The Peak District is a spectacular place to visit, and, whatever your interests, there’s plenty to see and do for everyone.
To celebrate the imminent arrival of the spring season, here we give a guide to 15 things to do in the Peak District in 2015, to really inspire you.
Do a Spot of Wildlife Watching
The Peak District is a haven for wildlife and there are a number of great locations throughout the Peak Distinct National Park, where you can have a go at spotting some of the area’s wildlife for yourself. For example, the Dark Peak area is home to a number of fascinating moorland creatures, including mountain hares and an array of bird species.
Take a Walk
One of the best ways to discover the beauty of the Peak District is on foot, and the region is home to some of the best walking trails in the country. Highlights include the routes around Dovedale, which is an area renowned for its natural beauty. A wander around Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District, is also an amazing experience and offers the chance to discover the rugged beauty of the Peak District’s wild moorlands.
Get on Your Bike
The Peak District is home to a number of fantastic cycling routes, perfect for all levels of ability, from novices, to mountain biking pros. These trails are also surrounded by beautiful countryside. Some of the best off-road cycling routes in the region include the Monsal and High Peak trails. If you don’t have your own bike, then there are plenty of cycle hire centres dotted throughout the region.
Ride like Rio Bravo
The Peak District also offers plenty of opportunities for discovering your inner John Wayne and the bridleways and quiet country lanes located throughout the Peak District are ideal for hacking and trekking. So why not pay a trip to one of the region’s many horse riding centres?
Full Steam Ahead
Why not journey back in time and enjoy a ride on the Peak Rail steam railway. This well-preserved railway operates between Rowsley and Matlock, and is open to the public throughout the year.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
As well as having plenty to see and do, the Peak District also offers a number of great culinary experiences too. Why not try a few Derbyshire classics such as a Bakewell Tart or delightful Thor cake? Try paying a visit to one of the region’s traditional breweries too, such as the Thornbridge Brewery, where you can enjoy a taste of some great craft beers and local ales.
Climb Cliffs and Crags
The Peak District is home to some of the most popular climbing routes in the UK, including the Roaches, and Stanage Edge, near Sheffield, which is of international importance. Whilst many world-class climbers use the challenging cliffs of the Peak District to hone their skills, there are plenty of crags for beginners to explore too.
For climbing novices, an instructed indoor climbing session can often be a good place to start. Alternatively there are a number of outdoor activity providers located in the region, who can show you the ropes.
Visit a Cave
The Peak District is home to various unique geological features, including a number of caves, where you can take a fascinating journey beneath the earth. One of the best caves to visit has got to be Poole’s Cavern; these vast limestone caverns are lined with an array of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites which have formed over a period of millions of years and really have to be seen to be believed.
In addition to historic houses, the Peak District also features sites of prehistoric interest too, which are well worth a visit. Highlights include Arbour Low, a Neolithic henge monument, which is of great archaeological interest. The site is located in a fittingly atmospheric setting, high atop some windswept moorland.
Discover the Charms of Chatsworth
Chatsworth House is one of the top attractions the region has to offer, and for good reason. This grand stately home is set in acres of beautifully-landscaped gardens. Inside you can explore the property’s long and fascinating history too, and admire its grand collection of inspiring artworks.
Visit a Museum
A trip to one of the region’s many museums can also make for a great day out. There are plenty to choose from too, including the Bakewell Old House Museum, which features a variety of artefacts and exhibitions of local life from times gone by. The Peak District Mining Museum also offers the opportunity to discover the regions rich mining history and tradition.
Visit a Farm
The Peak District has a rich farming tradition and there are plenty of opportunities to discover this for yourself. For example, try paying a visit to Matlock Farm Park – this 600 acre working farm, is a fantastic day out for animal lovers. There’s plenty to see, including traditional livestock like goats, cattle and sheep and also a number of more unusual species too, including lamas, peacocks and even meerkats!
Discover Beautiful Gardens
Why not pay a visit to one of the Peak District’s spectacular gardens and discover an array of striking plant life? There are plenty to choose from, including Illam Park and the Pavilion Gardens, and a trip to one of these will leave you far from disappointed.
Discover Your Passion for Art
In addition to museums, the Peak District also boasts a number of fantastic art galleries and exhibitions, including the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, which are well worth exploring.
Visit a Castle
Stately homes aren’t the only amazing buildings to be found in the Peak District. Pay a visit to one of the area’s charming castles too, such as Bolsover castle, which has a real fairytale quality to it.
These are just a selection of the exciting array of activities you can enjoy in the Peak District.
If you’re planning a trip to the Peak District, then here at Offcote Grange Cottage Holidays we have great selection of holiday cottages in the Peak District, the perfect place to stay during your visit. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 01335 344795 and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.