Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge

Self-led activities

There are many different ways to get out and explore the Peak District National Park to support your health and wellbeing. Whether you are new to walking and want to know some great routes to suit your level of fitness or perhaps you want to encourage your family to discover the joys of spending time in the natural world. Here are some ideas and support to get you out exploring the many special qualities of the Peak District National Park and gaining the health and wellbeing benefits.

Sensory Trails

Use your senses to connect with and immerse yourself in the Peak District National Park on our Sensory Trails and with our Sensory Story. Sensory Trails will help you to slow down, be aware of the world around you, savour the moment and connect with nature. Noticing nature, its beauty, your emotions in nature, and what it means to you are key to developing a closer relationship with nature and for well-being. For more information go to Sensory Trails

Family Walks

Do you have a young family and want to explore new places in the Peak District National Park?

Our family friendly walks all start from easy to find car parks and have clear routes to follow and most are buggy friendly. They include ideas to keep your little ones entertained and engaged with the natural world.

All the routes are under 3 miles, and with eight easier Explorer routes and two slightly more challenging Adventurer routes, there are plenty of options to help you discover new places in the National Park. Leaflets are available from our Visitor Centres.

Miles Without Stiles

Discover some of the Peak District’s most accessible routes through our Miles without Stiles guide. Showcasing some of our finest landscapes, the routes are well-surfaced, free from stiles, steps and narrow gates. They are suitable for people of all fitness levels and those with limited mobility, including wheelchair users, families with pushchairs and the visually impaired. Download the routes here or buy the handbook so you’ve got them all to hand: Miles without Stiles: Peak District National Park

Walks Around Booklets

Explore some of the Peak District’s best walking routes, as chosen by the Rangers themselves. Each booklet includes routes ranging from short to strenuous, so you’re sure to find something for your fitness level. Available to buy in our Visitor Centres or online: Maps & books – Peak District National Park

Bike Hire

Cycling is a gentle way of improving your health and wellbeing. From family-friendly trails to challenging terrain – the Peak District National Park has something for cyclists of all disciplines and abilities. For more details Cycling: Peak District National Park. Get away from it all on two wheels – or three or four! We have everything from wheelchair bikes to hardtail mountain bikes, available to hire from our cycle hire centres.

John Muir Award

Whilst you are out and about exploring the national park, why not work towards the nationally recognised John Muir Award. This award scheme provides a framework to help you to discover, explore, conserve and share a wild place. More details John Muir Award: Peak District National Park.

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