Hiking in the Peak District

Planning a trip to the Peak District?

There are two main walking locations within the Peak District National Park, defined by the geology in the area. Both areas have equally beautiful walks, ideal for a day trip to the Peak District or even a full weekend exploring this magnificent National Park.

The White Peak Area includes more lowland walks, through woodlands, alongside rivers and streams including Chee Dale, Curbar Edge and Dovedale, perfect for families, beginners but anyone that loves walking or getting outdoors. 

The Dark Peak Area includes more rugged landscape, open moorlands and also the highest hills in the Peak District, Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Higher Shelf Stones, with a few more challenging walks but still a mix for everyone.

Places to hike in the Peak District

Peak District Maps

There are two maps that cover the entire Peak District. 

For the south section of the National Park, also known as the White Peaks Area you need the Ordnance Survey map OL24. For the north section of the Peak District, the Dark Peaks Area you need Ordnance Survey map OL1.

You can buy both maps at most outdoors shops or if you want to buy online ready for your trip then you can buy from Amazon (currently on sale) or direct from Ordnance Survey.

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Popular walks in the Peak District

Want to Try wild camping in the Peak District?

Cooking dinner as the sun sets

All you need to know about Wild Camping

I’ve been wild camping for over 4 years and I have been on many wild expeditions across the UK, but many of them have been in the Peak District.

In fact, my very first wild camping experience was in the Peak District, back in 2015! I’ve learnt a few things since then.

Read my full post below on wild camping in the Peak District, including where to wild camp, essential camping kit, my favourite wild camping tent and important tips on what to do when mother nature calls in the wild!

Hiking Gear + Hiking tips

Wondering what to wear on your Peak District walk or what essential items you need to take?

Read my guides here on top hiking tips and hiking gear for your walks.

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