In 1951, the Peak District – comprising most of Derbyshire and parts of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and Staffordshire – became Britain’s first national park.
The Peak District is a landscape of great diversity, varying from gritstone and moorland in the north to limestone gorges and valleys in the south. Here is our guide to the best walks in the Peak District.
The Peak District was designated as a national park in 1951 ©Getty
Ilam and Dove Dale, Staffordshire and Derbyshire
A beautiful landscape of deep green woodland on steep hillsides on the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire. A popular area with walkers ©Getty
Explore Dove Dale and its surrounding countryside with a three-hour walk, starting at the pretty village of Ilam.
Earl Sterndale to Hollinsclough, Derbyshire
Farmland around Hollinsclough, Derbyshire ©Getty
A 9km hike through the Peak District, starting at Earl Sterndale then climbing over Parkhouse and Chrome hills towards the village of Hollinsclough.
Middleton to Youlgreave, Derbyshire
The Bradford River in Bradford Dale ©Alamy
Enjoy a 4.5km poetry walk from Middleton to Youlgreave. a literary treasure hunt created as a millennium project by Middleton and Smerrill Parish around its boundary.
Hollins Cross, Derbyshire
Hollins Cross and Lose Hill ridge, Castleton, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire ©Getty
An 8.5km hike from one of the Peak District’s most beautiful villages to the top of Hollins Cross and Mam Tor.
Hathersage and Stanage Edge, Derbyshire
A sunny day below the rocky edge with a group of children taking part in a rock climbing exercise ©Getty
Follow in the footsteps of the Bronte sisters with a 9.5km walk from Hathersage to Stranage Edge in the Peak District National Park.
Saddleworth Moor, West Yorkshire
Butterly Reservoir, seen from the path, is just a short walk from the main route ©Getty
Enjoy this inspiring seven-mile walk across England’s great watershed, the Pennine Divide, linking the villages of Marsden and Uppermill via boat-horse trails.
Chee Dale, Miller’s Dale and Wye Dale, Derbyshire
In early summer, the banks of the River Wye bloom with meadowsweet ©Neil Coates
This four-mile loop walk along the River Wye in the Peak District takes you through deep gorges and lush forests.
Bakewell to Chatsworth, Derbyshire
The old bridge at Chatsworth, Peak District ©Getty
Stroll for seven miles among the ponds and pasture of Chatsworth’s parkland on the eastern borders of the Peak District National Park.
The Roaches, Staffordshire
Late-summer heather on the Roaches ridgeline in the Peak District ©Getty
Look out for wallabies while enjoying folklore and oatcakes amid striking Staffordshire gritstone outcrops with this six-mile walk in the Peak District National Park.
Chrome Hill, Derbyshire
The upturned limestone reefs of the Dragon’s Back ©Alamy
In this quiet corner of the Peak District National Park a turf-covered monster has lain sleeping for millions of years – discover the spectacular Dragon’s Back with this 6.5-mile hill walk.
Mam Tor, Derbyshire
The road past the Cheshire Cheese Inn was a key trade route for salt sellers and sheep drovers in medieval times ©Carys Matthews
Pack hiking boots and crackers for a stay at a pub in the village of Hope where cheese once passed as currency, then walk off your lunch with a stroll up one of the Peak District’s best-loved hills.
- 14km/8.7 miles
- 5 hours
Map and route
Kinder Scout, Derbyshire
Kinder Scout in snowfall ©Getty
Sandwiched between Manchester and Sheffield in Derbyshire, the bleak but beautiful upland plateau of Kinder Scout is a landscape of wind-swept waterfalls and rocky crags, perfect for hikers and scramblers alike.
Padley Gorge, Derbyshire
No matter what the season, Padley Gorge is a magical place ©Getty
Enjoy an absorbing woodland amble en route to a striking post-industrial landscape veiled by Peak District trees.
Monsal Dale, Derbyshire
This walk takes you through the River Wye’s twisting, wooded gorge, deep in the White Peak ©Getty
Ramble the high tracks and waterside paths of Monsal Dale in the Peak District National Park to revel in an explosion of seasonal colour, especially in autumn.
Robin Hood’s Stride, Harthill Moor, Peak District National Park ©Alamy
The Peak District National Park is home to dozens of mysterious rock formations and stone circles – discover some of the best on this prehistoric five-mile walk.
Worship has taken place on the site of St John the Baptist church in Tideswell since the 11th century ©Alamy
Take a winter wander from Tideswell’s ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ into the depths of Miller’s Dale and Monk’s Dale in the Peak District National Park.