Best walks in the Peak District

The Peak District National Park 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 favourite walks  

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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.  

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Take to the path and explore this diverse landscape with our favourite Peak District walks.

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The Peak District was designated as a national park in 1951 ©Getty
1. Saddleworth Moor, West Yorkshire

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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.  

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

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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

3. Bakewell to Chatsworth, Derbyshire

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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.

4. The Roaches, Staffordshire

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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.

5. Chrome Hill, Derbyshire

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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.

6. Mam Tor, Derbyshire

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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.

7. Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

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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.

8. Kinder Scout, Derbyshire

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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

9. Padley Gorge, Derbyshire

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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.

10. Deepdale, Derbyshire

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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

11. Monsal Dale, Derbyshire

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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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