My favourite Peak District walks

The Peak District National Park is one of my favourite places for hiking and over the years I visited it many many times, always trying to discover new places and villages that I hadn’t visited before.

The Peak District is huge so I haven’t been everywhere but I still managed to visit some of the most beautiful places and in this post I wanted to share with you some of my favourite walks which you should definitely try, if not this month (it’s National Walking Month, did you know?), then another time. If you love walking, store this for later as it will definitely come handy when you are in a mood for hiking and want to do some of the best walks in the Peak District!

So here are some of my favourite walks, in no particular order:

Dovedale

View from one of the car parks nearby
View from one of the car parks nearby

I wrote about this walk on my blog a few years ago, you can read all about it here.

This walk is one of the most popular walks in the Peak District so expect crowds at the weekends! I love it because you walk by the river, then go over the stepping stones at some point and while you continue walking by the river you discover some caves and other interesting landscape marks so it’s not only about walking, it’s also about the discovery which any child would love. So yeah, great for families and you can only focus walking in the valley rather than climbing up to nearby hills (if you don’t want to). It’s up to you really. If you love some good exercise then take it up to one of the nearby hills.

Popular Stepping Stones across the river Dove
Popular Stepping Stones across the river Dove
Reynard’s Cave and a natural arch
Reynard’s Cave and a natural arch
Dove Holes
Dove Holes

Dovestone Reservoir

I am so lucky now that I live less than 15-minute drive away from this wonderful beauty spot! When I went to Dovestone Reservoir for the first time I actually didn’t like it. The weather was very gloomy and rainy and the path we chose was not with the best views – we actually walked away from the reservoir towards Chew Reservoir which was a good exercise but not the best walk!

Dovestone Reservoir in the distance
Dovestone Reservoir in the distance

If you want the best walk, follow the path around Dove Stone Reservoir which is about 2.5-mile long. Just keep in mind that after a while the path will get quite muddy which can be more of a problem after rain so don’t forget your boots!

I love Dovestone Reservoir now, it’s especially great to visit when the weather is nice and you can have a picnic there and some nice, relaxing time. It’s quite an easy walk around the reservoir and it’s suitable for those who are not used to walking too much so no excuse!

stream going into Dovestone Reservoir
stream going into Dovestone Reservoir

Chee Dale Nature Reserve

chee dale welcome board

We only visited Chee Dale Nature Reserve this month after I found this walk online and wow, this area is simply amazing! I fell in love with it straight away. The scenery is spectacular and this is definitely one of the best walks in the Peak District, no doubt! I will definitely be back, to explore other routes and attractions in the area.

view from a car park - Blackwell Mill cottages at the bottom
view from a car park – Blackwell Mill cottages at the bottom

There are different paths you can follow and it’s really up to you but we decided to follow the walk we found online here and I was happy with it – it was easy-to-follow, all the instructions were there, you don’t even need a map. But you can adapt your walk to your needs and you can make it shorter or easier if you like.

Blackwell Mill cottages on the edge of Peak District
Blackwell Mill cottages
stepping stones on the left side of the river Wye
Stepping stones on the left side of the river Wye

bridge crossing the river

So there you go, some of the best walks in the Peak District (in my opinion). Are you tempted to try some of them this National Walking Month? I am keen on exploring new areas in the Peak District this month and would love to go back to Chee Dale. What about you?

4 Comments

    1. The Peak District is definitely worth visiting, it’s so beautiful there and I enjoy it so much when I am there.

  1. You didn’t mention the Manifold Valley, or to take only photographs and most importantly- LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS!!.

    1. I actually haven’t done any walks in that valley yet, but thanks for the idea, this is definitely a great place to visit! And yes of course, “take only pictures, leave only footprints”… 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Checkbox GDPR is required

*

I agree

CommentLuv badge