With its wide variety of landscapes, the Peak District is one of the finest areas in the country for walking. You can choose between the high moorland plateaus in the North and the steep-sided dales and green hill in the South of the district.
The spectacular scenery of the Peak District is crossed by old railtrails, which offer the perfect cycling ground for beginners and families, being flat and well-surfaced. Experienced cyclists on the other hand can explore a wide array of challenging paths.
Among the rail trails, the 13-mile Tissington Trail (part of NCN68) runs from Ashbourne to Buxton through fine scenery over Dovedale; the 17-mile High Peak Trail (part of NCN54) runs off of it, and you can continue car-free from High Peak Junction to Buxton. The Monsal Trail, with its tunnels and outstanding views, runs 8 miles from near Buxton to Bakewell.
Another good option for families is the 12 miles or so circuit along the edge of Ladybower and Derwent Reservoirs, especially at weekends, when half of the route is closed to traffic.
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