The Peak District

The outstanding scenery of the Peak District and Derbyshire provides a paradise for walking, cycling and a whole variety of outdoor adventure sports such as rock climbing and hang gliding. But if you want a more leisurely holiday, it has this too.

Discover the joys of breathtaking views, bustling market towns such as Ashbourne, Matlock Bath and Buxton and plenty of cultural and historical heritage, including magnificent stately homes like Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall or the medieval Haddon Hall.

At the heart of the Peak District lies Britain's first national park. This is a place rich in wildlife, with dramatic moorlands, lush valleys, stunning limestone gorges and ancient stone villages and market towns, which are amongst the prettiest in the country. This area also enjoys the most extensive public transport network of any national park, giving visitors the chance to enjoy the countryside without the use of the car.

To the north is situated The High Peak, with heather-clad moorland renowned for its rare wildlife and great walking country. Climb Mam Tor for superb views or maybe walk to Kinder Scout where the Mass Trespass of 1932 took place. Further south the craggy gritstone edges and limestone valleys of the Derbyshire Dales also offers visitors great walking and cycling and here there are many enchanting villages and historic market towns dotted throughout the countryside waiting to be discovered.

Over to the west of the Peak District, the expansive vistas of the Staffordshire Moorlands include The Roaches, an area popular with climbers who scale towering gritstone edges which overlook tranquil lakes and reservoirs.

Derbyshire and The Peak District has a wonderfully diverse landscape with plenty of things to do and places to visit, making it an ideal holiday destination.

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Destinations in The Peak District


Ashbourne is situated in a beautiful green valley and is the southern gateway to the Peak District.

Buxton & Bakewell and area

The River Wye follows the Wye Valley, rising above Buxton flowing eastward through Bakewell before finally joining the Derwent at Rowsley.


Dovedale is perhaps one of the best known of the Derbyshire limestone dales and much of it is owned and maintained by the National Trust.

Glossop area

Nestling in the foothills of the Pennines, with Kinder Scout to the south and Bleaklow to the northeast, Glossop is situated in the north west of the county.

Holmfirth area

Holmfirth is surrounded by the striking scenery of the south Pennines and the Peak District National Park and being close to the Pennine Cycleway, makes it the ideal spot for walking, cycling and touring.

Hope Valley

Located within The Peak District National Park, this area is fantastic for walking.

Leek area

Leek is the principal town of the Staffordshire Moorlands on the south western edge of the Peak District National Park, situated in an elevated position by the River Churnet.

Matlock area

Situated just on the eastern edge of the Peak District National Park, the former spa town of Matlock alongside the River Derwent, is a vibrant shopping and tourist area.

Things to do in The Peak District

Chatsworth House

Known as one of the wonders of the Derbyshire Peaks, Chatsworth House is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

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