Top 10 walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire – The Great Ridge Walk

This is a gem of a walk boasting altitude, exposure and sheer drops in places, it really can feel like a mountain traverse when the weather is against you, but don’t let that put you off though, the views certainly make up for it!

The Great Ridge (Medium)

The Great Ridge

The Great Ridge

Arguably the finest ridge walk in the Peak District! A well-made path stretches along the top of a gently rounded range of hills from Mam Tor to Lose Hill with just one steep rocky section onto Back Tor. On a clear day the views are simply amazing. On one side you can see villages of the White Peak, nestling in the bottom of the Hope Valley. On the other side there are magnificent views across the Vale of Edale to Kinder Scout in the Dark Peak, the highest mountain in the Peak District.

To walk the entire ridge then back on paths in the valley bottom, start either from Hope or Castleton. The distance is between six and nine miles depending upon the exact route chosen.

This area is prime walking country and makes an excellent base to explore the higher, slightly more rugged side of the Peak District. Base yourself in Castleton with plenty of B&B’s and self-catering properties to choose from, or rest your weary feet at the luxurious Losehill House, the finest Boutique Hotel & Spa in the area, just outside of Hope. Relax and revive aching legs with a range of spa treatments or dip in the hot tub or indulge your taste buds in the delicious Orangery Restaurant.

Castleton

Castleton

If you’re looking for more than just walking the area still offers plenty for you with no less than four show caverns in the village of Castleton alone! Drop in to Castleton Visitor Centre for maps, leaflets, souvenirs and a delightful exhibition about the history and heritage of the area.

Conquer The Great Ridge walk for ultimate bragging rights with family and friends!

We take it down a gear next week with a gentle amble along the beautiful Cromford Canal, but tougher challenges await with one of the hardest walks in this series to Laddow Rocks and Black Hill in the far north of the area, but we’ll give you a few weeks to build up your stamina for that one. We didn’t say this was going to be easy now! 😉

As ever, for more walking inspiration please visit our website www.visitpeakdistrict.com/walking

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