Peaklass Walks

Peak District Walks

I’m delighted that people enjoy my photography of the Peak District, but I’m even happier to be able to introduce them to this beautiful place in real life! If you’re able to visit and walk, there’s no substitute for pulling on your boots and getting out into the wild hills and country lanes, where you can hear the birds and smell the flowers as well as admire the views.

Over the past few years I’ve written more than 50 Peak District walks for a variety of platforms, to enable explorers of all ages to discover this wonderful area for themselves, finding brand new places and revisiting favourite spots.

Bespoke Peak District Walks for Accommodation Providers

I love sharing the Peak District countryside with others, and I’m delighted to be able to offer bespoke Peak District walks for holiday accommodation providers. My Peaklass walking guides are fully branded to your hotel, holiday cottage or campsite, and feature routes that start and end at your property. This allows your guests to leave their cars behind and confidently explore the local area … and then return for more next year!

Each Peaklass walking guide includes detailed, accurate directions, selected photographs from the route, a map of the route, and points of interest along the way. The guide is sent to you as a PDF document which can be reproduced locally for your guests to take out with them, or included on your website for guests to follow on their phones whilst they’re out.

My rate includes:

Before the day …

  • Discussing your requirements regarding length of route, desired area, etc
  • Planning the route in detail

On the day …

  • Travel to and from your property (no additional travelling expenses)
  • Walking the route in full
  • Photographing and making notes of the route

After the day …

  • Writing detailed directions of the route
  • Editing the photographs of the walk
  • Researching local points of interest
  • Producing a map of the route
  • Designing and producing the walking guide

I’m delighted to have been commissioned to write bespoke walks for both Landal GreenParks sites in the Peak District, at Darwin Forest near Matlock (www.darwinforest.co.uk) and at Sandybrook near Ashbourne (www.sandybrook.co.uk).

Testimonial: “Suzanne has been an absolute pleasure to work with and we are delighted with the walks she has produced for us. The walks are thoroughly researched and easy to follow with interesting facts about the area. The walks have been very positively received by our holiday-makers. I would highly recommend Suzanne to anyone interested in having walking maps produced.”

If you manage any Peak District holiday properties and would be interested in having bespoke Peak District walks written for your guests, please do get in touch with me!

Let’s Go Peak District Walks

I write all the Peak District walks for Let’s Go Peak District, the top independent visitor website for the Peak District, covering each of the five counties/regions of the National Park. The walks have clear, detailed directions, photographs and maps. The website receives almost half a million views every single month, and the walks are a very popular section of it!

I’ve also written a number of walk collections for Let’s Go Peak District, including Riverside Walks, Pub Walks and Quiet Walks.

To see the full range of Peak District walks available, please visit the Let’s Go Peak District Walks page here.

Kids’ Walks

I believe passionately in getting kids enjoying the great outdoors, and for that reason I’ve written a series of Peak District walks specifically aimed at children. They’re all designed to be shorter for little legs to enjoy (although not necessarily easier, kids love to scramble!), and they incorporate plenty of streams to paddle in, caves to explore, trees to climb and rocks to jump on.

The more that children can learn to appreciate and love the countryside, the better it is for all of us; a connection with nature not only improves their physical and mental health but also paves the way for a lifetime of respect and responsibility for the environment.

You can find my Peak District Kids’ Walks here.

Peak District Walks

If you’d like to try out some of my Peak District walks for yourself, have a look at a few of my favourite routes below.

Wyming Brook Walk (1.7 miles)

This beautiful Wyming Brook Walk takes you through the lovely area around Wyming Brook Nature Reserve. The route follows the course of the picturesque brook as it tumbles through a wooded ravine over mossy rocks, criss-crossed by a series of pretty wooden footbridges. It then follows wide, level, tree-lined bridleways back to the start point.

Dragon’s Back Walk (3.9 miles)

This wonderful walk starts and ends in the pretty little hamlet of Hollinsclough. It takes you along field paths and country lanes with magnificent views over the wild Staffordshire hills, dotted with farms and criss-crossed with stone walls. The route then brings you along the crest of one half of the famous ‘Dragon’s Back’, over the top of Chrome Hill (425m) with panoramic views over the widevalley, including a spectacular view of Parkhouse Hill ahead. You then descend on field paths and follow country lanes to return to Hollinsclough.

Tissington Walk via Parwich (4 miles)

This beautiful walk starts and ends in the perfect little village of Tissington, where there is a great café and a selection of lovely independent shops. It takes you along country lanes and over field paths offering fabulous views, all the way to the equally wonderful village of Parwich. There’s a cosy country pub in Parwich for halfway refreshments if needed. From Parwich the route heads back over field paths and along the peaceful Tissington Trail all the way back to the start point.

Monyash and Lathkill Dale Walk (4 miles)

This lovely Monyash walk takes you out of the pretty village of Monyash on the Limestone Way, through classic White Peak scenery. It passes through part of Cales Dale, lined with twisted, moss-covered trees, before following the stunning Lathkill Dale past the source of the River Lathkill, where it springs forth from a cave in wet weather. From there the route heads up through the wide open countryside of Bagshaw Dale before returning to Monyash.

Dove Stone Reservoir Walk (4.1 miles)

This beautiful Dove Stone Reservoir Walk takes you briefly into the stunning Chew Hills and moors of Dove Stone Moss, and then returns for an easy circuit of the lovely Dove Stone Reservoir, with fabulous open views of this beautiful area to the far north west of the Peak District National Park.

Coombs Dale Walk (4.75 miles)

This lovely walk takes you into a hidden, secret valley, Coombs Dale, one of the lesser known Peak District dales, and a place where you’re almost guaranteed peace and quiet. It follows well-made paths to Black Harry Gate, once the hunting ground of a notorious highwayman, before returning along country lanes and field paths to the starting point.

Peak District walks

Wetton Mill via the Manifold Way (5 miles)

This circular walk is simply stunning, offering some of the very best views of the Staffordshire Peak District countryside. Starting at the lovely Wetton Mill, it follows the course of the Manifold Way past spectacular limestone cliffs, through shady woodland and alongside the River Manifold, before heading gently uphill to some of the most fantastic and far-reaching views in the area. It emerges in the pretty village of Wetton at roughly the halfway point, where there are public toilets and a dog-friendly pub that serves good food and real ales. From Wetton the route follows field tracks down into the hidden Manifold Valley, a peaceful haven for wildlife, before returning to the start point.

Tideswell Dale Walk (6 miles)

This lovely walk is dog-friendly (no stiles) and virtually guaranteed to be cow-free for those who are nervous of bovine encounters! It starts and ends in the pretty Peak District village of Tideswell, which is very well served with cafés, pubs and shops for refreshments before or after your walk. The route takes you through beautiful Tideswell Dale, past historic Litton Mill and then on to the traffic-free Monsal Trail. From there you head to the pretty hamlet of Miller’s Dale on the River Wye, with a lovely pub at the halfway point for a break if needed. From Miller’s Dale it heads up through classic White Peak rolling fields to return along quiet country lanes to Tideswell.

The Secret Side of Ladybower Walk (8.1 miles)

Ladybower Reservoir is a much-loved, very popular Peak District destination, but this fabulous circular walk takes you away from the crowds and into the quiet hillsides that surround the north-western edges of the water. From the magnificent Ladybower Dam and those famous plug holes, the route takes you along wooded trails beside the River Ashop, surrounded by sweeping hills. It then crosses the river to return on the other side, with wide open countryside views across to Lose Hill and the vast bulk of the Kinder plateau. You return to your start point via the pretty slopes below Crook Hill, for a wonderfully different perspective on Ladybower Reservoir and the iconic Ashopton viaduct.

Derwent and Howden Reservoirs Walk (10.3 miles)

This lovely circular walk begins and ends at Fairholmes Visitor Centre in the Upper Derwent Valley. The route completes a circuit of both Derwent and Howden Reservoirs, with a beautiful old packhorse bridge as a great halfway point and picnic stop. There is stunning countryside along the way, and for the most part the route uses well-made paths and lanes.