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National Walking Month – updated May 2024

Lace up your boots, pack a picnic and head out for an adventure in the Peak District by train.

National Walking Month
Walking and wheeling has so many benefits for our physical and mental wellbeing – when combined with taking the cleaner, greener option of using public transport, it’s a low-carbon day out which can leave you feeling happier, healthier and more connected with your community and environment (Mind, 2021).
Top tips for a car-free walk:
1) Check train times before you travel. Visit Northern ( for the best offers on tickets and up-to-date timetables.
2) If you’re walking from home, catch the train at the start of your walk and walk back from your destination, rather than starting with the walk and feeling pressure to catch the train at the end. For example, if you want to walk between  Buxton and Dove Holes, catch the train to Dove Holes and walk back to Buxton from there. Then there’s no worries about missing the train, you can just relax and enjoy the scenery.
3) Be prepared. Dress for the weather, know how to find to your way in places where phone signal may be patchy, and be familiar with the Countryside Code.
4) Spot wildlife – the Peak District is home to wonderful wildlife. Listening to birdsong, getting a whiff of wildflowers and feeling the elements on our face can lift our spirits, and there’s lots of research to prove it.
5) Join a walking group or find a walking buddy. According to active travel charity Living Streets, over a third of people in the UK would walk more if they had someone to walk with. There are several walking groups in the High Peak, Hope Valley, Sheffield and Manchester areas you could try, including TransPeak Walks, who always walk from train stations on the High Peak and Hope Valley lines. 
We would love to know where you get up to. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok. 
For more walking ideas, head to our webpage about Walking.

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