Visiting the Dark Peak with your dog

Woman walking with dog on lead in countryside

From scenic views over Hope Valley to the windswept Edges of Derwent Valley, the Dark Peak is a great place to visit with your dog.

Considering wildlife and livestock

We ask visitors to keep dogs on leads because nearly all areas of the Dark Peak are home to ground-nesting birds such as curlew, grouse, golden plover, lapwing, meadow pipit, short-eared owl and skylark.

We also have livestock including sheep and cattle which are used to maintain the landscape for nature conservation.

From 1st March until 31st July each year, it is law to keep your dog on a lead.  

We thank you for setting an example to others, helping the countryside to be an enjoyable experience for people and for wildlife.

For more inspiration for the best places to take your dog, take a look at our page for pooches here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/for-dog-walkers

A stonechat perches in bracken

Spring walking in the Dark Peak

Spring is a great time of year to get out on the hills. Here's some useful walking advice if you're thinking of exploring the Dark Peak.

walkers on Kinder in summer heather

Get active whilst enjoying the natural beauty of the Dark Peak  

There's so much to look out for as you explore the Dark Peak this season.