There are a wide range of outdoor activities on offer and to experience in and around the
Roaches and the Peak District National Park, so everyone can find something fun or relaxing to do! With plenty of taster
sessions aimed at beginners, the region is the ideal place to try something new.
The area is renowned as a paradise for walkers, so it’s no surprise
that there's a wealth of fabulous places to explore. With an extensive network of public footpaths and numerous
long-distance trails, over 1,900 mi/3,000 km in total within the Peak Park, as well as large open-access areas, are available
It is also the ideal destination for cycling holidays, whether for family rides along the miles of
traffic-free cycle paths, or for mountain bikers taking on
the many challenging trails.
Bridleways are commonly used by mountain bikers,
as well as horse riders. Some of the long-distance
trails, such as the Tissington, Manifold and High Peak Trails, re-use former railway lines; they are much used by walkers,
horse riders and cyclists. There are a number of
cycle hire centres around the area at Ashbourne, Manifold, Parsley
Hay and Ladybower Reservoir.
access is possible at several places on the former railway trails, and cycle hire centres offer vehicles adapted to wheelchair
users. There is a programme to make footpaths more accessible to less-agile walkers by replacing climbing stiles with
many gritstone outcrops, such as Stanage and the The Roaches, are recognised as some of the finest rock climbing sites in the world. The Peak limestone also provides many testing climbs!
With more than 50 reservoirs and flowing rivers in and around the area, you'll find
yourself in the perfect place for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing, with plenty of organised clubs and teaching centres to
get you on the water. Some of the area's large reservoirs, have become centres for water sports, including sailing,
fishing and canoeing, in this most landlocked part of the UK.
Extreme sports addicts won’t be disappointed by the
range of activities on offer either; take your pick from mountain biking, climbing, caving or air sports like hang gliding and paragliding to get the adrenaline pumping! Or there is even birdwatching with a cup of
Tea in the Tea Rooms!
something you would like to do? Let us know and hopefully we will be able to put you in touch with someone who can help and with so many activities you can discover
something new every visit!