Britain’s first national park, the Peak District sits between Sheffield and Manchester and is loved by many for its rolling peaks, gritstone crags, open moorland and abundance of hiking trails. Though walking in the park doesn’t require scaling any tall peaks or mountains, the highest being Kinder Scout at a modest 636m, the Peak is incredibly popular with hillwalkers who come here for the diversity of terrain; from the green rolling hills and limestone walls in the southern ‘White Peak’, to the craggy, gritstone tors and rough, moorland terrain of the more wild ‘Dark Peak’. The Peak District is also home to the start of the one of the world’s most famous walking trails, The Pennine Way — which begins in Edale and ends on the Scottish Border 268 miles later.
As part of our recent partnership with route planning app komoot, Outdoors Magic has been championing the finest walking routes across Britain. Previously, we’ve looked at the best walks in the Brecon Beacons and routes in the Lake District– and now, with the help of writer and vlogger Athena Mellor, it’s time to focus on the southern end of the Pennines, with a round-up of the 10 best routes in the Peak District.
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Best Walks In The Peak District: The Top 10
There really is something for everybody in this list. If you seek a long, hillwalk on vast moorland, head onto Kinder Scout or Derwent Edge, for their vast views and wild terrain; or if instead a short ramble up a hill is what you’re after, try Win Hill or Thorpe Cloud. As well as that, there are some lovely reservoir and woodland walks where nature and wildlife are abundant.
- Kinder Plateau
- Pennine Way: Edale to Marsden
- Stanage, Burbage & Higger Tor from Hathersage
- Derwent Edge & Reservoir
- Win Hill from Hope
- Padley Gorge
- Chrome & Parkhouse Hills
- Three Shires Head
- The Roaches & Lud’s Church
- Dovedale & Thorpe Cloud
Walk 1: The People’s Mountain
Kinder Scout has to be the most iconic walk in the Peak District. It’s widely known as being home to the famous Mass Trespass of 1932, when around 400 ramblers wilfully trespassed onto Kinder in an act of “civil disobedience” to demand the right for public access onto open countryside. Today, Kinder is known as the ‘People’s Mountain’ as its relatively low height means its views can be enjoyed by many. Despite that, Kinder Scout shouldn’t be underestimated. Walking the full length of the plateau is a brilliant day out, taking you from Edale up the infamous Jacob’s Ladder and over 10 miles of trails with glorious views onto the Hope Valley.
Athena says: “I have walked Kinder in every season and never does it feel the same. Atop the plateau, you can either have the most glorious of views or be obscured by a thick, heavy cloud. It really does feel wild up there, and that’s why I love it so much!”