The majority of the Peak District National Park falls within the boundaries of Derbyshire and makes the area a great destination for anyone interested in outdoor activities. From the high wilderness moorland of Bleaklow and Kinder Scout, two tough and respectable sized mountains, the region takes in much hill country and narrow winding dales that makes for dramatic walking that can be make as hard or easy as you like. Split into two distinct regions, The Dark and The White Peak (that comprise of gritstone and limestone respectively), the walker will find an area of edges that can be followed high above tree lined dales and valleys, of rounded summits and long moorland routes under huge skies.
The rock climbing potential of the area is legendary with such famous outcrops as Stanage Edge giving great sport to beginners and hard climbers alike. Since new open access legislation, much of the previously ‘out of bounds’ summits have been opened and great ridge walks can be enjoyed over the narrow Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill near Buxton. Mention ‘ridge’ in Derbyshire and there is only one real place to go and that is ‘The Great Ridge’ that runs between Mam Tor (The shivering mountain) and Lose hill and makes a great skyline walk high above the vale of Edale where The Pennine Way starts. Add to all this a great variety of low level possibilities along narrow gorge like dales and atmospheric routes along rivers and through forests and you will find a region hard to beat for outdoor action.