Most people will need more than a week to do the Peak District National Park justice. Outdoor and extreme sports are so popular with visitors here; you could choose to spend all your time mastering a paragliding course or learning how to go cave exploring or rock climbing. All these pursuits are available and you get to ply your new sporting skill sets in some of the very best locations in England. You can’t find that many spots to rival locations like Stanage Edge, The Roaches along the Pennine Way, or the Monsal Trail in the UK. Sightseers amongst you who love a good stroll are in for a treat as well. Whether your pace is full-on fast or relaxed and steady, the Peak District definitely has something for you to throw yourself into.
On the banks of the River Derwent, Chatsworth House was built in 1553 by request of Bess of Hardwick, William Hardwick’s wife. Many of the historical features have been restored to immaculate condition. Some of the gardens were designed by Capability Brown, with so many interesting features both restored and modern for you to experience, like the Hunting Tower, the Seahorse Fountain (on the South Lawn), The Cascade, The Emperor Fountain, and Angela Connor’s Revelation sculpture too. The estate is massive and rewards repeat visits, so if the weather is clement, a day out at Chatsworth should be your top pick. Even on hot days, there are plenty of places to rest in the shade.
Time should be spent on your holiday having fun looking for wallabies and yaks at The Roaches. The Roaches is a wind-carved outcrop of gritstone rocks straddling the parishes of Leekfrith and Heathylee in the Peak District National Park about four miles north of Leek and eight miles south of Buxton. The last confirmed sighting of a wallaby was in 2001. The last male died in 1996, and we’re told that the average age of a wallaby is 12-14 years. However, unconfirmed sightings still occur. This unusual colony thrived for over 50 years, after the original five broke out of a private zoo in the mid-1940s. The yaks are fondly remembered by locals but perished long ago (see photos). The Roaches are easily accessible and a beautiful spot for walks – it’s very popular with rock climbers too.
Reminiscent of Bath with its spas and ornate architecture, Buxton is a fantastic town to explore. The town has a sandstone crescent of houses similar but smaller in scale to the Royal Cresent in Bath, the Buxton Opera House was built in a similar style in 1903 and is a beautiful example of Edwardian style. The Devonshire Dome and the Pavilion Gardens are a good way to experience Buxton. As it’s an old spa town you can sample the very water that gets bottled, Buxton Spring, and distributed around the world, from a number of fountains around the town. Poole Cavern is one of the finest show caves in England and we wholeheartedly recommend a visit if you’ve never been to a cave before. Those that love a view, try a stroll up to Solomon’s Temple too.
The Heights of Abraham
The Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath is a must for you if you are planning a week’s stay or more in the Peak District. Connected by cable cars and a network of paths to climb Masson Hill the views from the summit are jaw dropping. There’s a few cafes and a visitor centre at the top as well as entry to two show caves included in the entry price. There’s also traces of the mine works at the top of the hill to get the historians amongst you speculating how it all worked. Overcome your fear of heights in the top of the range cable cars and you’ll never forget your time in the Peak District.
The Monsal Trail
One a few great walking and cycling trails in the UK. Because it follows the path of a former railway track the gradient is fairly level so it is suitable for all the family to get on their bikes and get into it. The Monsal Trail takes in views of all kinds of countryside landscapes, old railway tunnels and viaducts.
This blog is a just a small taste of the adventures you can go on in the Peak District, there’s so much more in the region to discover. We offer a wide range of cottages for families,friends and groups of all sizes across the Peak District.