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    Why we love the Peak District

    Britain’s oldest national park has never felt fresher. For hikers, cyclists, horse riders and thrill seekers, the Peak District offers adventures galore – plus a thriving food scene and festivals of all shapes and sizes.

    Established as a national park in 1951, the Peak District is made up of two distinct terrains: ‘Dark Peak’, with untamed moors and windswept hills; and ‘White Peak’, a patchwork of sheep-grazed fields and quaint villages. Despite its name, the park has no mountains – but it does have hidden depths, in the form of spectacular caves. The likes of Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern offer a glimpse of this eerie underworld, crafted by nature over millions of years.

    For all its wilderness, the Peak District is also one of Britain’s most accessible national parks - an easy trip from Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham, while Sheffield is the perfect gateway for ease of access to climbing, mountain biking and hiking adventures. Whether stopping by for a quick break or a longer jaunt, here’s how to plan your trip.

    Things to do in the Peak District

    One of Britain’s grandest stately homes, the beautiful Chatsworth House sits in a 1000-acre park in the Peak District.

    Visit Chatsworth House
    Group of people walking down stairs under a painted ceiling
    Chatsworth House

    Visit one Britain’s most beautiful towns - Buxton in the Peak District, famous for its thermal spa and water.

    Visit Buxton
    Aerial views of Georgian mansion and grounds
    Buxton

    Take a cable car to the popular Peak District attraction, Heights of Abraham, a 60-acre hilltop park and caverns above pretty Matlock Bath.

    Book tickets to the Heights of Abraham
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    Heights of Abraham

    Enjoy a peaceful meander through the Peak District National Park on the Monsal Trail, a flat route along a disused railway.

    Discover the Monsal Trail
    Two women and a man walking on a country lane in autumn
    Monsal Trail

    Explore the moorlands, woodlands and dramatic views of Derwent Valley at the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate.

    Explore Longshaw Estate
    A man posing on top of Higger Tor with a wide view of the Peak District behind
    Longshaw Estate

    One of Britain’s grandest stately homes, the beautiful Chatsworth House sits in a 1000-acre park in the Peak District.

    Visit Chatsworth House
    Group of people walking down stairs under a painted ceiling
    Chatsworth House

    Visit one Britain’s most beautiful towns - Buxton in the Peak District, famous for its thermal spa and water.

    Visit Buxton
    Aerial views of Georgian mansion and grounds
    Buxton

    Take a cable car to the popular Peak District attraction, Heights of Abraham, a 60-acre hilltop park and caverns above pretty Matlock Bath.

    Book tickets to the Heights of Abraham
    Awaiting image
    Heights of Abraham

    Enjoy a peaceful meander through the Peak District National Park on the Monsal Trail, a flat route along a disused railway.

    Discover the Monsal Trail
    Two women and a man walking on a country lane in autumn
    Monsal Trail

    Explore the moorlands, woodlands and dramatic views of Derwent Valley at the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate.

    Explore Longshaw Estate
    A man posing on top of Higger Tor with a wide view of the Peak District behind
    Longshaw Estate

    Places to stay in the Peak District

    City breaks

    With Sheffield, Manchester and Derby just a train ride away, why not combine your Peak District adventure with a city trip?

    Boutique retreats

    The national park has hotels to suit every style: from romantic boltholes and grand rural mansions, to homely family-run B&Bs.

    Woodland cabins

    Want something wilder? You’ll find forest lodges and glamping sites all over the Peak District – and even treehouses too.

    Explore nearby

    World-class football and a music scene that brought Oasis to centre stage – there’s lots to love about Manchester.

    Group of friends walking by the canal in Castlefield

    From The Beatles to Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Liverpool is a UNESCO City of Music with seriously cool credentials.

    Rooftop of Oh me oh my restaurant in Liverpool

    Proof that perfection can’t be rushed, the Yorkshire Dales was millions of years in-the-making.

    Cyclist riding on road through green dales. Panoramic views

    Steeped in legends that surround Robin Hood to literary greats, discover what this city has to offer.

    A performance in front of Nottingham Castle

    Getting to the Peak District

    Sitting between Manchester and Sheffield, with Derby to the south, the Peak District is simple to reach by bus, train or coach, and has great motorway links. Trains from London St Pancras to Derby take around 90 minutes. The closest airports are Manchester (33 miles/53km from Bakewell) and East Midlands (40 miles/64km); they’re served by direct flights from all over the world.

    Getting around

    The Peak District’s trains are far-reaching, with the likes of the Derwent Valley Line and Hope Valley Line making car-free travel easy. Some brilliant walks can be reached directly from its rail stations, and bikes can be rented throughout the national park. Electric car-charging points are available throughout the region.

    By bus

    The local bus network is excellent. On summer weekends, the Hope Valley Explorer serves the likes of Derwent Valley, Castleton and Edale – and can carry bikes too.

    By heritage train

    The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway offers picturesque trips between Wirksworth and Duffield, powered by gleaming vintage locomotives. Peak Rail serves afternoon tea on its steam trains.

    By motorhome

    Ideal for active holidays with a dash of adventure, hiring a motorhome or campervan gives you the ultimate freedom – and there are campsites throughout the region.

    Want to know more?

    For more epic Peak District adventures and great places to stay, check out its official website.