The Peak District

Ey up! Welcome to The Peak District Visitor. It is a short guide to some key attractions of the area as well as some of the main activities too.

It is generally aimed at visitors, but I hope there is something here for locals too.

Image: The cathedral of the Peak, Taddington church.

The Cathedral of the Peak – Taddington Church.

The view over Calver from Curbar Edge

The view over Calver from Curbar Edge

 

We are not the biggest Peak District site, but at least all of our pages have meaningful content! It has all been written in good faith, so if you do find any errors, I hope I can be forgiven! You should always attempt to double-check any information you find on the internet anyway.

About the Peak District

The Peak District is mainly in Derbyshire but extends into surrounding counties. It was the first of the National Parks to be set up in the UK. It is surrounded by several large population centres – Greater Manchester, the Leeds conurbation, Sheffield and Derby/Nottingham. This therefore puts it under great pressure from high visitor numbers. Having said that, if you have the skills and equipment, it is possible to escape the worst of the crowds.

Trail Bike Damage in the Peak District
Mountain biking above Ladybower reservoir showing damage caused by trail bikes

Amongst the key attractions are:

  • Chatsworth House
  • Haddon Hall and gardens
  • Eyam (the plague village) Hall
  • Caverns and caves

Something for Everyone

There is something for pretty much everyone in the Peak District. For climbers there are gritstone edges such as Stanage, Birchen, Froggatt, Curbar plus bouldering. For walkers, there are hundreds of miles of rights of way and open access areas on certain moors. Mountain bikers can ride mile after mile of bridleway, trails such as the Manifold Track and BOATs.

If you are less keen on exercise, you can spend time looking round stately homes, gardens, and museums. There is plenty of stunning scenery to enjoy from coaches, trains, buses and other vehicles. For transport enthusiasts you have steam railways and of course the National Tramway Museum at Crich. Families looking for theme parks or petting zoos can find several in or near to the Peak District.

The Peak District is well known for mining of lead, copper, zinc and coal, plus sometimes controversial quarries. The Peak District is also home to the famed ‘Bakewell pudding’.

About ‘The Peak District Visitor

The site includes tourist information about specific towns, villages and dales in this National Park – Alport, Ashbourne, Ashford-in-the-Water, Bakewell, Bamford, Birchover, Belper, Buxton, Castleton, Cromford, Eyam, Edale, Great and Little Longstone, Glossop, Hassop, Lathkill Dale, Leek, Monyash, New Mills, Tissington, Warslow, Wensley, Whaley Bridge, Winster, Youlgrave (Youlgreave).

I have written all of the information on this site from personal knowledge (I lived on the edge of the Peak District for almost 30 years) and some research. I don’t always know the source as most comes from my notes from various history, archaeology and wildlife courses and evening classes. If you use any material from this site please credit it accordingly and link to my site.

Disclaimer

I cannot be held responsible for how the information is used by yourself. You should satisfy yourself of the correctness before visiting or contacting these Peak District attractions or businesses as opening times and contact details can go out of date very quickly.