The number of Peak District activities is astonishing …
Maybe the most popular of the Peak District activities is walking. Each weekend, thousands of people head out into ‘The Peak’ for a walk. Some of them are just there for a short stroll whilst others go for a serious day out. In other words, there is something for everyone.
Some of the walkers come to the Peak District from the surrounding towns and cities – Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Derby and Nottingham for example – but others come from further afield.
Another popular Peak District activity is cycling. There are plenty of off-road routes to satisfy the most hardcore mountain biker or the occasional/novice mtb rider. The Peak District roads can be busy but that doesn’t deter the roadies – there are regular outings by road bike clubs from Manchester and Cheshire, Sheffield and Derby.
Climbing is another of the most popular Peak District activities, there are some nationally and indeed internationally important climbing crags and routes here. Stanage Edge for one. The ‘Popular End’ has a deserved reputation – especially at weekends. If you are staying in Sheffield, there is a bus that will take you there and pick you up at the end of the afternoon. In the south of the Peak District, you can climb the iconic crags of Cratcliffe and Black rocks, sites of some of the hard early routes. The guys that went up these in the early days of rock climbing were talented people indeed.
The biggest attraction is the gritstone climbing but there is plenty of limestone climbing as well – including bolted climbs.
The Peak District is also well known as a venue for cavers. There are some caves in the gritstone areas (the Dark Peak) but they are simply superficial. The best caving to be had is in the White Peak, in the Limestone areas.There are caves for non cavers too – such as the Devil’s Arse and Speedwell Cavern near Castleton, Poole’s cavern at Buxton and at the Heights of Abraham attraction at Matlock Bath.
And then there is the sightseeing, stately homes, gardens, parks, towns, pretty villages, theme parks (Gullivers Kingdom and Alton Towers), shopping, industrial archaeology …