Why Visit Peak District attractions and places?
The Peak District National Park was created in 1951. Ever since, people from around the world have come to visit Peak District towns, villages, caves, museums and all of the other attractions of the region. The National Park was originally set up to improve access to the great outdoors and the Peak District certainly doesn’t disappoint on that front either. There are many miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways for walkers and horseriders to explore. The Peak Park was one of the significant early forcing grounds for the 1950s working class climbers and remains at the cutting edge of climbing to this day.
If you visit Peak District heritage centres, you will get a thorough insight into the people, natural history, geology and industrial history of the Park. Some of these are fairly small and deal only with the local area such as those at New Mills and Wirksworth, whilst others cover much larger areas such as the one at Edale. The latter is a really interesting building, built on sound energy saving principles and also has a waterfall from the roof!
To visit Peak District museums isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, however, there are some really interesting ones, we have listed them on the Museums page. At Matlock Bath, you have the Peak District mining museum, in Bakewell, the Old House Museum gives an insight into Bakewell industry set in a reputedly haunted 16th century house. At Buxton, the museum and art gallery covers the whole of Derbyshire and has permanent exhibits as well as temporary ones and workshops.
Cromford is the site of the first really successful factory which is regarded as perhaps the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and anyone interested in Britain’s Industrial past would do well to visit Peak District locations such as Cromford Mill and the various remains of the lead mines. The sough from a local mine provided the water to power Cromford Mill.
For those interested in the great outdoors, you will certainly not be disappointed if you visit Peak District crags such as Stanage. Stanage Edge is the larges of the Peak District crags but there are many others, Burbage north and south, Froggatt, Curbar and Black Rocks are probably the best known of the gritstone crags. Chee Dale and Stoney Middleton are the largest of the trad climbing limestone crags, along with High Tor, Dovedale, Willersley and Wildcat. Be warned, the limestone crags can be quite loose and there are accidents of varying severity each year as blocks fall off them and hit climbers. There are plenty of sports venues too, although in many of these climbing is officially banned. Talking of Chee Dale, there is the Monsal trail. This disused railway bed has been converted into a walking and cycling trail. It is extremely popular for two reasons. Firstly, if gives easy access to some really spectacular scenery and secundly, the tunnels were all re-opened in 2011 after having been closed since the line shut down. If you are looking for easy traffic free cycling, visit Peak District cycling and walking trails like the High Peak Trail, Tissington Trail and Manifold Track. They are not great for walking, unless you are the sort of walker who likes strolling along on a wide surfaced track. Much more interesting are the proper footpaths. There are hundreds of miles of these in the Peak District, they allow you to experience the farmland of the White Peak and if wild walking is your bag, then check out the paths in the Dark Peak – Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and the northern moorlands.
If you are more of a sightseer, you should visit Peak District attractions like the stately homes – Chatsworth, Eyam Hall and Haddon Hall are the three main ones that attract visitors. Just to the south is Kedleston Hall and to the south west is Shugborough.
There are no theme parks in the Peak District but there are two close by, Alton Towers and Gulliver’s Kingdom.