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The Peak District is a national park in central England which offers spectacular views, rugged landscapes and rolling hills.With windswept fells and glittering caves, quaint villages and grand stately homes, there are so many amazing places to visit in the Peak District. There is plenty for everyone to do throughout the year. Whether you visit alone, with family, friend or partner, there is something for everyone to enjoy at our Peak District Lodges. One of the most popular things when in the Peak District is simply enjoy nature, walking or hiking. For different abilities and fitness level you can find various routes. Everyone can find the right one.
In this post I will list the best places to go for big, challenging, strenuous walks in the Peak District. These require a decent level of fitness. To prepare for a walking holiday in the Peak District, I’d like to introduce these resistance bands from Psychi. These Psychi workout bands are perfect for both building strength and building muscle, and thanks to the different levels of resistance offered, you can be sure that you’ll find the right one for you – regardless of whether you prefer home workouts or going to the gym. They will help you to get ready physically for a Peak District walking holiday. Psychi is also committed to sustainability. The brand not only uses paper and biodegradable packaging but plants trees too with the help of Ecologi.
5 Great Routes for Strenuous Walks in the Peak District
The Great Ridge and Win Hill Walk
This is a long walk totalling about 21 kms and long 7-8 hours completion time. This challenging and, in parts, steep Peak District walking route is the perfect for those looking for a lengthy walk. In return you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views. The Great Ridge is probably the most walked ridge line in England, connecting the summits of Lose Hill and Mam Tor. With the addition of Win Hill it makes for a spectacular and challenging Peak District hiking adventure.
Kinder Scout Walk
From Edale village to Kinder Scout. Kinder Scout is a beautiful moorland plateau in the Dark Peak. This route takes you through Grindsbrook Clough. It is gradually uphill until you reach Grindsbrook Clough, where the walk becomes a clamber over rocks and boulders. Kinder Scout walk is perfectly suited for the more advanced walks and takes the hikers over 600m above sea level, should last around 5 hours. This route is about 9 miles of rocky terrain to reach the highest point in Derbyshire.
Eyam and Abney Walk
This route is for the more advanced walkers, around the historic Eyam village. The path goes over rocky and rough terrain and will take roughly 4 hours. There are views of the White Peak and Dark Peak as well as time to wander around Eyam. This walk had great variety, from road, to trail, to woodland, to open dales with a couple of tough climbs.
Rowtor Rock Walk
This route takes you on different terrains (steep unfenced drops, moorland and even caves), this can be quite challenging for many and definitely not suitable for children or elderly. The starting point is Birchover village, through Stanton Moor, Stanton in Peak, crossing the river Bradford, then through Robin Hoods Stride and Cratcliff Tor. Rowtor Rocks are a series of caves, rooms, alcoves, tunnels, flights of stone steps, a stone armchair, a square font, ring markings, rock basins and square sockets for crosses.
The Roaches Walk
Leek, Congleton, Macclesfield and Buxton are the nearest towns to surround The Roaches. The Roaches an excellent choice for hillwalkers and more advanced walkers. Wildlife, stunning terrain and expansive views to Cheshire and even Snowdon. The Roaches walk is one short, sharp and steep ascent for a 2 km-long ridgeline – can be intense on some paths, but not too long, it can be done in 2 hours.