'50 things to do before you're 11¾' in the High Peak

A family out volunteering at Longshaw, helping nature by collecting seeds and taking the lead with their dog

Discover autumn fun in the High Peak with our '50 Things' wallchart, designed to help you explore the countryside and get back in touch with nature. While you're here, see how many 50 Things activities you can complete on your visit with your family and make some lasting memories in the great outdoors this autumn.

Throughout the autumn, if you're heading to the High Peak, why not see how many of our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ you can complete on your visit with your family. You can download a wall chart here and each time you visit you’ll be able to complete at least one thing.

 Will you climb a huge hill like Eccles Pike, or discover nature with a friend or family member? Here are some suggestions to get you started...

Get out early to rise above the clouds in Autumn.
blue sky hilltops mist Mam Tor
Get out early to rise above the clouds in Autumn.

23. Get up for the sunrise

The early bird catches the worm! Beat the crowds and enjoy a peaceful wander to the top of Eccles Pike or Mam Tor and watch the sunrise before anyone else.

1. Get to know a tree

Trees are wonderful, they give off oxygen and capture and store carbon, thank our amazing leafy friends by giving them a big hug and get to know their different leaves, smells and textures.

45. Find your way with a map

When exploring the wilds of the Dark Peak, it's best to know where you're going as you travel into open countryside for a real outdoorsy adventure! Practice your map and compass skills and discover different pockets of the Dark Peak you've never explored before.

A view across the Derwent valley and reservoir.
Landscape, Derwent reservoir and hills
A view across the Derwent valley and reservoir.

As you weave your way up the cloughs through birch and oak and amongst the scarlet berries of hawthorn and rowan you'll see and hear a whole a host of wildlife preparing themselves for the winter months.

We are working to grow healthier habitats for birds and other wildlife by planting hundreds of thousands of trees and by doing this we'll also be helping to slow down the flow of rainwater off the moors.

Soft autumn light washes over the rolling hills in the Dark Peak
Soft autumn light washes over the rolling hills in the Dark Peak
Soft autumn light washes over the rolling hills in the Dark Peak

From the hilltops you'll see the changing colours on a grand scale and may spot the helicopter as it lifts materials up to the moors- this is all part of the moorland restoration work which will be going on throughout the autumn and winter months.