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Hidden gems – hill walks by train

Looking for a hilly Peak District walk without the crowds? Here are just a few hidden gems, accessible by train.

We’ve chosen these hilltop destinations for their amazing views and we’ll leave you to plan the route which is right for you. We recommend you plan your route using a map. Ordnance Survey maps are often available to borrow from your local library or can be bought at most local outdoor shops. 

Abney and Offerton Moor

Nearest station: Bamford 

Bus routes: 272, 257 (alight at Bamford station)

OS Map: OL1

From Bamford station, head across the A6187 to the hamlet of Shatton and climb steeply up to Abney and Offerton Moors. It’s well worth the climb, with a 360 degree view of Hope Valley and the Derbyshire Dales. There are lots of footpaths to choose from in this area and you could take a route to Hathersage station to make this a station-to-station walk.

Cracken Edge

Nearest station: Chinley

Bus routes: 190 (alight on Station Road)

OS Map: OL1

If you like Mam Tor, you’ll like this! Climb steeply from the charming village of Chinley for panoramic views of Kinder Scout, Glossopdale, and High Peak. From Cracken Edge you can cross the A624 to pick up the Pennine Bridleway towards Chapel-en-le-Frith or head over to Kinder Scout via Coldwell Clough.

Combs Moss

Nearest station: Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bus routes: 61, 190, 199 (Alight on High Street or Town End)

OS Map: OL24

For fans of Kinder Scout, this is a great walk with the feel of “mini-Kinder”. Please note that Combs Moss is privately owned and dogs are not allowed. From Chapel-en-le-Frith station head to Castle Naze, the site of a Roman hillfort. Stick to the paths on the edge of the plateau and enjoy views of Goyt Valley and Combs Reservoir.

Longdendale Trail

Nearest station: Hadfield

Bus routes: 237, 393 (alight at Hadfield station)

OS Map: O1

For a more accessible walk with stunning views of moorland and reservoirs, stroll or cycle along the Longdendale Trail. Start the trail in Hadfield, just a few minute’s walk from the station. This makes a great there-and-back walk which is relatively flat with a well surfaced path, or can be made into a longer round walk by heading out along the Trail and back by the edge of Valehouse and Torside Reservoirs. Trans Pennine Trail – Official Website >

Remember the Countryside Code when you visit the Peak District. 

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