Guided Walking in the Peak District

Kinder Scout and Jacobs Ladder

Bog Trotting and Moon Walking on the Dark Peak’s Highest Summit


Kinder Scout and Jacobs Ladder
Difficulty: Moderate
Altitude Gain: 635m
Distance: 8.8 miles (14.2km)
Time 5-6 Hours

This route is without a doubt the most fun and adventure you can have walking in the Peak District. A favourite hike amongst scout troops and school groups, those testing their DofE expedition skills and anyone with a sense of humour and hankering for a good adventure!

Trekking in Peak District
The trek is perfect on a dry and sunny day, but equally amusing in the wet. This walk is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and some mud on your boots.

The circular route starts in the village of Edale, passing by the Old Nag’s Head (a walker’s favourite and official start to the Pennine Way) and out towards the summit plateau of Kinder Scout.

Hiking in Derbyshire
The trail goes up via Grinds Brook, climbing steadily and gaining ascent as the path narrows, becoming rockier and there are a few steep steps to the top.

From the plateau we’ll head towards Kinder Downfall where there is plenty of scrambling on the gritstone outcrops for the more adventurous and lofty views over a green and golden landscape.

Along the way, the fun really begins when we reach the plateau of the Dark Peak’s highest mountain as quite possibly the world’s largest peat bog lies ahead. We’ll craftily try to dodge a mud bath, jumping from the huge dune like banks of soft peat, rising up like a sea of sand (some upwards of 20 feet high!) where the terrain looks like a bewildering and wild moonscape. Finding the trig point and official highest point is tricky, with care needed for navigation, but our experienced guides will find the way, leaving you to hop across the plateau and enjoy the scenery. The maze of peat bogs and the ups and downs means that no route is ever the same!

If we have time and you’re up for an adventure then there are some WW2 aircraft wrecks lying around that are worth the effort to get there.

Heading off the summit plateau, we head down a steep descent towards Jacob’s Ladder, via interesting rock formations, bewildering landscapes and a kaleidoscope of bright colours over the moorland. We’ll follow the Pennine Way back to Edale and the comforts of a well-deserved pint at a country inn.

Just over 80 years ago, an important part of history was laid down in the peat bogs of Kinder Scout. This was the location of a mass trespass where over 400 walkers and games keepers walked over Kinder Scout protesting their right (and our right today) to roam in the wilds of the English countryside.

Not only is it the highest point in the Peak District, but also, it is a deservedly adventurous hike worthy of its past fame.

Mam Tor and the Great Ridge

Castles, Crags, Mountains and Moorland

Hope Valley near Castleton

Mam Tor and the Great Ridge
Difficulty: Moderate
Altitude Gain: 505m
Distance: 8.5 miles (13.6km)
Time 4-5 Hours
Ridge Walk in the Peak District
A classic, beautiful walk starting in Castleton, taking in the remains of Peveril Castle and the Limestone Way before reaching the high ridge along Mam Tor.

Castleton is a lively village, situated in the heart of the Hope Valley. Home to numerous real ale pubs, cosy bed and breakfasts and surrounded by stunning and dramatic scenery this is a hill walker’s dream.

The circular route swiftly leaves the bustle of Castleton behind, steeply ascending to the remains of Peveril Castle. Standing over the valley, this was once a formidable Norman fortress. We pass this impressive landmark walking along the Limestone Way – a national trail that goes through Derbyshire – continuing our ascent up the dry riverbed in the Cavedale Valley.

Cute little Sheep in the Peak District
The scenery begins to open up and becomes quite dramatic as we gain the ridge of the impressive Mam Tor heading towards Hollins Cross. From the ridge you can see spectacular views into the valley with Castleton, Hope and Edale in view. Just beyond is the imposing Black Tor, the highest point along this great ridge, seemingly increasing in size, as we approach. Here there is the option to climb over the top or skirt along the edges. After passing Back Tor, our final “peak” on the Great Ridge is Lose Hill, where it’s here that we’ll begin our journey back into the bustle of the valley floor.

A steep descent over moorland and heather, farmer’s fields and dry stonewalls brings us down back into Castleton; the perfect place to enjoy a pint and cheers to a successful, satisfying day in the mountains.

The Peak District 9 Edges

21 miles, 9 edges, 1 day

21 miles of walking sees you conquer nine edges with the best views the Peak District has to offer, all in a single day. Derwent, Stanage, Burbage Upper, Burbage Lower, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardoms and Birchen. The walk is a challenge, for sure, but the views more than make up for it. You’ll weave through trees overlooking the River Derwent and see pastures speckled with livestock stretching on for miles. It’s a truly serene walk and one to remember.

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Edale Skyline

21 miles across the splendid Edale Valley

Group of Hikers Edale
Enjoy a spectacular tour of the Peak District’s highest trails and summits. This is a classic circular route over the Edale Valley. 21 miles of tracks and trails with 1,400m of climbing is a tough task, make no mistake. These breathtaking views are a natural fuel though, and the panoramic postcard views atop Rushup Edge is more than worth your efforts. Think you can take this challenge on?

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