Mountains tower over the rugged and unforgettable landscape of the Peak District and provide a scenic escape for walkers and ramblers on their travels. We’ve gathered a few of our favourites that you can visit to discover incredible panoramas that will take your breath away.
Holidays are all about breaking free from the day-to-day and retreating to a beautiful destination, the Peak District is just that: a scenic landscape perfect for gaining some breathing space. If you’re taking a trip to Derbyshire anytime soon then read this post to discover more must-visit destinations in the Peaks.
The highest point in the Peak District is Kinder Scout, a moorland plateau with an unforgettable panorama of the surrounding landscape. It’s also home to Kinder Downfall on River Kinder, the tallest waterfall in the Peak District with a 30-metre drop, so ensure you pass it on your way up to the top.
This mountain is worth the climb simply for the view! The sense of achievement when you reach the top of this treasure will make your holiday and you can capture some fabulous photos when you’re this high up. When you finally get to the top of this incredible mountain give yourself a moment, take a breath and just take it all in. Remarkable.
The Shivering Mountain (Mam Tor)
Climb this hilltop for incredible views of Hope Valley, which is perhaps one of the most photographed regions in the National Park due to its beautiful landscape, so ensure you don’t forget your camera.
The Shivering Mountain means ‘mother hill’ and this peak has acquired its name due to the frequent landslides which have created a series of mini-hills beneath it. Make a visit to Blue John Cavern or Treak Cliff Cavern, or choose to venture along Winnats Pass, a particularly popular walking route that will take you past fabulous scenic panoramas.
Win Hill and Ladybower Reserve
Another mountain with an incredible view, one which many consider to be one of the finest views in the Peaks - Win Hill, allows you a panorama across the scenic landscape and the magnificent Ladybower Reserve - a must-visit for walkers and ramblers.
A direct route from Yorkshire Bridge takes you up the steep and slippery slope of Parkin’s Clough, it’s a particularly challenging climb, although there are plenty of more moderate walks you can choose from to reach the peak of this magnificent mountain.
Located at the edge of Dovedale, it’s a popular mountain (it’s actually a limestone hill, but for the sake of this list we’d like to pretend it’s a mountain). This ‘mountain’ is an excellent choice for a family day trip due to the easy routes up to the summit, so head there and make the climb for a great vantage point of the surrounding region.
This landmark is particularly magnificent as a peculiar phenomenon takes place here at certain times of the year, a double sunset. By standing at the top of nearby hill, Lin Dale, you can see the sun appear to set twice behind Thorpe Cloud. The sun goes down, then mysteriously reappears before dropping back down again.
Higger Tor and Burbage Rocks
The iconic Peak District summit, Higger Tor, towers over the landscape of the Burbage Valley. From this mountain, you can also spot the prehistoric hillfort at Carl Wark. There are claims that Carl Wark means ‘The Old Man’s Fort’ in Old Norse, with ‘Old Man’ referring to the devil.
Walk to the summit of this phenomenal landmark and find yourself surrounded by an ancient and mysterious landscape.
Reaching the summit
Whilst the mountains themselves make a majestic picture, the views are just so spectacular we’ve curated a collection of the sights you’ll see after a climb instead. For more incredible views take a look at our top five views in the Peaks, and if you have a head for heights try our post about the highest points in the Peak District.
If we’ve inspired you to take a trip to this magnificent region and see the spectacular views for yourself, take a look through our collection of cottages in the Peak District and discover the perfect place for a break.