Anyone who has ventured out into a Peak District morning over the last few weeks can’t fail to have realised that Winter is well and truly on its way. The frost is dusting the last leaves on the trees and the tufts of grass on the moors, as well as the windscreens of cars. It’s definitely weather for hats and gloves now.
But don’t despair, Winter truly is a fantastic time of year in the Peak District. The snow on the high hills looks so beautiful, and the log fires in the village pubs become even more appealing. And then, the Christmas markets! Who doesn’t love the bustle, the stalls, the carol singing and maybe even the mulled wine of a Christmas market?! The Peak District has some wonderful ones to visit and we’re here to tell you all about them.
But first, it’s been a busy couple of months for the lovely team at Let’s Go Peak District. Here’s a little taster of what’s new since we sent you our last Newsletter…
Adventures in September and October
We know that you all love to get out walking – and so do we. Over the last couple of months we’ve shared some wonderful new walking routes with you, hoping to tempt you out to explore. Check out our recent new routes around Hartington, Beeley, Eyam and Ladybower Reservoir, as well as a running route around Hope.
Every Saturday morning at 10am we publish a new walk on our Facebook page. Keep an eye on the page for a little inspiration every weekend about where to get out in the Peak District.
Check out our selection of Peak District walks and trails HERE.
We’ve also produced two more in our series of Kids’ Walks. We have a fabulous route to Robin Hood’s Stride and the Hermit’s Cave, and another route that heads to the stunning Three Shires Head.
Our Kids’ Walks are all designed with kids in mind. They tend to be shorter than our usual walks, with easier terrain and lots to interest kids along the way, whether that’s trees to climb, rope swings to play on, streams to paddle in or caves to explore. That’s not to say they can’t be enjoyed by adventurous adults too though!
Have a look at our selection of Kids’ Walks HERE.
We’re delighted that more than 54,000 people now follow our adventures on Facebook, and we’re starting to build our Instagram page too. We’d love it if you’d follow us there! We promise to share lots of stunning photographs from all corners of the Peak District as well as information about sights to see and places to visit. Check us out on instagram.com/letsgopeakdistrict.
Top 5 Rainy Day Activities in the Peak District
It can’t have escaped your notice that it has been slightly damp in the Peak District of late. Which is why we put together our pick of the Top 5 Rainy Day Activities in the area. In case you missed it, have a look here, and keep a copy to refer to when the weather isn’t being kind and you (or the kids) are going stir crazy.
Have a look at our Top 5 Rainy Day Activities HERE.
Messing About in Boats
As the autumn colours were reaching perfection, our lucky photography ambassadors were treated to a trip out on Ladybower Reservoir by boat, courtesy of Discover Ladybower.
This wonderful organisation is running guided boat tours for photography and wildlife spotting, and seeing those views from the water gives you an entirely new perspective on the area. The sessions cost £25 per person for an hour, and £15 for every subsequent hour, and it really is worth every penny.
Even better, a proportion of the money raised from each trip will go towards purchasing a second accessible wheelyboat, to enable those with disabilities to benefit from being out on the water in such a wonderful location.
Learn more HERE about how you can see Ladybower from a whole new angle.
Now that freezing temperatures and possible snow are on the horizon, it’s a perfect time to remind you that there’s a page on our website where we’ve gathered together the live feeds from all the major webcams across the region. This gives you an up-to-the-minute view on what’s happening on the Peak District roads, and where the snow is settling. It’s well worth making a note of the page now so that you can refer to it quickly when you really need it!
Find our webcam page HERE – why not bookmark it now?
Spotlight on …. Haddon Hall
Our website contains loads of information about Peak District towns and villages, visitor attractions and places of interest. In every Newsletter we feature a place that you might like to learn more about, but do keep an eye on the website for information about your own favourite spots.
Haddon Hall, just outside Bakewell, is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful medieval manor houses in the whole of England, and rightly so. It’s an absolute must-see for any visitor to the Peak District. Its perfect setting on a hillside overlooking the River Wye is straight out of a romantic fairytale, so it’s no small wonder that Haddon Hall has featured in the works of countless artists and writers through the centuries. More recently it has also been a favourite location for film-makers, featuring in Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth, The Princess Bride and The Other Boleyn Girl.
Parts of Haddon Hall date back to the 12th Century and it is remarkably well-preserved, with most of it unchanged since the days of Henry VIII. In its own version of a Sleeping Beauty tale, Haddon Hall lay dormant for over 200 years from the early 18th Century until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens, and once again brought it to life.
Read more about the beautiful Haddon Hall HERE.
Featured Property ….
Rookery Cottage, Ashford in the Water
Our website features a huge range of Peak District accommodation, with a great choice of places to stay throughout the National Park and surrounding area. There’s everything on there from cosy glamping pods and holiday cottages to friendly B&Bs and large group accommodation. We add to our selection every single week, so you’re sure to find something to suit you and your family (including your dog!).
In every Newsletter we highlight a property to tell you all about. This month it’s the stunning Rookery Cottage in Ashford-in-the-Water. The location of this holiday cottage simply couldn’t be better; nestling on the banks of the River Wye, in the heart of this very pretty Peak District village.
Rookery Cottage was originally built as the livery accommodation for the stables at The Rookery, and it’s situated within the grounds of this beautiful Grade II listed 18th Century country house. Rookery Cottage sleeps up to 6 people, with beautiful accommodation and its own private garden on the banks of the River Wye – and who wouldn’t want to while away a few hours there?!
Read more about Rookery Cottage HERE.
The Peak District is a superb place to be over the festive season and there are so many fabulous events leading up to Christmas. We can’t possibly feature every event, but here’s our pick of the brightest and best things to do in and around the Peak District for November and December.
Wrap up warm and enjoy!
|13 – 17 Nov||Winter Artisan Market||Haddon Hall|
|15 Nov – 3 Dec||Chatsworth Christmas Market||Chatsworth House|
|15 Nov||Christmas Lights Switch On||Leek|
|16 Nov||Christmas Lights Switch On||Castleton|
|17 Nov||Christmas Lights Switch on||Chesterfield|
|23 – 24 Nov||Bakewell Christmas Market||Bakewell|
|23 – 24 Nov||Christmas Craft Fair||Tissington|
|23 Nov||Christmas Lights Switch On||Ashbourne|
|29 Nov||Artisan and Producers Market||Dronfield Hall Barn|
|30 Nov||Lantern Parade||Bolsover Castle|
|30 Nov||Arts and Crafts Fair||Cromford Mill|
|30 Nov – 1 Dec||Christmas Market||Eyam|
|1 – 23 Dec||Experience Christmas||Haddon Hall|
|3 Dec||Buxton Christmas Market||Old Hall Hotel|
|6 Dec||Christmas Food and Gift Fair||Ashbourne|
|6 – 8 Dec||Victorian Christmas Market||Matlock|
|6 Dec – 21 Dec||Candlelight Tours||Haddon Hall|
|6 Dec – 5 Jan||Jack and The Beanstalk Panto||Chesterfield|
|7 Dec||Hollowford Christmas Market||Castleton|
|7 Dec||Lake of Lights, Pavilion Gardens||Buxton|
|12 Dec – 1 Jan||Cinderella Panto||Buxton Opera House|
|14 Dec||Buxton Christmas Market||Market Place|
|15 – 22 Dec||Breakfast with Santa||Matlock Farm Park|
|22 Dec||Chesterfield Artisan Market||Market Place|
Please check the websites and/or Facebook pages of the individual events/venues for full details.
Bye for Now!
… But keep a look out for your newsletter again soon, when we’ll keep you posted with all the latest happenings in the Peak District and with the team at Let’s Go Peak District in 2020!
In the meantime, do keep looking at our website and Facebook page for daily news, views, events and inspiration from all around the Peak District. Let’s Go!