Five of the finest sites for autumn gold in the Peak District National Park

This is an archived press release

Friday 25 September 2015

Autumn leaves in sunshineAutumn in the Peak District National Park sees summer’s greenery burst into an astonishing array of golden colours and shades of purple, red and yellow that for a short time gives the landscape a dazzling new look.

With cooler temperatures perfect for hillwalking, cycling, running and climbing, and fewer people around, autumn is a great time of year for wildlife watching.

Check out for seasonal guided walks with a national park ranger including fungus forays and visits to Kinder Scout.

Thousands of people regularly enjoy the views around the Upper Derwent valley reservoirs, Surprise View above Hathersage, and Monsal Head near Great Longstone, but there are many other naturally beautiful places to enjoy the seasons in the national park.

Here are our top five spots to discover panoramic views and opportunities for stunning photographs:

Stanage – experience the seasonal blaze of colours, the scents of autumn, the sight of migrating birds flocking over the moorland, dramatic skies and the effects of changing light falling on stone and edge. Close to Hathersage and Sheffield.

Langsett – well maintained paths through woodland and moorland with panoramic views of the national park across the reservoir. It is north-west of Sheffield, near Penistone.

Macclesfield Forest – enjoy views of the trees changing colours reflected in Trentabank reservoir. Waymarked woodland paths and great for spotting water birds such as tufted duck and grebe. Located to the east of Macclesfield.

Chee Dale – walk or cycle through a spectacular limestone gorge along the Monsal Trail with views of the River Wye. Park at Millers Dale station or Wye Dale car park, south of Buxton.

Manifold Valley – this area feels ‘off the beaten track’, enjoy the family-friendly cycle trail and magnificent views of limestone dalesides and Thor’s Cave. Parking at Hulme End near Hartington. 

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And if the weather’s bad there is always a warm welcome at the visitor centres in Bakewell, Castleton, Edale and Upper Derwent (Fairholmes).

Photo caption: Enjoy nature’s paintbox in the Peak District National Park.

This is an archived press release

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