Winter Walks

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.

You never know what you may see. If you're lucky you may spot mountain hares in their white winter coats or hear the 'go-back, go-back, go-back' call of the grouse in the heather.  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 in Edale is next to the station, perfect for a warming stop off.

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

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

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 and plenty of food, drink, spare gloves and socks.Navigational skill is important on the moors in case of low cloud or whiteouts.