Holidays in the Beautiful Peak District
The Peak District National Park covers 555 square miles of the most beautiful areas of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and even parts of Greater Manchester. The Peak District was the first National Park ever created in the UK, back in 1951. It now receives more than 10 million visitors every year, who come for the stunning landscape, charming towns and villages, and the freedom to escape from the crowds on our miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycle trails.
The Peak District National Park is renowned for its idyllic chocolate-box villages, with pretty stone cottages on twisty lanes, beautiful old churches and cosy country pubs. They make a perfect base for your holiday! Make sure you visit Castleton, on the border of the White Peak and the Dark Peak, with its lovely shops, stunning show caverns, and towering limestone crags. Or the historic plague village of Eyam, famed for its inspiring tale of bravery and sacrifice in the 17th Century. And for quintessential Peak District charm, it’s hard to beat Ashford-in-the-Water, with its idyllic riverside setting, complete with a medieval bridge, pretty limestone cottages, narrow lanes, a tearoom and cosy country pubs.
Or choose Peak District holiday cottages in one of the bustling, historic market towns in the region. Be sure to sample some of the famous Bakewell Pudding when visiting Bakewell, or take in a show at the magnificent Opera House in Buxton, designed by world-renowned theatre designer, Frank Matcham. And if you’re lucky enough to visit Ashbourne in February, you shouldn’t miss the annual Royal Shrovetide Football match, a unique and ancient tradition that takes 16 hours, involves hundreds of players and requires a large ball to be passed between goals that are 3 miles apart!
The Peak District National Park has no shortage of grand stately properties for visitors to enjoy. Many consider the Jewel in the Crown to be Chatsworth House, the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Devonshire. The House itself is awe-inspiring, with lavish interiors and important collections of art, but its expansive gardens, parkland and location within the landscape is just as impressive. Or visit the superbly romantic Haddon Hall, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful medieval manor houses in England, and looking like something straight out of a fairytale.
But the real draw for so many visitors to the Peak District is its stunning landscape, and the chance to breathe the fresh countryside air. Despite its well-deserved popularity, it’s still very easy to escape the crowds in the Peak District, with more than 1,800 miles of footpaths and bridleways. Many visitors come to hike and run in the hills and dales, and that famous long distance footpath The Pennine Way starts in the very pretty Peak District village of Edale. Others come to climb on the dramatic edges; Stanage Edge in Hathersage has almost 1,500 routes up its gritstone faces and is known in climbing circles as God’s Own Rock.
Whatever your reasons for visiting and wherever you choose to stay in one of our beautiful Peak District holiday cottages, you’re sure to find everything you need in the country’s original and favourite national park!