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Visiting the Peak District soon and looking for the best views? You’ve come to the right place! 

With all its hills and mountains, the Peaks are a paradise for hikers and stunning landscapes.

In this article, I tell you everything you need to know about the most scenic viewpoints in the Peak District and how to find them.

1. Bamford Edge

Bamford Edge in the peak district

Located near the village of Bamford, this rugged cliff offers panoramic views of the stunning Ladybower Reservoir and the surrounding valleys. 

It’s a beautiful place and definitely one of the best photo spots in the Peaks. The overhang stones make it particularly Instagrammable.

To get there, you will need to walk. The shortest hike is 2-mile long but there are longer options (around 7 miles) that will take you around the valley as well.

PRO TIP: Bamford Edge can be very windy so make sure to wear a good windbreaker.

2. Mam Tor

mam tor ridge walk

Located near the villages of Edale and Castleton, Mam Tor is by far the most famous peak and viewpoint in the national park.

There are many options to get there.

The easy one is to park at the National Trust carpark (free for members) and walk up the path. This only takes about 20 minutes.

If you are a bit more of a hiker, you can make it a big loop from either Edale or Castleton and walk along the ridge (this is gorgeous!).

Whichever way you choose, you’ll love the views from the top since you get to see the valleys on both sides and all the villages around.

It’s also an amazing sunrise spot so if you don’t mind getting up early, keep it in mind!

3. Stanage Edge

Stanage edge in the peak district

Stanage Edge is quite a well-known location for climbing in the Peak District but don’t worry if you’re not a climber, you can also explore the area on foot.

You can park at Hollin Bank car park (there is a fee) and start the walk. It’s about 7k and takes 2 to 3 hours to complete but it’s well worth it.

The stones are particularly beautiful and such a unique feature. You also get stunning views of the Hope Valley.

It’s also worth noting that it’s not as popular as Bamford Edge so you get to enjoy it without the crowds but don’t worry, it’s just as beautiful!

4. Higher Shelf Stones (Glossop)

View on the hike to Higher Shelf Stones in Glossop
Higher Shelf Stones near Glossop

This is one of my favourite walks in the Peak District and if you’re a bit of a history fan as well, you’ll love it.

Higher Shelf Stones is located near Glossop and is right next to the wreckage of a B-29 Superfortress bomber which crashed here during the second world war.

It takes a couple of hours to walk there from Glossop but there is a car park nearby where you can leave your vehicle and go on a shorter walk to the view points.

The stones are stunning and make for a great photo spot but the true highlight is the view over the valley and Glossop. You can even see the Manchester skyline in the background. It’s stunning!

5. Winnats Pass

Witnass pass in the peak district

Not exactly a view point per se but it’s such a scenic location that I had to mention it. Winnats Pass is located near Castleton and it’s one of the most scenic roads in the UK!

You can drive (or walk on the side) down the road and get wonderful views of the limestone gorge and the cliffs.

Driving or strolling through this pass, especially when the mist rolls in, is an experience you won’t forget. The way the light plays with the peaks and valleys here is something out of a painting. It’s such a dramatic landscape, you’ll love it!

6. The Roaches

the roaches in the peak district

The Roaches are located near Macclesfield, Buxton and Leek and are another great option for a walk with stunning views.

Like some of the spots mentioned before, it’s a rocky ridge with huge stones offering stunning views of the Peak District and the Tittesworth Reservoir.

You can easily get there by car (but try to get there early because you can only park on the side of the road and it gets busy on the weekend). From the road, you can take the path up to the stone. 

If you are visiting with kids or are not much of a walker, you can go straight to the stones and enjoy the views from there but there is also a longer circular walk that will give you more opportunities for stunning views over the valley.

7. Kinder Scout

Kinder Scout in Peak District

Kinder Scout is the highest point in the Peak District (2,087 feet high) so it’s only natural that it is also one of the best viewpoints.

There are several walking routes to Kinder Scout but my favourite is the one from Edale via Jacob’s Ladder. It’s very scenic and while quite challenging, also incredibly rewarding.

It’s also a great place to visit if you’ve been to Mam Tor before because you’ll get to discover the views from the other side (and of course see Mam Tor).

Please note that Jacob’s Ladder requires a bit of a climb which is not ideal for kids or even certain dogs.

Map of the best views in the Peak District

Here is the map with all the best views, if you want the interactive one, click on it and you can save a copy.

best views in the peak district

Now that you know everything about the best places for beautiful views in the Peak District, it’s time to go and explore! Have fun!

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