Walking in the Peak District is a perfect summer activity that’s not only fun for all the family but will keep you fit and healthy; but to full enjoy your scenic walk you MUST make hydration your top priority!
ZeroWater is here to provide you with some top suggestions of beautiful walks in the Peak District as well as advice on how to stay hydrated, all to make sure you are ready and rearing to go on your long family walks through the Peaks this summer.
ZeroWater’s Top 5 Summer Peak District Walks for Your Family:
Below we have outlined some of our favourite, breathtakingly scenic walks in the Peak District for you and your family to try out this summer. We do advise people do their own research when deciding which walk will be most appropriate for their family and that you bring your own map and compass. It’s also crucial to wear good walking boots whenever walking in the Peak District and to bring enough water for you and your family to be sufficiently hydrated during your hike.
Mam Tor, meaning ‘Mother Hill’, is a 517 metre high hill near Castleton in the High Peak area of Derbyshire. It is one of the most famous walks in the Peak District that well and truly deserves a place on your Peak District bucket list!
Mam Tor sits on the edge of the Dark Peak and the White Peak which means you get some fantastic views, such as the dry gorge of Winnats Pass. Winnats Pass is always a favourite amongst photographers so make sure you bring your camera and take a lovely family photo at the top. The thrill of triumphing over this steep hill and being surrounded by stunning views is a feeling that you will never forget and is a wonderful memory to make with your friends and family this summer after being couped up inside for 18 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mam Tor is located near the beautiful village of Castleton. Castleton is great place to stay if you want to explore the surrounding countryside as there are many circular walks for you to try. Castleton also has some delicious eateries and pubs with beer gardens that benefit from the glorious views of the Peak District, so after your family walk you can all cosy up together in a lovely pub to enjoy some well-earned grub!
The Jacob’s Ladder path is a series of stone steps located at the start of the Pennine Way in the Peak District. This one is perhaps for more seasoned hikers as it’s a challenging climb but you will not be disappointed as you are rewarded with fabulous views and a sense of real achievement at the top.
The walk starts from the train station in the popular village of Edale and follows a country lane north to Grindsbrook Booth at the start of the Pennine Way. Follow the path west to Upper Booth before the steep ascent along Jacob’s Ladder.
The route passes along the ridge with magnificent 360 degree views, prime photo opportunity for budding photographers or for a beautiful family portrait. You’ll pass Lord’s Seat at 550 m (1,804 ft), the highest point on Rushup Edge.
Upon your return down in Edale you can stop at the Rambler’s Inn pub located right by the train station for delicious food and drink to replenish your reserves after a bracing walk in the countryside.
Starting in the village of Hathersage, this 9 mile walk takes you along the wonderful cliffs of Stanage Edge with superb views of the Derwent & Hope Valleys, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.
This is the perfect walk for any literary enthusiasts as many people now visit Stanage Edge as part of their Pride & Prejudice pilgrimage. This was one of the filming locations from the recent film adaptation of the Austen novel. Moreover, on the way to the Stanage Edge, you will pass North Lees Hall which is a building steeped in history and literary connections as this 16th century manor is thought to have been the inspiration behind Mr Rochester’s home in Jane Eyre!
So whether you are a fan of literature and want to visit this romantic, historical location or are just looking for a relatively flat and easy walk with beautiful views – Stanage Edge is the trail for you!
As the highest point in the Peak District, Kinder Scout boasts unforgettable views, unique moorland and even a waterfall. It offers some of the most challenging but rewarding walks in the Peak District. This breath-taking moorland plateau is a walker’s paradise: at 2,087ft above sea level it offers some of the most extraordinary views in the country.
Accessible from the villages of Edale and Hayfield in the High Peak, walks around Kinder offer a journey through many different landscapes, illustrating the diversity of the Peak District.
Points of interest include a serene Mermaid’s Pool and interesting rock formations such as Pym’s Chair and the Boxing Gloves.
Kinder Scout is known for its challenging walks and the Kinder Plateau can be a difficult place to navigate in poor weather conditions. With this in mind, always wear appropriate clothing and make sure to bring a map, compass, some good walking boots and be very wary if the weather is poor.
This 6 ½ mile walk starts in Castleton and passes through some of the most admired and stunning parts of the Peak District. Known to be one of the best ridge walks in the country, this Peak District walk gives stunning views over Edale, Hope Valley and even the edge of Kinder Scout.
From Castleton this walk takes you to the summit of Mam Tor. From Mam Tor you’ll walk up to the top of Back Tor and then onto Lose Hill Pike, all of which have superb views of some of the most idyllic parts of the Peak District.
There an option to make this walk slightly longer (8 miles) which takes you back to Castleton along the riverside, via Hope. Both Castleton and Hope are wonderful villages in the Peak District, perfect for enjoying tea and cake or even some traditional pub food!
Why is it Important to Stay Hydrated while Walking in the Peak District?
- Effective hydration keeps you healthy and prevents infections! This is especially important presently as Covid-19 cases still lurk around the world, it is best to be cautious. Therefore, you need to keep your body as healthy and fighting fit as possible!
- If you do not drink enough water while in the sun, you can suffer from heat stroke. You could be especially susceptible to heat stroke if you are walking long distances or up steep summits in the sun all day. Hydration will prevent heat stroke and helps to regulate your body temperature. Keep an eye on children, the elderly and people with long-term health conditions (like diabetes or heart problems) as they’re more at risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
- When hiking you need to stay hydrated so that your body has the energy and water it needs to function effectively. Drinking enough water keep joints lubricated, organs functioning properly and delivers nutrients to your cells!
- Being well-hydrated also improves cognition and mood, therefore in order to enjoy your Peak District adventure to its fullest you need to be hydrated!
Keep an Eye Out for the Signs of Dehydration when Hiking:
- Little or no urine.
- Urine that is darker than usual.
- Dry mouth.
- Sleepiness or fatigue.
- Extreme thirst.
- Dizziness or light-headedness.
- No tears when crying.
If this occurs, drink some ZeroWater filtered water and you’ll feel right as rain!
At ZeroWater we know it is hard to remember to drink enough water so we recommend trying to follow these handy hydration tips while walking in the Peak District to keep you safe and ensure you enjoy your family walk as much as possible!
- If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. Drink water at the beginning of each hour while walking. You could even set an alarm every hour on your phone to remind you to drink water on your walk. Make sure you take enough water with you for your adventure, pack many bottles of water for your family and everyone can carry one. You don’t want to get caught short of water when your family is hot, tired and thirsty at the top of a summit.
- Fill your water bottles with ZeroWater filtered water so that your water is pure tasting and delicious, therefore you are more likely to drink it as it tastes better than tap water. Moreover, if you fill your reusable water bottles with filtered water you won’t have to keep forking out for expensive single use plastic bottles that damage the environment, and you’ll will be able to stay hydrated!
- If you don’t like the taste of plain water, you should try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your water bottle. This will improve the taste so you will be more likely to drink more water!
- Try and avoid sugary drinks such as Cola, Sprite, Fanta as they will not keep you hydrated.
- Avoid drinking alcohol before your hike as drinking alcohol actively dehydrates you. So save the pints for after your walk as a reward for conquering the hills of the Peak District.
- When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. Also carry enough food and snack to keep your blood sugar levels up and give you enough energy to walk for long distances and up steep hills!
At ZeroWater we want to ensure your family is as hydrated and ready to tackle the challenging but rewarding hikes the Peak District has to offer!
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