8 Beautiful Short Walks in the Peak District

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Whether you are new to hiking or simply limited on time, these short walks in the Peak District are perfect for everyone to enjoy.

Of course, at the moment, with the UK being in a lockdown we’re not able to go hiking just yet, but hopefully, very soon we will be back again.

Here you can plan which short walk you’d like to do next and make sure you have everything you need.

Scroll down through the list of walks and if one takes your fancy simply click on ‘Walk route + map’ button and it will give you details about the walk, a detailed step by step guide, map, gpx file and other useful information.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about these Peak District walks!

Boardwalk on Chee Dale walk
Boardwalk on Chee Dale short walk

8 short walks in the Peak District

Not sure which walk is right for you?

Maybe start by location at the walk location map to see which walk is nearest to you.

Looking for somewhere specific? Drop me a message in the comments or email me at peakdistrictwalkuk@gmail.com and I will see if I can find a short walk to suit you.

Lose Hill walk from Castleton

Lose Hill summit, walk from Castleton_Peak District_Castleton in the Peak District
Lose Hill summit, a short walk from Castleton

Distance: 5 miles/8 km

Walk time: 2-3 hours

Total ascent: 376 m/1,233 ft

Lose Hill is a great short walk to do in the Peak District and Castleton is a hikers hub, with good car parking, shops and pubs for before or after your hike.

The walk up to the summit is pretty much uphill from Castleton but that does mean you can enjoy the downhill on the way back.

This route takes you up to the great ridge where you have amazing views of the valleys and hills beyond. Definitely, one of my favourite walks.

Walk route + map here

Chrome Hill from Hollinsclough

Walking along ridge of Chrome Hill
Walking along the ridge of Chrome Hill

Distance: 4 miles/7 km

Walk time: 2-2.5 hours

Total ascent: 423 m/1,387 ft

From Hollinsclough you can do a lovely circular walk, with views of Chrome Hill at the beginning of your walk.

This is a lovely short option as it takes you up the back and along the ridge of Chrome Hill, then once over the top, you can see nearby Parkhouse Hill on the walk too.

There is a small steep section in the walk but with the right footwear should be ok for everyone to enjoy the route.

Walk route + map here


Chee Dale walk from Millers Dale

Chee Dale stepping stones walk
Chee Dale stepping stones walk

Distance: 5 miles/8 km

Walk time: 2-3 hours

Total ascent: 358 m/1,174 ft

Chee Dale walk is another one of my favourites, from Miller’s Dale you start walking along the Monsal Trail but then drop down into a magical green and beautiful place.

Following the River Wye, you hike through a truly beautiful part of the Peak District. And as it that isn’t enough, there are also the Chee Dale stepping stones. Perfect fun for both children and adults!

This route then takes you away from the busy Monsal Trail and across fields above the route. (If you prefer an easier option you can follow the Monsal Trail back instead, slightly shorter and flatter.)

Walk route + map here


Robin Hood’s Stride from Elton

Robin Hood's Stride walk Peak District
Views from Robin Hood’s Stride

Distance: 4.5 miles/7.4 km

Walk time: 2-2.5 hours

Total ascent: 287 m/942 ft

This walk is another perfect one for both children and adults, with the walk starting through fields, before reaching a small woodland, then on to Robin Hood’s Stride.

You can also shorten this route by missing out the Stone Circle detour and Cratcliffe Rocks, but don’t miss out the Hermit’s Cave which is pretty cool to see.

More about this short walk here.

Walk route + map here
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Rushup Edge from Barber Booth

Rushup Edge walk in Peak District
Views towards Mam Tor from Rushup Edge

Distance: 5.3 miles/8.5 km

Walk time: 2-3 hours

Total ascent: 359 m/1,177 ft

From the picture above you can see along the Great Ridge, including Mam Tor and Lose Hill (short walk no. 1 in this list).

This walk starts from the other side of the valley, not too far from Edale village. Again, it’s another uphill climb to the ridge but once you’re on Rushup Edge then you can see beautiful views both sides. And it’s relatively flat along the ridge too!

Walk route + map here

Three Shire Heads from Gradbach

Three Shires Head waterfalls and pools
Three Shires Head waterfalls and pools

Distance: 5 miles/8 km

Walk time: 2-3 hours

Total ascent: 287 m/941 ft

A perfect short walk for a hot sunny day as this one has some great little pools you can cool off in.

This does mean that it can be a popular spot at weekends but it’s a lovely little Peak District walk and one to add to your list.

On the route, this also takes you around so you have views of nearby Shutlingsloe, a great walk.

Walk route + map here

Grindslow Knoll short walk from Edale

Views from the top of Grindsbrook Clough
Views from the top of Grindsbrook Clough

Distance: 4 miles/6.4 km

Walk time: 2.5-3.5 hours

Total ascent: 444 m/1,457 ft

This route might be short but it’s probably the toughest one on the list. As well as the amount of uphill walking, it also includes a small section via Grindsbrook Clough that you might need to scramble a bit. (Ask me any questions in the comments).

On a sunny day this Peak District short walk is brilliant, I mean it’s nice on a bad weather day too but you need to be prepared. It can get cold on the top when that wind hits you.

Once you’ve looped around to Grindslow Knoll, you can then enjoy the downhill into Edale, where there are two lovely pubs, perfect for an after walk drink and bite to eat.

Walk route + map here

Langsett Reservoir walk from Langsett

Langsett Reservoir from Hingcliff Common
Langsett Reservoir from Hingcliff Common

Distance: 4 miles/6.5 km

Walk time: 1.5-2.5 hours

Total ascent: 216 m/708 ft

This is the most northerly Peak District walk on the list. As you can tell, I did the Langsett Reservoir walk on a snowy winter’s day.

This short walk takes you around Langsett Reservoir, so you get to enjoy a mix of woodlands and moorlands on your walk.

The route is fairly easy to navigate, just make sure you take the turning back down to the reservoir as you head around the back otherwise you might extend the walk!

Click for OS online route here

Do you have any more questions about short walks in the Peak District? Ask me in the comments below.

Ordnance Survey Walk Maps

For these walks, there are two maps that cover them. Below you can see which map you need to buy for the specific area.

You can buy a paper map at outdoor shops or shop online at Amazon or from Ordnance Survey

OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area)

  • Barber Booth
  • Castleton
  • Edale
  • Langsett

OL24 – Peak District (White Peak Area)

  • Elton
  • Gradbach
  • Hollinsclough
  • Milers Dale

And don’t forget your compass.

There are lots to choose from, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!

For online maps, you can get via OS Online App or Viewranger App.

Check here for one month or yearly options with OS Online App. For one month, the prices start from £2.99 a month or the annual option is from £23.99.

More walks in the Peak District

Done all these short walks? I reckon you’re ready for something longer. Why not try one of these walks

Or check out all our Peak District walking routes here

View walks directory here

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Short walks in the Peak District

Short walks in the Peak District

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