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While the Peak District is famed for its stunning country walks and scenery, there is a lot to be said about the food served in this neck of the woods. With an emphasis on fresh, local produce, pubs and restaurants are worth checking out.
Fischers at Baslow Hall
The Peak District’s only Michelin starred restaurant takes fine dining to a new level. Decadent meals are prepared using top quality, local ingredients and are beautifully presented. They grow their own vegetables, salads and herbs in the “kitchen garden”, ensuring the freshest dishes for miles around. The lunch menu is pleasantly affordable as well.
The Peacock at Rowsley
Set in a grade ii listed manor house, this cosy restaurant is renowned not only for its exceptional food, but also its coziness and intimacy. While the food and service are of excellent quality, the price tag is very reasonable.
Upstairs cafe, Bakewell
For a high quality, affordable lunch in a laid back environment, head for the Upstairs cafe on Bakewell’s market street. This unpretentious establishment offers fantastic light meals – the seafood salad is well worth checking out – as well as a range of hot and cold beverages. Perfect for a light lunch in Bakewell.
Ye Olde Nags Head, Castleton
If you thought pub grub wasn’t up to much, head to Ye Olde Nags Head in Castleton to have your mind changed. Offering an extensive menu of high quality meals made from locally sourced produce, you’re bound to find exactly what you fancy. You’ll find large sharing platters, light lunches and hearty three course meals. The bar is also well stocked and offers a wide range of beers, wines and spirits.
The Buxton Brewery Tap House
For a vast array of locally brewed craft beers, head for Buxton. The local brewery’s tap house features 18 taps as well as a fridge stocked full of bottled beers from the brewery and other craft breweries around the world. They have an ever growing gin and whisky selection if beer isn’t your thing, and offer excellent food.
There are hundreds of fantastic places to stay in the Peak District, with some truly charming properties.
Offering luxury accommodation for large groups, Hollywood house sleeps up to 40 guests. It’s ideal for celebrations and get-togethers, with sixteen themed bedrooms and bathrooms transporting you to another time. The key feature is the casino room, which can be hired along with croupiers for any nights during your visit. You and your guests can enjoy classics such as poker in the luxury of your own (temporary) home. It’s worth having a go at blackjack or roulette online in advance to get some practice in! Enjoy delicious cocktails as you try your luck and pit your wits against your friends and family. The large house is located within acres of woodland and private gardens and also has a number of hot tubs, ideal for winding down in.
Secret Cloud Luxury Yurts
Enjoy the best that camping has to offer, foregoing the less than glamorous elements. Glamping has taken the UK by storm in recent years and the Peak District hasn’t been slacking. Secret Cloud Luxury Yurts offer five spectacular yurts, filled with everything you could need for an enjoyable stay. Comfortable beds, lined with Egyptian cotton sheets, a wood burner and stove, plus a fantastic breakfast hamper, filled with fresh local produce. Each yurt has its own eco toilet and wood fired hot tub. Sleep under the stars in utter comfort, as you gaze through the skylight. There’s also a sauna and treatment room, complete with a qualified therapist.
The Miners Arms – Eyam
Well known for an outbreak of the plague in 1665, in which the villagers bravely chose to isolate themselves rather than risk spreading the disease, Eyam is certainly a historic village. The Miners Arms dates back to the 1630s, but burnt down in 1929. Two young girls sadly perished in the fire and it is said their ghosts still haunt the pub. Witnesses report hearing girls giggling and skipping through the corridors, as well as doors opening mysteriously in the night..
As beautiful as the Peak District is, there is an entirely different side to the area. The stunning hills and fields become altogether more sinister when the mist rolls in or a storm breaks overhead. It’s unwise to be caught out in the moors at night, you never know what ethereal beings may be roaming around..
Cutthroat Bridge, Ladybower
Over 400 years ago, a local discovered the victim of a brutal attack whose throat had been slashed, in a field. Despite taking him to a nearby home, the man died two days later. When a new road bridge was built nearby, the locals remembered the murder and from then on the bridge has been known as Cutthroat bridge. What’s more, the decapitated remains of a man were discovered near the bridge in 1995..
The interesting rock formations and caverns in this steep sided valley, within Hope Valley are not the only things to keep an eye out for. Back in the 18th century a couple of young lovers were robbed and killed in the pass, while they were on their way to be wed. A gang of lead miners were responsible for the attack, who had noticed the wealth the couple possessed as they passed through Castleton. Justice caught up with their murderers however, with one crushed to death by rocks and another breaking his neck in the pass. Of the other three, one took his own life, another lost his marbles and the other confessed their heinous crime on his deathbed. It is said that the ghosts of the two lovers can be seen begging for help in the pass. Beware though, their murderers also still linger at the entrance to the pass..
The unique chasm is said to have played host to Sir Gawain of King Arthur fame, and the Green Knight, as well as Bonnie Prince Charlie and even Robin Hood and his gang. Robin Hood references can be found throughout the National Park. You can even visit Little John’s grave at Heathersage.
Aside from tiny villages and charming hamlets, there are several larger towns and cities within the Peak District. These are just as beautiful and offer a wide selection of things to do for those craving something a little more urban.
Known by many the heart of the Peak District, Bakewell is not only home to the famous Bakewell tart. It has become something of a gastronomical capital of the Peak District, boasting an array of locally produced jams, cheeses and of course, pastries. It’s a quaint, charming town with a daily market and a variety of shops, cafes and pubs. There are many options for accommodation, with some excellent guest houses. The gentle River Wye meanders calmly through the town, hosting a variety of wildlife.
Sheffield and Manchester
Sheffield sits on the edge of the Peak District and one can be in the centre of the city within half an hour. There are a great many activities one can enjoy in the city such as enjoying a play at the crucible or visiting one of the many museums. Manchester is full of great things to do, with a buzzing nightlife and excellent music scene.
Both cities are home to some magnificent casinos, with Ceaser’s Manchester235 standing out in particular. This Vegas style venue contains all the classics such as roulette and blackjack, as well as poker and a host of slots. With bars and restaurants within, you can have a great night out all under one roof.
This charming spa town is ideally located close to the majority of attractions within the Peak District, making it an ideal base for exploring. It’s a fantastic place to go shopping and with four different shopping areas you’re bound to find whatever you need. There are pubs and bars a plenty, offering some excellent locally produced beer and food. A stroll in the Pavilion gardens is always charming, or take a tour on an old Victorian tram. The famous Opera House offers a number of performances, from live music to magic shows.
For lovers of nature, the Peak District offers a vast array of natural wonders to enjoy, as well as numerous hiking trails, hills to climb and caverns to explore.
Beneath the gently rolling hills there is another side to the peak district. Numerous vast caverns lay underground, leading to subterranean lakes and bizarre geological formations. Former outlaw hideouts, druid’s caves and mineral mines, the history of the following caverns are varied and exciting. They all offer informative guided tours.
- Speedwell Cavern (includes an underground boat trip)
- Treak Cliff Cavern
- Poole’s Cavern
- Blue John Cavern
Many who come to the Peak District come to enjoy the many hiking trails. There are a number of hiking trails, ranging from easy strolls across tamed paths, to hard going hikes up hills and through bogs. It’s well worth getting your hands on a decent map of the area, which will have major and minor trails marked.
- The Pennine way starts in the village of Edale and stretches for 268 miles along the backbone of the UK. Rugged and hard going at times, it’s a fantastic long distance walk offering exceptional views of upland England.
- Kinder Scout is ideal for more experienced walkers. With steep climbs, bogs and challenging descents, the path takes you up to the Peak District’s highest plateau and back again.
- The Tissington Trail is an easier going, all access path that takes in over 30 miles of trails throughout the countryside.
- Mam Tor is one of the most famous peaks in the area. The trail is only five miles long and shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours or so. From the top, enjoy splendid views over the Hope Valley.
Hidden from view, this 100m chasm drops down almost 60 feet in the Back Forest. It’s covered in moss and remains cool on even the hottest summer days. It’s a truly spectacular sight if you can find it and plays host to several local legends.
Not only is the Peak District naturally stunning, but there’s a wealth of things to see and do during your visit here.
Chatsworth House and Estate
An attraction that lures people from around the world, the Chatsworth House and gardens is a joy to see. Dating back to the Elizabethan era, the immense sandstone house, located on the bank of the River Derwent, sits against a backdrop of forested hills. The surrounding parkland is full of gentle trails and impressive gardens as well as a maze. Inside, the house boasts stunning works of art and period rooms.
Craft brewery tour
There are several micro breweries located in the Peak District, the following are well worth a visit;
- Buxton Brewery – take a tour of the brewery then sink a few world class beers at their tap-house, near the opera house in Buxton.
- Thornbridge Brewery – they have two locations, but their state of the art riverside brewery in Bakewell is a must. Tours are offered and during summer months they open their on site bar every Wednesday evening. There’s also an excellent, wood fired pizza van.
- Wincle Brewery – crafting exceptional, eccentric English beers since 2008, they offer tours and even brew days. A fantastic day out, with a few samples along the way!
Have a flutter
The Peak District is surrounded by race courses, hosting meetings throughout the summer. Why not head over to one and enjoy a flutter? Alternatively, nearby Manchester and Sheffield are both home to exciting casinos which make for a great night out. See if all that practice on 777 casino can pay off for real! If you’d rather stay within the National Park, perhaps try your luck on a local sheep race!
Visit a farmers market
Farmers’ markets have been a part of the way of life in the Peak District since time immemorial. Many of the towns and villages host a monthly market, where local producers show off their wares. You’re bound to find anything from sweet baked goods and local cheeses to fresh ice cream and prime cuts of meat.
There are many picturesque villages dotted throughout the Peak District, some well known, others tucked away and hidden. Without a doubt, they’re all fantastic places to find yourself in.
The village of Castleton is tucked away in the stunningly beautiful Hope Valley. It’s the ideal base for anyone interested in outdoor activities as it’s surrounded by a plethora of hiking and cycling trails, rock climbing locations and natural wonders to explore. The village itself is home to several cafes and old world pubs serving some excellent locally brewed beers and fresh food. Check out the jewelry shops and keep an eye out for Blue John stone, a specialty sourced from the nearby Blue John Cavern. The village shows its age as you gaze upon the old church and cemetery, as well as Peveril Castle, also worth a visit.
The tiny village of Edale, found in the Vale of Edale, near the epic Mam Tor and Hope Valley is another great place for hikers to set up camp. The village boasts the start (or end) point of the long distance Pennine Way walking route, as well as trails up to Kinder Scout, the highest plateau in the Peak District. While it is a tiny village, it has a train station and two excellent pubs. The Nag’s Head serves a fantastic pint – just what you need after a long hike.
Ashford in the Water
Just two miles down the road from the far busier Bakewell, the charming village of Ashford in the Water is located on a sweeping bend of the River Wye. The village is home to several stone cottages and buildings, some of which are almost 400 years old. There are a number of inns, pubs and cafes in the village to serve your every need. Watch trout swim in the gentle, crystal clear river as it passes under the old Sheepwash bridge, where sheep were traditionally dipped before shearing.
The Peak District is a fantastic place to visit, offering stunning views, charming villages and a wide variety of things to see and do. It’s popular with every kind of traveller, from young families, to shoestring budget, solo wanderers.
Best for budget travellers
The Quick Stop in Sheffield is actually a hostel rather than a guesthouse. It offers very cheap single, twin and double rooms as well as beds in shared dormitories. It’s decent quality, basic accommodation with shared bathrooms, though each room has its own sink and TV.
Padley Farm B&B is a great bed and breakfast for all the family. Spacious, tasteful rooms offering wonderful views over the garden and farm are bound to keep all the family happy. For kids, there are a number of animals to look at and they can even feed the chickens. Coincidentally, the chickens supply the breakfast eggs so you can be sure you’re enjoying fresh fare. In case of bad weather, rooms are equipped with TVs and DVD players.
When love is in the air the Peak District is the ideal place to make a romantic getaway. Slayleigh in the town of Matlock offers couples a cosy, stylish and comfortable place to retreat. This small, adults only B&B ensures you’ll enjoy privacy as well as the utmost comfort. There are only two rooms on the property, both of which feature a fireplace and en suite bathroom. One of the rooms has a Victorian era four poster bed, while the other features a deluxe shower. An exceptional full English or vegetarian breakfast is served and guests are free to enjoy the snug garden and terrace.
If you’re looking to go all out and enjoy the finer things in life, a stay at Sunnybank Boutique Guest House in Holmfirth is for you. With five luxurious en suite rooms, each featuring huge, comfortable king sized beds and spectacular views, you’ll wish you didn’t have to leave. A sumptuous locally sourced breakfast is served in a large oak panelled dining room, which is occasionally candle lit.
Are you looking to book accommodation in the Peak District? Then you’ve come to the right place! The Peak District is home to a huge number of spectacular choices for accommodation. From castle hotels and self catering stately homes to camping and pub stays, there are options to suit all budgets and travel styles.
Here you can find a number of articles all about places to stay in the Peaks. Take a look at some of the best guest houses to suit any travelling style, from those on a shoestring, to luxurious getaways. For something a little different, we’ve also compiled an alternative accommodation guide, featuring some superb options you might never have considered. For the brave, there’s even a haunted inn!
If you don’t know much about the Peak District you can find here guides to some of the most popular towns and villages in this stunning national park. There’s a lot of variety, from tiny, tranquil villages, to bustling market and spa towns.
But there’s so much more to know about the Peaks than accommodation alone! Outdoorsy types are encouraged to peruse our page detailing some of the outdoor activities that can be enjoyed, such as hiking or exploring natural wonders.
There are many other things to do in the area, and these are discussed in our “what to do” guide. From thrilling roller coasters to enjoying excellent locally produced craft beer, everyone will be happy! We’ve listed some of the best places to eat and drink in Peaks as well, including some lesser known options.
Read on to find out what there is to discover in the Peak District!