Guide to Peak District Holidays, UK

The Peak District a National Park that borders some of the UK’s biggest towns and cities, from Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Bradford in the north to Derby, Nottingham, Stoke on Trent and Birmingham in the south was the first National Park to be created, back in April 1951.

It covers an area of 550sq miles from Ashbourne in Derbyshire in the South to Meltham in the North, Sheffield in the East and Staffordshire in the West. And with 22 million day visitors it is one of the most visited national parks in the world. There is no doubt that on summer weekend, this National Park is very busy. If you are planning to go camping, make sure you book in advance with the campsite, don’t make the same mistake we made one year and decided to go camping last minute and find somewhere to pitch up as we drove; all campsites in the Peak District were full.

As with the other UK national parks, the people who live within the Peak District make their living from Tourism.

As you can expect there are many highlights to include, sadly too many for this guide, but nevertheless we want to give a good idea on where to go. Firstly if you are looking for attraction for kids, try Chatsworth House’s Farmyard and Playground or Gulliver’s Theme Park in Matlock. There is also a ride on the steam train that leaves Matlock Station for Rowsley, which your children will love.

There are a number festivals and events that happen each year in the National Park, including the Buxton Festival, the Bakewell Show and Ashbourne Shrovetide Football. Less well-known attractions but equally as interesting, include the Derwent and Howden Dams, used by the RAF to practice their bomb-dropping raid, featured in the film Dambusters. Thor’s Cave, a cavemans home in Manifold Valley and Arbor Low stone circle near Monyash, sometimes called the Stonehenge of the North.

‘The Peak District is my favourite of the national parks, if you read my camping blog, you will see why I love this area so much.’

Will Goodridge

Here are the Top 5 places in the Peak District not to miss

  • 1. Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud
  • 2. Lathkill Dale
  • 3. Well Dressing
  • 4. Chatsworth
  • 5. Buxton Opera House
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