Spring walking in the Dark Peak

Edale valley sunshine

The footpaths and bridleways across Kinder, Edale and the Dark Peak can make an exhilarating day out, whatever the weather.

You never know what you may see. If you're lucky you may spot the delicate deep pink flowers of bilberry bushes, or hear the eerie "currrrrleeeww" call of the curlew, an increasingly rare moorland bird. Download one of our walking or cycling routes or work out your own using an Ordnance Survey map for the Dark Peak (OL1). 

Bilberry bumblebees are a declining species that feed on and nest near billberry plants
Bilberry bumblebee on bilberry plant
Bilberry bumblebees are a declining species that feed on and nest near billberry plants


Kinder Scout

On Kinder Scout, the Pennine Way around the plateau is the safest route to use now that restoration work has successfully increased the depths of the peat bogs. The restoration is part of the conservation work going on across the High Peak moors as part of the 50 year vision for this area.

At the top of Kinder Downfall on a still day.
river Kinder and rocks from plateau looking over view
At the top of Kinder Downfall on a still day.


Spring walking advice

Even in spring, conditions can be several degrees colder and windier than in the sheltered valley. If you are planning a full day's walk, check the weather forecast before you go and make sure you have suitable footwear, warm and waterproof clothing, map and compass, headtorch with spare batteries, fully charged mobile phone, whistle, first aid kit and plenty of food, drink, spare gloves and socks. Navigational skills are important on the moors in case of low cloud or whiteouts. Make sure you have told someone where you are heading and what time you expect to be back. If you change your plans, let them know.

If you get into difficulties and need help, call 999 and ask for Mountain Rescue.

Join us for a walk

If you don't have the confidence to walk in the Dark Peak without guideance, or you enjoy the company of a group, have a look at our What's On pages to find out when the next guided walk is. 

Upcoming events

Mam Tor and Rushup Edge

Fri 05 Apr 2019
11:00-14:00
Dramatic and extensive views from this famous Peak District ridge.

Hollins Cross

Fri 12 Apr 2019
11:00-13:30
Join our walks leaders for a ramble up to Hollins Cross and take in the splendid views into both the Hope and Edale Valley.

Reservoirs and Forests

Fri 26 Apr 2019
11:00-14:30
This Easter, join our guided walks leaders for a walk around the stunning Ladybower Reservoir and up onto the moors for a view across the atmospheric Kinder Scout.

Spirit of Kinder Rally - Walk

Sat 27 Apr 2019
10:30-17:30
Celebrate and share the story of countryside access by joining us on a walk into the Spirit of Kinder Rally in Winnats Pass.

Spirit of Kinder Rally

Sat 27 Apr 2019
14:00-16:00
Celebrate and share the story of countryside access at the Spirit of Kinder Rally in Winnats Pass.
Carpet of bluebells in Backside Wood, Edale Valley
Male mountain biker in black, background blurred

Cycle trails at Dark Peak

Explore Dark Peak on your bike and be rewarded with some of the best views the Peak District has to offer.