The Peak District is one of the most beautiful parts of the United Kingdom. Its vast expanses covers more than 1,437 km², including parts of northern Derbyshire, Greater Manchester Staffordshire, Cheshire Yorkshire. It’s no surprise that the beauty of the region was officially recognised in 1951 when it became the first national park in the United Kingdom.
Today, the Peak District attracts millions of visitors each year and is even the second most visited National Park in the world (behind Mount Fuji in Japan). The only problem is deciding what to do first! Here are some of the most popular activities in the Peak District…
Activities for nature lovers
The terrain in the Peak District is very diverse, making it the perfect location for a wide range of outdoor activities. Among the most popular outdoor activities in the region are hiking, bike riding, rock climbing, bird watching, boating, and swimming. Best of all, these activities are situated in the most stunning surroundings. Here are some of the best locations and the activities on offer
- Hiking through Dovedale
One of the most pristine parts of the Peak District, Dovedale is the perfect spot for hiking, biking, rock climbing and many other outdoor activities. The views are absolutely spectacular, making it a favourite location of artists and sightseers alike. The famous stepping stones of Derbyshire are especially with visitors, in place since the mid-19 century.
- Stanage Edge
The impressive geological formations of Stanage Edge are a must-see when visiting the Peak District. The rocky outcrops and weathered boulders are an impressive sight. Climbing to the higher points gives visitors access to stunning panoramic views. The area is also very popular with rock climbers with climbs for people of all skill levels.
- Ridge Walk Mam Tor to Losehill
A popular trail with spectacular views, this ridge walk is located in the Derbyshire area. Perfect for people all ages and fitness levels, it takes you across a stunning ridge surrounded by picturesque views. The area is also popular with paragliders, if you’re a bit more of an adrenaline junkie.
- Monsal Trail
A relatively flat trail that is popular with people of all ages and is shared by hikers, bike riders and people on horseback. This 13.7 km trail first opened in 1981 and is now one of the most visited trails in the Peak District. If you’re visiting with kids, the railway tunnels that form a part of the Monsal Trail are always popular.
- Heights of Abraham
Derbyshire’s oldest visitor attraction, the Heights of Abraham is a hilltop park reached by a thrilling cable car journey across the Derwent Valley. The park offers cave tours, picnic spots, two unique show caverns, shops and a restaurant. A memorable day out!
- Pavilion Gardens
A more relaxing day out, the Pavilion Gardens gives visitors the chance to enjoy 23-acres of award-winning landscaped gardens. The gardens also have a large cafe and coffee bar – the perfect spot to unwind.
- Ladybower Reservoir
Located in the heart of Peak District National Park, the Ladybower Reservoir is a beautiful natural body of water surrounded by some spectacular scenery. It is a fantastic location for boating, canoeing and swimming. There are also a number of relaxing walks around the reservoir.
- Lumsdale Valley
Lumsdale Valley is a serene part of the Peak District, with lush greenery, waterfalls, streams and ponds. This pristine valley is a fantastic nature walk for the entire family.
- Kinder Scout
If you are looking for a more strenuous walk and some rock scrambling, Kinder Scout is the perfect location for a day out. Recommended for people with a decent level of fitness! Fantastic 360-degree panoramic views await people who make it to the highest points
Activities for thrill seekers
If you prefer to get the adrenaline pumping when enjoying an outdoor activity, here are a few of the most popular adventurous outings:
- Dolomite Training
Dolomite Training offers a range of outdoor activity courses including rock climbing, caving, mountain biking, abseiling, navigation training courses, guided walks and stream scrambling.
- Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club
Have you ever wanted to fly? The Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club offers a range of glider courses for beginners. What better way to enjoy the unbelievable scenery in the Peak District?
- Pure Outdoor Day Tours
Pure Outdoor provides hillwalking, climbing, caving, mountain biking, first aid, international trekking and mountaineering courses in the Peak District. There are courses available for all skill levels, so anyone can join in the fun.
- Acclimbatize Activities
Acclimbatize offers a range of exciting outdoor activities in the Peak District including rock climbing caving/potholing, ropes courses, gorge scrambling, mountain biking, canoeing, abseiling, mountaineering, orienteering, raft building, bespoke adventure, archery and bushcraft. Plenty of activities to keep even the most adventurous people busy.
Historical sites in the Peak District
As well as breath-taking scenery and unforgettable activities, the Peak District is packed full of sites that are rich in unique, fascinating history, including:
Located in Derbyshire, this grand country estate is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The historic Chatsworth house contains one of the Europe’s most impressive art collections, beautiful antique furniture and impeccably presented gardens
- Haddon Hall
Overlooking the River Wye, Haddon Hall is a beautiful manor house that combines Medieval and Tudor architecture.
- Peveril Castle
This ancient castle was left to ruin in the 16th-Century and is now a favourite location for tourists to visit. A short walk takes you to the top of Peveril castle where you will be greeted by some fantastic views.
- The Cathedral of the Peak (Tideswell Church)
Built sometimes in the 12th-Century, this historic church has a long and interesting history. It is a peaceful and beautiful spot to visit.
- Eyam Plague Village Museum
This small museum is packed with historical artefacts and information about the local area.
Fun activities for the Whole Family
Travelling with toddlers, children or teens? The Peak District has a number of destinations which are perfect for a family day out:
- Hathersage Swimming Pool
An outdoor heated swimming pool is set in a lawned enclosure with a covered veranda to one side. A great day out with the kids and located in an area with great views
- Steeple Grange Light Railway
A great day out for young children, this narrow-gauge railway has a short circuit with plenty of beautiful Peak District scenery to enjoy.
- The Northern Light Cinema
A quaint cinema in Wirksworth that has comfortable seating and great food. The perfect spot to have a relaxing afternoon off, after exploring the Peak District.
- Yeaveley Estate – Day Activities
There are many activities available on the estate including clay pigeon shooting, archery, fly fishing, hover crafting, cross bow shooting, .22 rifle shooting, air rifle shooting, falconry, fly fishing, Sniper School, and pump action shotgun shooting.
Where to stay in the Peak District
With so much to see, do and experience, there’s no better place to stay than right at the heart of the Peak District. That’s exactly what’s on offer with kate & tom’s. Our luxury Peak District cottages have everything you need for the most unforgettable holiday – from hot tubs to spectacular enclosed gardens
Want to find out more about any of our holiday homes? Our dedicated travel team has a wealth of knowledge to offer. Give us a call on 01242 235151.
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