About the Peak District
The Peak District was Britain's first national park. Inside it's boundaries you've plenty to do whether you're actively inclined or like to take things more gently. Here's a few suggestions
“What a beautiful cottage, wonderfully renovated and decorated, very homely and welcoming.” The Dugdales of Yorkshire.
- Loads of good walks with great scenery. Look in the map details provided for ideas.
- For a start, simply turn left from the back garden and go up the lane.
- Or go up Summer Cross at the end of the terrace to Monks Dale which is usually quiet and is a SSSI. (This is also the quick way to Buxton by car).
- Walk over the hill to the next village, Litton and call in at the Red Lion Pub.
- Walk down to Miller’s Dale and back calling in at the Anglers Rest for refreshments.
- Try the traffic free High Peak, Longdendale, Manifold and Monsal Dale trails which you can hike or cycle hire.
“Very clean, comfortable and well equipped. The welcome pack was probably the best of any holiday cottage we’ve stayed in.” The Burdett family of Derbyshire.
- Chatsworth - excellent day out even if you only go in the grounds. There are many lovely walks around Chatsworth – all free. Visit the adventure playground, the farmyard, the garden centre, the farm shop (excellent locally produced goods – try Derbyshire oatcakes and the pies) or the estate villages, Beeley, Pilsley and Edensor as well as the House. The Devonshire Arms pubs at Beeley and Pilsley are worth a visit.
- Haddon Hall – the setting for the Jane Eyre series on T. V.
- Bakewell – a tourist magnet with the Old Museum and market day every Monday. Try Bakewell pudding.
- Castleton has caves and caverns to visit and gift shops selling local Blue John jewellery.
“The cottage is thoughtfully set up for visitors with every comfort assured! Excellent power shower!!.” The Waterhouse family from Australia.
- The Chestnut Centre near Chapel en le Frith for otters, owls and other wildlife.
- Eyam is the historic plague village the nearby Barrel Inn at Bretton has good food and great views, or try the pub at Foolow.
- Buxton hosts many shows and concerts in the Opera House and Pavilion Gardens. Look out for the Antique and Book Fairs. There are also summer band concerts in the Gardens.
- In the summer look out for local Well dressing ceremonies.
Lots of other ideas via www.visitpeakdistrict.com/activities
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