PEAK DISTRICT TRAVEL GUIDE
There are few places as beautiful and diverse as the sprawling Peak District, where Stone Age cliffs are scaled by fearless rock climbers and 16th-century houses serve as sets to Jane Austen films. With 555 square miles of natural beauty, you could explore the UK’s first national park for weeks and still stumble upon new things to do in the Peak District, exactly why millions of visitors return year after year to the glorious landscape.
Stone Age Beauty
The Peak District is home to some of the most stunning views in Britain, with land shaped by hundreds of years of history. Humans have lived in the area since the very earliest stages, with remnants of life from as far back as the Mesolithic period still being uncovered today. As you look out across the peaks that have stood tall through the Ice Age, or the hill fort at Mam Tor constructed during the Iron Age, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the untouched wilds of prehistory.
Best Places in the Peak District
Have a fantastic day out at Chatsworth House, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire that has served as the set of Pride and Prejudice, complete with a world-class art collection, ornate gardens and even a play area for the children. Take a walk to Stanage Edge, where rock climbers scale the largest area of gritstone edges, or take in the stunning view of the Derwent Valley without the effort with a cable car ride to the Heights of Abraham. The hilltop park, first opened in the Victorian era, offers visitors the chance to visit caves that are millions of years old.
Walks in the Peak District
With rolling countryside, picturesque canals and a host of towns and villages along the way, the Peak District offers unequalled walking routes. Pennine Way offers some of the most revered walking terrain in the country, with 267 miles of upland paths from Edale, in northern Derbyshire, to Kirk Yetholm, just inside Scotland. En route you’ll find rocky terrain, stunning waterfalls and even the nation’s highest pub. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way offers an easier route, with 55 miles divided into ten different sections that can be tackled individually.
Activities in the Peak District
The scenic routes through the Peak District make for a breathtaking road trip and there are plenty of parking areas to stop off and try the area’s many activities. Fish in clear, bright lakes, take a horse ride through the wood or try scaling some of the country’s most ancient rock faces. Alternatively, take in the view from the cycle path along a disused railway line with a hired bicycle. For the little ones, have a day of fun at Gulliver’s Kingdom, a theme park complete with a dinosaur area on the edge of the national park. Start your trip to the Peak District today with P&O Ferries on our Rotterdam to Hull Calais to Dover or Dublin to Liverpool crossings.