Right in the heart of England, the Peak District is the original National Park; where wildly unique and contrasting landscapes sit side-by-side and the most resplendent historic houses and stately homes in the country can be found. Get caught up in the vibrant customs of the tight-knit communities, discover the wild and exposed moorlands of the northerly Dark Peak and the gently rolling limestone plateaus of the White Peaks in the south. Peek behind the doors of Chatworth House of Downton Abbey fame and pay homage to the rebellious ramblers of the 1932 Kinder Mass Trespass. Imprisoned for protesting on the moors for the right to have open access, their protest eventually led to legislation establishing the UK National Parks we have today.
Climbing in the Peak District National Park
The history of the Peak District National Park is etched in the unique gritstone crags that line the valley edges. This world-famous rock, besides being an integral part of the area’s industrial heritage, has been the go-to vertical playground for generations of climbers and scramblers. Follow in their footsteps by climbing and scrambling over mountain terrain or experience an adrenaline-filled abseil under the expert guidance of a local instructor.
To find out more about the climbing options and to book, visit the experience website.
Tissington Tea-Party Retro Bike Tour
Combine classic cycling with English Aristocrat tea drinking on this Tissington Tea-Party Retro Bike Tour! Join Sir Richard Fitzherbert for a tea-party in the 3,000-volume library of his historic family home, Tissington Hall in Derbyshire, and enjoy a personal behind the scenes tour of this 17th Century Jacobean Mansion. Cycle to the Hall and back from the beautiful village of Thorpe in Dove Dale on the finest British classic steel bicycles. Relish the ride on quiet country lanes and traffic-free trails through the spectacular scenery of the Peak District National Park.
To find out more about Tissington Tea-Party Retro Bike Tour and to book, visit the experience website.
Walk the Peaks’ Aviation History
Experience three contrasting walks in one exciting day with this aviation history and stunning hikes tour. The first leg takes you to Bleaklow, the Peak District National Park’s second highest mountain and location of some of its wildest countryside. Discover the special moorland ecology and the crash site of a USAF Boeing B-29 Superfortress before a ‘Dambusters’ themed lunch and a peek at an extensive collection of Dambusters memorabilia. Visit the stunning location of Derwent Dam, the famous WW2 training site for the RAF’s 617 Dambusters squadron. Complete the day with some sweeping hill top views and a chance to reflect on the part played by the Peak District landscape in aviation history.
To find out more about Walk the Peaks’ Aviation History and to book, visit the experience website
Plague Village and the Peaks
Discover the fascinating history of the Plague Village of Eyam set amidst the beautiful hills and dales of the Peak District National Park. Roll back to 1665 when the village took the brave step of cutting itself off from the outside world during an outbreak of the Plague in order to prevent the further spreading of the disease. Today you can explore the unique story by delving inside the historic parish church and visiting locations such as Mompesson's Well, the Riley Graves and the Boundary Stone. Stop for lunch at either a traditional Peak District pub or at a unique farmhouse kitchen which serves up home-made Afro-Caribbean food then continue the tour in the picturesque village of Hathersage where you can step into the pages of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The tour finishes with the option of a short walk at one of Derbyshire’s most iconic viewpoints in the ‘Dark Peak’ region of this beautiful National Park.
To find out more about Plague Village and the Peaks and to book, visit the experience website.
The Blue John Stone Experience
Journey underground to discover Blue John Stone, a rare, semi-precious mineral found at only one location in the world – in the caves of Castleton, Derbyshire in the Peak District National Park. Work with Treak Cliff Cavern family and staff to get hands-on with this unique stone. Discover its history before producing three items to take away; an item of silver jewellery, a window hanger/decoration, and a polished slice or chunk (which can be found by searching in the mines).
To find out more about The Blue John Stone Experience and to book, visit the experience website.
White Peak Trails by E-Bike
Jump on an electric bike and let a National Park Ranger be your guide as you enjoy an easy traffic-free cycle along former railways, passing through the beautiful limestone landscape of the White Peak region. Soak up local history, discover the oldest working winding engine in the world (part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site) and pedal to an ancient hilltop burial site where you’ll be greeted by fabulous vistas.
To find out more about White Peak Trails by E-Bike and to book, visit the experience website.
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