Getting outside during these troubled times – if you’re able to – is almost guaranteed to make you feel better, and we think the Peak District is the best place in the world to get outside! In the hills and dales the trees are in bud, the lambs are skipping and the birds are singing fiercely.
Keeping active and getting fresh air and sunshine is vital for your physical and mental health. If you’re fit, healthy and able to get out* there are so many places in the Peak District where you can keep a social distance from others, but we’ve gathered together our Top 5 Quiet Walks to inspire you. We can’t guarantee you won’t see any other people, of course, but these are all places where you’re likely to be able to find peace and solitude, as well as the most uplifting country views.
* Current government guidelines on COVID-19 state that you should not leave your home if you are aged 70 or older, have an underlying health condition, are pregnant, have symptoms of the virus or live in a household where others are displaying symptoms. For everyone else, take care to stay 2m apart from each other during your walk.
1. Three Shires Head Walk (3.8 miles)
Three Shires Head is where the counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire meet. It’s a series of beautiful pools, waterfalls and bridges in the middle of the countryside, and on a sunny day it’s the most perfect swimming, paddling and picnicking spot.
2. Lathkill Dale Walk (4 miles)
This lovely walk takes you out of the pretty village of Monyash on the Limestone Way, through classic White Peak scenery. It passes through part of Cales Dale, lined with twisted, moss-covered trees, before following the stunning Lathkill Dale past the source of the River Lathkill, where it springs forth from a cave. From there the route heads up through the wide open countryside of Bagshaw Dale before returning to Monyash.
3. Coombs Dale Walk (4.75 miles)
This lovely circular walk takes you into a hidden, secret valley, Coombs Dale, one of the lesser known Peak District dales, and a place where you’re almost guaranteed peace and quiet. It follows well-made paths to Black Harry Gate, once the hunting ground of a notorious highwayman, before returning along country lanes and field paths to the starting point.
4. Hope to Hope Cross Walk (6.7 miles)
This lovely circular walk from Hope is an absolute stunner! Following hill trails and footpaths on to Hope Brink, you’re rewarded with the most magnificent views of the Hope Valley, the Edale Valley and even into the Derwent Valley in places. The heights of Lose Hill and Kinder Scout tower above you, and you walk as far as Hope Cross, a medieval packhorse road marker, before returning via an old Roman road.
5. The Wild Edges Walk (8 miles)
This walk offers some of the very best views in the Peak District, following a spectacular route across Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge and Baslow Edge with the wide vistas of the stunning Derwent Valley laid out below. It then descends gently on moorland trails and returns to the start point via the pretty villages of Curbar, Calver, Froggatt and Grindleford, on country lanes, field tracks and shady woodland paths alongside the River Derwent.