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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District

The Peak District National Park was founded on 17 April 1951, the first national park ever to be created in the UK. It covers 555 square miles of the most beautiful parts of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and even parts of Greater Manchester.

To celebrate the 70th birthday of our very favourite place, we’ve collected together what we consider to be the 70 Best Days Out in the Peak District to inspire you to visit more of this wonderful area. Have a browse through our collection below to get suggestions for entirely new spots to discover, or to remind yourself to revisit old favourites.

You’ll find all the region’s best attractions in here, as well as the most popular beauty spots and a few hidden gems as well, not to mention some wonderful little villages and many of the vibrant towns on the borders.

Join us in celebrating the very best that the Peak District has to offer, not just in this special birthday year but in every year to come!

 

 

70 Best Days Out in the Peak District

70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Ladybower Reservoir and the Upper Derwent Valley

Ladybower Reservoir is one of three reservoirs located in the beautiful Upper Derwent Valley, close to the village of Bamford in the High Peak area of the Peak District. Ladybower is the largest and newest of the reservoirs, the other two being the more remote but equally picturesque Derwent Reservoir and Howden Reservoir. The three reservoirs between them cover almost 200 square kilometres and are set amid stunning scenery of hills, woodlands and moorland on the border of Derbyshire and Yorkshire.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District

70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Hardwick Hall

Just on the edge of the Peak District National Park you'll find the magnificent Hardwick Hall. Built by the formidable Bess of Hardwick in the 1590s, it's a wonderful example of an Elizabethan country house, set on a hilltop position overlooking the Derbyshire countryside. Outside there are also extensive formal gardens, parkland with family woodland trails, a lovely restaurant and a National Trust gift shop.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District

70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Buxton

The spa town of Buxton on the edge of the Peak District is a brilliant place to spend a day while in this area. It really does offer something for everyone, with stunning Georgian architecture, beautiful parks, indulgent spas, great shops, top-class theatre, and fantastic dining. For the kids there are caves to wonder at, woodland trails to explore, and a Go Ape experience with thrilling aerial rope walks.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District

70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle is a true fairytale castle, perched high on a ridge above the Vale of Scarsdale on the eastern edge of the Peak District. It's a great place to spend a day, with plenty to see and do for the whole family. The Little Castle, Terrace Range and Riding House are all open to the public to explore, as are the beautiful gardens. There's also a cafe, gift shop and children's playground on site.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: The High Peak Trail

The High Peak Trail offers 17 miles of almost traffic-free bliss for walkers, runners, cyclists and horse-riders, stretching between Dowlow near Buxton and High Peak Junction near Cromford. It follows the route of the former High Peak Railway Line, opened in 1831, and runs through stunning limestone countryside and rolling hills, passing close to the ancient site of Minninglow.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Hartington

This very pretty Peak District village is situated towards the south of the Peak District National Park, and can be combined with a visit to Dovedale if you have the time. Hartington has everything you could hope for from a Peak District village: a duck pond in the centre, houses of mellow stone on twisty lanes, great country pubs … and even a famous cheese shop!
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Hope

The pretty Peak District village of Hope in Derbyshire is often overshadowed by its near neighbour Castleton, but it has loads to offer the visitor, with a range of lovely shops, cafés and pubs. As the name suggests it’s located in the heart of the Hope Valley and it's surrounded by stunning scenery, overlooked by the slopes of Win Hill and Lose Hill.
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