Summer days in the Dark Peak

two bikes on grass valley view blue sky

There are so many places to explore across the Dark Peak on a summer's day. We've put some ideas together for you to try.

From your list of 50 Things

#11 Go on a really long bike ride 

You could set off from Fairholmes Visitor Centre next to Ladybower Reservoir and ride right along the side of the reservoir, up the valley.  Take a picnic and find a spot at Slippery Stones, by the old stone packhorse bridge. There is bike hire available from the Peak District National Park base at the visitor centre. 

Cooling off in a moorland stream.
two boys balancing on rocks in sunlit stream

#27 Go star gazing 

On balmy summer evenings, as the sky darkens, you could head up the short path from the car park to the summit of Mam Tor and have a go at stargazing. Use our downloadable walk with a summer night sky chart below to help you.

Summer evening sky from Mam Tor
ridge of hills set against sunset sky

#44 Go bird watching and #25 make a grass trumpet

Try a summer countryside walk-download our low level easy Vale of  Edale walk below. It’s 5.5km long, that’s nearly 3 ½ miles starting and finishing from the Penny Pot café which is just next to Edale station. You can claim to have walked along part of the Pennine Way and see how many things you can tick off your 50 Things list along the way. Drop into the Penny Pot café next to Edale station and pick up your 50 Things booklet before you go or check the list on the website.

The Penny Pot Cafe in Edale
Penny Pot Cafe sign and hanging basket

# 28 Climb a huge hill and #7 Fly a kite 
You could park at Mam Tor car park and take a short climb to the summit of Mam Tor, or you could start down in the popular village of  Castleton and walk all the way up from there. Whichever way you choose, you're sure to be able to fly your kite once you reach the top.

Kite flying with a view on Mam Tor
boy standing on hills flying blue kite , woman and girl sitting to his right. View of  valley belwo and blue sky