Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge

Downloadable walking guides

Selection of our family walking guides

Family Walking Guides

Here are some of our Ranger’s top family walks...

  • 10 routes specially selected by the Peak District Ranger Team
  • 6 explorer routes of under 3 miles
  • 4 adventurer routes around 3 miles but with a bit more challenge

There are so many places to walk in the Peak District with hundreds of miles of trails, tracks, paths and access land, it is often hard to know where to go. When walking with the family you need to find somewhere suitable for a wide range of abilities with interesting things to see along the way.

Using one of our family walking guides will take the stress out of finding how to get there, where to park, finding facilities and following clearly written guides to keep you on track. Knowing how long your walk will take and what terrain you will encounter will reassure the family that you will have an enjoyable day out.

There are ten specially selected routes, six Explorer routes of under three miles (usually surfaced routes from car parks with facilities and some buggy friendly) and four Adventurer routes (around three miles on well-marked but unsurfaced paths and steeper gradients from car parks not all with facilities).

Two walks are accessible by train and several by bus services. All start from or are close to car parks. All the Explorer walks start from car parks with nearby toilets.

Whilst following the routes each guide has an idea of an activity to try.


Rambling handbooks for your mobile phone...

Podscrolls are digital walking guides for your iPod or smart phone that mean you can keep a walking guide in your pocket. There's also a version you can print.

Moors for the Future has produced two special podscrolls, inspired by handbooks from early 20th century ramblers. They contain poems, stories, quotes, maps and pictures to help you enjoy the countryside as you walk.

  • Abbey Brook
    (12 mile walk revisiting the site of the Abbey Brook trespass)
    Six months after the mass trespass on Kinder Scout, a less well-known trespass took place. This podscroll details the events of that September day and draws upon three articles that influenced this trespass, written by G.H.B. Ward, in handbooks dating from the 1920s.
  • Ward's Piece
    (5 mile walk starting from Edale with its high point at the site dedicated to G.H.B. Ward)
    Take a closer look at the man behind the original 'Workers' Sunday Ramblers Club'. You will discover what shaped his personality and you can visit the Peak District landmark dedicated to him.

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