The Peak District in central England covers a large area of 550 square miles of National Park. It lends itself well to walking, cycling and other outdoor activities. Today’s blog outlines 8 easy Peak District walks.
Walking in the Peak District
Walkers with children, or those who simply prefer a gentler pace, will enjoy the 8 walks featured in this guide. Some are circular routes which can be extended at either end; others are linear strolls through quiet country lanes and along little-used trails. The area covered ranges from the Pennines in the north to the Derbyshire Dales, from Hope Valley in the south to Bleaklow and Black Hill in the east.
8 Easy Peak District Walks
Peaked Cap and Froggatt: circular walk from Grindsbrook Clough (5 km/3 miles; 2½ hr). Grasses are now growing on what was once a bare upland heath.
The Black Hill: walk from Willersley (7 km/4½ miles; 2¾ hr). Part of the Pennine Way, this is a remote and peaceful area with lots of wildlife.
Ashopton Valley: walk from Ashopton car park (5 km/3 miles; 2¼ hr). This is a walk at any time of year, with lovely views from the top.
Empton Rocks: circular walk from Grinah Stones (7 km/4½ miles; 2¾ hr). Start and finish in an area of limestone pavement.
The Hayfield Summit: walk from Ringinglow (3 km/2 miles; 1¼ hr). An easy walk up to the top of Hayfield on what is, in effect, a road.
Windermere Valley: walk from Wetton Mill (4½ km/3 miles; 1¾ hr). A wonderful rounded route that can be extended at both ends. This is my favourite out of all the easy Peak District walks.
Gulliver’s Kingdom: walk from Hole of Horcum (5½ km/3¾ miles; 2 hr). A short stroll through some lovely scenery, with a chance to meet Mr Gulliver.
Peak District Circular: circular walk from Marple (7½ km/4½ miles; 3 hr). This is a fine walk through some of the most interesting scenery in the area.
“I just wanted to let you know that my wife and I walked yesterday from Edale to Castleton and back, your route you have described in the Easy Walks around Peak District book was absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed every step of it!” – Trevor & Sue T.
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