The Peak District


The Roaches, with views to Tittesworth Reservoir, Peak District, England  (Sponner/Shutterstock)

The Roaches, with views to Tittesworth Reservoir, Peak District, England (Sponner/Shutterstock)

Looking for some Great British adventure inspiration? You're in the right place. Here you'll get an independent, ad-free lowdown on Britain's top 50 adventure locations - the online yin to the paper yang of our Joyously Busy Great British Adventure Map.

Why Go To The Peak District?

The Peak District was the first national park and is the biggest and best in the centre of Britain. Just some of things you can do in the Peak District that you can't do anywhere else..

  • Hike up Kinder Scout and see what all the fuss was about when the national parks movement was founded
  • Walk or cycle the proper long-distance route up the backbone of England, the Pennine Way / Pennine Bridleway
  • Go on a classic British road trip 

Want to find out more? Read on for great photos, articles, videos, top tips and other content to fire up your adventure appetite. Got a question? Ask away.

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Yet another example of Britain trying to confuse people (see also New Forest, Brecon Beacons, et al): the Peak District has no peaks. Somebody call Trading Standards. Split between the Dark Peak's moorland in the north, and the White Peak’s limestone dales to the south, Britain's first national park (established in 1951) remains the spiritual home of the national parks movement since the Kinder trespass in 1932. Great hills, wild and spectacular scenery, caves in abundance. Highest point: Kinder Scout (636m). Other highlights: Mam Tor, Stanage Edge, White Brow Hill, Bleaklow and Black Hill.

Mam Tor, Peak District - one of Britain's favourite views  (Gordon Bell/Shutterstock)

Mam Tor, Peak District - one of Britain's favourite views (Gordon Bell/Shutterstock)

The essential journey in the Peak District is the Pennine Way national trail, one of Britain's toughest and most rewarding long-distance routes. It stretches from the Peak District to the Scottish Borders.

For those not into self-powering themselves a huge distance, road trips in the Peak District have the added bonus of some spectacular scenery, including several passes like this...

Less keen on cycling? There are other ways to get around the Peak District...

Getting To The Peak District, Maps & Guides

Getting there: 0.5 hr from Sheffield by car, 1 hr from Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, 3 hrs from London.

Travel times from where you are: See the Peak District on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Bradt's Peak District guide.

Walking route guidance: Pennine Way national trail.

Tourist board: Visit Peak District.

Even More Peak District Adventure Inspiration

Snake Pass, Peak District ( (Daniel_Kay/Shutterstock)

Snake Pass, Peak District ((Daniel_Kay/Shutterstock)

Some useful reads / listens on the Peak District...

Whatever happens in the Peak District, remember: there's always the World Hen Racing Championships... 


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