Short and easy Peak District walks with kids

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  • September 19, 2019

Are you looking for short or easy Peak District walks with kids, or some lovely family walks in the Peak District?

Sandwiched between Manchester and Sheffield in the north of England, the Peaks is our home and we are regularly out on a family hike with our boys of a weekend. With those green rolling hills dotted with old farm houses and country pubs, it’s our happy place.

Check out our top things to do in the Peak District with kids.

There’s nothing better than a long walk across the Dales, over drystone walls, towards a good old English pub for lunch. Pre-kids we used to grab an Ordnance Survey map and hike for a good few hours before drying off and warming up in front of a cosy log fire with a pint. When the boys came along it was fine doing these walks with them in the back carrier, but since the age of two we have wanted to encourage them to do a walk all on their own. Plus, we found our boys to be a bit too heavy for the carriers!

So here is a selection of our favourite short family walks in the Peak District. Make sure you pack LOTS of snacks and an OS Map, dress them in layers with a puddle suit and wellies (unless it’s a fine summer’s day) and start your walk early when they’re at their most energetic.

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The Cork Walk (aka Nine Ladies Circle)

Short walks in the Peak District for young kids

This circular walk on Stanton Moor has it all – unusual stones to explore, rocks to climb, woodland, open views and muddy puddles! It’s easily one of our favourite peak district family walks. At the start of the walk is a large rock that looks like a corkscrew – it’s begging to be climbed by the grownups if you’re up for the challenge. The walk continues round to the left, however, we often like to take a detour down the old quarry to play amongst all the boulders. A snack at the Nine Ladies Circle is standard; a Bronze Age circle used by the Druids. Enjoy the views over to Bakewell as you loop back round to the beginning.

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Distance: 2km 

Short walks for young kids in the Peak District

Make sure your kids have the right footwear. Check out this guide: The BEST children’s walking boots.


Short walks in the Peak District for young kids

Park down Bradford Road just a bit further on from Youlgreave Church. This circular walk takes you either side of the River Bradford. The kids will love playing with sticks and paddling in the shallow section at the end of Holywell Lane. There’s even a designated swimming area further down the river for the warmer summer months.

Post-walk enjoy a good lunch in the family-friendly George Hotel (then have a kids’ menu). If the kids still have energy to burn, there’s a good playground just past the church along Alport Lane.

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Distance: 1.6km 

Short walks for young kids in the Peak District

Birchen Edge

Just up from the Robin Hood Inn Pub, follow the footpath sign along the base of Birchen Edge for about 1km. You may see some climbers making their way up the rock-face. However, you don’t need to rig up the ropes yourselves as the footpath follows around to the top after about 1km and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views. It can get crazy windy up here though, so shelter behind some rocks to enjoy your mid-walk snack. Post-walk, stop in the pub for a bite to eat. Well, would be rude not to!

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Distance: 2km 

Peak District Walks for young kids

Blaze Farm Nature Trail

A visit to Blaze Farm is one of our top things to do in the Peak District with kids. Entry is FREE and there are lots of farm animals to meet (cows, peacocks, donkeys, geese, ducks, sheep). If you’re visiting during the lambing season you may even be lucky enough to see a lamb being born in the lambing shed (arrive early). There is a short and long nature walk. We take the short walk that crosses the meadows, through the woodland (where you’ll come across carved animals in the wood and a den) and back up to the farm. Just follow the signs.

On return to the farm, head to the cosy tea room and treat yourselves to some ice-cream made on the farm from A2 milk. Behind the tearoom you’ll find a slide and a tractor to play on.

Blaze Farm is open 10am to 5:30pm Tuesday-Sunday all year round and Bank Holiday Mondays. Visit their website for further details. 

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Distance: 1km 

Peak District Walks for young kids


Short walks for young kids in the Peak District

This is a classic Peak District walk which can get rather busy at weekends and public holidays. Ensure you arrive early beat the crowds, unless you’re visiting during the week when it’s likely you’ll have the valley to yourselves.  A flat gravel path follows alongside the river and is suitable for prams, until you reach a series of stepping stones that take you to the other side. Walk along as far as you wish, but just remember you have to turn around and follow the same route back. We generally go just a little bit further than the stepping stones (about 1km each way).

Your may also like to read this review about walking to Dovedale stepping stones from our travel blogger friends over at Mini Travellers.

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Distance: As long as you wish as the walk follows the same path out and back. 

Short walks for young kids in the Peak District


Short walks in the Peak District for young kids

This circular walk can get very muddy, so make sure everyone is wearing wellies. Park up by Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese and walk down through Gould Farm to say ‘hello’ to the cows (you’ll smell them before you see them!) Head down to the river and enjoy those open views across the dales as you walk between drystone stiles. Then treat yourself to a hearty lunch at the pub on your return.

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Distance: 2km 

Short walks for young kids in the Peak District

Where to stay 

Short walks for young kids in the Peak District

Our favourite place to stay as a family is on a little farm, 2 miles north of Parwich. With a large double bedroom and smaller twin bedroom, the beautiful barn conversion named Bluebird Cottage comfortably sleeps a family of four. This is a home from home, so you have a lounge with TV and a fully equipped kitchen (including dining table, dishwasher and microwave). There’s a large grassy garden behind the cottage and our boys love feeding the donkeys. There are also goats and horses on the farm, and if you visit in Spring you’ll see lambs being born and perhaps get to hold one!

Short walks for young kids in the Peak District

It’s a great location with beautiful walks on your doorstep, a short drive to attractions such as The Heights of Abraham, The Tramway Museum in Crich and Blaze Farm, and the local village down the road has a fab playground opposite the pub. Check out our top things to do in the Peak District with kids.

There is also Dover Barn next door to Bluebird Cottage, which also sleeps four. The owners of this family-run farm are such lovely people and very down-to-earth. We can’t recommend a stay with them enough.

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If you’re just visiting for a night or two, or you’re looking for a more budget option, you can’t go wrong with YHA. They offer family rooms, toys for the kids, and self-catering facilities (as well as good value meals) and there are ten YHA hostels dotted around the Peak District. Our favourite for location is perhaps YHA Eyam.

Do you have any favourite family walks in the Peak District to add?

A big thank you to Ordnance Survey for supplying the mapping for this post as part of the #GetOutside program. This post contains affiliate links. Should you click to purchase, it is at no extra cost to you, but I receive a small commission. 

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Lovely walks I remember. Nana will be able to do some of these again when she has her new knee.

Most definitely! Although feel free to wait for us in the pub πŸ˜‰

The Peak District is beautiful. Love a walk that stops off at a pub! They’re the best and the most motivating for all #MondayEscapes

Ha! Most definitely.

I hear ya re heavy two year olds! These are some fab walk suggestions in a beautiful part of the UK. I can see why you eventually want to call it home!! #MondayEscapes

We love it so much! Always make the effort to visit whenever we can πŸ™‚

Great post! My friends live near Dovedale and we had a lovely walk there last summer, you’re right though it does get rather busy! Will definitely look some of these up for this coming summer. #Mondayescapes

How lovely! Let me know how you get on with other walks over the summer.

As much as where you are now is so beautiful for so many reasons. I bet you long for a long cold frosty walks on the those hills. We live out in the Lancashire countryside and I just adore all the farm animals they make me feel so calm x

Some fab walks there. Wish we were closer so we can try them. Our youngest is so stubborn that he refuses to walk far, but he is far too heavy to carry. Hopefully one day soon he will find his walking legs haha! #Mondayescapes

My daughter would love to stay at the farm and feed the animals. When I think of visiting the UK, this is the sort of trip I’d like to take.

Add it to your list for when you make it over πŸ™‚

I’d never heard of the Peak District before, but this looks lovely! Your pin for this article is also the cutest thing ever. πŸ™‚

Thanks. That’s my youngest with his cousin.

We’re yet to try out a proper walk with our two, and something like this sounds perfect. I’m sure the excitement of seeing lambs being born would help speed them along!

Most definitely. Lambing season is just around the corner πŸ™‚

I love this post as I am a lover of the Peaks and its not too far from home. We haven’t done many walks, We haven’t quite worked out the logistics of walking with a very heavy 18 month old, and a 3 year old that has decided she doesn’t love to walk further than the drive ! ha ha Dovedale and the stepping stones is my favourite for sure xx

Ha! We find a lot of snacks help ?. A good one to do would be the cork walk as there’s a lot of variation to keep them entertained. We’re visiting again in a few weeks and can’t wait!

This is amazing. With another couple, we visited this area last June (as we have a friend that leaves near Leeds). I wish I would’ve had this info then as we enjoy hikes and that cottage looks lovely!

Hope you had a lovely time? Can you remember where abouts you went?

Great tips! I was always surprised by how tricky it was to find short round-trip country walks – this is a really useful guide.

We’ve been wanting to visit the Peak District for a while now so this will be perfect for when we do!

We love walking with the kids & it’s high time we ventured out of Yorkshire! Thanks for all the fantastic ideas!

Well I hope you guys make it to the Peaks soon. Not too much of a drive πŸ™‚

What a great resource of family walks. The area looks lovely!

Just a pick of our faves after many years exploring! It’s a beautiful area of the world.

Wish I had read this post before our trip to Darwin Forest in the Oeak District last month! So handy;)

Next time πŸ˜‰ The Peaks is beautiful and I’m sure you’ll be back.

I love the idea of walks which are suitable for little ones. I find parents, us included, are often put off by walks because they might be too long for toddlers but these are perfect. I also like the idea of combining one with a visit to the Blaze farm. What toddler could argue against that! Thanks for linking up to #wanderlustkids

We’re huge fans of Blaze Farm. Always try to fit in a visit when we’re in the area. Thanks for reading!

Lovely walks and lovely photos! We too have got our kids walking from a young age, and now that they’re a tad older, we’re reaping the benefits, as they think nothing of it as long as we keep them fed and watered!

That’s so good to hear! These little people need A LOT of feeding and watering seemingly πŸ˜‰

Ah thanks for including our blog in here I’ve had a few referrals through today x


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Thanks so much for these. We did 2 of them (black rocks and cork stone) on a big family weekend with 8 children from 2 to 10 and both were a big success. Beautiful!

Oh that’s great to hear!! Thanks for letting me know and so pleased you found this post useful ?

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