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Complete guide to the Peak District

When you think of the Peak District it is hard to ignore its contrasting areas of natural beauty. From the wondrous limestone of White Peak country to the intense and inspiring moorland of the Dark Peak terrain, this area is quite simply sublime. Its tranquility, combined with the aforementioned breath-taking landscapes, make it the perfect place in which you can escape and indulge your adventurous side.

The Peak District is never less than inspiring, whether you are taking to the hills in exploration, or simply delving deeper into yourself whilst getting away from the stresses and strains of the day-to-day. However, with its quaint villages, historic houses and fabulous restaurants, there is far more to the Peak District than just it’s renowned areas of natural beauty. It has culture, it has history, and it offers a wonderful insight into the peaceful life that can be had in the British countryside.

 

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Split into two regions, the Peak District is famous for its stunning scenery and incomparable walking terrain. First up you have the limestone country of the White Peak, which is situated in the south with its soft and gentle sights. Second you have the stern Dark Peak, surrounded by brooding and intense moorland.

 

The White Peak

The White Peak has a beautiful soft feel to it. With its limestone cliffs and it’s heavily wooded dales, it is to say the least picturesque. If you are going to be heading into the White Peak area then some good places to start are Hartington, Ashford in the Water, Monyash and Tissington among others. 

 
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So long as there hasn’t been any rain recently, most of the paths are well surfaced and accessible. The well known valleys - Dovedale and Lathkill Dale - are well worth a visit and are very popular with walkers. It is worth knowing that some of the dales change name as you make your way through the countryside. For example Monsal Dale turns into Cressbrook Dale as you make your way along, and it then changes its name again as you make your way upstream. 

 

The Dark Peak

The Dark Peak has a brooding intensity, with its stern peat moorland that stretches out in front of you as far as you can see. The horizon is interrupted by abrupt and in-your-face precipices of rock that can make it look harsh and unforgiving. But it is most certainly scenic. If you enjoy the character of the British countryside, then the Dark Peak region is most definitely for you. The rock faces are known as ‘The Edges’, with perhaps the most famous of them being the three-mile stretch of Stanage Edge, which is located above Hathersage in the Hope Valley. 

 

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Speaking of these moors, author John Derry once wrote that you can ‘experience the sadness of great spaces - of the mountains, the moors, and seas’. He did, however, go on to say: ‘And yet it does one good to get into this upland, age-long solitude, where the primeval world is felt to be a mighty fac, linked on to us’.


When walking in this region it is worth remembering that while the hard enduring gritstone that lies beneath the ground is rather sturdy, the thick peat covering can become wet and boggy in bad weather. After a sustained period of rain, the pathways can become waterlogged and hard to navigate. For this reason, we would recommend walking here in dry periods, or after a heavy frost in winter.

 

If you are loading up the caravan or motorhome to head off to the Peak District then you will, no doubt, want to take in some of the amazing scenery that we have been banging on about for almost the entirety of this guide. Well, we thought that we would compile a list - in no particular order - of some of the best walks that the region has to offer.

These vary slightly in difficulty and some will be more suitable for those of you who are keen hikers, whereas others may be more suited to the casual walker. Why not let us know your favourite places to walk in the region? Just write it in the comments below.

 

The Stanage Edge walk from Hathersage (6.5 miles)

Probably the most famous walk in the Dark Peaks, Stanage Edge is well worth the effort. The four miles of gritstone cliffs that make up this edge have been scaled for over a hundred years and its surrounding moors have had their place in England’s cultural and literary history for much longer than that. The most convenient starting place for this walk would most probably be the village of Hathersage.

The walk offers the amazing views of the region, which you come to expect in the Peak District. However, it is also speckled with the ruins and remains of old abandoned millstones that add plenty of character. If you enjoy climbing then you may wish to give one of the Edge’s iconic profusions a go, just make sure you are safely equipped and experienced enough to do so properly.

 

Matlock Bath, High Tor and Heights of Abraham (5 miles)

This is a trickier walk and some parts of it leave you on exposed areas, but if you are a seasoned hiker, this one really is worth trying. Starting in Starkholmes, you can walk down to the entrance to High Tor and then you are off. You get to pass through some wonderful woodland and once you hit the top you are presented with some magnificent views. You then walk from High Tor, down the gorge to Old Matlock and then back up again to Matlock Dale and the Heights of Abraham. You can then follow this round in a circle towards Matlock Bath station ending up back at Starkholmes where you began.

There is quite a bit of climbing involved, so this is for the fit and healthy walkers out there, but the views are stunning and you get to pass through some magnificent woodland. Old Matlock is also a lovely little village with a quaint church and a delightful little river passing through.

 

Hathersage Moor and Padley Gorge (5.5 miles)

Here is yet another beautiful scenic walk - I feel like I am repeating myself now - in the Peak District. When the heather is in bloom, around late August, Hathersage Moor is a stunning sight to behold. There are also some millstone outcrops along the walk that contrast the heather nicely. Starting in Hathersage, this walk takes you from Surprise View along to Winyards Nick, Higger Tor, Carl Walk and the quaint Burbage Brook.

You end up taking the route through some magnificent woodland in Padley Gorge before reaching the River Derwent. After you get here, you simply leave the gorge and woodland and take a nice path back to where you began. 

 

As well as being famous for its magnificent scenery, the Peak District is also home to villages and towns that are picturesque to say the least. They perfectly reflect the idyllic lifestyle that can be found in the British countryside. Think lovely cottages and pretty little shops circling a village green or a small pond.

From the larger market town of Buxton, to our favourite delightful villages including Ashford in the Water and Castleton, if you are visiting the Peak District then make sure you  make the effort to visit at least one of these fantastic places...

 

Ashford in the Water

If you are in Bakewell and want to get away from the crowds to somewhere far more peaceful then Ashford in the Water is the place for you. Just two miles from Bakewell this village is one of the Peak District's most beautiful and interesting places. Located in a bend of the River Wye Ashford in the Wye is made home to plenty of stone houses and cottages. The main triangle of lanes in the centre of the village are beautiful and date back to the 17th century.

If you do head on down to Ashford in the Water, be sure to visit the ancient Sheepwash Bridge. This really is the perfect place to watch the lovely native trout gliding through the clear water of the River Wye. The bridge itself is a packhorse bridge with an attached stone sheepwash and is where lambs were cleaned before being sheared many years ago.

 

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The Hall Orchard is a nice green space in the middle of Ashford and it was once a part of the grounds of Neville Hall, which is  a medieval hunting lodge that stood on the eastern side. This delightful space is home to some lime trees and is a perfect spot for children to play. The rest of the village is populated with ash trees and it is said that ‘Oak won’t grow in Ashford’.

Well dressing is a tradition that is still popular throughout the Peak District villages, and still takes place in Ashford. Once a year, slabs of clay are decorated by village volunteers using petals, leaves and other plants to create a lovely picture. They are then displayed at the six wells that are situated throughout the village. This event is then marked with a church service - which is usually around the same time as Trinity Sunday - and a procession through Ashford to bless each well.

 

Buxton

The market town of Buxton is the Capital of the High Peak and at 1000ft above sea level it is the highest situated town of its size in England. It is a popular place for pilgrims who swear by the magical curative powers of its spa waters. Buxton is built on a series of small hills and the grassy slopes that are throughout the town are the perfect place to relax and view the rest of the town. There are some beautiful walks throughout the town as well as some lovely seating areas along the banks of the River Wye, through Ashwood Park to the east of the Spring Gardens. 

 

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The Romans built the baths in Buxton over the hot waters of what then became St Anne’s Well. It is this well that the pilgrims visit and the waters here were made famous by Mary Queen of Scots who took its healing waters as a cure for her rheumatism whilst being held captive at Chatsworth by the Earl of Shrewsbury during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st.

There are plenty of things to do in Buxton from strolling through the delightful pavilion gardens, to visiting the Gallery in the Gardens or the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. The spas themselves are also well worth visiting.

 

Winster

Winster is a delightful 18th century village located in the Derbyshire Dales around five miles from Matlock. It is situated at an altitude of 250 metres and used to be the centre for the lead mining industry in the area. It is more like a town than a village and is home to Old Market Hall which became the first National Trust property in Derbyshire and the Peak District in 1906. Old Market Hall originally had an open ground floor with pointed arches. Then, later, tan upper floor was added along with gables. The arches are now filled in with brick and the building is a National Trust information centre. The Winster Morris Men are one of the oldest teams in the country and still perform at local festivities. In fact, Cecil Sharp, the great folklorist, came to Winster in 1908 just to see them perform. 

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In May 1821, William Cuddie, a young surgeon, was killed in Winster in one of the last duals to take place in England. Cuddie was 31 when he died and had fallen in love with Mary, the daughter of the wealthy Brittlebank family of Oddo House. And, for some reason one of her brothers William tried to keep them apart. One evening the two men were in an argument and the doctor later received a note asking him to take part in a duel. Cuddie refused to reply to the letter, however, the next day the three Brittlebank brothers turned up in his garden with two pistols. Cuddie reluctantly accepted one of the weapons, and the dual was set. William Brittlebank walked 15 yards away, turned and fired. Two shots were fired in total, however, only Cuddie was hit. He died a few hours later. Two of the Brittlebank brothers were tried and found not guilty of murder, however, William fled to Australia with a £100 reward on his head, never to return to England. But anyway, enough of that.

One fun tradition that takes place in Winster is the Pancake Race. This is an annual race that takes place down the main street on Shrove Tuesday. It is a serious event now with secret race training and stringent rules about how to make the batter.

 

Castleton

Whilst Castleton can become very busy with tourists in the peak season, it is still high up on our list. Known as the ‘Gem of the Peaks’ it certainly does live up to its name. The village as we now know it dates back as far as the 11th century and it really is one of the Peak District’s most revered areas. Home to four cracking caves - Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern - Castleton is also home to Peveril Castle.

 

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Peveril Castle is located on Castle Hill and was built by William de Peverel, the bastard son of William the Conqueror, in 1076. The castle was built in order for the King to allow a relative to keep watch over the lucrative lead-mining area that surrounds Castleton. All of the mineral rights at the time belonged to the King who used to go hunting in the Royal Forest of the Peak, which surrounds the castle.

This fascinating rural hill village has plenty of attractions and unique landmarks to keep any visitor happy, including St. Edmund’s Church and Castleton Hall. These locations, along with the beautiful surrounding scenery make Castleton well worth the visit.

 

Hayfield

Hayfield was once alive to the sounds of cotton and paper mills calico printing and dye work, however, this former industrial village is now a peaceful and tranquil place to visit. It caters for all kinds of tourists, however, it is very popular with experienced hikers. Hayfield is most probably best known as the western gateway to Kinder Scout, which is the highest hill in the Peak and it is this fact that brings in the walkers, ramblers and their kin.

 

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If you like churches then you might want to pop along and take a look at the Georgian Parish Church of St Matthews, which hints at the former prosperity of the village. This church was rebuilt in 1818 and the chancel was added in 1894. There have been some strange goings on in Hayfield. In 1745, a number of witnesses claimed to seeing hundreds of bodies rise out of their graves and ascend into heaven. Three years later, however, there was a terrible flood, which exhumed a number of bodies which were swept away downstream.

If you are looking for a local event to attend then you could always pop along to the Hayfield Sheepdog Trials and the Hayfield Country Fair, which are held every September at Spray House Farm. 

 
As we have made quite clear, the Peak District is fantastic for walking. However, what else is there to do? If you fancy a change from hiking the peaks then why not try one of these other great things that the Peak District has to offer.

Whether it’s just getting on a bike and seeing the area that way, or having a go at one of a number of cracking outdoors activities, there is plenty to see and do in this magical part of the country. We are sure you’ll enjoy some of these.

 

Cycling

OK this is pretty similar to going for a walk, but the Peak District has a brilliant network of off-road cycling trails that are perfect for all the family. There are plenty of cycle hire centres throughout the region and they offer bikes that suit all ages and abilities. As well as all of the off-road terrain, there are also miles upon miles of country lanes for you to cycle at your own pace.

More experienced cyclists might want to try out the remote moorland bridleways, which can prove to be a nice challenge. There are few ways to discover the beauty of the Peak District that are more fun, healthy and fast. The White Peak Trails and Cycle Routes are well worth giving a go. These offer up plenty of traffic-free cycle routes through some stunning countryside.

 

Caving

If you are looking to do something a bit different, then why not give caving a go? It really is one of the best ways to see the inner beauty of the Peak District. It is very popular in this area and well worth a go if you’ve never done it before. The Peak District is home to the highest natural cavern in the UK, which is called Titan Cave in Castleton. It stands at a whopping 464ft high and was discovered by local pot-holers in the year 2000.

If you are a beginner then you will most certainly want to go caving with an expert guide. The good news is there are plenty of activity centres in the Peak District that offer great caving days out for affordable prices. If you opt for one of these then you can enjoy the activity knowing that you are doing so with a suitably trained and qualified instructor. These centres will also provide you with all of the required equipment, so all you’ll need to take with you are some warm clothes.

 

Fishing

The Peak District has plenty to offer fishing enthusiasts from river fishing to ponds and reservoirs that are situated throughout the region. The rivers of the Peak District are renowned for their quality and are among some of the best fishing rivers in Britain. The Wye, the Derwent and the Dove are all fantastic for fishing and are famous for their rainbow trout, wild brown trout and grayling.

If coarse fishing is your thing then there are good reservoirs throughout the Peak District including Rudyard, Ladybower and Carsington. These locations have day tickets available and make good fisheries. So don’t forget to load up your caravan with fishing equipment before you start your journey.

 

Horse riding

Horse riding is a cracking activity that is loads of fun and a great workout. If you want to get out and about in the fresh air whilst enjoying all that the Peak District has to offer, then why not contact a pony trekking or horse riding centre? These places will cater for all abilities, so even if you have no experience of riding a horse, you can still give it a go.

There is something serene and beautiful about experiencing the Peak District from horseback. Horse riders are welcome on the dedicated 65 miles (104km) of off road trails in the district. These are perfect for riders who wish to relax and soak up the scenery at any time of year. There are also bridleways which offer even more opportunities for the more adventurous of you. And, on top of this, there is also a fantastic riding route around Carsington Water that is well worth giving a go.

 

Rock climbing

When it comes to rock climbing there are few places in Great Britain that are as popular as the Peak District. In fact, this area has some of the most challenging and popular climbing routes in Europe, including the internationally important Stanage Edge. The Peak District is home to many world-class climbers who hone their skills on the challenging cliffs and boulders on offer. But that doesn’t mean it is only suited for the more experienced climbers out there. There are plenty of climbing opportunities for  beginner climbers throughout the Peak District from a number of indoor climbing walls to outdoor activity providers who can show you the ropes. No pun intended.

If you are a confident climber and are heading out and about then you can keep an eye on the British Mountaineering Council, which provides up-to-date information on crags, along with plenty of other news on seasonal access, restrictions and anything else that might come in handy.

 

Water sports

The Peak District has plenty of waters upon which you can enjoy some time sailing or windsurfing. Getting out on the water is a great way to take your mind away from the day-to-day. There are a number of sailing clubs in the Peak District that operate reservoirs set in stunning scenery, such as Carsington, Rudyard, Cobs and Errwood.

If you’ve never given these sports a try then you’re in luck, as these sailing clubs often offer a safe introduction to sailing and windsurfing. They have plenty of facilities and cater for children and adults alike. If you fancy a more peaceful water experience, then you can give canoeing a try. There are very few things that we find more relaxing and inspiring than gently canoeing down the river Derwent in the height of summer. You can also canoe in Carsington Water, Tittesworth Reservoir and the Peak Forest canal. 

 
The Peak District is a place of natural wonder, however, it is also home to some stunning venues and historical places that are well worth visiting. If you want to indulge your historic interests or are simply a fan of ye olde architecture then why not head to Haddon Hall or Peveril Castle? 
 
 
 
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Buxton Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Next to the Buxton Opera House is the Grade II listed Pavilion Gardens, which is worth a visit. This historic venue is situated in the heart of the town and is loved by tourists. A thoroughly enjoyable experience is offered to the whole family and housed inside you’ll find the friendly and helpful staff at the Tourist Information Centre. The gardens are home to some domed pavilions and the main building also houses a delightful tropical greenhouse as well as a lovely little cafe.

And, if you head above the pavilion you can find the mezzanine Art Cafe, which boasts some of the best views of the gardens as well as a variety of brilliant artwork available to buy. 

 
 

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Chatsworth House, Bakewell

Chatsworth House is known as the ‘Palace of the Peak’ and has been occupied by the Earls and Dukes of Devonshire for centuries. The lavish apartments and staterooms are full of priceless paintings and some decadent period furniture.

The house is located inside 25 square miles of grounds and ornamental gardens, some of which were landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. If you are taking children away in your caravan then they will love the farmyard adventure playground.
 

 

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Haddon Hall, Bakewell

Also situate near bakewell, Haddon Hall is another great day out for the whole family. With its time-worn timbers, walled gardens and stone turrets, it really does have the look and feel of a medieval manor house. Haddon Hall was founded in the 12th century and was expanded and remodelled throughout the medieval era. Abandoned in the 18th century, it hasn’t really been modernised since, meaning it has been spared from the excess of the Victorian era. In fact, Simon Jenkins described Haddon Hall as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages”.

If you love history and beautiful natural landscapes then you really should visit this moving and romantic place. It has a gift shop, a lovely restaurant and plenty to see and do. Haddon Hall’s wonderful atmosphere never fails to enchant its visitors. 

 
 
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Peveril Castle, Castleton

This castle looks down on the village of Castleton and is considered to be one of England’s earliest Norman castles. It is a bit of a climb to get up to the castle itself, but once you get to the top you will be treated with breathtaking views over the Hope Valley that will make your day. The castle itself is more of a ruin these days, however, you are able to explore the remains of the keep including the medieval lavatory.

The visitor centre holds displays which tell the story of the castle and its role as the administrative centre of the Royal Forest of the Peak, which has been a royal hunting preserve since the 11th century. 

When on a caravan holiday it can sometimes be a drag to cook up your meals each night. So, if you are heading to the Peak District this year, why not take a look at some of our favourite places to eat in the region. We are here to offer you some fantastic culinary delights as, so here are our five favourite restaurants in the area. If you visit any of these wonderful places you will no doubt come away completely satisfied and rather content. Go on, treat yourself. It sure beats cooking in your caravan every single night of your trip. 

 


FISCHER’S AT BASLOW OFFERS AMAZING SERVICE AND SENSATIONAL FOOD. IT’S PERFECTLY SUITED FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIKE A BIT OF CLASS. THE FINE DINING EXPERIENCE IN THE PEAK DISTRICT DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN THIS.


Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, Baslow

If decadence is your thing then look no further than Michelin-starred Fischer’s at Baslow Hall. This fantastic restaurant has fresh, top quality ingredients and offers you some of the best dining you will find in the area. The food is just oozing with brilliance and class. Not only are the meals perfectly executed, but the food is also delightfully presented. As is the dining room, which is very formal and is filled with white napery, stone mullions and plenty of flowers fresh from the garden.

If you want to splash out on the tasting menu then you will not be disappointed. If you do, then make sure you also include the wines as each one is perfectly balanced with the food. Let’s quickly take a look at the food then. You can order a variety of food from pan fried langoustines, to saddle of wild venison. Or why not try the hay baked partridge? Delightful. It is worth bearing in mind that the dress code includes smart jeans but you are not allowed to wear trainers, sportswear or t-shirts.

 


IF YOU LOVE BREATHTAKING VIEWS, LOVELY ATMOSPHERES, OPEN FIRSE AND TOP QUALITY LOCAL FOOD THEN THE MONSAL HEAD HOTEL IN BAKEWELL IS MOST CERTAINLY WORTH VISITING. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. WE PROMISE.


Monsal Head Hotel, Monsal Trail, Bakewell

One thing that you can search out in the Peak District when you’re looking for somewhere to eat, is a breathtaking view. However, the food must also be up to scratch. Well, at the Monsal Head Hotel in Bakewell, you can be guaranteed of both things. The menu is packed full of local produce, meat and game and they also have a specials board that often contains plenty of fabulous fish. One of the current favourites on the menu here is the braised beef with home smoked garlic mash, glazed shallots, Chantenay carrots and pancetta crisps served with a rich red wine and girolles jus.

The Monsal Head Hotel restaurant offers up very high quality pub-style food with an added touch of chef’s flaire. It has been thoughtfully and carefully prepared and the local beer and ale on offer is also pretty darn good. All in all, this place is a lovely option for a meal out offering great food, good ale and a lovely warm atmosphere. If you do decide on the Monsal Head Hotel, then be sure to call ahead and make a reservation. 

 


LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT TEA ROOM IN WHICH YOU CAN RELAX AFTER A LOVELY HIKE THROUGH THE DALES? LOOK NO FURTHER! THE GARDEN TEA ROOM IN OVER HADDON IS WONDERFUL. THE CAKES ARE GREAT AND THE STAFF ARE LOVELY.


The Garden Tea Room, Over Haddon

If you are on the hunt for some tea and cakes after a huge trek then you should seriously consider heading to the Garden Tea Room in Over Haddon. At the time I am writing this (January 2015), this tea room has not one review on Tripadvisor that isn’t Excellent (103) or Very good (2).

The staff are warm and welcoming, the cakes are fan-bloomin-tastic, and the garden is stunning. After a long walk along the Lathkill Dale, there are very few places in the world we would rather end up. It is wonderfully quaint, dogs are welcome, and the views are just brilliant. A top, top tea room!

 

 

TRADITIONAL 18TH CENTURY PUB SETTING? CHECK. WONDERFUL LOCAL ALES? CHECK. FANTASTIC AFFORDABLE FOOD? FOR SURE. THIS PLACE HAS IT ALL. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE TO ENJOY A RAINY DAY IN THE PEAK DISTRICT, THEN THIS IS IT.


Devonshire Arms, Beeley

This idyllic pub is on the Chatsworth Estate. And, whilst this may not sound like the sort of place you can eat well on a budget, the food here is extremely reasonable priced. They offer fantastic takes on traditional pub food and none of it will break the bank. You can get a cracking fish and chips or a lovely seafood cocktail for around £7. They also do lovely sausage and mash, which we would highly recommend. Think herby sausages, creamy mash and the perfect gravy. Delightful. You can wash all of this down with some lovely ale from the Thornbridge brewery.

This is a very different dining experience to the one you’ll get at Fischer’s described above, but that is not to take anything away from this brilliant establishment. Designer bucket seats, thick carpets and the Duke of Devonshire’s ducal crown help the pub keep its 18th century feel. The open fires and exposed stone and beams simply add to this traditional feel. Hole yourself up in here on a rainy day and you won’t be disappointed. 

 


THE AWARD WINNING CHEQUERS INN IN THE HOPE VALLEY TAKES GASTRO PUB FOOD TO THE NEXT LEVEL. DATING BACK TO THE 16TH CENTURY, THIS PLACE IS WORTH VISITING IF YOU LOVE TRADITIONAL ALES, AMAZING FOOD AND WARM SERVICE.


Chequers Inn, Hope Valley

The Chequers Inn in the Hope Valley is an award winning pub restaurant that has received an AA rosette for its cooking every year since 2004. This year it was even chosen to appear on the front of the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide. The Chequers dates back to the 16th Century and is a very traditional free house that offers amazing food, great local beers and friendly staff that serve with a smile.

The magnificent menu includes Chicken three ways with snails with specials such as pheasant and partridge. It really does take gastro pub food to another level. If you’re looking for somewhere to treat yourself whilst away on a caravanning holiday in the Peak District, then this could be the place for you!

 

There are hundreds of caravan sites on which you can stay in the Peak District. If you are heading that way with your caravan or motorhome then you may wish to stay at one of these listed below...

 

Lime Tree Park, Buxton

If you are looking for a peaceful and calming campsite situated in the middle of a stunning Peak District landscape then this is the park for you. Peaceful really is the key word here, the Lime Tree Park has a strict no noise policy across the whole site from 10pm onwards, so if you are looking for a party then look elsewhere. This park is the ideal place for discovering Buxton, which is a short walk away, and the rest of the Peak District.

If you are on an adventurers hiking holiday, or a break with the family, then this caravan site will cater for you. It is not open all year round so do check with their website before heading along. It has a good shower and toilet block that is kept nice and clean and good facilities throughout. It is worth bearing in mind that the site is relatively sloped so chocks might be required.

 

Chatsworth Park Caravan Site, Bakewell

Set in the beautiful location of an old walled garden on the picturesque Chatsworth Estate, the Chatsworth Park Caravan Club Site in Bakewell offers nostalgic views of the sheep-cropped rolling countryside, with some lovely walks. The caravan park is a lovely holiday retreat for the family to escape the bustle of city living. Surrounded by lots of wildlife, it is fantastic for deer watching.

The site is immaculately kept and is superbly located for visiting Chatsworth. Showers and toilets are clean and numerous enough to serve the entire site nicely. This is a Caravan Club site and is open all year round with prices varying depending on the time of year you visit.

 

Lickpenny Caravan Park, Matlock

Lickpenny Caravan Park is in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales and sits in the middle of 16 acres of a truly picturesque setting. This tranquil site is delightful and well worth staying at offering you easy access to Matlock and Bakewell.

Lickpenny are members of the BHHPA, have been awarded a 4 star rating with “Visit Britain”, have been awarded the Silver award for the David Bellamy conservation, and also hold a 4 star rating with 84% with the AA. They were a Practical Caravan Finalist in 2013, and also have an Alan Rogers inspected logo, so you can be confident about their standards when deciding on where to stay. 

 

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