Which time of year inspires you to get your walking boots on?

What’s the best time of year to put on your walking boots and head out into the Peak District National Park?

Many people don’t fancy the idea of getting togged up in thick coats and waterproof trousers to brave the snow and heavy rain we’ve been experiencing in recent weeks. But there’s a lot to be said for a winter hike, even if it’s a low level one around a reservoir admiring the snowy tops of nearby hills.

Moving into spring, there’s a lot to experience as the days grow longer, the temperature increases, and many woodlands are filled to the brim with a beautiful carpet of bluebells. The amount of wildlife you see is on the rise as well. Surely the spring is the most fascinating time to go for a walk – what do you think?

But then we hit the summer. T-shirt weather and the best opportunity to take a picnic to the top of the highest hills, with the lowest chance of getting wet when tucking into your cheese and pickle sandwich. Enjoy the heather turning pink in late August. Summertime anyone?

For me, the autumn is up there at the top. Crunchy leaves, conkers on the ground and the majestic spectrum of colour transforming deciduous woodland. An awesome time to get amongst the trees and enjoy the Peak’s woods.

The truth is, all the seasons are fantastic times to head out into the Peak District and that’s why I’ve thoroughly enjoyed putting my new book together – Peak District Year Round Walks. There are 20 walks in it, with five falling in each of our four seasons. I’ve tried to maximise the seasonal joy that can be experienced at that time of year and point out some interesting things to see along the way.

Let me know what your favourite time of year to walk is, and why you love it so much!

Peak District Year Round Walks is available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peak-District-Year-Round-Walks/dp/1846743559/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521105316&sr=8-1&keywords=naldrett+year+round

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Published by peternaldrett

I'm a writer who contributes to newspapers and magazines on a regular basis and has also published several outdoor guides to the Peaks, Lakes and Yorkshire Dales. I write educational material for multiple publishers and have just finished writing my first book for Bloomsbury - out in 2019. My new Peak District Year Round Walks is out now.

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