Winter wanders in the Dark Peak

walker watching sunset on Mam Tor

The footpaths and bridleways across Kinder, Edale and the Dark Peak can make an exhilarating day out, whatever the weather.

Bracing winter walks to blow the cobwebs away can be discovered when exploring Kinder, Edale and the Dark Peak through the colder months. Be inspired by views across the valleys and if you are lucky you may spot a mountain hare in their winter coat. Download one of our walking or cycling routes or work out your own using an Ordnance Survey map for the Dark Peak (OL1). The Penny Pot cafe (not National Trust) is now ran by Chris and his friendly team, located near to Edale train station, makes for a perfect stop for delicious food and warming drinks.

Look out for mountain hares as you walk on the High Peak moors.
mountain hare sitting on snow, Dark Peak, Derbyshire
Look out for mountain hares as you walk on the High Peak moors.

Kinder Scout

On Kinder Scout, the Pennine Way around the plateau is the safest route to use now that restoration work has successfully increased the depths of the peat bogs. The restoration is part of the conservation work going on across the High Peak moors as part of the 50 year vision for this area.

Make your own tracks in the snow on a wintry hill walk.
dog and persons footprints in snow on hills, Peak District, Derbyshire
Make your own tracks in the snow on a wintry hill walk.

Winter walking advice

If you are planning a full day's walk, 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, 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.