Whether you and your dog like the challenge of long hikes over high hills or gentle meandering tracks, the Peak District National Park boasts a huge number of fantastic and varied walks. With 65 miles of traffic free trails, many of which are disused railway lines, if you are looking for a relatively easy stroll in beautiful countryside you will be spoilt for choice. Look out for wildlife on the High Peak Trail, explore the fascinating tunnels (and dog friendly pubs!) on the Monsal Trail or stop off at one of the most unspoilt and picturesque villages in the country on the Tissington Trail. Marvel at the avenue of 200 lime trees, explore Tissington Hall and indulge yourself at the dog friendly Herberts tea rooms. There are also a number of Miles without Stiles routes in the Peak District which are perfect for pushchairs, wheelchairs and even less agile dogs who don’t like climbing over or squeezing under things!
If you and your four-legged friend enjoy conquering summits, you should tackle one of the several routes to the top of Kinder Scout. The highest point in the Peak District and the start of the infamous Pennine Way provides miles and miles of spectacular walking. If you want to enjoy stunning views of the Peak District but you and your dog don’t fancy a long climb, you can both take a cable car across the Derwent Valley at the Heights of Abraham. Once you reach the top stretch your legs on the Waggy Tails Way over Masson Hill where you can enjoy 60 acres of woodlands and wide open spaces.
If you are looking to combine some historic and cultural sites whilst still enjoying the beautiful countryside you cannot fail to be wowed by the impressive Chatsworth Estate. Whilst dogs are not allowed inside they will love the 1,000 acres of parkland and gardens to explore. Or scramble up to Peveril Castle above the pretty village of Castleton. Explore the imposing ruins of this 12th century castle and have a picnic whilst admiring the panoramic view across Hope Valley. And don’t miss the Iron Age hill fort on the top of Mam Tor. The views on this fantastic ridge walk are simply stunning.
Or if you are after something a bit different go on a fascinating underground journey with your dog at Treak Cliff Cavern, take a trip on a heritage railway line or immerse yourself in the 17th century and visit a plague village.
Whether you are looking for town or countryside, dog friendly pubs on the doorstep or a cosy fire to curl up in front of, our excellent selection of dog friendly cottages to rent means that wherever you fancy resting your weary feet at the end of the day, your dog is welcome too!