Destination: Peak District National Park Tours

Peak District
Stunning national park region in central England
Region: Central England
Pronounced: peek dis-trict
Time to spend here: 1/2 - 2 days
In the countryNature loverswalking fanaticsSpa Town
Peak District, Central England
Peak DisctirctPeak District National Park

Britain's first national park is a diverse landscape, comprising heather-dappled moorland, murky limestone caves, gentle hills and gritstone outcrops. For the energetic, there's a huge choice of activities to do from walking, cycling and horse riding to climbing, caving and paragliding. Within the national park are a number of cultural gems including the sumptuous stately homes of Chatsworth house and Haddon Hall and the Georgian architecture of spa-town Buxton.  The peak district is also home to the famous Bakewell tart.

For the Active...
 The Peak District offers a multitude of walking opportunities with footpaths and trails to suit individuals, families or groups –whether you want a challenging hike or a short stroll. There are also wheelchair accessible trails too. You can also take a guided walk with a park ranger, where you can learn about the area’s natural history, archaeology and folklore.  The national park has 58 miles of off-road cycling trails, making it ideal for family cycling at any time of year. You can pick up maps of the well defined cycle routes and plenty of places where you can hire bicycles. The area’s gritstone outcrops make for some of the most challenging and popular climbing in Europe.  The Peak District has some of the best Paragliding and Hang gliding sites in the UK, all in beautiful settings.  As well as training sessions, you can also book tandem flights too.  The Peak District is great for caving due to having so many fantastic underground rock formations. It is also home to Titan Cave the highest natural cavern in the UK.  Activity centres offer caving trips with expert guidance and equipment provided. 
What can I see in the area?
York Minster, York
BuxtonBuxton has a long history as a spa town due to its geothermal spring.  Fine Georgian architecture, the Victorian splendour of the beautiful Pavillion gardens and Buxton Opera house – one of Britain’s leading provincial theatres make the town great for exploring by day, and plenty to entertain at night. The town provides a great base to explore the Peak National Park.
Blue John Cavern
Blue John Cavern, Peak District
Treak Cliff Cavern
Treak Cliff Cavern, Peak District
Peak Cavern (Devil's Arse)
Peak Cavern, Peak District
Speedwell Cavern
Speedwell Cavern, Peak District
BuxtonThe quaint village of Castleton’s main pull is its fascinating caves of which 4 can be explored including the Blue John mine, famous for its Blue John stone. Treak Cliff cavern has some fascinating enourmous stalagtites while Speedwell Cavern will take you on an underground boat ride. The fourth Peak Cavern is a spectacular cave system which sits on the hillside.
Peveril Castle
Peveril Castle, Peak District
BuxtonThe village of Castleton is overlooked by medieval Peveril Castle. Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Castle is one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses. The keep was built by Henry II in 1176 and a climb to the castle at the top of the hill to enjoy the breathtaking views over the Hope Valley is a highlight of a family day out in Castleton. English Heritage
Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House, Peak District
BuxtonChatsworth House, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is one of Britain’s best loved historic houses and estates. Set in 25sq miles of beautiful gardens with spectacular fountains and newly commissioned sculptures, the house itself includes: displays of rare treasures, art collections and a restored Georgian oak staircase.
Heights of Abraham
Heights of Abraham, Peak District
BuxtonThe Heights of Abraham is a cliff top Cable Car which transports passengers over a river valley which the spa town of Matlock sits in beautifully. Providing spectacular views of the area, the cable car is a must for visitors to the delightful town of Matlock.
Haddon Hall
Haddon Hall, Peak District
BuxtonDescribed as the most romantic house to survive from the middle ages, Haddon Hall has been used countless times a backdrop for Hollywood period dramas. The beautifully preserved house tells the history of the ages and is well worth a visit for history lovers.
Lyme Park
Lyme Park, Peak District
BuxtonLyme Park is similar in many ways to Chatsworth House but has a unique feel and is delightful in it's own right. Used as Darcy's House in Pride and Prejudice, the house is wonderful for a visit, a walk or a picnic.
Eyam Plague Village, Peak District
BuxtonEyam is a small historic village which is famously known as the 'plague village'. During the Plague or 'Black Death' during the middle ages, a piece of material was carried from London to the Eyam tailor which brought the deadly disease with it. The village was quarantined and it's fascinating story has lived on through centuries...
Criche Tramway Museum
Criche Tramway Museum, Peak District
BuxtonCriche National Tramway Museum is a wonderful day out for families and transport history lovers. With plenty to do and see for all the family, visitors can experience life as it would have been as well as ride on an old tram. There is also lots for children to do including a play centre.
Bakewell, Peak District
BuxtonBakewell, situated on the river Wye has attractive courtyards, independent shops and cafés. The famous Bakewell tart came about by mistake, when the cook at what is now the Rutland Arms Hotel was making a strawberry tart with a rich egg pastry. She assembled the ingredients incorrectly and poured the egg mixture on top of the strawberry jam, ending up with a barely set gelatinous pudding. Bakewell's three pudding shops all claim to possess the original (and supposedly secret) recipe!
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
English Heritage Pass

English Heritage pass
National Trust Pass

National Trust Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby
Transport options in this area: The Peaks are tricky to fully enjoy without a vehicle although trains and buses do operate throughout the region.
Did you know:
Each Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday a strange game of footabll takes place in Ashbourne. It's a bit of a free for all very rough game with goals 3 miles apart!
From the region:
John Hurt
Vivienne Westwood (designer)
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