Travel: Holidays In England: The Peak District

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The Peak District

Why Go?

To unwind. Swap stuffy workwear for winter woollies; smoggy traffic for fresh clean air and quick ready meals for home-cooked food.

Whether you’re into outdoor activities, country houses, museums, pretty towns and villages or spectacular countryside. Britain’s National Park is the perfect place to escape the stresses of everyday life.

Located in central and northern England, the Peak District is across northern Derbyshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire and Yorkshire. It’s a tourist hotspot with an estimated 22 million visitors per year.

You can enjoy stunning views in all seasons – Spring and Summer bursts with beautiful flowers, while the wildlife is amazing all year round. There are markets, exhibitions and activities all the time.

At Poole’s Cavern you can take a guided tour around the two-million-year-old natural limestone cave in Buxton country park. Then walk to the beautiful spa town for some retail therapy.

Thrill seekers won’t be disappointed as the rugged countryside and contrasting landscapes provide the backdrop for cycling, hiking, horse riding, rock climbing, caving and sailing.

To enjoy great scenery and fresh air, take a long walk on one of the many sign-posted trails. The 13-mile traffic – free Tissington Trail is one of the most popular with cosy  pubs along the way.

There are many historical houses to visit in the Peaks, but Chatsworth House is probably the most famous. Its been featured in many period films such as Pride And Prejudice, The Duchess and The Wolfman remake.

If you’ve had enough walking and visiting places, soothe tired limbs at a spa. There are several in the area including Brackendale Spa, which offers a uniquely intimate and peaceful environment to indulge. The treatments use all-natural ingredients and the spa also has an indoor heated pool, sauna and relaxation area.

Bakewell is a village with quaint shop – lined cobbled streets and a market, every week. Try the Bakewell pudding then go for a riverside walk along the banks of the River Wye.

The Mam Tor Mountain, is home to the Peak’s highest late Bronze Age Fortress and has great views. On one side rolling hills and the other layers of grit and limestone.

Getting Around – The Peak District has excellent transport links enabling you to get around easily without a car. The towns of Matlock and Buxton have regular bus services that will get you right to the heart of the Peaks. And a new initiative ‘Ride And Ramble’ features 20 walks across the greater Peaks all linked by public transport. So you can do a walk, then catch a bus back!

There are plenty of places to stay in the Peaks to suit every taste and budget. From B&Bs to boutique hotels, caravan parks to self-catering cottages.

East Lodge Hotel located near Bakewell and Chatsworth is for real home comfort with luxurious rooms and award – winning restaurant for an elegant, pampered stay.

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