To the Sunday stroller, the best walk may well be the shortest. To a moderately experienced walker, a full day walk could be preferred. An experienced hiker however, will be looking for a challenge, the longer and tougher trails beckoning. The Peak District, an enormous National Park in the uplands of the East Midlands (the eastern part of central England) has gentle, ambling strolls for walks with friends, serious day hikes for more adventure, and longer distance challenges over several days and miles. Contrary to the term ‘peak’, there are not really peaks at all, rather high mountainous hills. This area has long been a traditional destination for hikers and has played an important role in early recreational walking history. It is criss-crossed with recognised and well-signed paths and trails for people of all ages and abilities to ramble. The Dark Peak area is comprised of mostly moors and peat and offers more challenging, less obviously beautiful hikes, whereas the White Peak area further south is limestone-based, and the majority of towns and pleasant walks lie there. totalguidetoengland.com have shared with us the best walks in the Peak District on your ability.
The challenge is in deciding which walk to do. Do you ‘skip-to-my-loo’? Do you stroll? Wander with friends or family? The most popular walk in the Derbyshire Dales is Dovedale, an easy three-mile ramble. Thrill to the breathlessness of the climb? The reward of the view? Then Baslow Edge is a great 3.5-mile walk with some challenging inclines and splendid vistas. The majesty of water? The Wolfscote & Beresford Dales seven-mile hike takes you to beautiful Pike Pool. Are you travelling solo? Would you prefer some company? There are many guided tours that team you with like-minded people on a safe and informative hike. For those with a good fitness level and a mind for a long adventure, the first part of the popular 268 mile Pennine Way – Kinder Scout, the highest mountain in the Peak District – will challenge and exhilarate you for eleven miles, including 550 metres of ascent.
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There is a great deal of information available on the Internet, and through the Peak District National Park Authority (peakdistrict.gov.uk). Each trail and path is clearly explained, with suggestions for activities for different ability levels. Whether you’re at the peak of fitness, or just want your curiosity peaked, you’ll find a walk to suit at the Peak District.
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