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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: Minninglow

The mysterious site of Minninglow (also referred to as Minning Low) is located just off the High Peak Trail in the Peak District in Derbyshire. It's a remarkable collection of ancient tombs strewn through woodland on the top of a hill, with a distinctive double ring of beech trees that make it a landmark for many miles around. The tombs at Minninglow include an Early Neolithic chambered tomb dating back over 5,000 years as well as bowl barrows that date back to the Bronze Age.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Ashbourne

Full of history and character, the beautiful town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire is known as the Gateway to the Peak District. Situated on the southern edge of the Peak District, it boasts beautiful architecture, independent shops and lovely cafés, and it's the perfect base from which to explore the spectacular White Peak countryside.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Lud’s Church

The deep, dark chasm of Lud’s Church is a truly mysterious place, full of myth and legend, hidden within the depths of Back Forest in the Staffordshire Peak District. Inside is green as far as the eye can see. The walls are covered with mosses, ferns and grasses, and arching above the chasm, forming a natural roof, are trees that have grown from both sides to meet in the middle.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Parwich

The beautiful little village of Parwich lies in the Derbyshire hills on the southern edge of the Peak District. It's surrounded by wonderful countryside and walking along the village lanes is like stepping back in time, with quaint stone cottages on quiet streets and a stream running through the centre of the village. No wonder that The Sunday Times named it ‘one of the best places to live in Britain’ in 2015.
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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: Castleton

We believe that a day in the lovely village of Castleton in Derbyshire is a must for all visitors to the Peak District National Park. It’s surrounded by beautiful scenery, nestled in the hills of the Hope Valley, and there’s something here to suit pretty much everyone. There are no less than four impressive show caverns to please adventurous kids of all ages, and visitors who prefer a gentle pace of exploration will enjoy wandering the narrow lanes, browsing the independent shops and sampling the fare in the many tea rooms, restaurants and pubs.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Treak Cliff Cavern

The beautiful Treak Cliff Cavern, located in the village of Castleton in Derbyshire, offers a great Peak District day out. It’s the home of Britain’s rarest mineral, Blue John stone, and Castleton is the only place in the world where it can be found! There are beautiful caverns to explore here, as well as a cafe with fantastic views, a gift shop and a museum.
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