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    Widdler
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    Can anyone help me plan a couple of routes to walk in the peaks. Spending a week there soon and could do with some recommended routes to walk 10+ miles mod to hard. Any help gratefully recieved.

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    Goon Ron Rees Davies's Avatar
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    Depends on where you're based and whether you want to use transport to get to the start of the walks each day, be self sufficient or have pub meals, camp overnight etc.

    If you're not bothered about getti ng back to the start point there's obviously the southern parts of the pennine way which are decent walks, though you're often walking on laid pavement slabs rather than natural terrain.

    For circular day walks Kinder Low from Hayfield is a nice starter on the Manchester side - past Kinder Reservoir, bit of a workout uphill through William Clough and up to the plateau, then a nice flat walk along the edge past the downfall and trig point (if you don't miss it and it hasn't sunk into the well trodden peat) and down through a field full of cows back to the car park. Only about 9 miles but can be extended by navigating out to the actual highest point somewhere in the middle of the monotonous peat and possibly tracking down to the bottom of Jacob's ladder & then back up (I guess you could start the same circuit from Edale too - either way the timing should be right for a pub lunch). Supposed to be good views from the top out over Manchester (if that doesn't contradict itself) but it's always been cloudy when I've been up there.

    Alternatively there's any number of routes from the Derwent Valley to the ridges up above and, for example, over to Langsett (Cut Gate Path) or Bradfield (Doctor Gate Path) on large unmissable tracks or simply around the skyline on less well defined routes and back down again. Much of the Dark Peak area is open access so you can cut cross country between tracks but be aware that navigating on peat moorland can be a nightmare in mist and you'll need waterproof (or at least mud-&-slime-proof) boots.

    Ron

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    Try the white peak way if you want a nice weeks walk, designed as an inter YH walk.

    http://www.whitepeak-way.co.uk/

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    Initiate Judith Sager's Avatar
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    Just to warn you the peak district moors are now closed (edited: Due to fire risk).

    You are still welcome to use official rights of way, but all access lands and unoffical paths are closed

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    Widdler
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    Thank you all for your time and advice, as to the fire risk where can i find updated info never even gave it a thought. Planning to go June now so things could change by then. Thanks again

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