Derbyshire is a top UK holiday destination, and for good reason. The country contains a large share of the Peak District National Park – one of Britain’s most famous natural landscapes. Amidst the undulating hills and limestone peaks of the area lie a wealth of sleepy villages,along with a number of notable town and cities, including Chesterfield, Matlock and Derby. It is easily accessible from England’s major cities, and with London less than a mere 3 hours by train it is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Enclosing Britain’s furthest point from the sea at Coton in the Elms, Derbyshire has no shortage of land-based activities for intrepid adventures and family outings alike.
With the county reaching peaks of 2087 feet at its highest point at Kinder Scout, and 89 feet at its lowest point, Trent Meadows, it’s no wonder that it is a popular destination for hikers and walking enthusiasts. The diverselandscape is punctuated with peaks, valleys and rivers, making it one of the most scenic landscapes in the country for walkers. The wide ranging landscape offers walks for all abilities, ranging from leisurely strolls to extreme hikes and rock climbing. The spectacular panoramic views of rugged limestone valleys and peaceful crystal-clear lakes and reservoirs provide a perfect incentive to climb to the highest of heights, whilst the fresh air is rejuvenating and enlivening.
The Peak District has a wide range of bike routes for all levels of cyclists. For the adrenaline junkies, it is a great destination for mountain biking, whilst there are plenty of more leisurely routes for a family bike ride. With miles of traffic-free roads, hit the Monsal Trail for the most breath-taking views.For something a little more hair-raising, take to the moors in Edale or the Hope Valley. Bike hire is widely available across the county, and there’s no shortage of country pubs serving hearty meals, so you can recharge along the way.
Where to Stay
Being a top destination for short breaks, there are plenty of beautiful holiday cottages on offer in the area. Derbyshire Country Cottages offer a number of stunning properties, from Georgian houses to converted barns to cosy traditional cottages. Staying in a traditional Derbyshire home really gives a feel for the area and allows visitors to live like a local through exploring the local pubs and hiking trails. With a range of sizes on offer, there are cosy properties for a romantic getaway, and large country houses for families and friends.
If you’re a resident of the UK or just visiting, the Peak District is an essential destination to see what real beauty Britain has to offer. The views are quite frankly without compare, and the opportunity to be active in the fresh air is guaranteed to sweep those cobwebs away and do a world of good.