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The Peak District National Park is the ideal place to visit whether it be an activity holiday, including walking, hiking and cycling, or a relaxing break taking the beautiful surroundings at your own pace. Come and explore the 555 square miles of stunning national park featuring sights such as, the historic Chatsworth House with its hundreds of acres of gardens or, take a hike up the renowned Mam Tor where you can see the amazing views over the Dark Peaks. There really is something for everyone to enjoy in The Peak District National Park so come and explore the history, heritage and scenery of this fantastic area in the UK.

Things to do in the Peak District

Walking & Hiking in the Peak District

Walking & Hiking

There are so many pathways, bridleways and footpaths to explore in The Peak District National Park that you could easily get immersed in this beautiful landscape for hours on end. Take a walk along the famous Dovedale pathways and if you are feeling energetic, head up the 287m of Thorpe Cloud. Wander through the miles of open countryside finding hidden wonders such as the mysterious rock formations and hundreds of millstones dating back to the 16th century. Try and find the wild deer surrounding Chatsworth House or simply take a step back and take in the natural surroundings around you.

Road cycling in the Peak District

Road cycling

The Peak District National Park is world renowned for its road cycling routes, with the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins taking part in cycling events in the area in previous years. If you prefer a more subtle family cycling adventure at a more leisurely pace then there are some amazing areas of the Peak District which offer a less challenging route, cycling through towns and villages such as Bakewell and Matlock Bath you can take in the views and stop for a drink.

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Mountain biking in the Peak District

Mountain biking

A mountain biker’s dream, from an easy going green run all the way through to a fast paced, adrenaline fuelled Orange downhill track, there is a run for all abilities in The Peak District. If you head up towards the Dark Peaks you can find some challenging routes across the top of the Limestone way and some amazing downhill sections that will have you hanging on tight. If you are after a more scenic mountain bike ride then head up to Curbar Edge where you can find some technical routes surrounded by stunning natural scenery.

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Cavern in the Peak District

Explore the Caverns

Top of the list for visitors to Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park is the unique caves and caverns. These atmospheric locations feature rare stones, distinctive rock formations and are seen as some of the best in the UK. It’s a feeling of stepping into another world.

Places to visit

Ladybower Reservoir

Ladybower Reservoir

Situated in the Upper Derwent Valley this area is surrounded by magnificent countryside. Next to the high moors you can cycle, run or walk around this stunning setting. Bikes can be hired from the information centre at Fairholmes and further information and maps can also be found here.

Mam Tor Gate

Mam Tor Gate

Mam Tor is the second highest peak in The Peak District National Park, with many walking options starting from Mam Tor. A National Trust car park is conveniently located at the bottom of the mountain, so why not take the short walk to the top and see the amazing views across Eadle towards Kinder Scout.

The Heights of Abraham

The Heights of Abraham

One of the most popular tourist attractions in the area, giving you the opportunity to experience the peak district from new heights. Take the cable car up towards the stunning views across the Derwent Valley and whilst up at the top make sure you explore the caves which detail the mining history of the area.

The Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

The Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

Come and experience a true local delicacy in the famous Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, selling a wide range of tarts, puddings and gifts. You can pick up a treat for friends and loved ones or, pop upstairs to the Café where you can relax and try the amazing puddings and tarts available.

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

This historic house has a wealth of things to see and do, be sure to check out the amazing gardens and surroundings, take on the maze challenge or, come and explore some of the exciting events throughout the year from horse trials to fashion shows, food festivals to the amazing Christmas market.

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall

Set in the heart of the Peak District National Park this stunning 12th century hall is a must for anyone visiting the area. The hall offers visitors a trip back to the middle ages, experience life back in time and explore this amazing hall and gardens in all its glory. It’s also a popular location for TV & Film crews and has been used as a location in Pride & Prejudice starring Keira Knightley and The Other Boleyn Girl with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.

Gulliver’s Kingdom

Gulliver’s Kingdom

Offering rides and attractions especially suited for ages 2 to 13, this is the perfect day out for a young family. There is a wide range of rides from the super high tower at an altitude of 629 feet to flight-like rollercoasters. Certainly a child’s favourite day out in Derbyshire.

Dovedale

Dovedale

Dovedale is well known for being a true beauty spot within the UK. With unrivalled scenery, you can see for miles around from the top of Thorpe Cloud. Whilst you are visiting, be sure to hop across the popular stepping stones; a favourite photo opportunity with tourists!

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