Scenic winter walks in the Peak District

Winter is the perfect time to wrap up warm, blow away those cobwebs and come and explore some of the beautiful places the Peak District has to offer. There’s nothing better than seeing the best of nature against a frosty background or with a sprinkling of snow adding that touch of magic.

Here are some of our top picks for the most scenic winter walks to take in the Peak District. Enjoy!

Bamford Edge

The walk up to Bamford Edge is one that comes with rewarding views the whole way up. You can enjoy the moorland heather and rugged paths as you ascend to the hill’s peak, and once you reach the summit that is humorously named ‘Smoked Salmon, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Hope Valley. Whatever season you choose to take this walk in, we can assure you it will be worth your while.

https://www.baldhiker.com/2018/09/11/bamford-edge-walk-peak-district-derbyshire/

Hope Valley from Bamford Edge

Hardwick Estate

The grounds of Hardwick Hall’s wider estate are a treat to walk through during winter. The usually green pathways begin to pale, the trees are mostly stripped of their leaves, and the pond areas develop a beautiful icy covering. Winter suits the Elizabethan country house quite well, in our opinion – but don’t just take our word for it! Pop down for a visit whilst you’re in the Peak District. The gardens are open from 10am to 5pm every day and they make for a lovely day out with the kids.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick-hall

Eyam

Enjoy a leisurely walk round the beautiful historic village of Eyam, step back in time and immerse yourself in Eyam’s fascinating history going back to 1665 when the bubonic plague struck, by visiting the museum. The history can also be seen throughout the village with plaques fastened to most buildings along with information panels which can be found opposite the hall.

https://www.eyamvillage.org.uk/explore

Hope Valley

During winter, Hope Valley simply transforms; green fades to brown, water turns to ice, and skies turn a pale blue/grey. If you’re lucky enough to visit during snowfall, then you will be treated to a winter wonderland.

To make the most of this stunning area, start at Heathersage, travel over the railway tracks and head to Losehill Hall. From there, walk south to Castleton before heading back to the starting point once again. This walk takes you up through the hills and across the reservoir, so we recommend you come prepared.

https://www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/blog/read/2019/08/hope-valley-train-station-walks-b128

Mam Tor

Mam Tor, or ‘the shivering mountain” as it is also called, is one of the most popular walking spots in all the Peak District. It has gorgeous views all around and provides you with a plethora of routes to take. These range from easy to difficult and dogs are more than welcome.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kinder-edale-and-the-dark-peak/trails/mam-tor-circular-walk

Tittesworth Water

Tittesworth Water is a beautiful open space surrounded by nature. With a choice of two trails, it is also the perfect walking spot for all ages and abilities. The first walk is just 1.5 miles long and suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users. At 4.5 miles long, the second trail is great for those who want to enjoy the pretty winter scenery for a little longer.

https://www.stwater.co.uk/content/dam/stw/visitor-sites/tittesworth-walks-map.pdf

https://www.stwater.co.uk/wonderful-on-tap/our-visitor-sites/come-visit-us/tittesworth-water/

Carsington Water

For nature lovers, the Carsington Water walking route is simply ideal. The area is well-known for its wildlife and it even has a Wildlife Centre with many bird hides to be found. Starting and ending at the Visitor Centre, the walk itself is 8.5 miles in length, and the terrain is fairly easy to walk.

https://www.stwater.co.uk/content/dam/stw/visitor-sites/carsington-walks-map.pdf

https://www.stwater.co.uk/wonderful-on-tap/our-visitor-sites/come-visit-us/carsington-water/

Errwood Reservoir

Utterly picturesque even without the summer flower beds, Errwood Reservoir is certainly a walking route that you’ll want to revisit time and time again. The route is 5 miles long and lets you explore the stunning woodland of Goyt Valley – great for dogs, too!

https://www.goyt-valley.org.uk/project/errwood-reservoir-circular-walk/

Ladybower Reservoir

Ladybower Reservoir is highly accessible and offers stunning views of Hope Valley. The walk also takes you past Derwent Dam, so you’ll get to enjoy this famous historical landmark during your stroll, too. At just over 5 miles with gentle pathways, this winter walk is ideal for the whole family.

https://www.mudandroutes.com/best-walks-from-ladybower-reservoir-and-the-upper-derwent-valley/

Will you take one of these scenic winter walks?

Our luxury cottages are ideally situated in the heart of the Peak District making it the perfect base to explore and enjoy the great outdoors!

Take advantage of the crisp, icy backdrop of the Peak District. There’s nothing quite like a hike around the Peaks when the weather is cold, and Spring will soon be here.

Call us on 01629 815 683 or 07943 665428 to book.