As a family we are not adverse to throwing on our walking boots and going for a good old trudge. Living just an hour from the glorious valleys and moors of the Peak District we have spent many hours walking and hiking through this lovely part of the world.
I wanted to share with you our favourite family hikes and walks in the Peak District National Park. I have tried to include choices for even the smallest feet.
Best Family Hikes & Walks in the Peak District
Lumsdale Falls – 5 km round trip
Starting in the historic town of Matlock this route follows the Bentley Brook to the stunning gorge of Lumsdale Valley. The valley is home to mill ruins of significant historical importance, breathtaking waterfalls and large ponds brimming with wildlife. There are plenty of beautiful places to stop for a picnic.
See the full route here.
Sett Valley Trail – 4km one way
Running between the townships of New Mills and Hayfield. This walk follows the path of an old railway line and actually makes up part of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail. You’ll be treated to stunning countryside, views of the River Sett and will pass by the reservoir at Birch Vale. This is a really accessible walk for families, even those with prams.
Find out more and route information here.
Luds Church – 5km round trip
One of our favourite hikes in the Peak District is the one to Luds Church. A giant chasm in the gritstone rock forged by a massive land slip. The hike takes you through flower filled field, over bubbling brooks and through the Black Forest before arriving at the geological wonder that is Luds Church. Covered in vivid green moss this eerie natural beauty is defintely worth the effort of a few upside sections.
See the full route here.
Mam Tor – 4.8km circular
Mam Tor or Mother Hill as it’s also known is a great walk/hike for families. Hike around Mam Tor on the stone steps for gorgeous views over the Edale Valley and beyond to Kinder Scout. Mam Tor is actually topped with Bronze and Iron Age remains. There are quite a few walks and hikes around this area of varying lengths.
See the full 4.8km route here.
The Roaches – 5.5km circular
If you are feeling like a good hike The Roaches is the great choice. There is a 5.5km circular route but if you have little people who just want to climb rocks. Take the A53 and follow the sign posts for Upper Hulme. Follow the Upper Hulme Road for around 1.5 miles, you will see some laybys where you can park before heading up the heather lined paths to the rocky outcrops of The Roaches. The famous Winking Man and surrounding gritstone rock formations are perfect for climbing! Enjoy the views over valley below and the Titteworth Reservoir.
Postcode for the sat nav: ST13 8UB (please don’t shout at me if it’s wrong)
Stanton Moor (Nine Ladies Circle) – 2km circular
This is a great walk for the littlest walkers at only 2km. It is a circular walk over Stanton Moor with rocks to climb, views over Bakewell and lush woodland. You will also get to explore the Bronze Age remains at Nine Ladies Circle.
Our lovely friends at Travelynn Family have a great route for this short circuit here.
Dovedale – you decide the length
Dovedale is a very popular place for families to walk. A flat gravel path follows the River Dove, the area is famous for its stepping stones and steep limestone ravines. The great thing about Dovedale is that you can really walk as little or much as you want. Just turn around and walk back the way you came.
More information on Dovedale can be found here.
There are certainly many more walks and hikes in the Peak District National Park. You would need weeks if not months to explore them all, these are just our favourite family spots.
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