Peak District Adventure Guide

The Peak District is a popular weekend destination for walkers, cyclists, mountain bikers and climbers. It’s located between Manchester and Sheffield and extends south to Ashbourne in Derbyshire.

It’s divided into two areas, the southerly White Peak has limestone geology with rolling hills and steep sided valleys while the northern Dark Peak has open moorland and gritstone edges.

We have been to the Peak District numerous times and it’s ideal for day trips, once you have been you will want to return for more adventures

Our top 5 Adventures

  1. Walking Kinder Scout, the highest gritsone peak in the Peak District
  2. Cycling Monsal Trail, Voted Britain’s favorite cycle route
  3. Climbing on Stanage, Britain’s most popular crag
  4. Mountain Biking Jacobs Ladder Classic route
  5. Caving Huge choice of caves, take a guide for safety and local knowledge

Peak District Areas

  • Hope Valley  Heart of the Derbyshire countryside
  • White Peak  Central and southern Peak District whose geology is carboniferous limestone.
  • Dark Peak  Extensive areas of moorland with steep sided valleys cut by fast‐flowing streams
  • Derwent Valley World heritage site
  • Derbyshire Independent guide

Walking challenges

Mountain Biking

There are dozens of trails across the Peak district, we have selected five of the best

Cycling

Best short walks

  • The Roaches A short circular walk with superb views over surrounding area
  • Curbar Edge and Froggat Edge 4 mile walk along an edge with open moorland
  • Castleton A walk with magnificent views, a Norman Castle, four spectacular caverns and an historic village
  • Lovers walk Matlock Bath,  a series of footpaths along riverside and spectacular cliffs
  • Edale to Mam Tor Easy way to get some great views and tick a summit

Activity centers

  • Peaks and Paddles Adventure activities in the Peak District
  • Aspire Adventure Licensed center offering range of activities
  • Foundry Mountain activities and indoor climbing
  • Pure Outdoor Courses and guiding in the outdoors from their base in Derbyshire’s Peak District
  • Peak Instruction Outdoor pursuit instruction, coaching and guiding above and under ground

Pubs & Cafes

Hostels, bunkhouses and campsites

Peak District links

Cycling and Mountain Biking Links

Peak District Adventure Map

peak district adventure map