Peak District guided walks

We have now launched our first guided walks organised by Becky Angell from Peak District Walks and lead by experienced Mountain Leader Emma Holland.

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

For the first organised walk, we’ll be asking for feedback on the event. As such we’ll be offering a 10% discount off the event. Get yourself booked on it now!

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

Becky in Peak District wearing Edale Skyline t-shirt

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Kinder Scout Walk

Friday 11th June 2021

A beautiful walk from the Derbyshire village of Edale in the heart of the Peak District to Kinder Scout. We will set off from Edale village in the morning beginning our ascent by one of two different routes up to the Kinder Plateau.

Once at the top, we’ll navigate around the plateau and through the iconic gritstone rock formations until we reach Kinder Low Trig Point. From there, we will enjoy views down the valley before heading back the iconic Jacob’s Ladder route.

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Alport Castles Walk

Friday 9th July 2021

A stunning walk from Ladybower Reservoir to Alport Castles, a beautiful area in the Peak District. We will set off from Ladybower Reservoir in the morning beginning first alongside the reservoir before heading up through woodlands for views of the Upper Derwent Valley.

We’ll navigate to the fascinating location known as Alport Castles (not an actual castle), where you can see historic remnants of a huge landslide. From there, we will enjoy views down the valley before heading down to the River Alport then looping back through woodlands to the start near Derwent Dam.

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Kinder Scout Walk

Friday 13th August

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.

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Don’t delay get booked on your walk now before the spaces fill up!

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

about the walks

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

Each Guided Walk also 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. 

A map and compass is available to use, or feel free to bring your own. The map we will use will be Peak District OL1 – (Dark Peak Area). See both Peak District maps here.

Our group size will be between 6-10 people.

About your guides

Meet your guides for the walks right here, a short introduction before you meet us in person!

Becky Angell

Becky Angell
Trainee Mountain Leader

Becky is a Trainee Mountain Leader, hoping to qualify later in the year. 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
  • Personal medication
  • Suncream + sunglasses (depending on weather)
  • Cash for car parking
  • Map (Peak District OL1 – Dark Peak) + compass (if you don’t have we can provide you with both for the walk)

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

What to wear?

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

*Please note if myself or Emma (our qualified Mountain Leader) feels 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 groups safety on the hills.

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.