Seeking a challenging moorland hike or something gentler? Peaklander Guided Walks can guide you to some of the best-known places, and some less well-known gems that the Peak District has to offer.
Booking a private walk allows you to customise the day’s events and itinerary to suit your requirements. Whether it is the rigours of hills or moorland that you seek – involving a full-day or over several days – or a shorter wander along well-defined paths, Peaklander Guided Walks is ready to make your time both enjoyable and fulfilling.
Maybe you have a walk in mind with a specific interest or perhaps a location you’ve always wanted to visit, or just an enjoyable day walking without the hassle of organising and the worry of navigating? The choice is yours.
These are all bespoke walks, each with a maximum of 12 participants. Special needs can be accommodated and, if required, information can be provided regarding hiring of equipment locally. Children with accompanying adults and dogs on leads may be included, subject to conditions.
The Peak District is rich in mining history and the Magpie Mine near Bakewell is a world-class heritage site. It was the last working lead mine in Derbyshire and is a superbly retained example of an industry that lasted over 200 years. The extensive network of mineshafts, stories of disputes over vein rights and a case of minors being charged with murder are all part of the rich tapestry of the Magpie mine history.
The beauty of the Peak District owes much to the quality and variety of its buildings. A constant is the use of local stone, whether it is for ecclesiastical, industrial, public buildings, or houses from grand stately homes to modest workers’ cottages. The commonality of material provides a splendid visual statement, always robust, yet often simple in form.
The geology of the Peak District is what makes it such a diverse and beautiful landscape. It is divided between the unusual limestone outcrops of the White Peak with its dry valleys, deep gorges and underground cave systems, and the Dark Peak with its spectacular hard gritstone edges, popular with both walkers and climbers alike. Throw in some coal deposits and volcanic exposures and you have the most amazing landscape concentrated in such a compact area.
The Peak District displays a staggering array of habitats, such as limestone lowland meadows, wetlands, ancient woodlands and gritstone peat covered moorland. Each brings its own special environment and flora, from the unassuming beautiful yellow Tormantil to the strange carnivorous round leafed Sundew. A new £5.5 million initiative is helping restore and maintain 2,000 acres of this precious environment.
Peak District species are an appealing mix of the common and rare. Some are everyday types, others cannot be found anywhere else. You can encounter hares and rabbits, cattle and deer, through to sparrowhawks and buzzards, and just about everything in between. There is an abundance of awe-inspiring natural beauty to behold when you visit the region.