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Heather-clad moors of Kinder to the gritstone tors of Derwent Edge

The wild Pennine moorlands are of international importance for their populations of breeding birds and mosaic of habitats.

Sites of particular interest include Mam Tor, with spectacular views, landslip and prehistoric settlement, the famous Snake Pass and Alport Castles in Alport Valley. Kinder Scout, where the Mass Trespass of 1932 took place, is the highest point in the Peak District and is the location for a lot of our current conservation work in the Dark Peak.

The Trust also owns the Penny Pot Café, Dalehead Bunkhouse and several farms in the beautiful Edale Valley. Edale village marks the start of the National Trail, the Pennine Way, that crosses 3 National Parks.

Summer of Cycling

There's a network of bridleways to ride across the Dark Peak. Look on your OS map for the bold green dashes to see where you can go. For an easier option, why not download one of our cycling routes?

Refuelling stop

The Penny Pot Café is in Edale, right next to the station. Its a great place to start your day, stop for lunch or reward yourself after a day on the hills. You could also visit some of the National Trust tenant farmers to see what they have to offer.

Rest your head

We run our own self-catering group accommodation at Dalehead Bunkhouse in the Edale Valley. Local campsites,a camping barn and bed and breakfast accommodation run by National Trust tenants are also popular.

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