seen on our Peak District walks recently.