The GO Outdoors Guide to the Peak District - 70 Reasons to visit
Are you the kind of person who’s always up for an adventure? Do you love spending time in the great outdoors? Do you feel at home in the countryside? If the answer to all of the above is yes then we’ve got just the challenge for you – why not make the Peak District your next foray into the wild and experience the delights this beautiful countryside has to offer.
Think you’ve seen all there is to see? Well think again, because there’s a whole host of adventures to be had off the beaten track, from countryside walks and cycle routes through to fun days out for the family. We’ve rounded up our pick of the best hidden gems in the Peak District, including campsites and caravan parks; and why not try something new while you’re at it. From helicopter rides to hot air ballooning, there really is endless opportunity for fun.
Perhaps you’re new to the whole sleeping under the stars mentality? Don’t panic because there is plenty to ease yourself in – before long, you’ll be itching to wade through muddy bogs and pushing yourself further on your bike than you’ve ever been. Because that’s the effect the Peak District has on people; you just don’t want to stop exploring!
This magical place is the perfect setting for your next venture to the great outdoors, whether you’re young or a big kid, sole explorer or in a group – we guarantee you’ll fall in love with the Peak District.
Don’t forget to visit GO Outdoors to kit yourself and your family out with all the protective gear you’ll need, from walking equipment and footwear to cycle clothing and tents.
- Peak District Walks
- Peak District Cycle Routes
- Peak District Climbing Routes
- Peak District Campsites
- Peak District Family Activities
- Peak District Try Something New
From countryside strolls to hikes and climbs, you’ll find a multitude of walks for all abilities through the picturesque Peak District.
- Kinder Scout – (for experienced walkers)
Feel the wind in your hair as you take the eight mile hike from Edale village across the famous Kinder Scout. With some complicated climbs and difficult descents along the way, make sure you pack your sturdiest walking boots. You may want to take a packed lunch or some light refreshments too as it’ll take you around five hours to complete.
The route can be downloaded from: http://walkingenglishman.com/peakdistrict07.htm
- Dovedale – (for all abilities)
If you’re looking for a pleasant Sunday afternoon stroll, Dovedale is ideal. With a slight gradient in places, this 2.5 mile walk takes you from Ilam Wood to the impressive Dovedale gorge, and should take you around 50 minutes to complete – great for getting some fresh air with the kids.
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1356405113085/
- Tissington Trail – (disabled access)
Providing over 30 miles of countryside trails, head on over to Tissington for your choice of sightseeing, shops and refreshments. The majority of the Trail is suitable for those with disabilities although you may come across some steep inclines which require careful route planning to avoid. As well as picture perfect countryside views you’ll also be awarded glimpses of the old engine houses and workshops from the railway’s past.
Routes can be downloaded from: http://peakdistrict.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/90486/hptisstrails.pdf
- Longdendale from Hadfield Station – (easy to moderate)
With a total climb of 1,000 feet, this nine mile walk is a real treat for the eyes, offering spectacular views over Derbyshire. Simply follow the Longdendale Trail from start to end, winding around reservoirs to finish at the Woodhead Dam. If you’re taking the kids, the terrain is ideal for cycling.
The route can be downloaded from: http://walkingbritain.co.uk/walks/walks/walk_b/1703/
- Mam Tor – (easy)
For an easy five mile route, look no further than Mam Tor. This famous Peak District hill dates back as far as the Bronze Age and much of the area’s natural history can still be seen today. Ideal if you only have a short time in which to explore, this walk should take around two and a half hours to complete.
The route can be downloaded from: http://trekkingbritain.com/mamtorandthegreatridge.htm
- Ladybower Wood Nature Reserve – (for all abilities)
This weekend, grab the kids and the dogs and set off for Ladybower Wood Nature Reserve, one of the last remaining upland oak woodland in the County. A gem of a reserve covering the steep valley side overlooking Ladybower reservoir, it is an incredibly important refuge for a number of resident and migrant woodland birds. In the spring and summer the wood is full of bird song from pied flycatchers, redstarts, wood warblers and tree pipits as well as blue tits, treecreepers and nuthatches. Higher up valley side the woodlands give way to bracken and heather moorland where you may spot grouse, meadow pipits, curlew and occasionally hares. The reserve is also great for botanists looking to seek out fungi, mosses, liverwort, and lichens. Over 75 lichen species have been recorded making it one of the best sites in the Peak District to find them. The public bridleway from the Ladybower Inn (on the A57) takes you up to and through the reserve. Because of the difficult terrain, visitors are advised to keep to the Bridleway to enjoy this fantastic wild space.
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/ladybower-wood
- Eyam (Plague Village) – (for advanced walkers)
If you’re up for more of a challenging walk then check out Eyam, an historic plague village dating back to the 17th century. Explore the strenuous terrain over nine miles of moorland paths and fields. It’s thought to take around four hours to complete but the views, and the rewarding pub lunch at the end, make it all worthwhile.
The route can be downloaded from: http://dalestrails.co.uk/Eyam.htm
- Bamford Walk – (for all abilities)
At 5.25 miles long, this walk is an ideal sunny afternoon pursuit. The terrain is fairly easy but be prepared for a lengthy climb towards Bamford Moor – it’s well worth it though, as you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
The route can be downloaded from: http://derbyshire-peakdistrict.co.uk/bamfordwalk.htm
- Stoney Middleton (moderately difficult)
With a pleasant mixture of fields and paths, this walk should take around four hours to complete. Don’t get disheartened though; there are plenty of pubs and cafes to choose from for a pick-me-up afterwards. Take care along the track leading to the quarry as heavy lorries are known to pass through during the week.
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.peakwalking.co.uk/wp25.htm
- Pennine Way
The Peak District section of the Pennine Way starts from The Old Nags Head in Edale and stretches as far as Kinder Downfall. With over 268 miles of walking available, use it as a great opportunity to sample some of the finer parts of the Peak District’s countryside.
Routes can be downloaded from: http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/pennine-way
We’ve found some superb cycling routes for you to enjoy, along with something really unique – a vintage cycling festival! Helmets at the ready…
- Eroica Britannia
Visit England named it “One of the Best Value Family Festivals in the UK” – and now Eroica Britannia is back for another three days of celebrating the very best of Great British. There’s fun for all the family to be had in the beautiful Peak District National Park with an incredible line up including live music, entertainment, vintage sales, shops and more. Dress to impress the judges in the Best in Show vintage fancy dress competition – plus, don’t miss the spectacular spectacle of Eroica Britannia’s famous pre-1987 bike ride. A whopping 3,000 adventurers will be taking part, dressed of course in their vintage best, travelling on pre-1987 bikes throughout the glorious landscapes and villages of the Peak District.
Find out more at: http://eroicabritannia.co.uk/
- Hayfield to Hope
Discover the delights of the High Peak on this undulating 24 mile cycle ride from Hayfield to Hope. Starting from the Sett Valley Trail, this route winds its way over some glorious hills and finishes at Hope Valley Road – breath taking in more ways than one.
The route can be downloaded from: http://pedalnorth.com/content/hayfield-hope
- High Peak Trail – (for all abilities)
Take the scenic route and avoid the traffic on this 17.5 mile bike ride. Suitable for all ages and abilities, you’ll witness fantastic views of the Peak District countryside – why not stop off at one of the many picnic benches along the way for a bite to eat? Our favourite part of the High Peak Trail spans 6.5 miles from Middleton Top to Minninglow – with nothing but the hills surrounding you, it’s ideal for peace and tranquillity.
The route can be downloaded from: http://peakdistrictcycleways.co.uk/cycle-route.php?route=HPT1
- Black Harry Trails
At the heart of the Peak District you’ll find the Black Harry Trails, offering spectacular horse-riding and mountain-biking routes to explore. View the remains of former creatures and plants which once populated the area, as you cycle through the beautiful High Peak countryside.
The route can be downloaded from: http://peakdistrict.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/122244/blackharry.pdf
- Glossop Circular – (for varying abilities)
The town of Glossop is situated just outside the border of the Peak District, and is handy for those in Manchester and Stockport looking for a countryside cycle ride. Choose from three directions for stunning views of Ladybower Reservoir, Woodhead Reservoir or Kinder Reservoir. Keen cyclists will love the endless cycling routes on offer here.
Routes can be downloaded from: http://wheelie-good-guys.co.uk/cycling-sheffield/peak-district-cycling/
- Chatsworth Loop – (challenging)
Are you up for the challenge of Chatsworth Loop? Cycle this 27.5 mile route, tackling difficult climbs along the way. It starts and finishes at Parsley Hay Visitor Centre and Cycle Hire – ideal if you’re in need of a bike. Take care if you head along this route in icy conditions – road bikes will not be suitable if this is the case.
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.peakdistrictcycling.co.uk/chatsworth-loop/
- Ladybower Loop
Grab your bike and set off on this 16.4 mile route around Ladybower for stunning scenic views of the surrounding countryside. If you take the loop in a clockwise direction, you’ll get all of the difficult climbs out of the way and reward yourself with a delightful descent at the end. And if you like it, why not do two laps?
The route can be downloaded from: http://pedalnorth.com/content/ladybower-loop
- Mam Tor
This 12.4 mile circuit takes you around Hope Valley in a figure of eight. With sharp climbs and descents, it’s one for the brave-hearted – are you up for the challenge? Hang on to those handlebars as you descend Cave Dale; you’ll need a tight grip!
The route can be downloaded from: http://pedalnorth.com/content/mam-tor
- Tissington Trail – (moderately difficult)
Ride the classic Tissington Trail to High Peak Junction for rewarding views of the Peak District. It’s trail all the way but the many steep climbs and descents make this route moderately difficult so be prepared to do lots of heavy breathing – the views make it all worthwhile though.
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.cycle-route.com/routes/Tissington_Trail_to_High_Peak_Junction-Cycle-Route-3670.html
- Monsal Trail – (for all abilities)
At just 8.5 miles long, Monsal Trail is the ideal route to enjoy with the whole family. Leading you along the former London to Manchester railway line, you’ll also pass old quarries and nature reserves. Don’t have a bike? That’s not a problem either – simply head into the Monsal Trail Cycle Hire, situated at Hassop Station.
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.peakdistrictcycleways.co.uk/cycle-route.php?route=mont1
The Peak District National Park has over 65 miles of off-road cycling trails and an abundance of more challenging routes. Details available from http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/cycle/cycling-information/cyclingnearyou
The National Park Cycle Hire Centres offer a wide variety of cycles for hire suitable for all ages and abilities including a range for the less able including tricycles, tandem trike, hand crank cycles, wheelchair bikes and mobility cycles. http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/cycle/cycle-hire-centres/cyclesforhire
Put your strength and determination to the test with our favourite Peak District climbing routes.
- Stanage Edge
From the novice to the experienced climber, Stanage Edge provides something for all abilities to enjoy. One of the Peak District’s most popular climbing locations, it reaches 458m high and is around four miles long. It’s a great location to track your climbing progress.
Find out more at: http://www.stanageedge.co.uk/
- Laddow Rocks
Boasting a great mix of classic and historic climbs, including Staircase and Tower Face, there are 75 routes to choose from at Laddow Rocks. Access the crag from Crowden, following the signposts for Pennine Way north.
Find out more at: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=132
- Burbage Edge
Being less frequented than its neighbouring edges makes Burbage Edge the ideal location to practise climbs of varying difficulty – without having to worry too much about being in someone’s way. Once the hard work’s done, be sure to reward yourself with a slice of cake and a brew in nearby Hathersage.
Find out more: http://www.walkthehills.co.uk/peak%20district/hathersage-stanage-edge-burbage-edge-millstone-edge-walk.html
- Froggatt Edge
There are 160 traditional routes to choose from at Froggatt Edge, so there’s plenty to keep coming back for. As it’s low lying, you’ll manage to evade bad weather, allowing you to devote all your concentration on the climb in front of you. There’s a good mix of crack climbs, including Terrace Crack and Haw’s Nest Crack, and slabs, such as Sunset Slab, depending on your preference.
Find out more: http://www.rockfax.com/databases/results_crag.html?id=15
With steep, tricky cracks, Valkyrie is one for the more advanced climber. If you can make it past the gruelling first pitch, you’ll be rewarded with some fantastic climbing. Take care to prevent the rope from jamming as you navigate the second pitch.
Find out more: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/c.php?i=10931
- High Tor
If it’s a technical route you’re looking for, High Tor is the place for you. With a fantastic mix of routes for varying abilities, it offers great climbing all year round. Once you’ve grasped the easier Debauchery and Skylight routes, try your footing at one of the ‘superhero’ grade climbs.
Find out more: http://www.planetfear.com/articles/12_High_Tor_487.html
- Kinder Downfall
The famous Kinder Downfall is renowned for great climbing, not only for the stunning views but on account of its varied routes and grades – put simply, there’s something for everyone. If you fancy your chances at ice climbing, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Downfall offers the best of it in the Peak District.
Find out more: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=134
- Millstone Edge
With 263 climbs on offer, Millstone Edge has become known as the place to go for inspiring routes. Advanced climbers will find the more extreme routes to their liking. Try London Wall and the Master’s Edge for something a little more challenging.
Find out more: http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/Europe/England/Peak_District/Millstone_Edge__OS_/
- Curbar Edge
With a fearsome reputation, Curbar Edge challenges you to steep crack climbing and upper grade routes – but the satisfaction you’ll feel upon completing them makes it all worth your while. Elder Crack and Moon Walk are must-climbs, but with 595 climbs to choose from, you can tailor the route to your ability.
Find out more: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=21
- Gardoms Edge
Renowned for its individual routes, climbers tend to come to Gardoms Edge seeking a particular climb – with Moyer’s Buttress topping that list. The perfect location for secluded routes, you’ll find a delightful mix of strenuous and delicate climbs to enjoy.
Find out more: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=95
With so much to see in the beautiful Peak District, you’ll likely want to spend more than just an afternoon here. We’ve rounded up our pick of 10 campsites and caravan parks, ideally located to allow you to get the most out of your trip.
A wide choice of tent pitches and static caravans awaits at Rivendale Caravan Park, conveniently located just 100 metres from Tissington Trail. So whether you’re up for a countryside walk or you want easy access to great bike trails, there’s plenty on offer at Rivendale.
Find out more at: http://www.rivendalecaravanpark.co.uk/
- Beech Croft Farm
This family-run camping site and caravan park provides the ideal base from which to explore the Peak District. With two pubs in the next village and The Pennine Bridleway a mere 30 minute walk away, you’ll find all the ingredients you need for a perfectly tranquil holiday.
Find out more at: http://www.beechcroftfarm.co.uk/
- Callow Top Holiday Park
Look no further than Callow Top Holiday Park for all your camping needs in the Peak District. This award-winning holiday park comes with a heated swimming pool, free Wi-Fi Hotspot, cycle hire, coarse fishing – and it’s just a stone’s throw away from popular Peak District locations such as Bakewell, Buxton and Matlock.
Find out more at: http://www.callowtop.co.uk/
- Laneside Caravan Park
Located a handy five minutes’ walk from the beautiful village of Hope, Laneside Caravan Park is the ideal base to enjoy the beautiful Hope Valley area. A family-run site, the main aim is to provide holidaymakers with a peaceful spot from which to enjoy the stunning surrounding area.
Find out more at: http://www.lanesidecaravanpark.co.uk/
- Golden Valley Caravan Park
If you’re visiting with children, they’ll love what’s on offer at Golden Valley Caravan Park. With a whopping four outdoor children’s play areas, a wildlife pond, bouncy castle and log-flume rides, they’ll be spoilt for choice. What’s more, Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park is a mere 20 minute drive away.
Find out more at: http://www.goldenvalleycaravanpark.co.uk/
- Green Hills Holiday Park
Located close to the town of Bakewell, Green Hills Holiday Park offers stunning views of the surrounding woodland countryside, as well as generous sized camping pitches and a children’s playground. It’s also not far from popular attractions Go Ape and Monkey Magic – so your little monkeys can have endless fun.
Find out more at: http://greenhillsholidaypark.co.uk/
- North Lees Campsite
If peace and relaxation are your main holiday wants, you won’t be disappointed with North Lees Campsite. Ideally located, you’ll have doorstep access to farmland, moorland and nearby woodlands, making it the perfect spot for a countryside ramble or cycle ride.
Find out more at: http://peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/getactive/camping/camping-northlees
- Bank House Farm
Relax with a gentle stroll around Bank House Farm in peaceful Hulme End – you’re sure to spot a range of wildlife, from Sparrow Hawks to River Trout. With a great reputation for hospitality, you can be sure to receive a warm welcome from campsite owners Wayne and Alexa.
Find out more at: http://bankhousefarmcamping.co.uk/
- Bakewell Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Outdoor enthusiasts will be in paradise at Bakewell Camping and Caravanning Club Site. From walking and cycling to caving, climbing and horse riding, there are plenty of activities to suit all tastes. Set in idyllic surroundings, you’ll find the 100 pitches spacious and well maintained. With no toilets or showers, this campsite really does offer you the true camping experience, which only adds to its appeal.
Find out more at: http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/derbyshire/bakewell/bakewell
- Blackshaw Moor Caravan Club Site
To the south of the Peak District lies Blackshaw Moor Caravan Club Site, within walking distance of Tittesworth Reservoir and Nature Reserve. It’s also really close to Alton Towers theme park if your kids fancy a change of scenery.
Find out more at: http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/caravanclubapps/applications/uk-caravan-sites-and-parks/SiteDetails.aspx?csid=21828
If you’re visiting the Peak District with the little ones in tow, you may find they want to do more than just sample the scenic countryside views. That’s why we’ve collated a list of 10 top attractions for you to keep your kids entertained.
- The Heights of Abraham
Get a great view 169 metres high over the Derwent Valley and surrounding countryside when you take a cable car at The Heights of Abraham. There’s plenty to see and do at the top, from adventure playgrounds and cavern tours to the fossil factory and heritage estate walks.
Find out more at: http://heightsofabraham.com/see-and-do/the-cable-car
- Speedwell Cavern
Head underground to Speedwell Cavern, where you’ll enjoy a boat trip under Castleton Hills to discover what life was like for the 18th century lead miners.
Find out more at: http://speedwellcavern.co.uk/
- Gullivers Kingdom
Designed for children aged between two and 13 years, Gullivers Kingdom is a fun day out for the whole family. With over 60 attractions and experiences on offer, you’ll be hard pushed fitting it all into one day. From the pirates play area to the log flume, there’s something to suit all tastes.
Find out more at: https://www.gulliversfun.co.uk/matlock-bath
- Blue John Cavern
Don your hiking boots and take the slippery journey down into the mines of Blue John Cavern where 4,000 year old bones await. Pose your questions to the cavern guides – they work on the maintenance and mining of the caverns during the winter so their knowledge is invaluable.
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- Creswell Crags
Discover artefacts dating back to the Ice Age at Creswell Crags. This limestone gorge tells the fascinating story of what life was like all of those years ago. Get up close and personal with 50,000 year old animal remains and stone tools.
Find out more at: http://www.creswell-crags.org.uk/
- Cromford Mills
Book your place on a guided tour around Sir Richard Arkwright’s historic Cromford Mills. Browse our shops, or stroll along the Cromford Canal, before relaxing with a well-earned cup of tea and delicious slice of cake in one of the on-site restaurants.
Find out more at: http://cromfordmills.org.uk/content/plan-your-visit
- Alton Towers
Kids of all ages will love a trip to Alton Towers theme park. So whether you’re four or 44, scout out your favourite rides; from rollicking rollercoasters to the tamer teacups, there’s something to suit all tastes. With an on-site hotel, why not stay over and visit the park the next day for free?
Find out more at: http://www.altontowers.com/
- The Chestnut Centre
For a fun, educational wildlife experience, take your parents to The Chestnut Centre where you’ll learn all about deer, otters and owls. Ask your parents nicely and they may sign you up for one of the Keeper Experience Days where you’ll spend the day working as an animal keeper – with a little help from the resident experts of course.
Find out more at: http://www.chestnutcentre.co.uk/
Boasting 120 acres of indoor and outdoor adventure and more than 100 interactive exhibits, Conkers is a great family day out. The Enchanted Forest is a must-visit; swing your way through the trees and discover the secrets of the forest. This fantastic attraction is open all year-round, whatever the weather so you’ll never be stuck for something to do.
Find out more at: http://visitconkers.com/
Chatsworth offers a wide range of activities for all ages to enjoy, from the exquisite and opulent rooms of Chatsworth House to the luscious gardens and family-friendly farmyard. so dress up in period costume and take a step back in time.
Find out more at: http://www.chatsworth.org/
- Chatsworth House, Gardens, Park, Farmyard & Adventure Playground
Chatsworth park covers 1000 acres and is home to red and fallow deer, sheep, cattle and many wild animals. It offers a wide range of activities for all ages to enjoy. Take a walk and picnic in the park or explore the house and gardens. Children love the working farmyard and adventure playground, a chance to meet the animals, explore and play all day.
- Peveril Castle
Founded soon after 1066 by William Peverel, one of William the Conqueror's most trusted knights, the ruins of Peveril Castle stand high above the pretty village of Castleton in the heart of the Peak District. Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Castle is one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses. Journey back in time with events to experience the sights and sounds of Medieval England.
- Treak Cliff Cavern
An underground adventure to the see the Witch's Cave where deposits of Blue John Stone are revealed. Descend deeper into the hill where you will experience underground limestone cave formations, the Aladdin's Cave and the stalactites and stalagmites that decorate Fairyland and the Dream Cave. Your guide will explain where Blue John Stone came from, how rushing water made the caverns and how stalactites are formed.
- Pooles Cavern & Country Park
Explore the beautiful country park and woodlands with a stroll to Grin Low and Solomon’s Temple viewpoint with superb views of the Peak District. Go underground to view the vast limestone caverns and see how crystal stalactites and stalagmites have lined the chambers over millions of years all illuminated with paved walkways and handrails throughout.
For a more extreme experience try the forest high wire adventure course on GO APE.
- Peak Rail
Journey back in time and enjoy a nostalgic train ride operating between Matlock and Rowsley South Stations. Steam services operate throughout the year together with a host of various special events. From May – September the picnic area will be open where children can play with large outdoor games (subject to the weather.
- Crich Tramway Museum
Take a tram ride through time at Crich Tramway Village, home of The National Tramway Museum. Ride vintage trams through a unique period street and out into the open countryside for spectacular views. Take a stroll along the Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail and a trip to the Red Lion Pub, tearooms and shops. We have a tram which is adapted to carry wheelchairs and dogs on leads are welcome.
- 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/
- 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/
- 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.
Find out more at: http://centralhelicopters.com/Online-Shop/Pleasure-Flights/Pleasure-Flights-Peak-District
- 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
- 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
- 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/
- 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/
- 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/
- 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/
- 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/
- Arbor Low
Arbor Low is a well-known and impressive prehistoric monument, sometimes referred to as ‘the Stonehenge of the North.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
It’s clear that we love the Peak District, and we want you to find as much joy from this spectacular National park as we do. So indulge us; take a trip to the Peak District and try out some of our favourite activities – be sure to let us know if you come across any more hidden gems. We’d love to hear from you!
If you’d like to find out more about outdoor activities and attractions in the Peak District, please visit: http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting