Peak District guided walks with map reading

We launched our first guided walk in June 2021 organised by Becky Angell (Mountain Leader) from ‘Peak District Walks’ and Emma Holland (Mountain Leader) and experienced teacher in navigation courses from ‘Emma Holland Mountaineering’.

Our walks are different to most ‘Guided Walks’ as we cover an Introduction to Map Reading, which means you can enjoy a beautiful walk in the Peak District and learn a few beginner skills too!

If you are unable to join one of these walks but are interested in finding out when the next walks are, please join the mailing list and we will email as soon as we have new dates. If you have questions or ideas about future routes you’d like to do please drop me an email.

Thanks

Becky

Walk feedback

“Having been on the recent guided walk with an introduction to map reading I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone planning day hikes or longer, it was really interesting and learned some great new skills.

I found actually seeing the flora and fauna really good and the guides were so knowledgeable and helpful answering any questions, this is something you don’t get from any guidebook.

It was a perfect day with a great team and fabulous leaders, just what I had hoped. 10/10 recommend, thank you Becky and Emma.”

Sadie from Kinder Scout walk

Book our walks here

Please see our walks available for the remainder of 2022, we have one more date to confirm the route and that will be added to the website soon (Sunday 2nd October) 

We’ve found our walks have been very popular so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions please get in touch with Becky at peakdistrictwalksuk@gmail.com.

Sir William Hill + River Derwent (Eyam) Walk

Friday 12th August

A lovely 10-mile guided walk from Eyam with an introduction to map reading which will take you via Sir William Hill, Eyam Moor and the River Derwent in a beautiful part of the Peak District.

This walk has a real mix of scenery from quaint villages, moorlands, wooded area and river side walking so it’s something for everyone. Oh, and there’s a trig point for our trig baggers!

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Cave Dale + Mam Tor Walk

Sunday 18th September

A classic Peak District walk from Castleton village in Derbyshire. We begin the walk by heading up Cave Dale before looping around the back of Mam Tor then hiking up to the summit and trig point at the top!

Once at the top, we’ll enjoy an iconic route along the Great Ridge with views of the Hope Valley. Then we’ll head back down into Castleton and the end of our walk.

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Baslow Edge + Birchen Edge Walk

Saturday 26th November

This walk starts in the quaint village of Baslow in Derbyshire. We begin our walk hiking up to Baslow Edge, enjoying the views of the valley and across to the popular Curbar Edge before heading to a moorland section.

Then the route takes us along two more Peak District edges – Birchen Edge and Gardom’s Edge, both with stunning views.

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Register your interest here

If you’re unable to make these dates but are still interested in joining a future walk, pop your details below and we will email you when the next dates are added.

 

order your map + compass for the walk here

You can order Peak District map and compass here for our Guided walks ONLY. They are not available for general ordering.

Please place your order at the time of booking the guided walk and we’ll bring the map and/or compass with us on the day.

We’ll let you know which map you need for the walk, or alternatively treat yourself and buy both!

Maps (Guided Walks Only)

Peak District OL24 Map

£7.50
Out of stock

Maps (Guided Walks Only)

Peak District OL24 Active Map

£12.50

Maps (Guided Walks Only)

Peak District OL1 Active Map

£12.50

Maps (Guided Walks Only)

Peak District OL1 Map

£7.50

Compasses (Guided Walks Only)

Silva Classic Compass

£13.75

Compasses (Guided Walks Only)

Silva Ranger Compass

£22.00

Compasses (Guided Walks Only)

Silva Expedition 4 Compass

£27.25

about the walks

Our Guided Walks will vary between 7-10 miles in length. You’ll need a good level of fitness and be able to walk for 6-8 hours on uneven and rocky terrain and be comfortable with ascent and descent. Block out a full day to yourself and come along!

Each Guided Walk includes an introduction to map reading. It will not be a full day of map and compass skills but the aim is to get you started on your map reading journey. During the walk, we will spend between 1-2 hours, spread out throughout the day discussing the following topics.

These are the key learnings you will take away from the day regarding the map skills.

  • Understanding the basics of your map
  • How to estimate and work out approx time and distance
  • Why and when do you need to use a compass
  • Getting from A – B: Choosing a basic navigational strategy
  • What to do if you get lost

The pace of the walk will allow time for plenty of photo stops, it won’t be a time trial from start to finish but a day you can spend outside walking and enjoy the scenery and company of the group. We will also point out different flora and fauna (Bell Heather, Star Moss or Pixie-Cup Lichen) on the route, as well as looking out for birds (Skylarks, Meadow Pipits or Red Grouse) and wildlife, maybe a Mountain Hare, if we’re quiet enough!

You will also need suitable footwear and clothing for the walk. See our suggested kit list below. Please ask if unsure before booking. 

You’ll also need a map and compass for the walk. Available to order from us via the shop and we’ll bring on the day. 

Our group size will be between 6-12 people.

About your guides

Becky Angell

Becky Angell
Mountain Leader

Becky is a qualified Summer Mountain Leader. She runs ‘Peak District Walks’ and personally walks and writes up most of the walks on the website!

 

In addition, she runs a second website Becky the Traveller, where you can find more adventures, including her long distance challenges and wild camping tips! 

 

Becky loves the outdoors and has hiked all over the UK and abroad, in 2019, she hiked 952 miles from Lowestoft to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse (E2W Challenge). But with the Peak District not far from home she’s been regularly visiting for over 12 years and always finding new places to explore. 

 

Becky also has a passion for nature and wildlife, especially mushrooms so she’s bound to point those out during the walks!

Emma Holland

Emma Holland
Mountain Leader

Emma is a Summer Mountain Leader and Navigation Instructor. She runs her own business Emma Holland Mountain Training.
 
Emma is an accredited Course Director for the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS). She also delivers navigation courses for all levels and abilities from beginner to advanced. Emma holds an outdoor first aid qualification, public liability insurance and she is also a mental health first aider, working a lot to support people to access the outdoors for wellbeing and recovery.
 
Emma also mentors and coaches people working towards their recognised outdoor qualifications. She loves wild camping, exploring remote areas and wandering off the beaten path. She is a keen amateur naturalist although always learning and looking forward to sharing her knowledge on a walk with you soon!

what to bring + wear?

For our ‘Guided Walks’, you’ll be responsible for wearing suitable clothing for hiking and also bringing your own personal items on the walk.

Here’s a suggested list of what to wear and bring on your guided walk*. If you don’t have any of the items or have any questions please get in touch before the walk.

Kit list

  • Backpack to carry your items in (20-30 litres)
  • Waterproof jacket (essential) + waterproof trousers (optional)
  • Warm jacket/mid layer
  • Hat + gloves
  • Food (lunch + snacks) + water bottle/flask in cooler months
  • Personal medication
  • Suncream + sunglasses (depending on weather)
  • Cash for car parking
  • Map (Peak District OL1 – Dark Peak) or Peak District OL24 – White Peak (order via our shop and we’ll bring on the day).
  • Compass – I use the Silva Expedition or the Silva Ranger is another good model (both available to order via our shop).

Read our detailed guide on what to pack for a day hike here. 

What to wear?

  • Hiking shoes or hiking boots (no fashion trainers please)
  • Hiking socks
  • T-shirt or long-sleeved base layer (not cotton)
  • Mid layer/warmer jacket
  • Waterproof jacket with a hood (you’ll either be wearing or it’ll be in your bag!)
  • Waterproof trousers (optional but essential if it’s a wet day)
  • Shorts/leggings or hiking trousers (no jeans please)
  • Hat + gloves (weather dependent)

*Please note if myself or Emma (both qualified Mountain Leaders) feel you don’t have suitable clothing for the walk, for example, no waterproof jacket (on a rainy day) or footwear that could cause you to slip you might be unable to join the walk. This is for yours and the group’s safety on the hills.

guided walk photo gallery

View a selection of our photos from previous Peak District Guided Walks, including Kinder Scout from Edale, Alport Castles, Kinder Scout from Hayfield, Baslow Edge and Cave Dale and Mam Tor walks.

View our photo gallery here

2023 walks

Our popular walks will be back again in 2023! 

Kinder Scout Walk (Edale)

New date in 2023

Setting off from the lovely village of Edale in the Derbyshire Peak District we head up to the Kinder Plateau and make our way around the edge via iconic rock formations known as the Woolpacks!

From the Kinder Plateau we’ll then navigate back via a popular route known as Jacob’s Ladder complete with packhorse bridge at the bottom, then it’s back along a relatively flat section into Edale!

back in 2023

The Roaches + Lud’s Church Walk

New date in 2023

Setting off from near Upper Hulme in the Staffordshire Peak District, this route includes The Roaches, followed by exploring Lud’s Church, a hidden gem in the Peak District.

From there we will navigate through woodlands then alongside the river before looping back to the start of the walk.

back in 2023

Kinder Scout Walk (Hayfield)

New date in 2023

Setting off from the Derbyshire village of Hayfield to Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District. We will set off from Hayfield in the morning heading towards Kinder Reservoir before beginning our ascent up to the Kinder Plateau.

Once at the top, we’ll navigate around the plateau, past Kinder Downfall until we reach Kinder Low Trig Point. From there, we will enjoy views down the valley before looping back round and down to Hayfield.

back in 2023