Walking The Peaks – All Walk Guides now FREE!

Walking The Peaks has been great fun this last few years. I’ve hiked more than ever, learned how to do a website, and it’s been great to see people buy the walk guides and enjoy the Peak District.

But doing a full time job, being a dad, and having recently moved house has limited the time I can continue to spend on it. I’ve run out of steam, and feel guilty with myself for not pushing Walking The Peaks more, to try and turn it into something that brings in a more substantial income.

I’ve therefore decided to take the pressure off and step back for a while. I need it to become fun again.

The site gets many visitors and is a great resource for people visiting the Peak District, and I don’t want to see that simply end abruptly. So, I’m going to keep the website going, post blogs of my hikes and wild camps, do gear reviews, share articles, and continue to promote the Peak District. More of a hobby than a business.

The big news though is that all our walk guides will now be available for FREE. Yes, free. Just choose the guides you want and head out for a walk.

I will still have to cover licensing costs for the Harvey maps used on the guides, and the website doesn’t run itself. So, if you’re minded to, you can donate to our running costs when you download a walk guide. That would be very much appreciated.

My long term goal is to get my Hill & Moorland Leader qualification, and guide people in the Peak District. Fingers crossed.

Thanks to everyone who has bought walk guides and sent such lovely feedback over the last few years. Also, particular thanks to my friend Mark who has been a great help with creating the website.

So, keep an eye on our social media for the latest Walking The Peaks updates. Until then, happy walking, keep visiting the website, remember the walk guides are now FREE, and here’s to a great summer of hiking.



Limestone Way Charity Walk

You will likely have seen on our social media recently that we have been raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust. Our daughter Emily, 12, walked 26 miles of the Limestone Way over 3 days at half term, from Castleton to Matlock. At the time of writing she has raised an amazing £1211.34!

We had to delay the walk a few days due to Storm Dennis, but the weather was still pretty dodgy as we set off on the following Thursday, with hail blowing horizontally in strong, cold winds. The first day involved an 8 mile walk to Millers Dale, but as James says, ‘thankfully the weather improved as we walked, with the main difficulty being flooded and swamp-like footpaths. This slowed us down and we had to run for the bus into Buxton, which we made by about 5 seconds!”

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Day two was a 12 mile walk to Youlgreave. ‘The weather was shocking as we got the bus to Millers Dale, but amazingly it stopped as we started the walk and didn’t rain til’ we were nearly at the end, says Emily. It was Emily’s first multi-day hike, and she did ”really well” according to her dad. “The boost of all that sponsorship gave her a lot of motivation, especially when we saw it had gone over £1000.”

After a night at the George in Youlgreave, day three was the last 8.5 miles over to Matlock. Emily and her dad managed this ok, although some muddy paths made it hard work at times. “Dropping down into Matlock was great through, with Joe and Mum waiting at the end with a red finishing line”, says Dad. “We’re now planning to walk the section from Bonsall to Rocester later this year, and finish the full 46 mile route off.”

Emily wants to thank everyone for supporting her efforts, and to those who sponsored her. It’s not too late either – you can still donate at



Peak District Glamping – Review of Mulino Pods

Here at Walking The Peaks we don’t get down to the southern reaches of the Peak District as much as we’d like. We love the area, but the journey takes time from our home and there’s only so many hours in the day.

This week however we were heading down to plan a walk around Kniveton and Bradbourne, so opted to take advantage of the glamping facilities at Mulino Pods between Ashbourne and Carsington Water, and stay the night.  We’d wanted to glamp for a while now, and whilst it’s winter the promise of a heated pod reassured us somewhat.

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Mulino Pods is set at the top of a lane/farm track, with wonderful views across to Carsington. Ashbourne is a ten minute drive away. We didn’t have the best weather but on a sunny day it would be wonderful, you’d be happy to spend all day with a coffee looking at the view. As newcomers to glamping, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect, but it’s fair to say the owners have done a cracking job of their glamping site. It offers 3 pods, all set well away from each other with private decking (with BBQ and seating area). Centrally located between the three pods is a communal area with 2 clean, well kept bathrooms (with a great shower too), a small kitchen area with gas hobs, and an indoor area with seating, packed full of information about the area.
We were in Bluebell pod, which gives superb views from the inside of the pod too. The pod included a double bed, some folded chairs, a heater, and various kitchen items including kettle and toaster and all the usual crockery. Oh, and a small fridge too. 2 sockets with USB are next to the bed, and we shouldn’t forget the free wifi either, which worked ok for us. EE signal was ok, not brilliant, but 4g was available at least And the private decking – wow, we’d like to come in summer and take in the view when it’s warm. A nice touch is some screening, which provides privacy from the farmhouse up the hill.
Each pod has a designated parking area, but these are set away from the pods so you have to carry your belongings down. This isn’t an issue though, it’s not far. Walkers will be happy too – there is a track right next to the site which leads over the hill to Kniveton. We did a circular walk over to Bradbourne, it was nice not to have to get the car out. You can easily find footpaths that take you to Carsington as well.
We can only say that if you’ve not been glamping before, give Mulino Pods a try. We really enjoyed it, it’s a nice balance of comfort and luxury whilst still being outdoors.
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Christmas Gift Vouchers Now Available!

Yes, we’re doing a special offer on our Christmas gift vouchers! 

6 walk guides for the price of 4 – a saving of £4.95. Order the gift voucher here for only £9.99, and get the voucher and code for the recipient to download their chosen walks at their leisure. 



New Walk Guides & Y Not Festival Walks!

‏Well, at long last we’re thrilled to announce our new walk guides covering some great Peak District walks. 

Available for instant download as a PDF, they cost just £2.49 and include walk descriptions with photographs, transport information, the route shown on a Harvey map, and details of local pubs, cafes etc. Head here for more information 👍

And, we’ve also got two walks from the Y Not Festival site! Y Not starts this Thursday and both walks are easy. Take a look here:

Y Not Festival – Minninglow & Royston 

Y Not Festival – Long Dale & High Peak Trail 




Winter Camp in Edale

It may be December but here at Walking The Peaks we’ve not managed to get out camping for a while. Our last trip was a wild camp back in October, and whilst we’ve been out and about walking in the Peak District we’ve struggled to manage an overnighter.

Last night though, my friend Andy and me both had a free window and set aside the evening for a camp. The original plan was to wild camp somewhere, but with the forecast being a little dodgy we fancied the idea of a visit to the pub. So a route was planned – Castleton to Edale and back – and so we set off for Castleton at around 5.30pm.

Castleton is lovely at this time of year, with its famous Christmas lights along the main street. We didn’t hang around though, and we were soon heading up the Hollowford Road out of the village, our initial destination being Hollins Cross on the middle of the Great Ridge. The weather was OK, and we both got warm as we climbed up the path that brought us up to Hollins Cross, which stands at approx 385m. The descent wasn’t quite so easy, with our torches not being able to make out the path at times, but after only an hour and ten we arrived at Fieldhead Campsite in Edale itself. Both Andy and me have some great, lightweight, camping gear, and the tents were soon set up in the empty campsite. After tea, we headed to the Rambler Inn for a pint and then retired to our tents about 11pm.

Surprisingly I slept really well and didn’t wake up until 8.30am. A short breakfast and we were on our way again. Unfortunately I’d had a message to say my daughter was off school ill, so we had to abandon plans to head up onto Rushup Edge and over to Cave Dale. Perhaps that wasn’t so bad though, as the weather soon came in and we got pretty wet as we retraced our steps over Hollins Cross and back to Castleton.

Living where we do, on the outskirts of Sheffield, these ‘micro adventures’ really are worth it. One minute you’re in a meeting in an office, but 4 hours later you can be away from everything, walking in the Peak District. And a quick trip keeps us going, motivates and whilst they might not last long, give that break from day to day life. Hopefully we’ll be out again camping in January but until then, lots of Peak District walks with the kids over Christmas – Upper Lathkildale and Monyash a likely destination. Peak District walking



Short Sunday Walk on Stanage

At this time of year I’m really keen to get out and make the most of the weekend. The evenings are long, the weather can be cold and damp, but fortunately I’ve got the Peak District on my doorstep.

We were keen to get the kids out for a walk, especially as Joe is 4 now and starting to build the strength in his legs to cover a bit more ground and a bit more quickly. So with this in mind, we headed up to Stanage Edge, a great place with easy walking but lots to keep the kids interested (and Emily away from her tablet….)

We didn’t want to walk too far, so our goal was Robin Hood’s Cave, hidden away on the Stanage escarpment. We parked up and after only a little resistance Joe and Emily were soon running off up the clear path in the direction of the edge itself. It only took us ten minutes or so to reach the edge, where the drops are such that you need to keep a close eye on wandering children, but if you keep away from the edge there’s plenty of room for a game of “Rocks” – ie where you’re only allowed to step on the rocks themselves. The kids love playing this and it kept them occupied as we walked the 600m or so along the edge to the cave.

Robin Hood’s Cave is well hidden away and completely inaccessible to those without ropes or a strong head for heights. However, very close by is the Balcony, another small cave approached by a short climb down onto a ledge. You then walk through the cave and onto the balcony, which is a great place for lunch. You’ll need to keep a close eye on children but we were comfortable enough with Joe and Emily.

After this we left the cave and fired up my MSR Pocket Rocket for a hot chocolate, before then retracing our steps to the car via a visit to the bottom of the edge to watch some of the many climbers.

All in all, it was a great 90 minute outing, one which got the kids out and about as well as giving mum and dad some well earned fresh air.

Plan My Walk can plan you similar trips to match what you and your family wants to do, with things to keep the kids interested along the way. Visit our ‘What We Do’ page for more details.