We're visiting the PD in a couple of weeks time and staying for a couple of nights around Tideswell.
As DW has hurt her back and cannot walk for more than 30-60 mins easy going, it will just be me and my two boys (11, 12) hiking while she finds somewhere warm and scenic to read/explore/relax (suggestions welcome, but more on that later).
While the Monsal Trail is close and probably very scenic, unless it is pelting hail/snow, I had something a little more strenuous and "up and back" in mind! I don't mind up to 6 hours at the maximum for a round trip (boys have done over 9 hours in high mountains previously), though 2-4 might be more of a sweet spot. This is a list I've come up with:
Mam Tor circular walk - (just west of Castleton) 2 hrs/3mi/easy
Ridge Walk Mam Tor to Losehill (by Castleton) - 2 hrs/3mi/easy
Stanage Edge - (east of Castleton) 3 hrs/6.5mi/moderate
Kinder Scout - (NW of Castleton) 5 hrs/8.8mi/hard
Would love to hear of other people's experiences of them and which they might choose, only taking one as a "wild" hike in the peaks!? We're going to do Derwent Damn/Ladybower the next morning as a gentle stroll with the whole family, so don't worry about missing there!
Would also like to hear how weather affected each one is. Will have sturdy hiking boots and wet weather gear, but unsure if some of them are particularly dangerous in high winds with sheer falls or have very slippy rock climbs, etc.
As an added bonus, any nearby (more gentle) activities to while away several hours for DW would also be much appreciated!! Castleton sounds the obvious choice between shops, cafes and scenic village life, but perhaps somewhere to sit in the car or a nearby perch with great views while reading a novel?