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credit Tony AllsoppLike a challenge? How about walking the entire boundary of the Peak District National Park?

To celebrate the UK’s first national park, Friends of the Peak District have devised a 200-mile long walking route that circumnavigates the entire park boundary. Stretching from the moorland tops of the South Pennines to the gentle limestone scenery of the Derbyshire Dales, the route embraces the urban edges of Sheffield and Oldham, as well as Staffordshire’s rugged moorland and the undulating slopes of Cheshire.

The entire route follows existing footpaths, tracks, quiet lanes, former railway lines and a canal towpath, offering you the opportunity to enjoy some quiet in little known corners of the national park.

Long distance walkers may enjoy the challenge of walking all 200 miles of it in one go, but, for a little more digestible approach, the walk has been divided into stages for those who wish to explore the boundary as day-long walks.

With a third of Sheffield actually located within Peak District National Park, it’s not surprising that a fair bit of the route straddles the western edges of the city. Stages 7 through to 10 of the walk cover off everything from Langsett down to Ringinglow, taking in areas such Bradfield, Wyming Brook, Burbage and Stanage in between.

Beyond the stages immediately on Sheffield’s doorstep, many sections of the route are easily accessible from Sheffield using public transport. You can view each stage of the route complete with downloadable Ordnance Survey maps, start/end grid references and GPX files of the route at: https://www.friendsofthepeak.org.uk/boundary-walk/

If you fancy taking on the Peak District Boundary Walk, perhaps as a personal challenge to accomplish over the course of a year, maybe as a sponsored event for charity or just for the pure outdoor enjoyment of it, as and when you feel like it,  you can order your  FREE Peak District Boundary Walk Passport online. You'll then be able to get you PDBW passport stamped at the official stamping stations each time your complete a stage of the route. If you collect all the stamps and present your completed passport to the Friends of the Peak District you’ll get a certificate and your name will be logged in a database with other completees, plus a massive sense of achievement. 

For more extensive information, with detailed descriptions of the route, points of interest  and background information, the official Peak District Boundary Walk guidebook is available to purchase online: https://www.friendsofthepeak.org.uk/product/boundary-walk-book/  with all proceeds from book sales helping to keep the Peak District Boundary Walk safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

Photography credits: Tony Allsopp 
 

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