Award winning walking, nature & photography experiences in the Peak District

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NEW: astrophotography training courses & stargazing experiences

VisitEngland Experience of the Year Bronze,  Peak District Experience of the Year Gold, Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Silver Award
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Experience Of The Year 2023 Gold Award & 2022 Silver Award

A selection of award winning walking and nature & photography experiences in the Peak District National Park.
Experience the beauty of Mountain Hares, a must for any nature lover. Discover the Peak District's hidden history or learn about the importance and restoration of the unique moorland ecosystem.
Each experience is planned for you as a private bespoke experience and you will also receive a free digital photo album of your day.
New for 2024 - Star Gazing & Astrophotography Experiences.

We specialise in providing the best personalised private guided walks.
Ideal for individuals, couples, families, corporate groups or clubs.
Want to tackle a challenge walk, training for a trek, or fancy a bespoke hiking holiday? Private Guiding would be perfect for you.

A selection of 1 day and 2 day walkers navigation training courses with a choice of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels in the Peak District or Lake District.
If you're looking for a personalised 1-to-1 navigation training course to improve your skills or prepare for a qualification then we will create your own bespoke course.

Organised guided group walks you can join on your own or with friends. Taking you to the best hiking locations in the Peak District National Park, we offer a range of walks to suit all abilities. To ensure you have the best experience we keep group sizes small.

Paul Smith, owner of myGuidedWalks and qualified Mountain Leader & outdoor first aider

My name is Paul Smith and I run myGuidedWalks and lead the activities.

My aim is to share my enthusiasm and love for walking and exploring nature in the outdoors, hills and mountains.  I hold Mountain Leader, outdoor first aid and Gold DofE Assessor qualifications. Navigation and photography are two of my other passions and I get a real sense of achievement through passing my knowledge and skills on to other people. 

Safety and quality have always been core to everything I do and how I operate. I'll do the hard work of planning the hikes, navigating and looking after the group.  I will share a wealth of knowledge from over 25 years of leading guided walks, including the best routes and hidden places, as well as the local flora, fauna and history of the area. You'll also get a free digital photo album of pictures taken during your activity.

myGuidedWalks only operate small groups to ensure you have the best experience possible.  Based in the Peak District National Park where most of the guided walks take place, we can also offer hiking and navigation activities in Snowdonia, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

I hope you'll be inspired to book with me for a truly memorable experience.