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

Edale 'Figure of Eight' walk

Fri 05 Jul 2019
11:00-13:30
A beautiful low level walk in the Vale of Edale.

BE KINDER walking trail

Sat 06 Jul 2019
10:00-16:00
Join us this summer for our exciting BE KINDER trail walk as part of our national People's Landscape project. Discover an assortment of surprising installations along the way and learn more about how to be kind to Kinder.

Edale Village and Valley Walk

Fri 02 Aug 2019
11:00-13:30
A family friendly walk exploring the historic village of Edale and lower slopes of the valley.

Chapel Gate, Rushup Edge and Mam Tor Walk

Fri 06 Sep 2019
11:00-14:30
Experience the dramatic and extensive views from Rushup Edge in the Peak District.

Edale 'Figure of Eight' walk

Fri 01 Nov 2019
11:00-13:30
A beautiful low level walk in the Vale of Edale..
orange and black speckled butterfly on grasses and thistle flowers

Summer wildlife in the Dark Peak 

Flowers, birds, bees and butterflies, all to be seen on your summer walks in the Dark Peak.

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.