For Peak District self-catering holidays, consider staying in the Eastern region. High heather moorlands and gritstone villages characterise this part of the Peak District, with the three-mile long Stanage Edge creating an impressive skyline. Villages such as Baslow and Grindleford straddle the lovely River Derwent as it follows its route southwards, while further north a series of reservoirs catch rainwater from the moors to serve the nearby city. There are numerous paths to walk over moorland and through woods, with far-reaching vistas – such as the appropriately named ‘Surprise View’ near Longshaw. Sheffield’s theatres, museums, shops, and restaurants are easy to reach from here - never more than half an hour away yet it feels, and looks, like a world apart.
A crooked spire
Famous for the crooked spire on St Mary and All Saints Church at Chesterfield this town is worth a visit. It’s the largest in Derbyshire, built in the mid-14th century, the spire stands 228 feet from the ground and leans 9 feet 5 inches from its true centre. The Spire was built straight and the reason that it became off-kilter may be the amount of green timber used during its construction. Then 32 tons of lead tiles were placed on top! Once seen you’ll never forget this unusual sight.
Trains and treks
Beyond the church there’s quite a few beauty spots to fall in love with like Cresswell Crags, Poolsbrook Country Park, and Linacre Reservoirs for walkers. Train enthusiasts are spoilt in the Peak District and the eastern edge is no exception because you can go to Barrow Hill Roundhouse Train Museum, which is the only operational example of a roundhouse with turntable in the UK.
Climbers and walkers love Stanage Edge. It is the largest of the gritstone edges to overlook Hathersage. It boasts some of the best views of the surrounding moors and countryside. Other walks in the region include the Flask Edge – Dronfield trek , a 10 mile route that sets some valid challenges for the seasoned adventurer. Just north of Hathersage is a 5.5 mile walk to Surprise View that takes in several tors and eye-popping views. Best recommended for August or September the beauty of the heather moorland is in total contrast with the millstone outcrops and woodland encountered throughout the walk. Just the names of the landmarks like Over Owler Top, Winyards Nick, Higger Tor, Carl Wark Hill Fort, Burbage Edge and, of course, Surprise View should intrigue the intrepid.
The Chesterfield region of the Peak District is the perfect place to use as a base to explore and enjoy the many activities and sights the area has to offer. Read our blog about Top five things to do in the Peak District. We have a great selection of holiday homes throughout Chesterfield, Hathersage and the surrounding areas.
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