Hi everyone, I hope you’ve all enjoyed the sunny weather. It was certainly better than all the rain last week! I have Bingley and Bubba arriving today for a summer holiday and we’ll definitely be taking them on a day out over the weekend. So I thought I would share some of my favourite Peak District walks for you to explore over the summer – especially now that we have more freedom!
If your dog loves a swim, they’ll love Dovedale. I like this walk because it has miles of riverside walking next to the most picturesque walkways. Some people think that Dovedale stops at the Stepping Stones, but the river goes for miles. As a National Trust location there are signs to please keep dogs on lead, but there are plenty of dips on the bank of the river. There you can go down with your dog on an extendable lead to cool off on a hot day. There are picnic spots as well so you can have a day out with the family (social distancing of course!)
There are car parks for the Stepping Stone route which are relatively easy to find, then just follow the path towards the stones. We did a charity walk on this trail a couple of years ago and the dogs had a great time splashing in the water. Alternatively you could park in Alstonefield and dip down into the valley from there. This is a much longer walk so it is not for the faint hearted!
A great photo opportunity waits at Curbar Edge. It is exactly as it says on the tin, which is a rock formation on the edge of a hillside. I would consider only taking dogs who are easily controlled as it is a steep drop down as you can see from the photos! Ben and I took Ralph the Dachshund up here just before Christmas. Sunset and sunrise photos are a must at Curbar Edge and you can make the walk as long as you like. There are lots of car parking spaces ascending up the hill ending in the car park less than a mile away, so you can happily take a picnic and watch the sun go down.
Mam Tor is a 517m hill near Castleton. This hill has a special place in my heart as it is the very first Peak District walk that Ben and I went on together with Maggie. So don’t be scared of the height of the hill, if Maggie can make it anyone can! There is a path all the way to the top with stairs as well so it is incredibly easy to follow. This is a short walk as you can see the top from the bottom, but you could walk from one of the neighbouring villages up to the hill and back down again. Another great one for photos too as the views from the top are incredible. Ben and I saw sky gliders from the top, swooping into the Derbyshire countryside. This one is definitely one to put on the list especially because you could do it in an afternoon!
I hope some of these walks are a good starting point for any of you wanting to start exploring the Peak District. Let me know if you’d like me to add some longer walks in next week!
Until then keep those tails wagging,