My favourite Peak District walks


Last updated: May 15, 2024

The Peak District is one of the most magical places on this earth. See for yourself with these amazing walks!

When I chose to study at The University of Sheffield back in 2012 I had no idea that it backed on to the most magical place on earth. Fortunately, the locals are super friendly and loved telling me about all their favourite places to walk in the Peaks. It was no surprise that I stayed on in Sheffield for my MA, and for another year after that.

When I left, I found myself longing for the stunning views across the Peak District. This is why I take any opportunity to go back there. When I do, these are the top four walks that I will make sure to do. For each, I have provided a rough estimate of distance and time, as well as parking spots and difficulty level.

I hope you enjoy these Peak District walks as much as I do!

At Ladybower Tor with Coco one of my favourite Peak District walks

Ladybower Tor

  • Parking spots: Around 4-5 free spots next to the entrance (or use Cutthroat Bridge Car Park)
  • Distance: 5km
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

I’ve done this walk more times than I can remember. It is perfect for those days when you don’t want to walk for hours to see beautiful views. Within 45 minutes you can be at the top of this tor with the most insane views.

You will be able to see over the whole of Ladybower Reservoir and the surrounding peaks. If you go on a sunny day you’ll see the light hit certain peaks in the distance. It is absolutely magical.

It is also Coco’s favourite walk. She loves nothing more than perching on the top of a rock watching over the world below.

On top of Lose Hill one of my favourite Peak District walks

Lose Hill

  • Parking spots: Plenty in Hope
  • Distance: 2km
  • Time: 45 minutes (one way)
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

If you have come to the Peaks for great views then you’ll get plenty of these up on Lose Hill. 360 views to be exact. It is absolutely breathtaking once you reach the top. You’ll be able to see Hope and Castleton, and plenty of other peaks too.

This is a one-way route, mostly because Google Maps won’t let me show you a round route which would take you back down from Lose Hill towards Lose Hill Lane. If you were to follow the round route the walk should take two to three hours.

Once you reach the top of Lose Hill you will see just how beautiful it is, so you may want to continue your walk instead of heading straight back. If so, you can follow the path over to Back Tor, Great Ridge and even over to Mam Tor. This would be a full-day walk.

Coco at Slippery Stones one of my favourite Peak District walks

Slippery Stones

  • Parking spots: Free parking by Kings Tree
  • Distance: 11km
  • Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Beginner

For those looking for woods, hills and water, you’ll be happy to discover Slippery Stones. This is a long walk but can easily be cut short by the time you reach Slippery Stones. The walk between the parking spot and Kings Tree and Slippery Stones is beautiful as it is, plus it is pretty flat.

You can extend it by walking up the hill, which does require a little more energy than the walk to get there! But you will be rewarded with even more stunning views.

If you go in the summer, this is a great spot for wild swimming! Make sure to head there early though as it is a popular spot loved by locals from neighbouring cities.

Coco walking along Millstone Edge one of my favourite Peak District walks

Millstone Edge

  • Parking spots: Surprise View Car Park (paid)
  • Distance: 2km
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Beginner

If you love rocky edges then you’re in the right place. The Peak District is full of them, hence why it is such a popular destination for climbers. One of my favourite rocky edges is Millstone Edge. It is pretty easy to get to from Sheffield and is just down the road from the Fox House pub (great for anyone taking the bus in from Sheffield).

You can walk along for miles and the views just never get boring. Coco particularly loves this walk as she can jump up on all the rocks.

There are some pretty impressive rock formations to look at and climb up on, if you’re feeling confident!

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