England · UK Travel

Walking Series: Peak District, UK

Now whilst being a complete fan of the city life, i think as times gone on my fondness for being out in’t country has grown. The great thing about living in Manchester is that I can have the best of both. Being a 9-5 er, the surroundings of office walls certainly take their toll. So having a weekend, where it’s SUNNY – getting ourselves out to the Peak District is usually a no brainer.

Reasons to Visit

  • Views – having gone on a few marked and un-marked routes it’s easy to see what makes this place so addictive. Rolling hills, stoney streams, both endless.
  • Range – it covers a huge area, with all towns varying in what you can experience.

Edale
Great for picturesque walks and climbs, up and over the Kinder Scout & Mam Tor. I love how extensive the walks can be, yet the village of Edale is relatively small in comparison, but very friendly. Two local country pubs, which always make the hikes worthwhile as you can finish off with a great Sunday lunch (the old nags head is a personal fave!)

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Viewpoint: Hope Valley, Edale. A regular but amazing route.

Buxton
A bustling spa town that not only bordering the national park on three sides but has a number of tours and attractions. We visited the Pooles Cavern a few months ago, and it was amazing to be guided through and look at these formations that some, had been forming and shaping over millions of years. Even when the weather’s not as it’s best, heading over the Pavilion Gardens is a treat. There’s just something about walking through and being encapsulated back to the Victorian times with its buildings and over 23 acres of garden to get lost in.

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Solomon’s Tower, Buxton.
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November 2015 – a fairy tale woodland with the sun streaming though in Buxton.

Glossop
Although not visited as much is very much one of my favorites. This little town isn’t as large or busy as Buxton, but that’s what makes it all the more appealing. Here you can get your fix of independent artisan coffee’s and the likes and being a stones throw from Pennine Way, you have the a number of hiking and cycle routes to get through.

Great views, walks and climbs not selling it?

  • Time – is of the essence. If you live anywhere from Manchester to Sheffield to part of the Midlands you can get yourself here for the whole day without needing to splurge on accommodation for the night! Which bring’s me to my last point. 
  • Money – no stopovers = no accommodation costs. Personally, I don’t have a car since moving to Manchester as I’ve not required it. Yet with the great train service for the popular areas of the Peak District – it’s not a problem.
    • Transport
      Manchester – Glossop – £3 Off-Peak Return*
      Machester – Edale – £9 Off Peak Return*

*Railcard prices.

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“We made it!”, Edale Climb. April 2016

So there’s my ode to the countryside, with the weather warming up – expect a few more features popping up.
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