Peak District Hikes

Nestled at the foot of the Pennines, the Peak District National Park is one of the most diverse and breathtakingly beautiful regions in the UK. From the rugged limestone valleys of the White Peak to the wild moorlands of the Dark Peak, this region has an endless variety of hiking trails to choose from. Sheffield, the UK’s Outdoor City, sits right on the region’s doorstep making it a hub for the country’s outdoor enthusiasts.

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THE TOP 10 HIKING TRAILS IN PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK

The Peak District’s undulating hills, dramatic escarpments, and scattered villages makes it ideal for those looking for intermediate level hikes. The shortlisted routes can be hiked all year around although the landscapes will transform from season to season. Expect lush blankets of purple heather covering the moors in summer and thick drifts of snow in the winter.

#1. Padley Gorge (6km, 196m, 2h): A fantastic hike starting from the beautiful Longshaw estate and following a bustling brook through the Burbage Valley to the village of Grindleford before walking back through Yarncliffe Wood. Family friendly.

#2. Dovedale Circular (11.6km, 440m, 2.5-4h): Starting near Ilam, follow the winding River Dove to milldale and take in the impressive limestone features of Lover’s Leap, Tissington Spires and Dove Holes. The return leg is challenging and climbs out of Dovedale up to the summit of Bailey Hill where spectacular panoramas across the dale await.

#3. Kinder Scout (14.5km, 625m, 4-5h): Despite being the Dark Peaks most physically demanding terrain, the Kinder Plateau, with its deep cloughs, dramatic edges and peaty trails, has an alluring charm that brings walkers back again and again.

#4. Stanage Edge from Hathersage (10.5km, 515m, 3-4h): Take a hike through a beautiful valley landscape that inspired many of Charlotte Bronte’s classics, and up onto the iconic Stanage escarpment where you can marvel at ambitious crag climbers below you.

#5. The Roaches and Lud’s Church (11.4km, 375m, 3-4h): The Roaches offers something different to the rest of the Peak and can be quieter than popular parts of the Dark Peak in holiday periods. With an unusual sandstone landscape, timeless woodlands and breathtaking views it is no wonder it inspired famous tales and British climbing legends.

#6. Thor’s Cave and The Manifold Valley (10km, 304m, 2-3h): Take a tour of the hidden Manifold valley from the sleepy village of Wetton. Follow a subterranean river system and explore one of the largest natural caverns in the National park.

#7. Derwent Edge (12.5km, 480m, 2.5-3.5h): This popular Dark Peak hike takes you from Lady Bower Reservoir up steep wood lined cloughs to emerge on top of the moors. On a clear day expect phenomenal views of the Derwent valley and its unique sandstone tors.

#8. Mam Tor Circular (4.5km, 200m, 1-2h): This short and family friendly walk is steeped in ancient history and takes in one of the Peak District’s most iconic views.

#9. Monsal Trail (6km, 48m, 1.5-2h): From Bakewell, turn off the A6 onto Baslow Road. Cross the River Wye and take an immediate right onto Coombs Road (a narrow country lane). Follow to the end where you can park by the trailhead.

#10. The Great Ridge and Win Hill (19.5km, 800m, 5-6h): The Great Ridge is arguably the most walked ridge line in England, connecting the summits of Lose Hill (476m) and Mam Tor (517m) whilst dividing the grit stone Dark Peak to the North and the limestone dales to the South. With the addition of Win Hill it makes for a spectacular and challenging Peak District hiking adventure.

01. PADLEY GORGE

01. PADLEY GORGE

  • Difficulty
  • 6km
  • 196m
  • 2h

02. DOVEDALE CIRCULAR

02. DOVEDALE CIRCULAR

  • Difficulty
  • 11.6km
  • 440m
  • 2.5-4h

03. KINDER SCOUT

03. KINDER SCOUT

  • Difficulty
  • 14.5km
  • 625m
  • 4-5h

04. STANAGE EDGE FROM HATHERSAGE

04. STANAGE EDGE FROM HATHERSAGE

  • Difficulty
  • 10.5km
  • 515m
  • 3-4h

05. THE ROACHES AND LUD’S CHURCH

05. THE ROACHES AND LUD’S CHURCH

  • Difficulty
  • 11.4km
  • 375m
  • 3-4h

06. THOR’S CAVE AND THE MANIFOLD VALLEY

06. THOR’S CAVE AND THE MANIFOLD VALLEY

  • Difficulty
  • 10km
  • 304m
  • 2-3h

07. DERWENT EDGE

07. DERWENT EDGE

  • Difficulty
  • 12.5km
  • 480m
  • 2.5-3.5h

08. MAM TOR CIRCULAR

08. MAM TOR CIRCULAR

  • Difficulty
  • 4.5km
  • 200m
  • 1-2h

09. MONSAL TRAIL

09. MONSAL TRAIL

  • Difficulty
  • 6km
  • 48m
  • 1.5-2h

10. THE GREAT RIDGE AND WIN HILL

10. THE GREAT RIDGE AND WIN HILL

  • Difficulty
  • 19.5km
  • 800m
  • 5-6h

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees

– Henry David Thoreau