The Peak District might not be as well known as the Lake District but it’s every bit as beautiful. So if you’re the kind of holidaymaker who likes to spend their time outdoors, rest assured you’ve found a paradise.
Better yet, the Peak District is very centrally located, just a short drive from Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham. So if you live in central England, it’s the ideal place for regular weekend breaks.
Never visited? We’ve rounded up some of the best things to do in the Peak District to get you started.
If you’re a climbing enthusiast, the Peak District is exactly what you’re looking for. Local attractions like Stanage Edge are popular with climbers all over the country, and you’ll be rewarded with blissful views once you get to the top.
Caverns and caves
More interested in what’s underground than on the surface? Some of the country’s most beautiful caves are found in the Peak District. If this is your first time going underground, make sure you visit Poole’s Cavern, a family-friendly subterranean attraction that’s the perfect introduction to caverns.
For something a little more adventurous, Blue Mountain Activities organises cave and mine explorations for groups.
If you’d rather stay on level ground, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walking routes in the Peak District. The Walking Englishman blog has a range of walking routes that you can download and print off, while the Peak District & Derbyshire site has details of local walking festivals too.
Afraid of getting lost? Peak Walking offers guided walking tours around the Peak District which are ideal for couples, families and even corporate groups.
If historic houses pique your interest, the Peak District is home to one of the most breathtaking: Chatsworth House. Fans of Pride and Prejudice will instantly recognise it as Pemberley in Joe Wright’s 2005 film adaptation, but it’s worth a visit for many more reasons besides. Make sure you put aside a day to truly appreciate the stunning house, gallery, gardens and 1000 acre park.
You might recognise the name from bottles of mineral water, but the spa town of Buxton has much more to offer than this. Spend a day wandering around the streets of this scenic town and visit some of its most notable buildings; particularly, the beautiful Buxton Opera House and stunning Buxton Crescent, which resembles Royal Crescent in Bath.
Have you ever visited the Peak District?