The Peak District was the UK’s first national park. And it’s where the country’s first long-distance walking route, the Pennine Way, begins its journey north – 431km, to be precise, finishing at Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. The Pennine Way gets off to a spectacular start. Rising from the idyllic village of Edale, it immediately makes its second-longest ascent of the whole route, and immediately brushes up against Kinder Scout, the infamous plateau where, in 1932, around 500 walkers mass trespassed to secure access rights to open country, an act that lead to the national park’s subsequent creation.
This is also an area of split personalities, where the dramatic Dark Peak (gritstone edges, wild moors) and gentler White Peak (rolling limestone dales, endless dry stone walls) collide. You can be wind-blustered on high ridges or test your nerve, climbing up gnarly crags. But you can also walk along the winsome streets of pretty villages and market towns, amble alongside burbling streams and mingle with aristocrats at one of the most magnificent houses in the country. And you can finish each day with a cosy room, a great meal and a real ale or two.
The icons below highlight the distance, difficulty and theme of this itinerary.
Walks from 9km to 14km
Easy / Moderate
High Hills & Moorland / Rolling Countryside / Connecting Villages & Towns
History / Food & Drink
Walking / Cycling / Extreme / Heritage / Hands On
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This three-day trip explores the dramatic ridges, rugged moorland and rolling dales of the Peak District, at the end of the Pennine Way. Hike along dry-stone walls, descend into caverns, scramble over crags, stroll around magnificent mansions and learn to bake your own iconic pudding, in one action-packed long weekend.
The Peak District and surrounding countryside have a variety of options, from hotels to family-run B&Bs.
Many of the pubs and hotels listed under the Accommodation section also offer food, from classics to fine dining. Additionally, seek out some of the region’s characterful cafes.
There’s a lot of adventure potential in the Peak District and around the Pennine Way, from dramatic walks to cycling and climbing.
For further walking inspiration visit The Outdoor Guide.
Try a bit of everything in the Peak District, from exploring caves to making your own classic pudding.
The Peak District offers the best of both worlds for cyclists. There are rugged off-road routes for those who dare but also flat, traffic-free trails for those who prefer a gentler ride.
Trains serve Edale, the best access point for Kinder Scout and circular walks in the Hope Valley. There’s a regular bus service from Sheffield to Castleton. When running, the Hope Valley Explorer Bus serves hotspots including Edale, Castleton, Bamford and Hope Valley. The easiest way to explore is by car.
No specialist walking equipment is necessary. Kinder Scout is best enjoyed in dry weather with good visibility. The other walks suggested in this itinerary are fairly gentle and suitable for all abilities.
We advise that you check opening times and booking restrictions before travelling.
Please check out these links for latest advice when in the countryside
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The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.