Welcome to the Peak District
Explore the awe-inspiring countryside of Britain's oldest national park
With some of England's finest walking, climbing and caving terrain, the Peak District is a haven for those with a sense of adventure and a taste for the outdoors. The area is also the home of a number of beautiful towns and villages, with tourists flocking to the likes of Bakewell and Buxton throughout the year. Make the most of the epic scenery with a stay at one of a number of YHA hostels within the national park.
Things to do in The Peak District
Five Free Things To Do in The Peak District
Also known as the Shivering Mountain, this hill near Castleton is a hearty challenge for walkers and has a wonderful view from the top - on a clear day you can see Manchester city centre, Stockport and Winter Hill.
Taking its name from the Glorious Revolution of 1688, Revolution House is a former tavern in Old Whittington where three noblemen conspired to overthrow King James II.
Well Dressing is a custom strongly associated with the Peak District in which locals create beautiful designs out of flower petals embedded in wet clay, and visitors are welcome to get involved!
Mills of the Peak District
The region's mills are an important part of its industrial heritage, and places like Caudwell's Mill and Strutt's North Mill are now fascinating places to visit.
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station
A great place to see a Victorian steam-driven workshop, complete with blacksmiths and engineers hard at work!
There's nowhere in the world quite like The Peak District
The Peak District has more to offer than just a fantastic getaway - its diverse mix of landscapes and extensive network of public footpaths make it a firm favourite amongst walkers and hikers. Historic houses such as Chatsworth and Haddon Hall and delicious Bakewell tarts flood the area.
The Peak District National Park boasts a hot spot for various outdoor activities including climbing, bouldering and paragliding, along with many a perfect place for a picnic. Gritstone outcrops like Stanage Edge and The Roaches provide a challenge for even the most seasoned of rock climbers.
The many charming towns and villages of the Peak District are another good reason to visit, and spa towns like Buxton and Matlock Bath have been drawing tourists for centuries. Lovers of folk history will find plenty of interesting tales amongst the ancient settlements and medieval castles.
There's something for all thrill seekers and families at Alton Towers, with tons of terrific (and terrifying!) rides and amazing live shows. Plus, there's CeeBeebies Land for the little ones.
This is the finest Stone Age 'henge' monument in the north of England, a site of unique archaeological and cultural interest.
Ashbourne has remained largely unchanged since the 18th century, with it's Medieval street pattern and historic buildings.
Take a trip to Bakewell and discover this charming Derbyshire Dales town. You'll find great shopping, plenty of spaces to relax and the famous Bakewell Pudding confection.
As well as the beautiful house there is the garden, farmyard, shops, restaurant and adventure playground to explore.
Fly as free as a bird with paragliders and hang-gliders at Derbyshire Flying Centre in Tideswell. Visit the website
YHA Edale is perched below the edge of the Kinder Scout plateau, in the heart of the Peak District National Park.
This remarkable medieval house is surrounded by Elizabethan gardens and set in the rolling countryside of the Peak District.
Surprisingly, this large outdoor public swimming pool is located in the small Derbyshire village of Hathersage.
Ideally located on the edge of the White Peak (limestone) and Dark Peak (grit-stone), there's lots of different mountain biking terrains to discover.
This award is designed to celebrate the special qualities of the Peak District National Park and recognise the involvement of visitors and residents.
One of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, home to a successful Osprey project and two visitor centres.