Things to see & do

Places to see

Rowan berries in autumn woods © Chloe Bradbrooke

Rowan berries in autumn woods

The Dark Peak is packed to the brim with stunning scenery and majestic wildlife.

These are just a few of the wondrous places to visit in this area of the Peak District which are available whatever the weather.

Visitors range from walkers, cyclists and climbers, to artists, writers and astronomers.

Mam Tor

Dramatic views from Mam Tor, Peak District © Joe Cornish

Dramatic views from Mam Tor, Peak District

Mam Tor stands at the Western end of the Hope Valley, its dramatic landslip showing the insides of what would otherwise be a gently rolling hill. Mam Tor is said to mean mother hill because it spawns mini-hills beneath as bits drop off. Walk along the ridge from Mam Tor for breathtaking views in every direction.

Kinder Scout

Dramatic views from Mam Tor, Peak District © Joe Cornish

Dramatic views from Mam Tor, Peak District

Kinder Scout is an expansive wild moorland plateau that provides a truly unique experience to any adventurous visitor. It has a significant history as it is the place that saw the Mass Trespass in 1932.

Edale Valley

Looking down towards Grindsbrook Booth and Edale from Ringing Roger © Paul Robinson

Looking down towards Grindsbrook Booth and Edale from Ringing Roger

Edale Valley is a great starting point to explore some of the most iconic views of the Peak District. Covered in elegant waterfalls, wooden bridges and ancient pack horse routes, a walk through the many paths in the valley offer spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Hope Valley

Paragliding in the Peak District © NT Peak District

Paragliding in the Peak District

A haven for any outdoor adventurer, the scenic valley offers a route up to Mam Tor and the spectacular steep-sided Winnats Pass. Beneath the awe-inspiring scenery lies the intricate system of limestone caves, home of the rare Blue John stone.

Upper Derwent Valley

A rest with a view © Emma Wagner

A rest with a view

This heather moorland skyline is dominated by gritstone crags and tors. Discover a wealth of wildlife along the many routes and pathways across the valley.

Alport Valley

Alport Valley © Joe Cornish

Alport Valley

The Alport Valley is one of the few large valleys in the Peak District with no public roads or car park and hence remains a peaceful and tranquil place.

What's on

Get your walking boots on this Autumn © NTPL

There's always something to look forward to with events for all ages running throughout the year, from walks on Kinder and storytelling in Edale to sowing heather seed on Mam Tor.


Do you enjoy treasure hunts? Have you ever tried out a geocache trail? We have trails across the Peak District including a nicely challenging one in the Dark Peak.

50 Things

Catch a falling leaf at Sheffield Park and Garden © Nina Elliot-Newman

Autumn is a great time time to get outside and tick off some of the '50 Things. Catch a falling leaf in the woods or go on a really long bike ride around Ladybower reservoir.

Nature at night

You are always in with a good chance of seeing them in the night sky © National Trust Images/Bat Conservation Trust/Hugh Clark

Go on a nature walk at night. Autumn evenings are a great time to listen out for owls and see if you can spot bats flying around in the sky.  Find a bat hotspot near you

50 things

Here's a little secret: the great outdoors really is great! It's full of crazy creatures and adventures. So we've tracked down the 50 coolest outdoor things to do before you're 11¾. Can you handle it?

School visits

Are you a teacher? Why not bring a group to the Dark Peak for a fun and educational day out with our learning team. Call 01433 637907 or email the team.


We have lots of great things across the Peak District, see our other pages for details: