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There are a wide range of outdoor activities on offer and to experience in and around the Roaches and the Peak District National Park, so everyone can find something fun or relaxing to do! With plenty of taster sessions aimed at beginners, the region is the ideal place to try something new.


The area is renowned as a paradise for walkers, so it’s no surprise that there's a wealth of fabulous places to explore. With an extensive network of public footpaths and numerous long-distance trails, over 1,900 mi/3,000 km in total within the Peak Park, as well as large open-access areas, there is plenty available for hill walking, rambling and hiking.

It is also the ideal destination for cycling holidays, whether for family rides along the miles of traffic-free cycle paths, or for mountain bikers taking on the many challenging trails.

Wheelchair access is possible at several places on the former railway trails, and cycle hire centres offer vehicles adapted to wheelchair users. There is a programme to make footpaths more accessible to less agile walkers by replacing climbing stiles with walkers' gates.

The many gritstone outcrops, such as Stanage and The Roaches are recognised as some of the finest rock climbing sites in the world. The Peak limestone also provides many testing climbs!

With more than 50 reservoirs and flowing rivers in and around the area, you'll find yourself in the perfect place for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing with plenty of organised clubs and teaching centres to get you on the water. Some of the area's large reservoirs have become centres for water sports, including sailing, fishing and canoeing in this most landlocked part of the UK.

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Bridleways are commonly used by mountain bikers, as well as horse riders. Some of the long-distance trails, such as the Tissington, Manifold and High Peak Trails re-use former railway lines and are much used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists. There are a number of cycle hire centres around the area at Waterhouses, Ashbourne, Manifold, Parsley Hay and Ladybower Reservoir.

Extreme sports addicts won’t be disappointed by the range of activities on offer either; take your pick from mountain biking, climbing, caving or air sports like hang gliding and paragliding to get the adrenalin pumping! Or there is even bird-watching whilst sipping a leisurely cup of Tea in the Roaches Tea Rooms! Look out for Peregrine Falcons, Buzzards and Red Kites.

See something you would like to do? Let us know and hopefully we will be able to put you in touch with someone who can help and with so many activities you can discover something new every visit!

View 8 of the best local Walks




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Roaches Tea Rooms & Holiday Cottages
Paddock Farm, Roach Road, Upper Hulme, Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 8TY. ENGLAND.