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Walking In Peak District

Walking in the Peak District offers a diverse and delightful mixture of countryside from which to choose. You may prefer to trek across exposed moorland where walkers now have more freedom to roam, thanks to the recently introduced Access rights. Alternatively there are easier paths to pursue, especially around the White Peak where walkers can descend into the Derbyshire Dales and follow riverside paths, woodland tracks or simply cross fields and stiles over an undulating landscape with glorious far-reaching views. The Peak District is carefully managed by the National Park Authority and local Councils, with the emphasis on providing a safe and enjoyable environment whilst successfully retaining a balance between visitors and the conservation and preservation of its countryside, flora, fauna and wildlife.

Walks in the Peak District here is a far different prospect. Peak District towns and villages are steeped in history and character, with some offering walk guides for visitors to wander around at will and to explore, investigate or just appreciate the wonderful architecture,curiosities and to hopefully gain an insight into Derbyshire past and present.

Hopton Hall is nestled below typical Peak District hills in the hamlet of Hopton, a few minutes drive west of Wirksworth and looks out towards Carsington Reservoir, which is another few minutes drive further on.  In fact, when the reservoir was constructed in the 1980’s some of Hopton Hall’s estate was swallowed by the water, but nevertheless it is still surrounded by thirty acres of it’s own lovely countryside. Many locals and visitors to the Peak District will know about the snowdrop gardens at Hopton Hall; the...
Snow; fallen and frozen, air; calm, cold, crisp, sky; blue & high cloud. Fantastic conditions for a run on the higher ground of the Peak District.   Stunning winter conditions The Hope valley was wreathed in its customary cloak, the cold air, subsiding overnight forming an inversion and resulting in cold, grey conditions.  Climbing the flanks of Win Hill I emerged from the fog into stunning winter conditions. Temperatures were sub zero but the climb proved sufficient to warm all but the exposed skin on my face. ...
Winter Hills
It was a dull, damp and dreary morning in the Peak District - not at all inspiring for running in the hills. Cloud capped Peak District hills With the air in the valley full of fine drizzle and the higher ground cloaked in wet hill fog the only positive was that the weather was much better than yesterday's deluge and than that predicted for tomorrow.  I decided on a high circle of Castleton, with a sharp climb from the valley to gain height followed by the undulating ridge. Heading out across the fields towards Losehill Hall...
Fell Running – Hill Forts and Limestone Ravines
The high moors of the Peak District have had their first dusting of snow.   Winter comes to the Peak District And with a cold, crisp winter's day giving an ideal opportunity for a run I decided to visit some less frequented parts of the Peak.  Starting at the turning circle at the northern end of Derwent reservoir I immediately noticed a keen wind.  The water, glassy and mirror like on my last visit now rippled under the northerly breeze. Thankful of the meagre heat from a wintery sun in an almost cloudless sky I set...
Fell Running – Winter Coming
Some days the Peak District is shrouded in low cloud or hill fog and the splendid views are replaced by a damp, dreary clag. It is harder to be inspired on these dull days, no yonder far horizon of blue hills nor sun dappled heather and bracken. But wait, there is a visual reward to be had if you look more closely. One such day finds me running on the moorland around Derwent Edge practising some navigation skills.  The reduced visibility creates a smaller world and as I run it forces me to focus more on my immediate...
Bright Jewels on a Dull Day
The damp, grey blanket that has hung limply over the area for most of the week has finally gone and once again fell running in the Peak District is a pleasure. The anticyclonic gloom replaced now by brighter but noticeably colder weather as the Northerly reminds us that winter is not far ahead.  Summer time is over and the shortening days have had their effect on the trees, the leaves turning through a kaleidoscope of green, yellow, brown and red as they give up the fight and fall, recycled into nature to provide shelter and...
Autumn Colours
This walk begins just off the A515 Buxton to Ashbourne road in a large lay-by at the end of Crosslow Lane at Alsop Moor.  The route is slightly undulating and travels through some of the finest scenery the southern Peak District has to offer - especially if done in Autumn when the colours are at their finest. Anyway, we begin by crossing the busy road - beware of the fast traffic, it really comes at a pace along this stretch and a slight bend either way makes it more hazardous - but once negotiated, you are instantly into calmer...
A Circular Walk from Alsop Moor
Running in the Peak District on autumn mornings often means setting off in damp grey conditions.  The colder nights combined with the still relatively warm ground can lead to early morning mist and fog, especially in the valleys.  However if the atmospheric conditions are right this low cloud can burn off giving fantastic views later in the day. I set off on one such morning for a run around the Burbage and Stanage area.  Getting out of the car the air is cold and damp without a breath of wind.  Moisture hangs heavy on...
Grey Skies to Blue
The nights are drawing in but a day of good weather has given a great opportunity for evening running in wonderful conditions. Twilight running Grabbing the opportunity to squeeze in a late evening run I picked up a friend and we headed out to the nearest part of the Peak District for a twilight run.  The sun was setting by the time we started but there was just enough light to run without torches for 20 minutes or so. The light was fantastic, salmon pink in the west merging to shades of turquoise and a deep indigo to the east...
Night Running - Ox Stones and Lady Canning’s Plantation
White Edge, high to the east of Grindleford in the Peak District is a lovely location for a run.  There are interesting things to discover off the main path and it offers great views across Big Moor towards Sheffield, Chesterfield and westwards across the National Park in the direction of Tideswell.  This westerly aspect makes it ideal for an evening run when broken high cloud offers the prospect of a fine sunset and the orange rays enhance the purple of the heather. Starting at the junction of the A625 and B6054 I head up onto...
Evening Sun on White Edge
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