Winter walking guidance

Being prepared for your winter walk or hike, helps to ensure that your time in the outdoors is safe and enjoyable

Bracing winter walks to blow the cobwebs away can be discovered when exploring Kinder, Edale and the High Peak through the colder months. Make the most of your walk or hike by planning your day out to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Know before you go

Weather watch: The weather across the Peak District, as we all know too well, can be very unpredictable so please make sure you have packed a bag for all weathers and choose sensible and suitable footwear for exploring the great outdoors. So whether it’s a day for sun cream and sunnies or boots and bobble hats, make sure you and the others you are with, are prepared for whatever the weather may bring.

Head to the Mountain Rescue England and Wales website to find out more about the Be Adventure Smart campaign that gives practical and life saving advice for exploring the countryside safely.

The weather can change dramatically in the Peak District, so be sure to prepare for all weathers and know your route
The weather can change dramatically in the Peak District, so be sure to prepare for all weathers and know your route
The weather can change dramatically in the Peak District, so be sure to prepare for all weathers and know your route

Plan your route: Click here for some of our downloadable walks and be aware that the difficulty levels of a walk can change depending on the weather. Be sure to download any maps, walks or information before setting off as mobile phone signal is limited or non existent in many areas of the Peak District. If in doubt you can't beat a good old Ordnance Survey map and compass and set yourself the challenge to navigate your way using this method, you may end up discovering some of our quieter routes less travelled. When equipping your device with all the relevant information, be sure to download What Three Words app to your device, should you have any difficulties whilst out and about. This helps the emergency services to pinpoint your location.

If you are a solo explorer, please make sure another person knows your route and where you are headed for the day.

Planning your route will help you feel confident in navigating your way and ensures you can make the most of your walk or hike
Planning your route will help you feel confident in navigating your way and ensures you can make the most of your walk or hike
Planning your route will help you feel confident in navigating your way and ensures you can make the most of your walk or hike

What to pack: If you are planning a full day's walk or hike, 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, hand sanitiser, fully charged mobile phone, whistle, fist aid kit, plenty of food and drink and spare gloves and socks. A map and compass is always essential coupled with basic knowledge of navigational skills as the weather can change dramatically when walking on the moors. Being prepared for your walks ensures that you keep yourself and others safe whilst out exploring and decreases the amount of callouts for Mountain Rescue through what can be a challenging time in terms of weather and access.

Being prepared for your winter walk or hike, helps to ensure that your time in the outdoors is safe and enjoyable
Being prepared for your winter walk or hike, helps to ensure that your time in the outdoors is safe and enjoyable
Being prepared for your winter walk or hike, helps to ensure that your time in the outdoors is safe and enjoyable

Be Peak District Proud: Help us look after the places you love to visit by taking all litter home with you, being fire aware and saying no to BBQs/campfires/outdoor cooking equipment, keeping dogs on leads to keep wildlife and farm animals safe from disturbance and that camping of any type is not permitted. Help keep the Peak District countryside a safe and thriving haven for wildlife and for people - protect, respect and enjoy and be #peakdistrictproud

More information on the Countryside Code and how to take care of the precious British countryside, can be found on the Natural England's website