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Legends and adventures in the Peak District

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Legends and adventures in the Peak District

Hiking Collection by komoot

8

Tours

30:41 h

66.3 mi

8,400 ft

The Peak District is a glorious land of breathtaking views and rolling hills, interspersed with sleepy villages, stately homes, rivers, valleys, and mystical remains. With the wilder Dark Peak to the north, dominated by gritstone edges and rugged moorland, and the green pastoral dales of the White Peak to the south, there truly is something for all ages, interests and abilities.

Covering an area of 542 square miles (1,403 square kilometers), the Peak District is surrounded by the vast urban conurbations of Manchester to the north-west and Sheffield to the north-east, with the towns of Chesterfield and Matlock to the east and south-east respectively, and Wirksworth, and Ashbourne to the south and south-west. As such, the national park, the first to be formed in England in 1951, truly is on the doorstep for many; a garden open for all to explore.

This Collection handpicks some really interesting places to explore; some very well-known, others not so. Take the Peak District classic, Mam Tor. Many hikers from around the globe travel to the Peaks to complete this route, or some variation of it, and it is famously challenging, yet stunningly beautiful. On the other hand, some of the Druid stone circles included here are unknown - giving you a great opportunity to experience the mystique all by yourself!

If you want a base in the heart of the Peak District, then Bakewell is a great place to stay and has good bus links. If you are happy to be out of the national park, try Buxton, which has lots of hotels, restaurants, bars, a world-class theatre, as well as good bus and rail links.

As with any rural area, a car is the best way to travel around between the hikes, but there are decent bus connections around the Peaks.

Bakewell bus information: bustimes.org/localities/bakewell
Buxton bus information: highpeakbuses.com/routes
Buxton rail information: northernrailway.co.uk/stations/BUX
General Peak District travel information: peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/publictransport

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  • Intermediate
    04:18
    9.55 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Steeped in history, legend and folklore, this route is as fascinating as it is beautiful.

    

    The Druid stone circles of Dolls Tor, Nine Ladies and Nine Stones Close have a surreal and spiritual energy; their mystical settings always guarantee to sprinkle some magic onto your walk.

    

    Enjoy scrambling on the

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  • Intermediate
    04:20
    9.15 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Dragon's Back is one of the most impressive sights in the Peak District. Visible for miles around, the rugged ridges of Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill simply beg to be conquered.

    

    Formed some 340 million years ago, the hills - known as reef knolls - were once coral reefs when the area was covered

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  • Difficult
    06:58
    15.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Walking through the Chatsworth Estate, it can often feel like time has stood still for hundreds of years.

    

    With the glorious stately home standing proudly, the River Derwent meandering gently, the ancient hedgerows, neat dry-stone walls and picturesque chocolate-box villages, this is Peak District countryside

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    7.39 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Bank Wood is a delightful secret of the Peak District. Spectacular whatever the season, it boasts superb views over Baslow Edge and the villages below.

    

    However, if you are lucky enough to try this route in April and May, prepare for your heart to skip many beats. During the Spring, the woods erupt into

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    8.40 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This route, or variations of it, is an absolute classic. Arguably the star attraction of the Peak District, Mam Tor and Great Ridge ignite the desire to explore; walkers from around the globe flock conquer it at all times of the year.

    

    Standing at 517 meters high, Mam Tor sits on the edge of the Dark Peak

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  • Intermediate
    02:50
    6.04 mi
    2.1 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The postcard village of Ashford in the Water is a fine example of a Peak District village. With its much-photographed medieval Sheepwash Bridge, pretty 12th century church, quaint cottages and beautifully-tended gardens, the village is picturesque.

    

    After strolling through Ashford in the Water, this route

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  • Intermediate
    02:58
    6.33 mi
    2.1 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This fabulous riverside route takes in the spectacular countryside of the southern Peak District and Dovedale, with classic views from the surrounding hills and lots of things to explore.

    

    Enjoy skipping over the stepping stones that cross the River Dove, enjoy the numerous caves, and be sure to spend

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  • Intermediate
    01:47
    4.08 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This route is easygoing and leisurely, giving you the opportunity to explore the historic market town of Bakewell and the delightful Monsal Trail with ease.

    

    Situated on the picturesque banks of the river Wye, Bakewell, the biggest town in the Peak District, boats beautiful stone buildings, a medieval

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    66.3 mi
  • Duration
    30:41 h
  • Elevation
    8,400 ft

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