The Peak District is our home base and what a wonderful place to live, work and play, this is our back garden and where we play and work the most. The Peak District is known for many things and walking is the best way to see and experience all The Peak District has to offer. We offer the classic Peak District walks and also some different walks for those that have done the classics and may want to get to know the Peaks at a more intimate level, see below for more details :
Peak District Classics – Kinder DownFall, Kinder Scout, The Great Ridge Traverse, Edale Horse Shoe, The Nine Edges, Marsden to Edale, The Derwent Watershed, The Limestone Way, The Six Dales Challenge.
The Great Ridge Traverse – A classic Peak District walk in the heart of The Hope Valley, there are many ways to walk this route from a half day to an extended full day walk into The Vale of Edale, all the routes take in the Great Ridge hills & mountains which include MamTor, Hollins Cross, Back Tor, and Lose Hill. Whatever your route it should always be finished with a pint or a brew in one of the many traditional pubs and cafes in The Hope Valley.
Kinder Scout & Kinder Downfall – enjoy the high plateaus & cloughs of one of England’s highest peaks. The Kinder Trespass was a pivotal moment in history for the development of free access land and the creation of our national parks. Learn how this important landscape changed the way we enjoy the great outdoors and hopefully see our local mountain hare which can only be seen in this area within England and turns white in winter. There are many ways upto the Kinder plateau and a visit to the Kinder Downfall waterfall is a must especially when it falls upwards !!, this is more spectacular in its winter coat.
The Edale Horseshoe – one of our favourites, a full day on the one of the highest and longest walks in the Peaks, you will be following in the footsteps of some great fell runners who run this every March and Julia Bradbury on Britains Favorite Walks. There are many ways to to start and finish this walk and each one is a full day out, we cover many well known hills and landmarks including Ringing Roger, Upper Tor, Grindslow Knoll, Crowden Tower, The Woolpacks, Kinder Scout, Kinder Low, Brown Knoll, Rushup Edge & Mam Tor. The walks range from 15 mile to 23 miles so be prepared for a long and rewarding day.
Moorland History, World War Two air crash sites – unfortunately during the war many crashes occurred in the high moorland mountains of the Peak District which is sad but also very interesting, each crash site has its own story and your guide will not only take you onto the moors but will also inform you of each crash site and its story while transporting you back to World War Two over the high peaks.
The Nine Edges Challenge – a well-known Peak District Challenge started by Edale Mountain Rescue in September each year which raises important fund for the team, more info can be found here – Edale Mountain Rescue . If you cannot do the Edale charity walk in September then Peak Outdoor can take you any other time , we start in the spectacular Lady Bower reservoir area and cross nine of the famous “Edges”, starting at Derwent Edge and completing our 31-mile hike at Birchen edge with a well-deserved drink at The Robin Hood Pub in Baslow. This event can be split into 2 days with a stopover halfway.
Dark & White Peak Geology Walk – did you know the Peak District is split into two geographical areas? The white peak is limestone formed under shallow seas from prehistoric times and the dark peak is gritstone formed from river beds, deltas and lakes. Formed over 320 million years ago in the Carboniferous period, this rock is some of the oldest in the country, we take you on the walks where the local rock tells its own story.
The Six Dales Challenge – deep into the White Peak we change our normal environment of high mountains and moorland into low valleys with the picturesque White Peak dales. Each dale has its own character and story and most are nature reserves with beautiful wildlife, plants, flowers and other flora and fauna, but don’t let the benign nature of these dales mislead you into thinking this is an easy day out!! Far from it, this 26 mile , 1000 metre ascent challenge is only for the fit walker who is ready for a full day out. We provide transport to get you back to your start point, we can also provide some bespoke pit stops with fish & chips or the local deli food. Alternatively, you can split this day into two days with an overnight stopover to make the challenge a bit easier.
The Dales of The White Peak – enter deep into the limestone dales and gorges of the white peak, a complete transformation from the high moorlands of the dark peak to the rolling green hills and valleys of the white peak, we will take you through a number of dales including Dovedale, Lathkill Dale, Monsal Dale, Cressbrook Dale and many more and experience the beauty that these valleys have to offer.
The Derwent Watershed – this is one of our favorite walks in The Peak District and is also one of our Walking Challenges . The watershed is basically the highest point where the rainwater falls into a huge bowl that includes the Ladybower, Derwent & Howden Reserviors and we walk round this. Taking in The Great Ridge of MamTor, Back Tor and Loose Hill and then onto Win Hill and then famous climbing crag of Stanage Edge, we then cross the A57 and ascend upto Derwent Edge, Howden Edge and Bleaklow. Then its only the second road crossing of the trip over the A57 at The Snake Pass to climb the northern edge of Kinder Scout and the spectacular Kinder Downfall and return back to our start point via Rushop edge and Lords Seat. This is a 40 mile challenge and only for the fit walker and is a very long day, this can also be split up over 2 days with a secret location overnight stop which is still a good walking challenge.
The Limestone Way – at 45 miles this is the longest of our Peak District walks. As you would expect with a name like Limestone Way it runs mainly through the limestone areas of the white peak and apart from the distance is fairly easy walking terrain through beautiful rolling hills, dales and fields. We start in Castleton and walk through some idyllic villages such as Millers Dale, Flagg, Monsyash, Youlgrave, Parwich and Tissington before finishing in Rocester. This is a 3 day walk and accommodation is mainly in youth hostels but hotels and B&B’s can be arranged. Our starting price for 3 days guided walk with accommodation for 2 nights is £250.00 but can vary depending on accommodation standard and seasonal costs, please contact us for more detailed options and itinerary. This is also one of our Walking Challenges , please visit this page for other long distance walks to be considered.
Marsden To Edale – is acomplete contrasts to The Limestone Way. This walk covers most of the Dark Peak Districts northern high moors and is a great way to experience what some say is the best section of The Pennine Way. Covering 25 miles and 1600 metres of ascent this walk is mainly for fit individuals who are used to medium to long walks. We complete this walk in 1 day, starting from Marsden we ascend to Black Hill and over Crowden to cross only one of two roads all day, we then ascend up the grade 2 scramble of Wildboar Clough (this can be avoided for none scramblers) to reach Bleaklow and then across the last road of the day The Snake Pass A57. Then its on the home run to the Kinder Scout Plateau and the stunning Kinder Downfall before hopefully arriving in time for last orders at the starting point of The Pennine Way The Nags Head pub at Edale.
Our rates are £40.00 per person per day, our group sizes are no more than 10 people, if you require personal guiding our day rates start from £160.00 per day, all prices are subject to our terms and conditions, if you would like to book a walk with us please call us on 07970 835737, email us at[email protected]or click on Contact Us.