As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Peak District, Florence Fortnam picks out a selection of outdoor adventure activities in this glorious National Park in central England, including walking, cycling, horse riding, climbing and caving.
One of the best ways to experience the Peak District National Park in full is simply to get out and explore - be it on foot, horseback, on two wheels, on a clifftop or underground.
The Peak District National Park is packed full of cycle routes, walking trails and bridle paths (easily accessible by train) that cater for all levels of experience and ability. The 65+ miles of off-road trails and lanes make for some fantastic walking and cycling for beginners and experts alike, while horseriding enthusiasts can choose from a wide range of specialist trails and self-guided adventures. What's more, the national park has some of the best caving and climbing in the world, so if you're after a high-occtane activity the the Peak District is sure to have something to get your heart racing.
Sally Mosley Guided Walks
Experience the history and beauty of The Peak District National Park alongside a fully-qualified, experienced guide. The guided walks will explore some of the best landscapes the region has to offer, including the Ladybower Reservoir and Win Hill, a 9-mile walk overlooking Hope Valley and the Dark Peak landscape. Those with something a little more specific in mind can opt for one of the many themed walks, which range from brewery tours and food taste trails to a Poole's Cavern underground experience. How to get here by public transport:
The closest railway station is Matlock. From there, take the 6.1 bus to Bakewell. Also nearby are Routes 68 and 680 on the National Cycle Network. sallymosley.co.uk
Peak Walking Adventures
Peak Walking Adventures offer guided hill and moorland walks with high quality interpretation of the special Peak District Environment, while having a minimal environmental impact. Cath's services provide people with the opportunity to experience this, who might not have the confidence to venture into the hills on their own. peakwalking.com
Book a Simply Walk self-guided holiday and discover the Peak District at your own pace and in your own company. Soak up the scenery and relax in friendly, cosy B&Bs chosen for your budget. In the background we arrange your accommodation, provide your maps/directions and transport your luggage. Simple. simplywalk.co.uk
Acclimbatize offers authentic, adventurous experiences and technical training in a range of outdoor activities. Delivery is sensitively punctuated by environmental, social, and historical information relative to the activity and location. Daryl and the team strongly believe that by doing this their customers' experience of the Peak District National Park (and other areas they operate in) is greatly enhanced. How to get here by public transport: Matlock Railway Station is just one mile away. You can take the 6.1 bus from the station to Cromford. From there, follow Water Lane and you wil find Steep & Deep in the fork in the road. Also close by is Route 54 on the National Cycle Network. steep-deep.co.uk
Beyond the Edge
Beyond the Edge is a Peak District-based specialist mountain training company, offering a range of adventures, training, technical advice and consultancy. Through teaching technical skills, they offer clients inspiring and enriching experiences, sharing insights about the Peak’s wildlife and history that their clients are then able to pass on to others. beyondtheedge.co.uk
For information on nearby characterful places to stay, local food and drink, and nearby visitor attractions, see our Green Traveller's Guide to the Peak District