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Dark Peak Walks

40 walks exploring the Peak District gritstone and moorland landscapes

Guidebook to 35 walks in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. 35 circular routes for most abilities, from 8km to 19km, around Edale, Marsden, Fairholmes, Baslow and Castleton, including Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, and 5 longer (25km to 45km) routes highlighting the best of the Gritstone Edges, High Moorland and Deep Valleys.


The area can be enjoyed in all seasons, although extra care (and kit) may be required in winter conditions.


Hathersage, Grindleford, Langsett, Marsden, Dove Stones, Edale, Upper Derwent Valley, Castleton, Greenfield, Chatsworth, Sheffield, Hayfield, Crowden, Hope, Dunford Bridge


Walking in the Dark Peak requires good navigational skills, especially in winter, and a good level of hillcraft. Having the correct equipment and clothing and knowing how to use it is paramount when venturing out onto the high moors.

Must See

Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District; Bleaklow, the second highest; Howden and Derwent Edges; Black Hill and the Wessenden Moors; the gritstone edges of Derwent, Bamford, Stanage, Burbage, Froggatt, Curbar, Birchen, Gardoms and the Roaches; the Eastern Moors; the Goyt Valley, Shutlingsloe and Wildboarclough
3 Mar 2017
17 Aug 2021
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.30cm

A guidebook to 35 day walks exploring the valleys and landmarks of the Dark Park area of the Peak District National Park, and 5 longer routes exploring the region’s more wild and remote gritstone edges and open moorland. With a variety of distances, terrain and strenuousness there are routes for all levels of ability.

The day walks are circular and range from 7 to 22km (4–14 miles), and can be enjoyed in between 3 and 7 hours. The longer routes – 3 linear and 2 circular – are between 25 and 45km (15–28 miles) in length, and take from 8 to 13 hours to complete.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each day walk, and 1:100,000 maps for longer routes
  • GPX files available to download
  • Refreshment and public transport options are given where relevant
  • Information given on local geology and wildlife
  • Easy access from Hathersage, Castleton, Glossop, Sheffield

Table of Contents
Paul Besley Cicerone author BESLEY

By Paul Besley

Paul Besley is a writer who began exploring the British Landscape while at school in the 1970s. His focus of work is the interaction between human and the land. His work has evolved into the study of how the physical environment imprints itself on humans and how as a race we respond. His belief that walking is a simple activity has led him to support the effort of many just starting out on a lifetime of pleasure. He has a desire to show people that walking does not just have to be in the hills and mountains of national parks or rely on expensive equipment but can be enjoyed from the front door of home through our urban landscape and out into our local countryside. His books, Day Walks in the South Pennines and 1001 Walking Tips for Vertebrate Publishing, and the three Peak District guidebooks for Cicerone Press, are well respected by walkers and explorers of all ages. He lives close to the Peak District in The Outdoor City of Sheffield with his partner, metalsmith Alison Counsell, their three dogs Monty, Olly, and Scout.

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