Peak District National Park Travel Guide

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Peak District National Park Things to Do

  • English Countryside Boat Trip

    I had a lovely weekend drifting through the English countryside on a canal boat, Rakiraki. It was a bit different to the usual weekend out in the Peaks because I saw a side to the coutryside that you don't normally get to see, being on the canals and moving at a slow pace takes you back to a time before we moved everywhere at 100 miles an hour. I...

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  • Blue John Cavern

    This is an excellent cavern to go and visit when you're in the Peak District; it's quite dry through most of it, it is well lit with safe hand rails and the guides are informative and friendly.The tour takes about 40 minutes and there are around 200 steps to go down and then back up again so that's worth bearing in mind if you have trouble climbing...

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  • Chatsworth House

    Excellent house and gardens.OPENING TIMES 2003Now open until 21 December 2003 House 11.00am - 5.30pm, last admission 4.30pm Last admission to the Scots Bedrooms is 4.00pm (9 extra rooms, not always open)

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  • Visit The Heights of Abraham

    We took the cable car ride to the top and went down the Great Masson Cavern.A short video followed by a guided tour. As ever plenty of slippery steps and places to bang your head.Spectacular views from the top of the hill.Good family fun.

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  • Troglodytes and Stalagmites

    Treak Cliff Cavern - This cavern is one of the two Blue John Caverns in the Peaks, both of which you can pay and take a guided tour into.It is all very nice with stalagmites and stalactites and veins of Blue John running through the walls, but our trip turned out to be memorable only for the miserable tour guide who took us through there. When we...

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  • Well dressing

    Late spring and summer sees the pagan custom of well dressing to the Peak District villages. This ancient tradition of thanking the spirits for providing the local water supply was banned by the early church and revived 'only' in the 1300s. These days it's a means of celebrating the community's history and faith, all in the spirit of friendly...

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Peak District National Park Restaurants

  • Restaurant Food at Cafe Prices

    Another TripAdvisor find, this really is one of Buxton's - and the Peak District's - gems. Nestled into the side of a busy flower shop, this is one café that's not blessed with an abundance of seating - and what that means is that when it's busy, some people are going to miss out (or have to resort to a take away). Fortunately, there are a couple...

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  • A Warm Welcome - for dogs and their...

    The Miners Standard popped up as a selection on http://www.doggiepubs.org.uk/ when looking for somewhere to have lunch after a trip to Dovedale. On the B5056 at the southern edge of Winster, it's a traditional pub that harks back to the 17th Century. It has a cosy ambience (there are plenty of reminders inside that the pub has a proud heritage),...

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  • One of the finest Indian restaurants...

    Looking for somewhere to have dinner, I checked the restaurant reviews on Trip Advisor. The Balti in Matlock Bath was easily ranked the number one place to eat in the locality. You sometimes wonder about the validity of non-professional reviews; however, the reviews were uniformly good, so we decided to see for ourselves. It proved to be an...

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Peak District National Park Nightlife

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    by kentishgirl Written May 6, 2005

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    On Friday night we visited a pub with a DJ which was open until around 1am, it was called the Station and was obviously a popular venue as it was really busy.

    On the Sunday our day consisted of sitting in local Wetherspoons!
    We ate a cheap nice lunch and dinner and worked our way through the cocktail menu!!
    We drank everything from Blue Lagoons to Choco Vodka Milk!!

    As the Pitchers of cocktails were only £5 each it was a bargain day!!



    Dress Code:
    Smart Casual

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Peak District National Park Transportation

  • London to Peak District by Car

    If you intend to travel around the park, the easiest way to accomplish it is by car, as the public transport network is sketchy, especially on weekends. However, driving to and in the park is easy. We drove from London, following M25 first, then onto M1 and then M6. More generally, coming from either north or the south, you could use either M1 or...

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  • There are very cheap tickets to the Peak...

    Even if you only do it a few days before it is worth getting an advance purchase rail ticket into the peaks and you are not always restricted to off peak trains. For example, during the day or late evening, you can get tickets from London to most places in the Peaks for between £12 and £15. For morning trains make sure you include first class...

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  • Get a Wayfarer for roaming the Peaks!

    The easiest way to reach the Peak District is by train. The Hope Valley line runs between Manchester and Sheffield with stops in New Mills, Edale and Hope.Local buses call in at rail stations when the train is due. A few buses are free to rail ticket holders. Some services only run during the summer months or weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays. The...

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Peak District National Park Shopping

  • by ChrisTheWalker Written Aug 9, 2007

    The Wee Dram is the only specialist Whisky shop for miles around. They are in the middle of the lovely country town of Bakewell. They have a huge range of whiskies - mainly Scotch but other types too. They might let you taste some ! And they arrange friendly and informal whisky tasting evenings in local pubs and hotels. They are very friendly and knowledgable.

    What to buy: Whisky !

    What to pay: £17 to £hundreds

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Peak District National Park Local Customs

  • Dry Stone Walls

    Everywhere you look you will see that the landscape is crisscrossed by stone walls that have been piled up without any cement.Why bother, you may ask yourself? Why not just put up a fence?Well, these walls are a superb way of enclosing fields and once built, the stones settle into place and are stronger than any type of fence you can build. There...

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  • Royalty, like counts, dukes,...

    Royalty, like counts, dukes, earls, lords, sirs and barons, in England has still a specific place in society. Though royalty in other countries have been lowered to living like actual average citizens, here many are having their estates, mansions, halls and houses and with them distingues themselves from the 'common people'. To make their ends...

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Peak District National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Mine Hazard in The Peak District...

    Some of the more picturesque sites in and around the Peak District National Park, are easily accessible but can conceal the hidden danger of old mine workings. Many of these old mines have been capped off but a substancial number, particularly old lead mines are either uncapped or open and pose a considerable danger to inquisitive walkers. Many...

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  • Theft from cars

    Unfortunately theft from cars is pretty common in the area, but don't let that put you off. We regularly park in quiet areas and have never had any trouble. The key is to follow Police advice - always take valuables with you or at least put them out of site in the boot. Don't leave your jacket on view as a thief may assume it has money in it....

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  • Be prepared -- the weather can change...

    Please see my 'Packing List' tip -- the weather can quickly change in the Peak District -- what starts off as a nice sunny day down in the valleys and dales can quickly change to a cold, misty day on the peaks and plateaus -- make sure you take adequate clothing and food/drinks with you wherever you go.

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Peak District National Park Tourist Traps

  • by TimMiles Updated Jun 11, 2003

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    OK, I went on a Bank Holiday, but was Castleton awful. It was congested with people with trousers stuffed into their socks and walking poles, cramming outside shops selling shortcake and jewellery built from the local stone, bluejohn. It is so touristy it was I was just appalled - there is nothing to like about Castleton at all - if you are looking for a town in the Peaks go to Bakewell, or Hathersage, Bradwell, or anywhere - at least in these places you get the impression that people live there who's main life force isn't sucking money out of tourists.

    Unique Suggestions: Peveril Castle, an old Norman castle built to protect local lead mines is worth the climb up, if you should happen to find yourself with an hour or two in Castleton. However, the Peak District Authority website that claims that the view from the top is the best in the peak district is pushing it - they don't mention the local cement factory and quarry!

    I also hear that Speedwell Cavern is worth a look - it is an underground boat ride. Don't, however, pay an extortionate amount for a tour of Treak caver promising Stalagtites galore - at best they are 10cm long (despite the clever photo outside suggesting metres).

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Peak District National Park What to Pack

  • Be prepared - the weather can change...

    Good walking boots, warm clothing and waterproofs are a must - the weather can change very quickly, especially on the upland areas. On my photo of Kinder Reservoir, you can see the mist covering Kinder Scout in the background - the mist had fallen quickly and the temperature dropped considerably in a short space of time, so always be...

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  • Maps

    Ordnance Survey have produced a range of maps that comprehensively cover the Peak District, so have fun plotting your own walks!My Favourites are the Landranger Series, 1:50000 scale, map numbers 110 and 119. These maps are incredibly comprehensive and clear, showing every brook, boulder, spring and countour. You can also see Ordance Survey Maps...

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  • Take a good pair of walking boots

    A small rucksack will do the trick. It's going to rain at some stage so bring a breathable waterproof to wear over your fleece. Spectacular views to take pictures of, so don't forget your camera!

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Peak District National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • New Mills Millennium walk

    At the end of the Sett Valley Trail it is possible to pick up the river walk along the Goyt. To get between the two it used to require a hike up into the town, but now a new walk-way carries you half way up the river cliff. It gives an impressive, if slightly unnerving, view of the river as it tumbles over the mill’s old dam. The walkway is only...

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  • Sett valley trail

    Running from Hayfield to New Mills is the Sett Valley Trail. The disused railway line has been surfaced and is now suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riding. It provides a peaceful ( and flat) way to explore the valley and is a relaxing alternative to the more energetic walks up onto the Peak.Just outside Hayfield is Bluebell Wood which...

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  • Robin Hood Cave

    There is a cave hidden in Stanage Edge, which allegedly was a look out of favourite local hero, Robin Hood. A balcony from the cave offers an impressive view of the countryside, and the entrance is hidden, you have to crawl in through a little hole about ten feet southward.OS map 110 ref 244836. Look for a break in the outcrop and hunt round for...

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Peak District National Park Favorites

  • Rudyard Lake

    Situated on the south-west edge of the Peak District, Rudyard Lake is a man-made lake, created around 1800 to provide water to the local canals. When the North Staffordshire railway opened in 1849 running along the banks of the lake, Rudyard became a popular tourist destination -- one couple who met here later named their son after the lake, he was...

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  • Chatsworth

    In the south of the Peak District, Chatsworth must be one of the most magnificent stately homes and estates in the UK. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, parts of the estate date back 450 years -- you really need a full day here to see both the house and the enormous gardens. The house is full of treasures collected over hundreds of years...

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  • Chew Reservoir

    At 1600 feet (487m) above sea level, Chew Reservoir is one of the highest in England -- the reservoir itself is nothing exceptional to look at being surrounded by flat moorland, but the views looking down from the surrounding areas are fantastic. The reservoir was constructed in 1912 and must have been a tremendously difficult job bearing in mind...

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