Just south and west of Sheffield lies one of England’s most visited places - the Peak District National Park. Its 550 square miles conjures up romantic images of rugged wild scenery, rich varied wildlife, picture perfect villages, roaring log fires and a sense of escapism. Backdrop for many a TV show it is one of the most popular National Parks in Europe and is a great place for a short break in the UK.
The Peak District attracts hikers, walkers and cyclists and those in search of a relaxing, romantic short break away. The added advantage of the Peak District is its close proximity to Sheffield, allowing you to combine the great outdoors with a great city in one visit!
The Peak District offers something for everyone, not just those looking to get out an explore the great outdoors. Although if you want to, there are some fantastic walking and hiking trails that you can take advantage of to appreciate the truly spectacular scenery in this part of England.
You’ll find companies offering organised tours to some of the fascinating limestone caves, mountain bike rentals, horseriding, canoeing, rock climbing or perhaps you could enjoy a spot of fishing. If you wish to explore some of the rich heritage of this glorious part of England, there is certainly plenty to delight. Dubbed the ‘Palace of the Peaks’, Chatsworth House is the stunning stately residence of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire and truly one of the finest in the Peak District. You can enjoy some of the grandest rooms filled with treasures collected over five centuries, famous gardens with truly spectacular water features, a fantastic farmyard plus an adventure playground for the younger members of the family.
Buxton, ‘the Bath of the North’ is a delightful Georgian spa town. Blessed with a backdrop of stunning scenery, the therapeutic waters of Buxton where first enjoyed by the Romans, nowadays the thriving town offers magnificent architecture, a wealth of shops and a thriving arts scene.
Lyme Park in the village of Disley is not just a beautiful park but is also home to the intricately Italianate Lyme Hall mansion, blooming gardens and reflection lake, deer sanctuary, children’s adventure playground as well as extensive parkland for walking. For something a little different Crich Tramway Village is home to a superb collection of running trams, set in a carefully restored period townscape. The trams run down the cobbled street and out into the breathtaking countryside of the Derwent Valley.