Nestled in the centre of England, the beautiful Peak District National Park is a haven for walkers and fresh-air-seekers. Choose this rugged destination for your UK walking holiday and enjoy plenty of scenic circuits all over the national park.
Whether you’re planning a family walking holiday or a weekend’s adventure with some serious hikers, there’s a route for you in the Peak District. So-called after the Anglo-Saxon tribe who settled there, there’s also a wealth of history to discover the Peaks.
Let’s take a look at some of the best walks to explore during a holiday in the Peak District, so you can get ready for a national park adventure to remember forever.
National Trust Longshaw Estate
Visit the Longshaw Estate for an accessible introduction to the Peak District. Head to the visitors centre, where you can leave your car and use the bathroom, then get out there and explore the landscape!
Enjoy a stroll down to Padley Gorge, looking out for wildlife along the way, or discover meadows, ancient woods, moorland, and parkland. There are lots of steady trails here, making this a great choice if you’re holidaying with some less adventurous companions.
Mam Tor, which means ‘Mother Hill’, is a 517-metre hill near Castleton in the Peak District. This is one of the most popular walks in the national park thanks to its rewarding panoramas and scenic ascent. Mam Tor is the main link between Rushup Edge and the Great Ridge, making it one of the best-loved ridges in the Peak District. Don’t forget your camera! On a clear day, you might even spot Manchester in the distance.
As the highest point in the Peak District, Kinder Scour is an excellent choice for a challenging walk in the park. Enjoy gentle streams, steep rock faces, and a waterfall on the way, before discovering unforgettable views when you reach the top. If you think you can make it, ascend Kinder Scout on your walking holiday for a day you’ll never forget.
This long and lesser-travelled route heads through the southern part of the Peak District, through the Derbyshire Dales and plenty of picturesque villages. The whole walk is 73-kilometres, which means lots of people camp and complete it over a long weekend. However, you can dip in and out wherever you like, covering part of the trail and heading back the same day for rewarding views and lots of fresh air.
When you’re planning your Peak District walking holiday, consider booking your accommodation in a nearby city. Choosing a city hotel close to the national park means comfort and security you can trust. There are plenty of Accor hotels in Manchester, Sheffield, and Derby. This means you can enjoy all the Peak District has to offer as well as the convenience of a city centre location.