Top 5 dog walks in the Peak District
The Peak District is a mecca for keen walkers and their dogs. But with so many options, how do you choose where to go? Powered by our friends at K9 Nation, we’ve put together the best dog-friendly walks for you and your pooch. K9 Nation’s ‘Discover Walks’ can be found on their free app, which provides its users with suggested walks where they can also rate the walk and leave comments about the area.
It’s worth noting that a lot of walks in the Peak District require dogs to be on leads to protect ground-nesting birds and lifestock. Make sure you pay attention to signage and pop them on a lead when asked.
Mam Tor has one of the greatest views of the Peak District making it a must-see. There are lots of different paths you can take to the summit, meaning you can do the trip more than once and make it as long or short as you’d like. And with plenty of cafes and pubs in the neighbouring Castleton, why not make it a day out?
Nestled on the edge of the National Park, this place is definitely worth visiting. Watch the sailors go by on the reservoir whilst your dog looks at them thinking “That’s a big duck”.
And with wheelchair and pushchair access (and a picnic area too), this is a place for the whole family to enjoy. But be prepared, the walks can get a bit steep on certain routes, so be sure to look up which walk you want to do.
“We did the off-road version of this walk and explored the surrounding area above the reservoir and it was tough but the views were stunning and well worth it.”
Dovedale is an area that is hugely popular with visitors to the Peak, and for good reason. The picturesque Dovedale valley boasts impressive limestone ravines and instagram-worthy stepping stones. With two different routes, you can choose whether you’d like to hike and explore the surrounding countryside or walk alongside the river for a more gentle stroll.
“We recently went here for a little midweek road trip and what an amazing time we had! The climb up to the top of the tallest hill is definitely worth it when you see the views!”
High Tor is a limestone crag that towers over Matlock with a spectacular view from the summit. The path through to the summit is filled with beautiful wooded areas all year round. On the opposite hill, you’ll have a spectacular view of Matlock and the Heights of Abraham.
“A great place to visit for a brisk and invigorating workout type walk, which can then be rewarded by some delicious fish and chips in the quaint town of Matlock Bath.”
These impressive gritstone outcrops attract plenty of walkers and climbers thanks to their incredible views and not-so-secret hidden features. Hike to the top and find the Doxey Pool with its mythical ‘Blue Nyph’ or head to Lud’s Church, a chasm that will make you feel like you just stepped into a magical world.
Planning on making a spontaneous trip to the Peak now? Why not gear your dog up with a PitPat Activity Monitor? It can give your pooch a tailored exercise goal and track their exercise throughout the entire trip.
And whilst you’re at it, have a look at our guide to hiking with your dog, so you know you’ve got everything your dog will need for your adventure.
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