6 dog friendly walks in the Peak DistrictBack to latest posts
With 555 square miles of stunning English countryside, lush rolling hills, charming market towns and areas rich in wildlife, the Peak District is one of the UK’s best spots if you’re a keen rambler.
And if you’re bringing your beloved pooch on holiday then you’re in luck - this National Park spans several counties, including Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, so you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding walks perfect for walkies!
If you need some more information on where to head, check out our 6 dog-friendly walks that can be found in the Peak District.
1. The Goyt Valley
If you’re after something fairly gentle then head to The Goyt Valley, which sits in the heart of the Peak District. You can choose from a variety of routes, ranging from a steady two miles to a more challenging 15. Expect to see old ruins, trickling rivers and open moorland as you enjoy this inspiring route.
2. Mam Tor Circular Walk
Don’t head to the Peak District without tackling Mam Tor’s circular route. The viewpoint is so worth it and offers spectacular scenes of dramatic hilltops that stretch out far over the Edale Kelly and the Derwent Moors. Dogs are completely welcome to join you all the way round and will enjoy so much space to run and play in. And head to Mam Tor during sunset or sunrise to really make the most of the amazing countryside.
3. Black Rocks
Situated in Derbyshire, Black Rocks is one of the most popular dog walking routes in the Peak District. A spectacular gritstone outcrop, take the steep climb up to the top to be rewarded with views of the lush green countryside and beyond. Once you’re done, finish with a more casual stroll through the adjoining woods - which are provided in cooperation with the Forestry Commission - and enjoy the surroundings in any season.
4. Rowsley, Chatsworth and Haddon
Taking around 3 hours to complete, this challenging trek round Rowsley, Chatsworth and Haddon is perfect if you’re looking for a spot of natural scenery to marvel at on your way round. Stumble across the majestic Haddon Estate and look out across beautiful moorland. Dogs can be off the lead for almost the entire route, so it’s a great trek to help tire them out and really stretch their legs. Plus, there are a couple of chocolate-box village pubs en route if you’d like to stop for a quick refreshment.
5. Eastern Moors
Head to Sheffield and you’ll find the Eastern Moors; a truly beautiful part of the Peak District National Park. Spot mountain blackbirds, deer, adders and racing hares (and more) that call these parts of the Peak District their home. And that’s not all - pass archaeological and historic sites dating back from the Bronze Age to World War Two. Not only will you and your pooch get a great walk but there’s so much to learn, too!
6. Linacre Reservoir
While an easy 5 mile circular route, the Linacre Reservoir walk doesn’t disappoint. Follow paths and lanes through woodland and farmland - and make sure you take a well-earned rest at the reservoir itself, even if it’s just to take in the magnificent views. There are plenty of types of tree to discover too, including sycamore, beech, oak and ash. Their leaves reveal the most beautiful colours that reflect off the gentle water - just like a postcard.
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