Easy Peak District walks near Yorkshire Premium Cottages

The clue’s in the name – the Peak District is famous for the ridges and slopes of those stunning high hills. They’re breathtaking – if you’re walking them, sometimes little more breathtaking than you’d wish. But the good news is this beautiful national park also has wealth of easily achievable strolls. So read on for our guide to some superb easy Peak District walks. And get planning your trip today.

Scenic easy Peak District walks

One of many, many fabulous things about the Peak District is the views. Which means many people want walks of boundless beauty without endless miles. So how can you find that? The trick is to locate viewpoints that aren’t right on the road, don’t involve a two hour hike each way, but still give you a sense of being among the peaks themselves.

One of the best of these types of routes is the Curbar Gap, around 15 miles south west of Sheffield. Park up at Curbar Gap Car Park and then set off on short stroll along a winding former pack horse route. Some 270m later, the well-maintained trail brings you out at a viewpoint on a gritstone ridge, with sweeping views of the Derwent Valley far below.

Easy Peak District reservoir walks

One of the best tips for finding and enjoying easy Peak District walks is to look for reservoirs. Why? Because these large bodies of water are often surrounded by beautiful hills, but are rarely on steep ground themselves. So there’s a fair chance you’re talking about flat terrain. They’re often encircled by a road or walking trails and tend to have good parking. Navigation is relatively easy and there are often signposted walking trails.

Here are some of our favourites. Tittesworth Reservoir, 13 miles north east of Stoke-on-Trent, offers a lovey walking route of under 3km. Broomhead Reservoir, 10 miles north west of Sheffield, has a loop of under 4km. While the spectacular Derwent Dam, 15 miles west of Sheffield, offers satisfying short strolls that are accessible from its visitor centre. The fact that the reservoir was also a test site for the WWII Dambuster bouncing bombs adds another layer of interest.

Easy Peak District walks for families

With an apparently endless array of short walks to enjoy, the Peak District is an exciting place to set out on a walk as a family. Of course exactly where you go, and how far, will depend on the age and fitness levels of your group. But some handy principles apply. 

Younger family members are likely to enjoy the Peak District trails that are super-short and flat. As parents you’ll probably want to avoid ones with steep drops too. The Chatsworth Estate has a range of family-friendly walks, some along riverside trails, that cover anything from 2.6km to 5km. While Dovestone Reservoir (yes, another reservoir!) offers a well-maintained 4km trail that encircles the water and can be navigated even if you’re pushing a pram.

If a slightly more adventurous stroll appeals, opt for the 1.5km round-trip walk beside the River Dove to the pretty stepping stones at Thorpe Cloud. The starting point for this one is Dovedale Car Park, around 18 miles north west of Derby. 

Easy Peak District walks for larger groups

If you are brining together lots of family members or a sizeable group of friends you’re likely to want your easy Peak District walk to come with good facilities. Which means parking, toilets and places to get something to eat and drink.

Historic properties are often a good bet. Beautiful Chatsworth House offers strolls through the 1000 acre-park on the banks of the River Derwent, as well as fine cafes and restaurants.

The National Trust’s Lyme Park, 8 miles south east of Stockport, has 1400 acres of historic parkland to explore. While the Trust’s Kedleston Hall, on the edge of the Peak District near Derby, has 800 acres of grounds and sweeping view

Or if something a little more advanced appeals, opt for a short, circular walk such ones from Edale. This pretty village is set amid some of the Peak’s most spectacular scenery, with Kinder Scout and Mam Tor looming nearby. 

A 5.5km loop takes in a brief section of the Pennine Way and the National Park’s flagship Moorland Centre. There’s a good scattering of pubs and cafes, and you can even get there by train – Edale is on the scenic Hope Valley line between Sheffield and Manchester.

Finding easy Peak District walks

Of course we all have slightly different interpretations of just what an “easy” walk should be. Some people are more comfortable going further. For others, different mobility needs might rule some routes out. Stiles might be out of contention for some, for others trails need to be wheelchair or pushchair accessible. 

So one of the best ways to work out exactly which easy Peak District walks are right for you is to head to the websites of the Peak District National Park. As well as being full of enjoyable things to do, it specifies the distance and challenge level of the hikes. 

There’s even a section called Miles Without Stiles, which features 20 relatively level, easy-access routes without stiles or steps. 

Finding a holiday cottage so you can enjoy easy Peak District Walks

When the landscape is as beautiful as the Peak District you want to share it with the people that matter the most. And setting off for a satisfying walk is a wonderful way to bring people together and reconnect with each other and the natural world. What you’ll also need is somewhere special to come home to so you can relax and carry on enjoying that special time with family and friends. 

Which is why we’re so proud of the properties we offer at Yorkshire Premium Cottages. Set amid this extraordinary landscape, in superb locations, our portfolio of properties is as stunning as the landscape. 

From historic cottages and manor houses, to converted farms – our luxurious properties can come with anything from a hot tub to a games room. Perfect places to bring everyone together, share the experience and make memories. And all after those marvellous, memorable, easy Peak District walks.