The Peak District is on our doorstep and in focus for National Parks Week

It is National Parks Week and here at STERIS AH HQ we thought it would be remiss to not take the opportunity to write about the most beautiful national park which is right on our doorstep.

The Peak National Park in Derbyshire is made up of 555 square miles and with over 1600 miles worth of footpaths we asked our practiced walker and Product Manager, Anna Earle to tell us about her favourite walks with her loyal four-legged companions.

“I love nothing more than being out in the great outdoors with my four legged friends, so when the marketing team asked me to share my 3 favourite walks in the Peak District I thought it would be easy, but I found it really difficult to pick a favourite walk because The Peak District not only varies enormously in terrain It also reaches into 5 counties making it perhaps one of the easiest parks to access for a large number of people”

What you’ll need for your human

  • Comfortable shoes you can walk in (do not underestimate this)
  • A spare pair of socks (ideally walking socks)
  • Plasters
  • Bottle of water
  • Snacks for energy
  • A rucksack and light raincoat
  • An OS map and compass are great but not essential
  • Your phone (for photos and emergencies only so as to enjoy your surroundings)

What you’ll need for your dog

  • Water
  • A harness with a lead (a harness is kinder for walks involving climbing as it does not pull on the dog’s neck)
  • Some snacks (and a meal for longer walks)
  • Portable dog bowl
  • Your vets number in your phone (just in case)

Walk 1 – Dovedale

A nice easy walk for all abilities (and an opportunity for your dog to have a paddle)

Walking from the car park (with catering amenities and toilets) this walk is relatively easy but is set in some of the most stunning scenery, surrounded either side of the river by undulating hill ranges and only a short distance from the village of Dovedale.

The paths are relatively flat until you cross the stones, so this is an ideal walk for families with push chairs or people with limited mobility and who may require walking aids or a wheelchair up till you have to cross the river.

This route can be busy during peak times and so if your pooch likes a run off lead (and assuming there are no livestock around) then this walk may not appeal, however, just for the scenery alone I highly recommend.

Walk 2 – Ladybower Wood Nature Reserve

One of the last remaining examples of upward oak tree growth Ladybower Nature Reserve gives the visitor an opportunity to leave the popular walks around the reservoir and climb upwards. The climb is relatively steep, and dogs have to be kept on a lead but its free parking and a great afternoon out in the fresh air.

Walk 3 – Edale to Kinder Scout

One of my favourite walks you climb around 620 metres. This is definitely a longer walk and took me and Stitch around 6 hours to complete, but the view at the top of Kinder Scout is stunning.

This walk is definitely for more energetic dogs and humans who have no mobility issues due to the climb and the length of the walk.

Share your photos or favourite walks with us, what are your tips for walking with your dog? #sterisanimalparksweek

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Sources

http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/learning-about/news/mediacentrefacts
https://www.mudandroutes.com
https://www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/ladybower-wood


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