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Peak District Winter Walks To Enjoy Over The Holidays

The Peak District stretches across Derbyshire, filled with some historical villages sprinkled right across the country's oldest national park.

As we head into winter, now is the perfect time to experience the festive season through the art of nature spread across the canvas of the Peak District.

The crisp, paper-thin layer of frost on the morning grass or the sharp snap of the winter wind, there is so much to appreciate at this time of year.

And if you are lucky enough, you may even witness the magic of the Peak District under a fresh, un-trodden blanket of snow.

Here are our suggestions for some of the best places to walk in the Peaks to get the full winter wonderland experience during this festive season.



A delightful countryside village located in the heart of the Peak District, Castleton is surrounded by hills which are often the destination for snowfall.

The steep, unforgiving hills of Mam Tor are ready to be conquered by any brave soul who wants to risk the endeavour in the strong gales synonymous with winter.

Perhaps a more enjoyable day out would be grabbing a hot chocolate in the village centre before visiting some of the gift shops for some Christmas shopping.

A smashing view of Castleton is along the crest of Winnats Pass, which looms over the picturesque village, but unfortunately, the pass is closed sometimes due to weather-related dangers, such as the infamous strong winds in which the landmark is named after.


Padley Gorge

By winter, the leaves have disappeared and left a forest of breath-taking skeleton trees for you to meander between along one of the many weaving paths Padley Gorge offers.

The streams which make Padley Gorge so iconic with frequent visitors of the Peak District become chilly channels that walkers are best to avoid if they wish to stay warm.

Have a stroll along Burbage Brook as it flows underneath charismatic footbridges that house suspended icicles hovering above tumbling waterfalls.

And to round off a brilliant day out, you can warm up with a hot drink at the Grindleford café.


Chatsworth House

The grounds of Chatsworth House become even more majestic in the winter.

The 105-acre garden is home to a variety of species of plants and trees enhanced by the wintery setting.

The "Palace of the Peaks" also is a great spot if the winter weather is too harsh.

Venturing into the house, visitors can expect a festive display including a snowy wonderland courtyard, a cascade of Christmas cards and a giant gorgeous music box.

A peaceful amble around the gardens can be then made even more worthwhile with a visit to the stables which houses a café, restaurant and a gift shop for any last minute shopping.


Stanage Edge

Just north of Hathersage is Stanage Edge. A popular summer spot for rock climbers and walkers.

However, in winter the edge becomes a frozen tundra due to how exposed the spot is to the elements.

Any brave walkers who venture out onto Stanage Edge will however be greeted with awe-inspiring views of the Hope Valley.

A recommendation is to finish your expedition at the Norfolk Arms pub at the top of Ringinglow Road, which does a delicious pie to warm you up after a hard day's walk.


Monsal Trail

The trail, which runs along nine miles of the now-abandoned Peak and Dales railway line is popular throughout the entire year.

And in winter the aspects of the trail which make it so unique all year round are enhanced, the deserted railway tunnels become decorated with icicles and the views of the frost-covered Monsal dale from the viaduct are spectacular.

A lot of the trail is also sheltered by trees, and although bare at this time of year, they provide some protection from the harsh winter gale.


Bamford Edge

Overlooking the majestic Ladybower reservoir, only a short accessible walk stands between you and the crescendo of Bamford Edge.

A two-mile round walk is required to reach the viewpoint where you can see some of the most astonishing views the Peak District has to offer.

After being blinded by the beauty of the wintery views, you can head into the village of Bamford and cap the day off with a drink from one of the village's many pubs.


Curbar Edge

Looming over the village of Calver is Curbar Edge, a rocky stretch of boulders that presents one of the best views in the Peak District.

The route which usually boasts lush shrubbery becomes a bare rocky plateau making for an uneven, but enjoyed walking terrain.

In winter, the walking paths along Curbar Edge can be victim to harsh conditions, so we wouldn't blame you if you visited one of the pubs Calver has on offer.


Cromford Canal

Based near Matlock, the canal was once an integral part of the local industrial infrastructure, but now it is a beautiful, biodiverse nature reserve.

In winter the frozen trees create a stunning background for an easy stroll along the canal path., which is suitable for all abilities and is easily accessible.

If you are walking towards Cromford, the world-famous Cromford Mills will help you refuel with some takeaway treats.


River Derwent

If Chatsworth House isn't your cup of tea, the River Derwent runs right alongside it.

There are 66 miles of pristine water running through the hills of the Peak District, stretching between Matlock and Derby, the river is perfect for a gentle jolly in the country.

In winter the delicate frost sticks to the foliage along the banks of the Derwent creating an alluring sight for the eyes.


Kinder Scout

The highest point in the entire Peak District with a variety of popular routes can be used to access the moorland plateau.

If you are looking for a quieter route, perhaps the path from Snake Pass is the best choice.

Incredible rock formations are just waiting to be admired as you ascend to the plateaued summit to soak up the views.




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