Getting Out and About in the Peaks
For lovers of nature, the Peak District offers a vast array of natural wonders to enjoy, as well as numerous hiking trails, hills to climb and caverns to explore.
Beneath the gently rolling hills there is another side to the peak district. Numerous vast caverns lay underground, leading to subterranean lakes and bizarre geological formations. Former outlaw hideouts, druid’s caves and mineral mines, the history of the following caverns are varied and exciting. They all offer informative guided tours.
- Speedwell Cavern (includes an underground boat trip)
- Treak Cliff Cavern
- Poole’s Cavern
- Blue John Cavern
Many who come to the Peak District come to enjoy the many hiking trails. There are a number of hiking trails, ranging from easy strolls across tamed paths, to hard going hikes up hills and through bogs. It’s well worth getting your hands on a decent map of the area, which will have major and minor trails marked.
- The Pennine way starts in the village of Edale and stretches for 268 miles along the backbone of the UK. Rugged and hard going at times, it’s a fantastic long distance walk offering exceptional views of upland England.
- Kinder Scout is ideal for more experienced walkers. With steep climbs, bogs and challenging descents, the path takes you up to the Peak District’s highest plateau and back again.
- The Tissington Trail is an easier going, all access path that takes in over 30 miles of trails throughout the countryside.
- Mam Tor is one of the most famous peaks in the area. The trail is only five miles long and shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours or so. From the top, enjoy splendid views over the Hope Valley.
Hidden from view, this 100m chasm drops down almost 60 feet in the Back Forest. It’s covered in moss and remains cool on even the hottest summer days. It’s a truly spectacular sight if you can find it and plays host to several local legends.