Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park was founded in 1951, being the first national park in the United Kingdom and one of the protected areas in the country with the highest annual visitor numbers.

The Peak District is a mountainous region in England, located south of the Pennines. It mainly extends into northern Derbyshire, also covering parts of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, and Yorkshire, mostly within the designated national park area.

Its area is primarily divided into two parts: Dark Peak in the north, where moorland predominates and the geology is mainly sandstone; and White Peak in the south, where most of the population resides and the geology is mainly limestone.

The altitude of the area is notable, with most of its territory above 1,000 feet (300 m), and its highest point is Kinder Scout, at 2,087 feet (636 m). Despite its name, the landscape is not characterized by sharp peaks but by rounded hills and sandstone cliffs known as "edges." It is close to major urban centers such as Huddersfield, Manchester, Sheffield, Derby, and Stoke-on-Trent.

The mountainous and rugged terrain makes the region difficult to traverse, with few and narrow roads. The main communication routes pass to the east and west of the area.

It is a quite different protected English area compared to the Snowdonia National Park, with both national parks being important places for the country and tourists.

Geological History of Peak District

The Peak District is mainly composed of sedimentary rocks formed during the Carboniferous period. These include carboniferous limestone, sandstone, and coal. Igneous rocks such as lavas, tuffs, and volcanic agglomerates can also be found. The structure of the Peak District resembles a broad dome.

Peak District National Park

Tectonic movements after the Carboniferous period resulted in the uplift of the area, forming the characteristic dome. Subsequent erosion wore down the shale and sandstone layers, leaving the limestone exposed. Later, during a period of crustal subsidence, the area was covered by the sea, depositing a variety of new rocks.

Mineral veins formed in the limestone shortly after its deposition and have been exploited for lead extraction since Roman times. During one of the ice ages of the last 2 million years, the Peak District was covered by ice, resulting in the formation of glacial valleys and limestone caves due to glacier melt.

The diversity of rocks beneath the Peak District significantly influences its landscape and vegetation. For example, limestone, with its cracks and water solubility, leads to the formation of deep, narrow valleys and underground cave systems. On the other hand, sandstone absorbs water and transports it through its layers, creating springs where the water emerges on the surface. Shale, being more susceptible to frost erosion, can lead to landslides in areas like Mam Tor.

Recommended Excursions and Activities

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Stanage & North Lees

Stanage-North Lees, located near Hathersage in the Dark Peak, encompasses moorlands, rocky cliffs, woodlands, and farmlands. This extensive property of 542 hectares is managed by the National Park Authority in collaboration with the Stanage Forum and the tenant.
The landscape value of this area is exceptional. The impressive rocky landscape of Stanage Edge is set in open and rugged moorland, with panoramic views of the picturesque rural surroundings of North Lees Hall and the farm lying below. Just 9.5 km (6 miles) from Sheffield, the fifth largest city in the UK, Stanage is vital to one of the most visited national parks in the world. It receives over half a million visitors a year, who enjoy a wide range of activities including climbing, hiking, cycling, picnicking, horseback riding, hang gliding, paragliding, bird watching, and exploring the area’s wildlife and literary heritage.

Stanage-North Lees offers opportunities for both energetic activities and quiet enjoyment. It is a significant open access area for walking and climbing, considered the birthplace of this sport. Stanage Edge has over 1200 identified routes of all levels and is internationally famous for bouldering. It is also a popular location for television, film, advertising, and photography. Nearby is the North Lees campsite and the National Park’s self-catering accommodation, Cattis Side Cottage.

Numerous school and outdoor education groups visit the property for educational, sporting, and nature study purposes, as well as to learn about sustainable landscape management, where the leased farm plays a key role.

The land hosts internationally significant heather moorlands and peat bogs, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation, and Special Protection Area. It also features a mix of native woodlands and flower-rich meadows. The entire landscape is marked by human influence and features a wide variety of historical characteristics, including ancient monuments such as the remains of a Catholic chapel, a Romano-British settlement, and Bronze Age sites. Notable buildings include traditional farm structures predating the 16th-century North Lees Hall, listed as Grade II*, with literary associations to Charlotte Brontë’s novel "Jane Eyre". At the top of the long ridge road is Stanage Pole, on the border with South Yorkshire and Sheffield.

Dove Stone (and reservoir)

Dove Stone is a reservoir and moorland managed by the RSPB and its partners, located on the outskirts of Oldham. It offers a variety of walking options, from level and paved trails to more challenging climbs in the nearby hills.

With walks ranging from 1.5 miles (30-40 minutes) to 2.5 miles (1 hour) around the reservoirs or longer routes into the hills, Dove Stone also features a Miles without Stiles trail, ideal for those seeking an accessible experience.

The area has picnic zones and easy access from an exclusive parking lot, making it an excellent destination for a family day out. However, barbecues are not allowed at Dove Stone, and the parking lot tends to fill up early in the morning due to its local popularity.

For those willing to venture on longer hikes into the hills, there are opportunities to spot wildlife such as the golden plover, common sandpiper, curlew, and even the occasional peregrine falcon. Dove Stone offers an unforgettable experience amid a stunning landscape and diverse wildlife.

Hard Rake

The land at Hard Rake was acquired by the National Park Authority with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to preserve the flower-rich meadows. Careful management of the hayfields in 14 areas allows wildflowers and grasses to flourish, without the presence of grazing animals. The grass is harvested at the end of July or August to make hay, after which sheep and cattle are allowed to graze.

A permissive path, starting from the road between Bakewell and Chelmorton, provides access to several of the meadows and connects with a public footpath along the western boundary of the property. Visitors are invited to stay, observe, and listen to the skylarks nesting in the uncut areas and enjoy the variety of colors and textures of the wild plants. However, it is important to remember that this is a farm crop intended as winter feed for animals, so it is crucial to stay on the paths and keep dogs under control.

Typical species include ox-eye daisy, knapweed, yellow rattle, and meadow vetchling. Additionally, visitors may spot common spotted orchids and, in spring, enjoy the primroses.

Taddington Dale

The land owned by the National Park Authority in Taddington Dale comprises three small hay meadows near Waterlees Lane and a steep valley that hosts flower-rich grasslands on the upper slopes, with ash woodlands on the lower areas next to the A6.

Permissive paths and access land allow passage through the hay meadows to the valley. Visitors are invited to enjoy this short walk from Taddington, but it is important to remember that the meadows are used to provide valuable winter feed for farm animals. Therefore, the path through these fields should be followed, and dogs should be kept under control throughout the property.

The best time to visit is from early May to late July, when the flowers are at their peak. In the meadows, you can find purple orchids, wood anemones, and bitter vetch, while in the fields, you may spot daisies, yellow rattle, and common cat’s-ear.

Chatsworth House and Estate

Chatsworth House is a historic building with more than 30 rooms offering a fascinating insight into the history and wealth of the Cavendish family since the 16th century. These rooms house collections of art, ancient artifacts, and sculptures spanning 4,000 years of history, providing an immersive experience for visitors.

It also features 105 acres of gardens, with grounds and green areas surrounding the house. You can stroll through the vicinity, walk through the woods, and admire the views of the place. There is a Victorian garden, a maze, and water fountains, some elements designed by the landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Besides Chatsworth House, there is a farmyard for children’s outdoor activities.

Chatsworth House and Estate, located in Bakewell, is one of the tourist attractions in the Peak District National Park.

The Pavilion Gardens

The exquisite Pavilion Gardens are a must-see destination in the heart of Buxton and High Peak, often hailed as the "jewel in the crown" of the region. This picturesque spot spans 23 acres of lush beauty, where visitors can enjoy a variety of natural charms and family activities.

The gardens are adorned with elegant domed pavilions, sparkling lakes, lush flowerbeds, and a captivating tropical greenhouse. The scenic pathways invite you to stroll and explore every corner of this green paradise.

Best of all, entry to this historic place is free, making it an accessible option for everyone. Additionally, Pavilion Gardens host numerous fun events throughout the year, such as farmers’ markets, dances, and parties, adding even more charm and excitement to the experience.

For the little ones, there is an extensive playground, an adventure park, and a miniature railway, promising hours of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Location: Buxton

Prices: All events organized by Pavilion Gardens are free.

Opening hours: Open all year, except on Christmas Day. It is recommended to check the website for specific opening times.

Poole’s Cavern

Discover the hidden wonders underground at Poole’s Cavern, one of England’s most impressive show caves. Known as the "First Wonder of the Peak," this 200-million-year-old limestone cave network is a must-visit in the Peak District.

Accompanied by an expert guide, you can explore fascinating passages and spacious illuminated chambers adorned with stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations. With paved walkways and only 28 steps throughout the tour, the experience is suitable for all ages.

On the surface, visitors can enjoy a variety of trails winding through the impressive country park and charming surrounding woods. A short walk will take you through Grin Low Wood to Solomon’s Temple, a ruined tower offering breathtaking panoramic views of Buxton. Additionally, there are numerous picnic areas to enjoy the outdoors, as well as a café serving a variety of beverages and refreshments.

Location: Buxton

Prices: Adults (16+) £9.75, Children (5-16) £5.25, Concessions £8.50, Family £26.00.

Opening hours: Open year-round, with varying hours in summer and winter. It is recommended to check the website for detailed opening times.

Haddon Hall

Majestically situated among its lush terraced Elizabethan gardens, overlooking the picturesque River Wye, Haddon Hall near Bakewell, Derbyshire, is a must-visit. With its stone towers, timeworn beams, and walled gardens, this beautiful house has been the setting for numerous notable films, such as Jane Eyre, Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice, and The Other Boleyn Girl.

With parts dating back to the 12th century, Haddon Hall is one of the finest examples of a medieval manor house in England. Here, visitors can glimpse mysterious gargoyles, a finely carved alabaster altarpiece, and pre-Reformation frescoes, perfectly preserved. This architectural gem offers a fascinating insight into early English life and is a must-see destination in the Peak District.

Location: Bakewell

Prices: Adults £14.50, Concessions £14.00, Children £8.00, Family (2 adults, 3 children) £37.00, Parking £3.00 per car.

Opening hours: Open during the season (check the website for detailed information).

Also of interest: Lyme Hall and Lyme Park: a National Trust property with over 1,400 acres of spectacular moorland, perfect for long, relaxing walks. Fans of the BBC’s 1995 production of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ will recognize Lyme Hall as the magnificent building used to represent Pemberley.

Well Dressings

Each year, between May and September, the ancient ritual of Well Dressing comes to life in the Peak District. This fascinating attraction is carefully crafted by teams of locals, who display their floral creations beside wells and water sources, in gratitude for the county’s fresh springs.

Well Dressing is a tradition unique to the Peak District, with over 80 towns and villages participating in this ancient practice. Teams meticulously design intricate mosaics by hand, using natural materials like leaves, flower petals, moss, and even coffee beans, on a base of rich, moist clay. Many of these sites later hold blessing ceremonies followed by carnivals, fairs, and flower festivals, bringing the entire community together in celebration.

Location: Check the website for various Well Dressing locations.

Prices: Free admission

Opening hours: Between May and September each year.

Castleton Caverns

Deep in Hope Valley lies a family attraction: the Castleton Caverns. This set of four underground caves is home to the rare semi-precious stone Blue John, which is unique to this region. In Treak Cliff Cavern and Blue John Cavern, you can admire impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations, with veins of the precious Blue John clearly visible in the walls.

Peak Cavern is the largest and completely natural of the four, with miles of passages to explore. In contrast, Speedwell Cavern offers a unique experience: a boat trip along its underground canal to reach Bottomless Pit, a large water-filled chasm. This cavern is so high that its top cannot be seen. During the visit, informative guides point out various underground wonders, providing an educational and exciting experience.

Location: Hope Valley

Prices: Entry prices vary by cavern (check individual websites for details).

Opening hours: All caverns are open daily, although specific times may vary (check individual websites for more information).

Kinder Scout

No visit to the Peak District is complete without the challenging hike to the summit of Kinder Scout. For outdoor enthusiasts, this natural attraction is a must-see. As the highest point in the East Midlands, it offers wide and unforgettable views stretching to Manchester and even Snowdonia from its plateau.

During the hike, visitors can enjoy wild moorlands, bubbling streams, spectacular rock outcrops, and the majestic Kinder Downfall, the highest waterfall in the national park. It is recommended to bring a map, compass, and sturdy boots, as the hike can be challenging and often difficult to navigate efficiently.

Location: Dark Peak

Prices: Free admission.

Opening hours: Open all year.

Also of interest: Blue Mountain Activity: For those seeking an adrenaline-pumping adventure, this company offers high-energy activities like rock climbing, abseiling, gorge scrambling, and caving.

Peveril Castle

Overlooking the picturesque village of Castleton are the mighty ruins of Peveril Castle. After an exciting climb from the village, visitors are rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Hope Valley from the hilltop. The only surviving part of the evocative castle today is the mighty keep, built by Henry II in 1176.

These ruins, now owned by English Heritage, are one of the earliest examples of Norman fortresses in England. At the visitor center, guests can explore interesting exhibits that narrate the fascinating history of Peveril and the Royal Forest of the Peak, a royal hunting ground since the 11th century.

Location: Castleton

Prices: Adults £5.60, Children £3.40, Family ticket £14.60.

Opening hours: Vary throughout the year (check the website for more details).

Also of interest: Cromford Mills: Home to the first mill complex of Sir Richard Arkwright, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in 1771, this was the world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill and the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Explore its tours and experience a day in the life of Arkwright.

Ladybower Reservoir

Aerial view of Ladybower Reservoir, the stunning body of water surrounded by picturesque landscapes, offers a tranquil escape in the heart of Peak District National Park.

One of the major attractions of the Peak District National Park is Ladybower Reservoir. Mention "Ladybower" to anyone over 50 in Yorkshire or Derbyshire, and it will likely evoke memories of the classic 1955 film "The Dam Busters," which was filmed here. But beyond its cinematic fame, Ladybower is an impressive and beautiful place in its own right.

A walk across the bridge over the reservoir allows you to contemplate its deep waters, and when the water level drops, the remnants of a village flooded in the 1940s are revealed. For a more active experience, hiking up the hills via the walking trails offers stunning views, especially during the warmer months.

After exploring the reservoir, many people enjoy an ice cream from the trucks parked nearby, and to fully recharge, you can taste traditional northern cuisine at the Ladybower Inn, located just half a mile away. For an extended stay, the Yorkshire Bridge Inn offers comfortable accommodation in an idyllic setting.

Location: Peak District.

Note: The food and accommodation options mentioned provide a complete and comfortable experience for visitors wanting to explore Ladybower Reservoir and its surroundings.


Bakewell, the birthplace of the famous Bakewell tart, offers much more than just culinary delight. This charming town boasts history and picturesque beauty, making it one of the must-see locations in the Peak District.

Strolling through Bakewell, a town located in Derbyshire county, England (United Kingdom), situated northwest of the East Midlands region, near the border with the West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the Northeast of England, and the Pennines mountains.

You can start your visit at the small museum showcasing ancient masonry and historical artifacts of the town. Behind Old House is the Saints Church, a historic gem worth visiting.

The entire town exudes charm, so it’s worth wandering its streets and discovering its special corners. When it’s time for a break, it’s the perfect opportunity to try the authentic Bakewell tart at one of the cozy local cafés, such as the Bakewell Tart Shop, or rest at the Rutland Arms Hotel.

Location: Bakewell, Peak District

Eyam Plague Village

Eyam Plague Village, a small village in Derbyshire, England, known as "the plague village," which was ravaged by the bubonic plague when it reached the village in August 1665.

Upon arriving in Eyam, one of the most fascinating destinations in the Peak District, you may find yourself engaged in a discussion on how to correctly pronounce the village’s name. Only the locals know its perfect pronunciation!

However, Eyam is also known as Plague Village due to the devastating events that occurred between 1665 and 1666. During that period, 260 inhabitants of this small village succumbed to the bubonic plague. The plague was first introduced to Eyam through a flea-infested bundle of cloth, and when it became clear that the outbreak had begun, the brave villagers took selfless action by quarantining themselves to prevent its spread to neighboring villages.

Many entire families lost their lives during this dark period in history, and along the main road, you can still find the plague cottages. These houses, marked with commemorative plaques, honor the plague victims who lived and died there. One of the most moving stories is that of Elizabeth Hancock, who buried six of her children and her husband alone. The place where she buried them can still be visited on the outskirts of the village.

Around Eyam, you’ll find a stone where residents of neighboring towns left food for Eyam inhabitants, avoiding all direct contact. To learn more about this unique and heartbreaking history, you can visit the Eyam Museum. Additionally, the Barrel Inn, which has been in Eyam since 1597, offers stunning views of the peaks and is a perfect place to stay overnight while exploring this remarkable historic village.

Location: Eyam, Peak District

Devil’s Arse, Castleton (Peak Cavern)

Image of the information sign of Peak Cavern, also known as Devil's Arse, and an image of the cave interior. Located in Castleton, Derbyshire, England.

Technically known as Peak Cavern, but let’s be honest, it’s much more fun to suggest an adventure in Devil’s Arse. Weather permitting, exploring this cave can turn into a fantastic day out, and sometimes even musical events are held in the amphitheater inside the cave! Your guide will take you through the rope-making process, which used to be vital for the area. Keep an eye on upcoming events and opening times on the official website.

If the idea of walking through a cave isn’t appealing, you can always opt for an exciting boat trip through the nearby Speedwell Cavern, a former lead mine. While its name is less playful, the experience is equally beautiful.

For an overnight stay in the area, I recommend heading to the picturesque town of Castleton. Innkeepers Lodge is an excellent option for a restful night’s sleep, with comfortable beds and charming exposed beams, a common feature in the Peaks. Additionally, the lodge has an attached restaurant, and there are many other eateries within walking distance to satisfy your dining needs.


Panoramic view of Hathersage, a village in the county of Derbyshire, England (United Kingdom).

Hathersage, a village with an industrial past and literary connections, offers a fascinating mix of history and natural beauty for visitors to enjoy.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Hathersage was a thriving industrial village, known for needle and umbrella production. Additionally, it is famous for its connection to Charlotte Brontë, who drew inspiration from the village to set her novel "Jane Eyre" during her stay in 1845. It is also said that Robin Hood’s companion, Little John, is buried in Hathersage, and his gravestone can be found in the local cemetery.

Exploring the village, you’ll find the main attractions to the northwest and northeast, making it easy to visit in a day. If you start from the main car park and head north, you can discover everything Hathersage has to offer.

During the warm summer months, a visit to the outdoor pool in the center of the village can be a great way to cool off after a long walk in the sun. With an entry fee of £7 for adults, it is an affordable and enjoyable option for the whole family.

For a delicious meal and cozy accommodation, I recommend the Plough Inn, which also welcomes dogs. It’s a fantastic place to relax and recharge after exploring all the wonders Hathersage has to offer.

Stanage Edge

Views from the top of Stanage Edge (Stone Edge) in the Peak District, England. A site for climbing located north of Hathersage.

North of Hathersage stretches the vast Stanage Edge, a place that attracts climbers and hikers alike.

Climbers flock to Stanage Edge to challenge its cliffs, equipped with mats and ropes to scale the rocks. However, you don’t need to be a climber to enjoy this magnificent spot. There are several small trails carved by visitors leading to the top, allowing anyone to explore this impressive rock formation.

Once at the top of Stanage Edge, you can enjoy phenomenal views along the ridge. Many visitors choose to spend the day here, sitting on the rocks or halfway up, enjoying a picnic with friends. In summer, it’s important to bring sunscreen, as the sun shines brightly in this spot. But don’t worry, there are often ice cream trucks nearby to cool you down after your hike!

From the top of the ridge, you can admire the hills and valleys of the Peak District, offering an impressive view of the region. Near Stanage Edge is the Peak Edge Hotel, which offers excellent food and a convenient option to relax after a day of exploring nature.

Mam Tor

Stairs leading up to Mam Tor, a 517 m (1,696 ft) hill near Castleton in the High Peak of Derbyshire, England.

Mam Tor rises above the surrounding hills, standing out with its imposing presence. The name ‘Mam Tor’ literally means ‘Mother Hill’ in Old Gaelic, a name that reflects its prominence in the landscape.

To reach the summit of Mam Tor, there are parking areas near its base, from which you can start the ascent. The time required to reach the top can vary from 30 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the walking pace and level of enthusiasm. A well-marked path leads to the summit, offering a rewarding experience for all hikers. Like at Stanage Edge, the views from the top of Mam Tor are simply breathtaking.

If you’re looking for nearby accommodation, both Castleton and Hope are excellent options for finding a hotel. For those who prefer camping, Rowter Farm offers a comfortable option with the advantage of being able to buy fresh produce such as eggs, as well as snacks, tea, and coffee. For dinner, The Olde Nags Head in Castleton is an excellent choice, which also offers rooms for those who prefer not to camp.


A stroll through Tideswell to see the traditional houses of the area.

Tideswell, a charming village (another gem in the area), is home to some ancient buildings that captivate visitors. Among its architectural jewels is the Cathedral of the Peaks, an impressive 14th-century structure that deserves a visit for its beauty and historical significance.

If you have the chance to visit Tideswell in May, don’t miss the food festival held in the town center. Here you can enjoy a delicious variety of typical Peak District dishes, offering a unique and memorable culinary experience.

For those who enjoy nightlife, there is a lively atmosphere in the pubs and restaurants, such as the George Inn, located in the heart of Tideswell, which is an excellent option for food and drink. There are also numerous pubs in the surrounding area offering various dining options.

Millers Dale Trail

Millers Dale, a hike through the Peak District

The walk from Tideswell to Millers Dale is one of the best hiking routes in the Peak District, offering visitors an unforgettable scenic experience. The trail crosses a series of historic viaducts originally built as railway passageways, adding a touch of history to the natural landscape.

Along the route, hikers will have the opportunity to explore Litton Mill, which was once famous for the extremely harsh working conditions in which children labored. Today, the mill has been renovated and converted into apartments, offering the possibility of renting one and enjoying a unique stay in this historic place.

For cycling enthusiasts, this route is also perfect, offering the opportunity to ride through the tunnels, adding excitement and adventure to the journey.

For those who want to enjoy a meal after the walk, nearby villages like Tideswell offer a variety of dining options. Alternatively, there are many picnic benches in the area, allowing visitors to bring their own food and enjoy an outdoor lunch in the midst of nature.

Thor’s Cave

View from inside Thor's Cave (Thor's Cave), also known as Thor's House Cavern and Thyrsis's Cave, located in the Manifold Valley of the White Peak in Staffordshire, England. Karstic cave.

Thor’s Cave, or as we would say in Spanish, is one of the best natural attractions in the Peak District, known for its enormous entrance that rises 60 feet high. Although the interior of the cave doesn’t offer much to explore, the views from its entrance are simply spectacular. The cave is situated at an altitude of 350 feet above the valley, providing a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding area.

To reach Thor’s Cave, follow the trail that starts at Wetton Mill and ascends through the hills. The trail offers a rewarding hiking experience, with good views along the way.

Wetton itself is a village worth seeing. After a hike to Thor’s Cave, you can enjoy a well-deserved rest at cozy establishments like Wetton Mill Tea Rooms and Old School Tea Room, where you can savor a refreshing drink and a delicious piece of cake. Additionally, Old School Tea Room is dog-friendly, allowing visitors to enjoy their experience without worries.

For those who wish to stay overnight in the area, The Old School Chapel offers nearby accommodation in a renovated old chapel, adding a unique and charming touch to your Peak District travel experience.

Monsal Head Viaduct

Aerial view of Monsal Head Viaduct, also known as Headstone Viaduct, built by Midland Railway over the River Wye. It is located near Headstone Tunnel.

Monsal Head Viaduct is considered an architectural gem that stretches across the beautiful Monsal Dale in the Peak District. Built in 1836, the viaduct was initially considered an unattractive and out-of-place structure. However, over time, nature has worked its magic, wearing and shaping the viaduct in such a way that it now blends perfectly into its surroundings, appearing completely natural.

The viaduct offers stunning views of the surroundings, with the River Wye winding below it. Visitors can delight in the panoramic views while walking or admiring the surrounding landscape.

Near Monsal Head Viaduct, there are a variety of options for dining and lodging. The Monsal Head Hotel is an excellent choice for enjoying a delicious meal and a cozy accommodation experience. Besides its hospitality, the hotel offers spectacular views of the viaduct and the surrounding valley, making it an ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Peak District.

Matlock Bath

Fish & Chips in Matlock Bath, a village in Derbyshire, England, south of Matlock, on the main A6 road, and roughly halfway between Buxton and Derby

Matlock Bath offers two standout attractions worth visiting: Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park and The Heights of Abraham. Although many of the attractions at Gulliver’s Kingdom are designed for children, there are also activities suitable for adults, making it a popular destination during spring and summer. Additionally, its location in the beautiful Peak District adds charm to the experience.

On the other hand, The Heights of Abraham offers a unique experience by taking visitors to the top of Masson Hill via a cable car inspired by those used in Switzerland. From the top, you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding peaks. There are several areas to explore on Masson Hill, such as the viewing platform at Tinker’s Shaft, which offers views of the old mine below. Additionally, on the hill, you can see three metal cows, acquired by the owners of The Heights of Abraham to prevent their separation.

For those wishing to stay in the area, there are a variety of hotels available, such as the charming Crow Pie Cottage. To satisfy your hunger after a day of adventures, The Fishpond on South Parade offers delicious pizzas and Sunday roasts.

Padley Gorge

Hike through Padley Gorge and the valley stream in Peak District, Derbyshire, between the village of Grindleford and the A6187 road.

On a sunny summer day, Padley Gorge is a very popular destination in the Peak District. Fortunately, there is enough space for everyone to enjoy a barbecue without problems. The waterfalls flowing between two banks covered with lush greenery and ancient trees create a naturally beautiful setting, ideal for taking photographs.

In addition to walking through the area, Padley Gorge is perfect for relaxing and cooling off by dipping your feet in the fresh water. It is a popular destination for children during school holidays, allowing you to enjoy a relaxed and carefree atmosphere. Watching the fish swim around your ankles can be a delightful experience.

During the warmer months, there are always ice cream trucks nearby to cool down. Additionally, if you head towards Grindleford along the main road, you’ll find a variety of dining and lodging options, such as The Maynard.

Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Nine Ladies Stone Circle (el Círculo de Piedra de Nine Ladies) is a prehistoric site that evokes a sense of mystery and antiquity in the Peak District. This circle, composed of nine granite stones, is set in a beautiful natural environment, surrounded by hills and lush vegetation. Although smaller compared to other stone circles like Stonehenge, it has its own charm and special atmosphere.

What may seem like just a circle of rocks at first glance could have been very significant for the Bronze Age inhabitants of the area. It is believed that the circle "represents nine ladies turned to stone as punishment for dancing on a Sunday." To reach the stone circle, take the trail near Stanton-in-Peak and walk for about five minutes.

This isn’t really a destination to spend the day, but it’s something that can be easily seen on the way to other attractions that may require more time. The Red Lion Inn is a 25-minute walk from the stone circle, and the food is excellent and imaginative.

Robin Hood’s Stride

Not far from The Nine Ladies is Robin Hood’s Stride, another notable place to explore in the Peak District. Legend has it that Robin Hood jumped from one peak to another, marking the points that can be seen in the picture above. However, the possibility of such a feat seems more myth than plausible reality. Despite this, the rock formation is impressive in its own right.

Visitors can climb the rocks to reach the top, though some skill and caution are required, as the climbing varies from moderate to more challenging. Caution is advised, especially for those unfamiliar with rock climbing.

To access the site, you can park on the B5056 and follow the trail for a short distance until you reach the end of the Stride.

Hiking Trails

In the Peak District National Park, there are several trails that can be walked, with different distances so that anyone can take a hike in the park’s protected area:

High Peak Trail

From Dowlow, south of Buxton, to Daisy Bank, Longcliffe. Length of 10.5 miles. It is a public bridleway owned by the Peak District National Park Authority.

Monsal Trail

From Coombs Road, Bakewell, to Blackwell Mill, Wyedale. It has a length of 8.5 miles. It is a concessionary route owned by the Peak District National Park Authority.

Thornhill Trail

From north of Thornhill Lane to Yorkshire Bridge. It has a length of 2 miles. It is a concessionary route owned by the Peak District National Park Authority.

Tissington Trail

From Mapleton Lane, Ashbourne, to Parsley Hay, where it joins the High Peak Trail. With a length of 13 miles, it is a public bridleway owned by the Peak District National Park Authority.

Miles without Stiles (easy-access trails)

Miles without Stiles or "miles without obstacles" are easily accessible routes, paved and without obstacles such as stiles, steps, or steep gradients. These routes offer access to stunning views, stretches of moorland, tranquil valleys, spectacular geology, distinctive habitats, serene areas, and rich history.

Designed for people of all fitness levels and those with reduced mobility, including wheelchair users, families with baby strollers, and visually impaired people, these routes can also be suitable for young children who wish to explore by bike.

Each route is rated to indicate its accessibility for "all," "many," or "some," from lower to higher difficulty, and can be accompanied by detailed maps, photographs, and videos, as well as a manual to facilitate your journey.

Bike Rentals in Peak District

The Peak District is a popular destination for cyclists of all abilities, with rental centers strategically located throughout different areas of the park. These are as follows:

  • Ashbourne: located at the southern end of the Tissington Trail, on the outskirts of Ashbourne. Easily accessible by road from Buxton, Derby, and Leek.
  • Derwent: situated in the picturesque Derwent Valley, accessible from Sheffield via Glossop Road.
  • Parsley Hay: eight miles south of Buxton, at the junction of the High Peak and Tissington Trails. Reachable by road from Buxton and Ashbourne.
  • Hulme End: on the Manifold Track in Hulme End, located in a former station building in this charming village, an ideal starting point for exploring the Manifold Valley.

There is also the possibility of renting trampers, off-road mobility vehicles, available for hire at Ashbourne, Derwent, and Parsley Hay.

Bike Rental Prices

  • Standard Cycles:
    • Up to 4 hours: £17 (adult bike), £13 (junior bike), £14 (Trail-a-Bike/Buggy), £21 (bike with baby seat), £34 (tandem).
    • Full day: £19 (adult bike), £14 (junior bike), £16 (Trail-a-Bike/Buggy), £23 (bike with baby seat), £38 (tandem).
  • Electric Bikes:
    • Full day: £38.
  • Educational Group Rate:
    • Full day: £12.
  • Extras:
    • Dog trailer: £13 (up to 4 hours) / £15 (full day).

How to Get to Stanage & North Lees by Bus

It is not possible to get directly to Stanage/North Lees by bus. The closest service is the 272 from Sheffield to Castleton. You can get off at Hathersage and take a roughly 2-mile uphill walk. Alternatively, you can get off at Fox House or Surprise View and walk across the moor. You can also walk about 2 miles from the Service 51 terminus from Sheffield to Lodge Moor. Additionally, Service 215 from Sheffield to Bakewell and Matlock stops at Fox House.

How to Get to Stanage & North Lees by Train

The Hope Valley line, connecting Sheffield and Manchester, has five stations within the Peak District National Park, all offering access to stunning landscapes and recreational activities. Hathersage is the best station for accessing Stanage and North Lees, although it requires a 2-mile uphill walk. Alternatively, you can get off at Grindleford and walk to the impressive Padley Gorge, or take bus 272 from Hathersage to Fox House and walk across the moor.

The train service on the Hope Valley line is operated by Northern Rail.

Parking: Parking is available at North Lees.

Accommodation in the National Park

Cattis Side Cottage

Cattis Side Cottage, a charming rural retreat located in the heart of the Peak District, Derbyshire, England.

Cattis Side Cottage is an accommodation within the Peak District National Park, opened in the summer of 2022 to offer a unique experience on the iconic Stanage-North Lees estate in the Peak District, managed by the National Park and its rangers. It is advisable to book in advance as its capacity is limited, offering only 4 places for adults and children, with a king room and a double room.

It is quite cozy, with wood-burning stoves, dining, bathroom, and outdoor space with views of the nearby wildlife and woods. You can find it on a hillside near Stanage Edge, Cattis Side Cottage nestled in nature.