Hills & Dales
Aaah, the Peak District. Land of dry stone walls, deep limestone valleys, high desolate moorlands, picturesque villages, and more. A beautiful area for walking. Here's a selection of some of the best hills and dales for a Peak District walk.
Barely known outside of the Peak District, Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument. It features a fallen circle of 50 white limestone slabs surrounding a central 'cove' - found only in major sacred sites. Entry is a £1 honesty box donation.
A stunning landslip on the southern flanks of Bleaklow, this is almost a ‘hidden’ part of the Peak District, located away from the more popular areas. The landslip is huge, bigger than the more famous one on Mam Tor.
Bamford Edge sits just to the north east of the village of Bamford, perched above with brilliant views of the Hope Valley and the Derwent Reservoirs. Easy walking but with some steep drops on the edge itself. Can be a good spot for a cloud inversion!
We love the moors of the Dark Peak. The name Black Hill is no longer reflective of its landscape, as thanks to Moors for the Future the area is blooming with mosses, wildflowers and heather. A desolate but beautiful part of the northern Peak District with some great walking.
Wonderfully located, wonderful views, and wonderful easy walking. Burbage forms part of some great walks taking in some other nearby hills and dales.
This limestone gorge is great for walks and is right in the middle of the Peak District. The path along the gorge takes in two sets of stepping stones can be submerged at times of heavy rain. It makes for a lovely, peaceful walk.
The two peaks of Crook Hill are often missed by walkers in the Derwent Valley. They offer magnificent 360° views and the walking is easy either as a destination or to visit as part of a bigger walk.
Dovedale / Thorpe Cloud
The volcano-esque mountain (in our eyes it is a mountain!) of Thorpe Cloud stands at the southern entrance to the ever popular Dovedale, complete with its famous stepping stones. Many people just walk up to the stones but there are many wonderful walks in this part of the Peak District.
Froggatt Edge / Curbar Edge
This famous gritstone edge is one of 9 edges on the east of the national park. It’s an easy walk for much of its length, with some great views.
The highest point in the Peak District, it’s a great area for walking with many different routes up to the 636m summit. Not a place for the inexperienced, in bad weather at least, but a fantastic moorland with many gritstone outcrops.
There’s two distinctive parts to this wonderful valley; the western end dominated by craggy limestone rocks, and the eastern end which is more serene and wooded. A beautiful place with lovely villages nearby.
Another famous hill, standing proud with Win Hill guarding the entrance to Edale. It’s an accessible hill for walking but with steady ascents. You’re rewarded however with some of the best Peak District views.
One of the most famous hills in the Peak District, often thought to be the highest due to its commanding position over the Hope Valley. It stands at the western edge of the famous Great Ridge and is actually quite an easy walk depending on where you start.
A stunning viewpoint complete with viaduct, steep valley sides, a beautiful river, and lovely views. Not to be missed on any visit to the Peak District. Walks are varied and whatever your ability there's something for you to enjoy, including the Monsal Trail railway tunnels, now open for cycling and walking!
Mount Famine & South Head
These are two lesser walked but prominent peaks not far from Chinley. They both offer outstanding views and are definitely worth visiting.
Robin Hood's Stride
A jumble of gritstone, Robin Hood's Stride is near Birchover and a good place to visit with kids. Look out for the nearby Hermit's Cave as well.
A world famous gritstone edge, it's hugely popular with climbers and walkers but never seems to be too busy. Outstanding views, easy walks, great access; Stanage is a gem in the north east of the Peak District, on the edge of Sheffield.
An amazing steep limestone gorge just west of Castleton, Winnats makes for a great photo opportunity. Mix it with other walks in the Peak District for a great day out.
A proper peak in the Peak District, Win Hill stands proud in the centre of the Hope Valley close to the famous Derwent Dam. There are numerous walks up to the top - some very steep, some more gentle - and the rocky summit is a bit of fun at the top!