Walking in Springtime

mam tor sunshine and lose hill ridge

The early months of spring are a good time to walk or cycle in the Dark Peak, just as the weather is improving. You are likely to see plenty of upland sheep and lambs, wherever you explore.

It's lambing time across the Peak District. You'll see ewes and lambs on the lower slopes of the hills on your walks. 
Across the Dark Peak in springtime, we are working with our tenant farmers to repair any gaps in  walls and fences to help stop the lambs from escaping. 

Lambs and ewes enjoying the spring sunshine
lambs and ewes in grass

As this is such a fragile time of year on the upland farms, we do ask that you take care whilst out walking, ensuring you close gates behind you to keep the ewes and lambs safe, and keep your dogs on leads to ensure they are not suddenly disturbed or frightened.

Woodland bluebells in Fulwood Spinney, Edale End
footpath through bluebell wood

In the woods, look out for anenome early in spring and bluebells from mid-April. We've been planting thousands of trees over winter to provide richer woodland habitats for wildlife in the cloughs.

Sunshine over the Edale valley
Edale valley sunshine