The Peak District with its wild rugged landscapes and abundance of fresh air seems made for outdoor pursuits. Here is our list of popular activities you can participate in when visiting the national park.
Walking | Walking and hiking is the most popular activity in the Peak District and when here it’s easy to see why. Please see our Walks Guide for more details. For outdoor, walking and hiking gear and ordnance survey maps please refer to our Travel Essentials
Cycling and Mountain Biking | The Peak District offers 58 miles of cycle trails and many travel through traffic free stunning countryside. There are also several excellent Mountain Biking circuits leading directly from Castleton village. Please see our Trails Guide for more details.
Climbing | Rock climbing is a popular activity in the Peak District and the area has some of the most popular climbing places in the UK. Rock climbers normally head toward Stanage Edge, Froggatt Edge, the Roaches or Kinder Scout, although there are lots of other smaller edges and rocks to try. If you are a beginner you might want to consider Birchen Edge, for more information on rock climbing courses contact The Institute for Outdoor Learning.
Pot hole caves | The two most significant potholes in the Peak District are Eldon Hole and Nettle Pot. For more information Peak Activities Ltd. offers training with friendly experts.
Hang gliding and Paragliding | Mam Tor in Castleton is very popular with hangliders and paragliders. Other popular areas are Rushup Edge, Bradwell Edge and Stanage Edge. For more information contact Derbyshire Soaring Club
Horse Riding | The Peak District is also great for horse riding and pony trekking and there are many Equestrian centres all over the area offering riding by the hour or longer. Trails such as the Longdendale Trail and the Pennine Bridleway are popular. Please see our Trails guide for more details. LadyBooth is a family run Equestrian Centre operating in the popular Hope Valley area.
These are just a handful of the most popular activities in the Peak District. Aside from relaxing other activities people enjoy in the Peak District include canoeing, kayaking, photography, pottery, bird-watching, fishing and golf.