Bradwell’s Pocket Walking Guide to The Peak District offers the visitor a selection of 10 walks suitable for all the family. The walks have been carefully chosen to give a broad selection of walks around the National Park. Each walk has a brief write-up about the local area and then a way pointed description guides you around the walk with a useful map to help you follow the route.
The Peak District was the United Kingdom’s first national park, created in 1951. It attracts millions of visitors every year, who are attracted by the stunning scenery, picture-postcard towns and villages with historic buildings and ancient customs, a range of outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and climbing, and a wide variety of tourist attractions and museums.
The Peak District National Park broadly divides into two distinct areas, the Dark Peak and the White Peak. The Dark Peak, most of which lies within the northern half of the National Park, is dominated by hills and moors, craggy escarpments called ‘edges’, rocky tors and deep valleys, some given over to reservoirs. When weathered, the coarse sandstone rock of this area, known as gritstone, grows dark in colour. In contrast, the southern half of the national park, the White Peak, is dominated by undulating upland with a scattering of prominent hills and deep, crag-lined river gorges. The rock here is limestone, which is grey-white in colour.
Documented tourism in the Peak began early, with the publication of Thomas Hobbes’ The Seven Wonders of the Peak in 1636. Visitors were attracted by the dramatic vistas as well as the reputed healing properties of geothermal springs at the spa towns of Buxton and Matlock Bath. However, the first great increase in visitor numbers came in the Victorian era with the development of rail links that opened up the area to the populations of the great industrial cities of the north. The national park also has a rich industrial history in its own right, with lead- and coal-mining, quarrying and textile manufacture driving the local economy for centuries, but tourism became and remains a vital industry, and there is much for the modern visitor to see and do.
The walks in this book will take you from the gentle slopes and woodlands of the Derbyshire Dales to the wilder, craggier gritstone edges of the northern moors. You will explore picturesque towns and villages, wooded gorges, river valleys and landscaped estates. You will follow ancient packhorse routes, farm tracks and converted railway lines, and you will visit dams, viewpoints and ruined mansions. However, this book only scratches the surface of the walking routes in the Peak District; there are waymarked tracks and long-distance trails aplenty, from the start of the Pennine Way in Edale to the Tissington and High Peak trails, among many others, and the area is criss-crossed with bridleways and public footpaths. Grab this book and some walking boots and start your explorations!
List of Walks
Walk 01 - Tissington - 2.7 miles
Walk 02 - Hartington - 3.9 miles
Walk 03 - Over Haddon - 3.8 miles
Walk 04 - Chatsworth Woods - 3.5 miles
Walk 05 - Ashford-in-the-Water - 3.8 miles
Walk 06 - Monsal Head - 4.0 miles
Walk 07 - Bretton - 3.4 miles
Walk 08 - Derwent - 5.6 miles
Walk 09 - Hayfield - 3.7 miles
Walk 10 - Goyt Valley - 2.0 miles
Released: Spring 2017
Size: 180 x 120mm