If this is your first time or you’re new to visiting the Peak District and you’re unsure which walks to do, you can find some great ideas here.

There are hilly routes, rivers to walk alongside, caves to explore, some with waterfalls and a few hidden treasures that you might not have heard of before. The wonderful thing about the Peak District is there’s something for everyone to enjoy so take a look to find the perfect walk for you and your group!

Mam Tor & the Great Ridge

Distance: 6.8 miles/11 km

Walk time: 3-4 hours

A classic must-do Peak District walk is Mam Tor and the Great Ridge. Walking up to the summit and enjoying the views of the Hope Valley and surrounding hills is absolutely spectacular.

There are various different routes up to Mam Tor but this 7-mile loop from Castleton is one of the best routes taking in all the scenery on the way. You’ll reach Mam Tor trig point then enjoy a lovely route along the undulating Great Ridge via Back Tor all the way to Lose Hill.


The Roaches & Lud's Church

Distance: 10 miles/17 km

Walk time: 5-6 hours

Next on our walks in the Peak District list is The Roaches and Lud’s Church. Both places are iconic spots in the Peak District but combined on one walk you have the best of both worlds.

This route takes you up via Hen Cloud with views towards The Roaches and then on to Lud’s Church, known as a secret spot in the Peak District (in reality it’s not that secret as everyone has heard of it). However, visiting Lud’s Church for the first time is a wonderful experience and worth doing on a quieter day if you can as it has a real wow factor.

Cave Dale from Castleton

Distance: 2 miles/3.3 km

Walk time: 1.5-2.5 hours

Our second route from Castleton on our list of walks in the Peak District. Cave Dale is one of those hidden gems that is beautiful to explore on a shorter route.

From the village of Castleton you pop out into this stunning dale with views above of Peveril Castle and enjoy this quaint spot in the Peak District.


Kinder Scout from Edale

Distance: 8 miles/13 km

Walk time: 5-6 hours

Another one that had to make our list is Kinder Scout, there are many different start points for this walk and Edale village is one of the most popular ways up.

However, from Edale there are still numerous options to reach the top. Our walk takes you up Grindsbrook Clough, an adventurous route with a short scramble section towards the top of the plateau. From here, you’re up high enjoying the gritstone rock formations as you hike around the Kinder Plateau then on to Kinder Low trig point before heading back down the famous Jacob’s Ladder.

Chee Dale Stepping Stones

Distance: 5 miles/8 km

Walk time: 2-3 hours

Another hidden spot in the Peak District that jumps on our walks list. This route lies beneath the Monsal Trail, a popular trail but Chee Dale is where all the magic moments are!

From Miller’s Dale, also a great start point as this is an old train station complete with the train platforms. Then it’s a short walk down the Monsal Trail before heading down to the River Wye and before long you’ll reach the famous Chee Dale Stepping stones. These are passable in most weather, with the exception of the winter month’s when there’s heavy rain and melted snow that raises the water levels of the river.