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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: Ashford in the Water

Ashford-in-the-Water is - arguably! - the most perfect little village in the Peak District. Certainly if you're looking for chocolate-box appeal, you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere more picturesque. It has everything that a country village needs: an idyllic riverside setting, complete with a medieval bridge, pretty limestone cottages, narrow lanes, a tearoom and cosy country pubs. The Sheepwash Bridge across the River Wye is one of the most photographed bridges in England, and it’s not hard to see why.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District

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

70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Kinder Scout

At 2,087 feet high, Kinder Scout is the highest point in the Peak District National Park, and one of the few true mountains in the region, although it's far more of a high moorland plateau than a traditional mountain. The views from its edges are awe-inspiring in the truest sense of the words. Walking to the summit from the little village of Edale takes the traveller through a huge variation in landscape and perfectly illustrates the diversity of the Peak District.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District

70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Sudbury Hall

Just on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park close to Ashbourne in Derbyshire, Sudbury Hall is a beautiful late 17th Century country house, the historic home of the Vernon family. Here you'll find a beautiful home with lavish interiors, as well as the wonderful National Trust Museum of Childhood. Outside there are acres of landscaped parkland with formal gardens and ornamental lakes, as well as a great outdoor woodland play area to help your kids burn off steam.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District

70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Cromford

The lovely village of Cromford lies on the edge of the Peak District in the Derwent Valley between Matlock and Wirksworth in Derbyshire. It is perhaps best known for its connection with the renowned industrialist Richard Arkwright, who built Cromford Mills in 1771.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District

70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Peak Rail Heritage Railway

Peak Rail is a heritage steam and diesel railway line that runs for 4 miles between restored railway stations on the edge of the Peak District at Matlock and Rowsley South. Peak Rail has been operating for nearly 30 years, and it all began when a group of enthusiasts first started running preserved steam and diesel locomotives on a section of 19th Century heritage line. Largely staffed by volunteers, it's always been a very popular Peak District day out, with a number of special events usually running every year, including the wonderful ‘Santa Special’ train rides for families at Christmas.
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70 Best Days Out in the Peak District: Edale

The pretty village of Edale is a great place to spend a day. It's surrounded by arguably the most stunning scenery in the whole of the Peak District National Park, with the towering slopes of Kinder Scout to the north, the Great Ridge of Mam Tor to the south, Win Hill to the east and Dalehead to the west. Edale is well known to many as being the start or end point of Britain’s most famous long distance hiking trail, the Pennine Way, which starts right next to The Old Nag's Head pub and runs for 268 miles to Kirk Yetholm in the borders of Scotland.
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