Although the Peak District is a well-known beauty spot and holiday destination, when was the last time you visited and enjoyed the breath-taking rolling hills and iconic villages?
Located between Manchester and Sheffield, in the county of Derbyshire, the Peak District National Park is perfectly placed for a long weekend trip with the campervan. The southern area of the Peak District has steep limestone valleys like Dovedale and Lathkill Date, knows as White Peak. In the north you find the Dark Peak with its dramatic grit-stone ridges and stark moorlands plateaus like Kinder Scout, which is the park’s highest point. Not far from there, you’ll find the village of Edale, which marks one end of the iconic Pennine Way footpath.
Did you know: The Peak District was the first region in the UK to be designated as a national park.
There are many beautiful villages to visit, we have listed a few to give you an idea…..
Bakewell is an historic market town at the heart of the Peak District National Park. Its mellow stone buildings, medieval arched bridge and little courtyards create an atmosphere of great charm, with pleasant gardens and riverside walks all adding to the scene. Throughout the year, you can buy some delicious local produce at the weekly Bakewell Market on Mondays and the monthly Farmers market which takes place every last Saturday of the month.
Of course, Bakewell is also very famous for its Bakewell Tart and you won’t have any trouble finding the delicious desert in this town. Story goes that it was actually created by mistake when a cook misunderstood a recipe she’d been given!
Castleton is on the boundary of the northern grit-stone ‘Dark Peak’, and the southern limestone ‘ White Peak’. It is a beautiful village situated in the Hope Valley, in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Castleton is surrounded by hillsides and overlooked by Mam Tor (the shivering mountain) and the ancient Peveril Castle. If you enjoy visiting caves, there are 4 caves which can be visited! Treak Cliff cavern, Blue John cavern, Peak cavern and Speedwell mine.
The village of Hartington is set in magnificent White Peak limestone scenery, close to the River Dove, which marks the county boundary of Derbyshire with Staffordshire. Hartington is a village full of interest to its many visitors throughout the year. The influence of the Dukes of Devonshire can be seen in many of the buildings and events.
The Tissington Trail is a walking/cycling path that follows the route of an old railway line from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne. You can hire bikes along the way from the old station buildings. Although the Peak District is very hilly in places, this is a pretty flat route because it follows the railway. Many of the original bridges and tunnels are still intact which gives a real sense of what it used to be like when the old steam trains used this route.
Has this article whetted your appetite for a trip to the Peak District?
Click here for a list of local campsites. – Have a great time!