Planning a staycation a little closer to home this year? With the Peak District right on our doorstep, it’s an easy win for couples, families and solo travellers looking for a picturesque getaway. But where do we start? To help you plan your trip, we’ve rounded up the best places to visit in the Peak District. Trust us when we say, they’ll take your breath away.
Famous for being the start of the famous Pennine Way Trail, Edale is a small, idyllic village in the heart of the Peak District – with plenty of attractions nearby making a visit worth your while. Well situated to explore the gorgeous countryside that surrounds, visitors can also take advantage of being close to Mam Tor – the perfect spot for a ‘wow’ moment and a few cheeky snaps.
Relatively close to Edale, Castleton is a beautiful spot for a stroll around the quaint village, and there’s plenty of walking routes to try, too. Visit the famous Blue John Cavern, head over to Mam Tor, visit Peveril Castle or simply check out some of the lovely little shops that make up the village.
3. Heights of Abraham, Matlock
A little further down into Derbyshire, the Heights of Abraham is a day out in the Peaks with a difference. Visitors can explore the sights via cable car, which takes guests right up to the peak of the country park – where you’ll find 60 acres of woodland, show caverns and unbelievable views. There’s also a cafe, tavern and restaurant on site at the top, so you can treat yourself to a spot of lunch while you’re up there.
4. Kinder Scout
Ahh, the famous Kinder Scout. It wouldn’t be a Peak District list without it. It’s the highest point of the entire Peak District – boasting unbeatable views of the national park, a wonderful walk for those who’d like to stretch their legs and even a pretty waterfall called Kinder Downfall. Budding photographers, this one’s for you.
Lovely Dovedale and its famous stepping stones have been attracting visitors all throughout lockdown, thanks to its idyllic setting, incredible surroundings and scenic valley. The whole place looks like its right out of a picture book, with the surrounding hills looming over the beautiful nature reserve. See the ravine, check out Reynard’s Cave or take on the stepping stones, before heading into Thorpe for a swift pint. If you’re looking for a spot that’ll take your breath away, Dovedale is arguably one of the best places to visit in the Peak District.
6. Monsal Head
Monsal Head is actually one of the most photographed viewpoints of the entire Peak District, so naturally, it must have an amazing view. And we’re here to confirm that it does. The sights across the national park are absolutely stunning, with the below Dale making the views all the more picturesque. Visitors are treated to sights of the viaduct, 360 surrounds of beautiful nature, the River Wye, Fin Cop Hill and Hob’s House Cave during the walk, so you won’t be short of pretty things to gawp at.
Hathersage is a brilliant spot for explorers, situated right next to Hope Valley and River Derwent and being conveniently placed to check out Millstone Edge and Mother Cap. Owler Tor can be found just a little further East, with the wonderful Lawrencefield also lying nearby. The spot can be used as a base to explore nearby attractions such as Padley Gorge and the Longshaw Estate – with Bamford also close by if you’d like to check that off your list, too.