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Are you planning a visit to the Peak District with kids? Whether you’re looking for family walks, traffic-free bike rides, pubs with playgrounds, family campsites, or the best paddling spots, everything you need to know about your family visit to the UK’s oldest National Park can be found here.

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Peak District abseiling from Millers Dale Bridge

31 things to do in the Peak District with kids

Walks and bike rides are obviously top things to do in the Peak District, but there are also animal parks, canoeing, abseiling, wild swimming, cable cars, old trams, caverns… and lots LOTS more.

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Cave Dale walk

Family walks (1km-10km)

Featuring 50 family walks in the Peak District, that have been tested by kids, for kids. All walking guides include step by step instructions with photos, map, and parking details, so no map reading is required.

Slippery Stones walk

Pram friendly walks

The best buggy and pram friendly walks in the Peak District, with even footpaths and avoiding stiles. These are mostly circular routes, and all have been pram-tested.

Stanton Moor toddler walk

Walks for toddlers

Walking with a toddler involves a bucket load of patience from the parents, but if you start them hiking young, they will be hiking up Kinder Scout before your know it! Our toddlers and pre-schooler walks are all less than 3km, are relatively flat, and offer lots of variety.

Monsal Trail cycle with kids

Traffic-free family bike rides

Thanks to old railway tracks criss-crossing the National Park that have been transformed into gravel paths, there are a some fantastic traffic-free trails that make for some easy Peak District cycle routes for families. Plus, there are also some lovely routes around reservoirs, such as Ladybower.

playing at Thornbridge Gardens

Pubs and cafes with a play area

The majority of pubs and cafes in the Peak District are welcoming to families, and many have separate kids’ menus. But when there’s a kids play area? Well parents, it’s time to order in another drink.

Things to do in the Peak District on a rainy day

What to do on a rainy day

Whilst we strive to encourage families to get out in all weather, some days you just want to shelter from the rain. Here we cover the best things to in and around the Peak District on a rainy day.

Bank House Farm Campsite

The BEST family campsites

Visiting the Peak District with kids is all about enjoying the great outdoors, and what better way to do this than camping! There are some fantastic family campsites in the Peak District; from basic ones by a river where you just rock up and pitch your tent in a field without pre-booking, to more managed site that have shops, playgrounds and WIFI on site. 

New on Peak District Kids

  • Ready Camp REVIEW: Peak District glamping at Crowden C&CC
    There aren’t that many Peak District glamping sites that cater for families, so when Peak District Kids was invited to check out the Ready Camp glamping tents at Crowden Camp …
  • Langsett Reservoir walk (5.8km, circular)
    Langsett Reservoir is a really special place bursting full of rare wildlife and offers one of the best Peak District reservoir walks. Indeed, this circular Langsett Reservoir walk takes you …
  • The Play Village Ashbourne: what to expect from your visit
    If you’re looking for a unique indoor experience where kids can let their imaginations run free, then you’ll love The Play Village in Ashbourne, just outside of the South Peak …
  • Shining Tor walk (linear, 6.3km)
    Shining Tor is the highest hill in the Cheshire Peak District at 559 metres, yet this 6.3km linear walk allows you to feel on top of the world without too …
  • The BEST Peak District reservoir walks
    More commonly known for its rolling dales and dramatic escarpments, the Peak District is somewhat lacking in lakes. Indeed, this is the Peak District, not the Lake District. But, there …
  • Dale Dike Reservoir walk (circular, 4.3km)
    The Dale Dike Reservoir walk oozes with calm and tranquillity as you amble through woodland and meadows following the water’s edge. Waves gently lap against the sandy shores, twisted old trees …