In 1951, the Peak District – comprising most of Derbyshire and parts of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and Staffordshire – became Britain’s first national park. It’s a landscape of great diversity, varying from gritstone and moorland in the north to limestone gorges and valleys in the south.
Take to the path and explore this diverse landscape with our favourite Peak District walks.
The Peak District was designated as a national park in 1951 ©Getty
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. Map and Route.
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. Map and Walk.
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. Map and route.
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. Map and Route.
The upturned limestone reefs of the Dragon’s Back
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. Route and map.
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. Map and route.
Derwent Reservoir, today, is a peaceful place to walk ©Getty
The reservoirs of the Peak District’s Upper Derwent Valley played a key role in the most famous bombing raid of the Second World War – today they are popular and peaceful spots, best explored on foot with a six-mile walk. Map and route.
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. Map and route.
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. Route and map.
Overhanging limestone cliffs, 100m high, dwarf those intrepid enough to walk the bed of Chee Dale gorge ©Alamy
Delve into Deepdale in the Peak Distirct National Park before discovering Chelmorton’s ancient field systems and The Wye’s gorgeous Chee Dale. Map and route.
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. Map and route.
Discover more great British rambles with our Countryfile Walks.
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