The Peak District is the oldest national park in the United Kingdom. The Peak District and surrounding Derbyshire countryside offer a range of hiking trails that include relaxing waterside strolls and challenging hikes. Sports coach Richard Mallett believes that the exquisite trails of the Peak District and Derbyshire are some of the best in the UK.
Mam Tor is a 517-metre-high hill in Derbyshire’s High Peak area near Castleton. Mam Tor sits just on the edge of the White Peak and Dark Peak regions, giving fantastic views across the limestone areas of the National Park – including the Winnats Pass dry gorge. On a clear day, it is even possible to see Manchester from the top of Mam Tor.
The Longshaw Estate sits on 1,600 acres of gritstone edges, moor, and extensive woods, offering dramatic views over the Derwent Valley. When walking through the estate, hikers can explore Longshaw’s past, with locations such as millstone quarries and packhorse routes. At the end of a long walk, the Longshaw Estate is home to tea rooms offering local, home-baked cakes and meals.
Kinder Scout is the Peak District’s highest point, offering incredible views across the National Park. Whilst exploring Kinder Scout, hikers will discover gentle streams, dark gritstone, steep rocks, and the glories of the Kinder Downfall.
Kinder Scout also features some of the Peak District’s most difficult yet rewarding walks. Notable features in the Kinder Scout area include a calm Mermaid’s Pool, and unique rock formations including Pym’s Chair and the Boxing Gloves.
Kinder Scout is a challenging location at the best of times, and the Kinder Plateau can be difficult to navigate in poor weather conditions. Always prepare by wearing appropriate clothing and carrying both a map and compass.
Aside from the stunning scenery and challenging trails, Kinder Scout is one of the most historically signification areas of the entire Peak District National Park. It is where the 1932 Mass Trespass was held, when hikers from nearby cities came together to protest peacefully on what was at the time considered private land. This protest contributed to the legislation change that now allows people to walk freely on access land and was a defining moment in the campaign that eventually led to the formation of Britain’s National Parks.