Winter wanders in the High Peak

Wide open spaces to blow the cobwebs away

Bracing winter walks to blow the cobwebs away can be discovered when exploring Kinder, Edale and the High Peak through the colder months. Visitors will be rewarded with quiet landscapes and cool, crisp air to leave you feeling inspired and energised.

On the edge of adventure

The hills and valleys of the High Peak Estate boast some of the most iconic views the Peak District National Park has to offer and have a range of walks and hikes for all levels of experiences. If you've never been to this area before and want to make the most of your winter wander with your nearest and dearest then our best advice is to plan ahead, know before you go and and research the area you are exploring.

To help you plan you can either use an Ordanance Survey map or click here for some of our downloadable walks.

Getting outside helps to improve our health and wellbeing and you can't beat a muddy welly walk!
Getting outside helps to improve our health and wellbeing and you can't beat a muddy welly walk!
Getting outside helps to improve our health and wellbeing and you can't beat a muddy welly walk!

Reconnect to nature

In this uncertain times, our outdoor spaces have provided a much needed place to escape the 'new normal' that we have come to find ourselves in, so take the time to cherish the time spent with your nearest and dearest and notice the nature all around you. The hustle and bustle can wait, savour mindful moments, picture perfect pauses and memories made in the beautiful countryside.

Safeguard these precious places by taking all litter home, keeping dogs on leads to keep wildlife, livestock and other visitors safe from disturbance, be kind to others you meet along the way and be respectful of our local communities by parking responsibly and safely.

Wellies and muddy paws when exploring the White Peak
Wellies and muddy paws when exploring the White Peak
Wellies and muddy paws when exploring the White Peak

The 50 Things Challenge

Throughout the winter, 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 Jacob's Ladder, or discover nature with a friend or family member? Here are some suggestions to get you started...

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.

Get to know a tree on your wanders in the outdoors
Get to know a tree on your wanders in the outdoors
Get to know a tree on your wanders in the outdoors

An explorer's essentials

Be sure to wear waterproof coats and trousers when out exploring as the weather can be unpredictable during the winter months. A pair of sturdy walking boots are a trusted friend to help you safely navigate pathways of different terrains and complete this with a warm bobble hat, scarves and gloves to keep you extra toasty against the cold, winter chill. Pack a picnic and a flask of your favourite warming drink and a bag to put your litter in to take home with you.

Pack a picnic to keep you going on winter wanders and remember to take all litter home with you
Pack a picnic to keep you going on winter wanders and remember to take all litter home with you
Pack a picnic to keep you going on winter wanders and remember to take all litter home with you

Make some lasting winter memories in the outdoors this festive season with family and friends and find time to discover new views, favourite spots and quiet escapes. Now more than ever, everyone needs nature - you can help support our vital conservation work by donating to our Peak District Appeal, so that we can continue to help these landscapes be better equipped to tackle the effects of climate change - thank you.  

From all the team in the High Peak,  we wish everyone all the best for the festive season.