Waterfalls and wild waters in the Peak District holiday cottages

Waterfalls and wild waters in the Peak District

Here at Peak Cottages, we love waterfalls and we highly recommend a holiday to Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park if you feel the same way.

A place of stark artistry and isolated grace, the Peak District is also teeming with life and winsome contrasts. On the one hand, the region draws visitors in that wish to tackle the daddy of all national walking trails, the Pennine Way; others come to conquer the peak of Mam Tor; a considerable group come to take part in the endless choice of outdoor/extreme sports activities available to them, and then there’s the waterfall enthusiast.

There’s something about waterfalls that attracts all the senses at once, quite unlike any other landmarks. Like the sea, a weir, or even running a bath, standing at the foot of a waterfall stirs up an all-encompassing and mesmerising feeling in some of us. Perhaps it’s the ability to stand close to a such a show of natural force – the spray of the water, the wall of sound, the scent of earth, rocks, moss and wood all combine to unleash a sensation quite unlike any other that we can witness close-up.

If you’ve never encountered a waterfall, there’s no place quite like the Peak District. Here is our guide to the most picturesque rapids – please note: some waterfalls flow perpetually, others only appear as a corollary of heavy rain or snowfall.

Kinder Downfall

Kinder Downfall

With a 30-metre drop, the tallest waterfall in the Peak District lies along the River Kinder. You can reach Kinder Downfall from the villages of Edale and Hayfield in the High Peak and close to Kinder Scout. Edale is also the origin point of the southern end of the Pennine Way.  In extremely cold weather the waterfall is known to freeze, attracting mountaineers who love to climb the cascade. Be sure to investigate a second waterfall nearby on Kinder Scout, Grindsbrook Clough, which flows across some colourful slate and rocks in the melee.

Stay in the romantic Ringinglow Toy Cottage in the Hope Valley. Read more...

Panniers Pool and Three Shire's Head

Panniers Pool

When seeking out the Panniers Pool and Three Shire's Head, try to find the beautiful ancient packhorse bridge. The waterfalls thunder forth as the River Dane meanders on its southerly course, before meeting the majestic Panniers Pool. In the past, pack ponies once could drink, having a rest from carrying their heavy panniers or saddlebags This moorland area is of interest to conservationists for its diverse population of moths and butterflies.

We have some lovely cottages near Three Shire's Head. Stay at Moor Cottage near Monyash. Read more... 

Monsal Dale Valley

Monsal Dale

The striking beauty of the White Peak is the home to the Monsal Dale Valley. The River Wye runs through its centre and you can enjoy the waters fall past as you stand on the footbridge that spans the statuesque weir. The subject of many regional calendars and postcards, this beauty spot doubles as an SSSI and is the perfect destination for a trek in the Peak District.

Stay in The Tack Room in Ashford-in-the-Water which is close to the Monsal Dale. Read more... 

Lumsdale Valley and Mills


Matlock played an important part in the Industrial Revolution and remnants of that period have left an indelible impression on the landscape. Head into the Lumsdale Valley and it’s here you’ll be able to delight in the breathtaking waterfalls that tumble through the ancient woodland past ruined mills. Rising at Matlock Moor, Lumsdale Falls is found along the course of the fast-flowing Bentley Brook. You can still see there are the remains of three mill pools and six waterwheels. There are tours you can take part in and learn about the haunted Bone Mill or Paint Mill. Close to Matlock and Matlock Bath, there’s plenty of visitor attractions in the area including the Heights of Abraham.

Stay at the Old Masson Barn in Matlock to make the most of the Lumsdale Valley area. Read more...

Crowden Brook

Crowden Brook

Falling through the rock deep in Edale in the Peak District, Crowden Brook is 10 feet in height. With immense visual appeal, it’s a superb choice for photographers as the rock formations offer a colourful and photogenic spot for all to enjoy. Bring your wellies.

Other wondrous watercourses and waterfalls include Padley Gorge in the Dark Peak, The Blue Waters in Lathkilldale, the Rivelin Valley, Birchens and Charnel Clough in the Chew Valley, Chatsworth Weir on the River Derwent and the iconic Chatsworth Estate.

Stay at Baslow Cottages when you visit the Peak District. Well places for visiting Edale and Chatsworth Estate. Read more...

We have some exceptional Peak District holiday cottages within a short distance of all these waterfalls. Why not visit our collection of properties to inspire your next holiday to the Peak District?

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