Best walks in the Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park in Derbyshire is one of Britain's most iconic landscapes – hike over hills, moors and mountains, amble beside idyllic rivers and climb through deep gorges with our guide to the best walks in the Peak District. 

Golden sunrise at Mam Tor in the English Peak District on a hazy Autumn Morning with wooden gate.

In 1951, the Peak District – comprising most of Derbyshire and parts of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and Staffordshire – became Britain’s first national park.

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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
The Peak District was designated as a national park in 1951 ©Getty
A male hiker admires the view from the top of Catbells in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England.

Ilam and Dove Dale, Staffordshire and Derbyshire

Heavily wooded slopes in Dove Dale, Peak District National Park
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.

The route

  • 8.2km/5 miles
  • 3 hours
  • Moderate

Map and route

Ilam and Dove Dale map

Earl Sterndale to Hollinsclough, Derbyshire

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.

The route

  • 8.7km/5.5 miles
  • 3.5 hours
  • Moderate

Route and map

Chrome Hill map

Middleton to Youlgreave, Derbyshire

Bradford Dale, 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.

The route

  • 4.3km/2.6 miles
  • 1.5 hours
  • Easy

Map and route

Middleton map

Hollins Cross, Derbyshire

Hollins Cross and Lose Hill ridge, Castleton, Peak District National Park, 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.

The route

  • 8.5km/5.2 miles
  • 3.5 hours
  • Moderate

Route and map

Hollins Cross map

Hathersage and Stanage Edge, Derbyshire

Stanage Edge, Peak District Nat. Park,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.

The route

  • 9.4km/5.8 miles
  • 3.5 hours
  • Moderate

Route and map

Stranage Edge map

Saddleworth Moor, West Yorkshire

Butterly Reservoir Peak District
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.

The route

  • 11.7km/7.3 miles
  • 4 hours
  • Moderate

Map and Route

Saddleworth Moor map

Chee Dale, Miller’s Dale and Wye Dale, Derbyshire

Cheedale, Peak District
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.

The route

  • 6.8km/4.2 miles
  • 3 hours
  • Moderate

Map and Walk

Miller's Dale map

Bakewell to Chatsworth, Derbyshire

Bridge over the River Derwent In Chatsworth Park, 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 route

  • 11.8/7.3 miles
  • 4 hours
  • Moderate

Map and route

Bakewell to Chatsworth House map

The Roaches, Staffordshire

Late-summer heather on the Roaches ridgeline in the Peak District
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.

The route

  • 9.3km/5.8 miles
  • 4 hours
  • Moderate

Map and Route

The Roaches map

Chrome Hill, Derbyshire

Parkhouse Hill from Chrome Hill, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England, UK
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.

The route

  • 10km/6.2 miles
  • 4 hours
  • Moderate

Route and map

Chrome Hill map

Mam Tor, Derbyshire

The road past the Cheshire Cheese Inn was a key trade route for salt sellers and sheep drovers in medieval times
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.

The route

  • 14km/8.7 miles
  • 5 hours
  • Moderate/challenging

Map and route

Mam Tor map

Kinder Scout, Derbyshire

Kinder Scout in snowfall
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.

The route

  • 26.3km/16.3 miles
  • 9 hours
  • Challenging

Map and route

Kinder Scout map

Padley Gorge, Derbyshire

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.

The route

  • 3.7km/2.3 miles
  • 1.5 hours
  • Easy/moderate

Route and map

Padley Gorge map

Monsal Dale, Derbyshire

Monsal Dale in the Peak District on a misty autumn morning.
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.

The route

  • 7.4km/4.6 miles
  • 3 hours
  • Moderate

Map and route

Monsal Dale map

Birchover, Derbyshire

Robin Hood's Stride, Harthill Moor, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England, UK
Robin Hood’s Stride, Harthill Moor, Peak District National Park ©Alamy
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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.

The route

  • 8.6km/5.3 miles
  • 3 hours
  • Moderate

Map and route

Birchover map

Tideswell, Derbyshire

St John the Baptist church in Tideswell
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.

The route

  • 9.7km/6 miles
  • 3.5 hours
  • Moderate

Map and route

Tideswell map