Think you’ve seen all there is to see in the Peak District? Done all there is to do? Then take a look at these 10 activities below and try something new on your next trip.
1. Moorwood Equine Centre
Visit the Moorwood Equine Livery and Riding Centre for some horsey fun. There’s riding tuition for all abilities, from beginners to advanced; and if you’re already a horse owner, why not come along to enjoy the fabulous countryside views.
Find out more at: http://www.moorwoodequine.co.uk/
2. The Midland Railway
Take a ride through the picturesque Butterley courtesy of Midland Railway. With a variety of trains to choose from, make sure you don’t miss out on this fantastic experience. Fun for all ages, kids and adults alike will enjoy a day at The Midland Railway.
Find out more at: http://midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk/home/
3. Central Helicopters
For a great bird’s eye view of the Peak District, take a helicopter ride. There’s a wide choice of experiences available at Central Helicopters, from the family friendly six mile air experience to the Dambuster and Chatsworth tour.
4. Wickers World Ballooning
Take the ride of a lifetime on a Wickers World balloon flight. With a choice of three launch sites (Rowsley, Tissington Hall, and Glutton Bridge), there’s no better way to view the Peak District.
Find out more at: http://wickersworld.co.uk/pages/derbyshire.php
5. Five Wells Chambered Tomb
Found on Taddington Moor, the Five Wells Chambered Tomb is considered to be the highest megalithic tomb in Britain. See the remains of two of the chambers and learn about the recovered skeletal remains during the mid-18th century.
Find out more at: http://list.historicengland.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1008940
6. Buxton Spa Town
Buxton is home to many shops, quaint cafes and restaurants – but as England’s leading spa town, it’s also the best place to visit for a relaxing treatment. The Devonshire Spa is regarded as the best spa in the Peak District, offering guests an area of peace and tranquillity as you’re pampered to perfection.
Find out more at: http://www.visitbuxton.co.uk/spa-at-the-dome-3/
7. Peak Rail
Travel back in time with a nostalgic trip on a steam train, courtesy of Peak Rail. This preserved railway transports passengers over a distance of four miles between Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2. The Night Train is brand new for 2015 and includes a wide selection of locally sourced Real Ales as well as soft drinks from the onboard train bar.
Find out more at: http://www.peakrail.co.uk/
8. Bolsover Castle
There’s fun for all ages at Bolsover Castle, from the glorious wall walk to the hands on exhibitions. That’s right, there are no barriers in the Little Castle, which means everything you see can also be touched – ideal for inquisitive little minds. There’s also a fun play area for the kids to let off some steam.
Find out more at: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/bolsover-castle/
9. Pavilion Gardens
The Pavilion Gardens are known as The Jewel in the Crown of Buxton and the High Peak – and when you visit, you’ll see why. Tourists flock to the 23 acres of stunning gardens for a fun-filled free family day out. Playing host to more than 100 events over the course of the year, there’s always something happening here – so why not stop by and find out for yourself.
Find out more at: http://www.paviliongardens.co.uk/
10. National Brewery Centre
If you love a good pint of beer then the National Brewery Centre is for you. Here you’ll learn all about the history of brewing. With a generous choice of locally produced beers on offer at the shop, you’ll want to take your time to enjoy this wonderful Peak District attraction.
Find out more at: http://nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk/
11. Arbor Low
Arbor Low is a well-known and impressive prehistoric monument, sometimes referred to as ‘the Stonehenge of the North.
12. Nine Ladies Stone Circle
A small early Bronze Age stone circle traditionally believed to depict nine ladies turned to stone as a penalty for dancing on Sunday.
13. Haddon Hall
The enchanting Haddon Hall, a fortified medieval manor house with terraced gardens overlooking the River Wye. Haddon is known for its many appearances on film and tv – Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and known to many as Humperdinck’s castle in the Princess Bride.
14. Standedge Tunnel
Standedge Tunnel occupies a unique spot in the heart of the Pennine countryside. More importantly, it is the longest canal tunnel in Britain and makes a perfect family day. Boat trips, exhibition centre. Watersedge Cafe, free indoor soft play area and outdoor play area. Special events.