The Best Family Walks in the Peak District

The Best Family Walks in the Peak District

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Take a look at some of our top family walks in the Peak District.

Now the summer holidays are here we are heading out on walks with the whole family. If you are looking for some inspiration on where to head why not try the Peak District?

Known as walking country, the Peak District offers an amazing variety of scenery and routes to be explored – from steep sided limestone dales to the dramatic high moorlands.

Plus there is something for everyone – so check out our favourite family walks in the Peak District.

Our favourite family walks in the Peak District

Derwent Dam

Derwent Dam is a great spot for all ages with both short and long routes with the shorter walks around the Dam being pushchair friendly.

The longer walk will take you through farmland and up steep wooded cloughs. You’ll emerge high on top of the moors to panoramic views of the Derwent Valley and much of the High Peak area.

History loving kids (and grown-ups) can learn all about the Dam Busters used the Derwent Dams for practice flights. They were chosen because they closely matched the target dams in the Ruhr Valley in Germany. The Derwent Dams were later used as the backdrop to the 1955 film The Dam Busters.

Mam Tor

Great for older kids who enjoy a challenge with a great sense of achievement from reaching the top – Mam Tor has stunning views from the top over the Edale Valley to Kinder Scout and the Derwent Moors.

Kids will love reaching the Trig point and looking out over the hill they have just conquered.

There is a circular route from a National Trust Car park which will take 2-3 hours over stone footpaths.

Thor’s Cave

Thor’s Cave is a great walk for adventurous little ones without being too long or tough for little legs!

The Cave is accessible by a 2km walk from Wetton village, Ashbourne – once there your little ones can explore this amazing cave – searching for prehistoric fossils and practicing their scrambling skills in the cave.

Thor’s Cave can be done as a standalone walk or as a short detour from a walk on the The Manifold Way.

Stanage Edge

Stanage Edge is a great destination for those looking for a longer family walk in the Peak District, without being too challenging for little ones.

The 9km route will take three or four hours to complete following nice paths across the whole route. There is loads to keep the little ones engaged on this walk, from watching climbers scale the crags, to exploring Robin Hood’s cave and abandoned millstones.

BB29 ‘Overexposed’ Crash Site

This is a bit of different walk to the rest on this list – the BB29 is a US Air Force plane nicknamed the Overexposed which crashed in 1948, with much of the plane wreckage still remaining scattered on the Bleaklow moors.

The easiest way to access the crash site is via the Snake Pass around a 3km walk. The route is easy to follow and marked on all the way.

Kids who love planes or history will love this walk, plus if you slightly extend your walk you can get great views the higher and lower ‘shelf stones’, which are just a short walk further up the hill from the crash site.

Now you’ve got some inspiration on where to head on your next family walk in the Peak District, kit your little ones out with the shoes to get them there.

Our range of kids walking boots are designed for little feet, but have the same technical features as some of our adult boots!

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