Things You Need To Do When In The Peak District

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The Peak District is a wonderful place to visit, and there are so many things to see and do. But what are our favourites? Well, here are what we think are the best things you need to do when in the Peak District.

Things You Need To Do When In The Peak District

Things You Need To Do When In The Peak District

Climb Chesterfield’s Crooked Spire

Folklore says that the Devil landed on the spire and twisted it out of shape with his tail. Or that the spire twisted to see a beautiful bride married in the church. But actually, the cause of the crooked spire at The Parish Church of St Mary and All Saints is most likely down to the lead on one side of the spire expanding in the heat of the sun and twisting the unseasoned timber from which the spire was built.

Whatever the cause of the twist, you can still climb the 144 steps to get a magnificent view over the town and its surrounding areas. And marvel at how the spire now leans over 9 foot away from its true centre.

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Visit Ladybower Dam

This may look a rather unimposing view. Until you realise that it is where the Lancaster bombers practiced their low level night flying techniques. These were the important preparations for Operation Chastice – where the bombers were sent to attack German dams at Mohne, Edersee and Sorpe with their payload of bouncing bombs.

Yes, Ladybower Dam was the practice ground for the Dambusters.

Ladybower Dam

Go Up To The Heights Of Abraham

No visit to the Peak District is complete without a visit to the oldest public attraction in Derbyshire. The Heights Of Abraham was commissioned in 1870 for the modern Georgian traveller. At the top there are wonderful displays of how the caverns were mined.

Choose to walk up the very steep hill to the top. Or take the little cablecars and enjoy the wonderful views.

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Visit A Seaside Town Without A Beach

Matlock Bath is situated at the base of the cliff to the Heights Of Abraham. And it is just like a Victorian seaside town without a beach.

Matlock Bath

Boasting brilliant fish and chips, an aquarium and arcades, Matlock Bath is a wonderful experience not to be missed. Plus see the original spa baths and petrifying spa.

Go All Jane Austin At Chatsworth

No visit to the Peak District would be complete without a visit to the house and grounds of Chatsworth. This wonderful stately home is rumoured to have been the inspiration for Pemberley in Pride And Prejudice.

Chatsworth

The house itself (still home to the Devonshire family) boasts an impressive collection of artwork and sculptures. But the grounds are wonderful to explore. There is something for everyone, be you an art lover, gardener or history buff. There is even an adventure playground for the kids.

Ride On A Tram At Crich Tramway Village

Take a trip back in time and visit the restored period street at Crich. Ride one of the old trams, and see how they used to live. With trams dating from the horse drawn days to the most modern varieties, there is a wealth of history to see.

Crich Tramway Museum

Plus, take a wonderful woodland walk with spectacular views and some surprises! See our review of the day we visited.

Go Eat A Bakewell Tart (Or A Pudding) In Bakewell

There are so many pretty towns and villages in the Peak District, but Bakewell has to be one of the nicest. With a lovely riverside walk, and lots of little shops to explore, it is a great place whatever the weather.

But the best thing to do is to pop into one of its coffee shops for a bakewell tart. Or even better, have a Bakewell pudding. This dessert predates the tart, and is a lovely confection not to be missed!

Bakewell pudding - not the tart!

Visit Gulliver’s Kingdom

Also situated in Matlock Bath is Gulliver’s Kingdom. This theme park is specifically built for children, and so there are rides and attractions here for all ages.

Do note however, it is built into the steep valley side, so is not really suitable for wheelchairs and people with mobility issues. However, the views are amazing! Find our review here.

Gullivers Kingdom

Get Scared At Bolsover Castle

According to English Heritage, who now curate the site, Bolsover Castle is one of the most haunted in England. Built in the 17th Century, this castle lies on the remains of the mediaeval structure.

Staff at the site have reported hearing muffled voices and footsteps, and there is said to be the ghost of a little boy who holds peoples hands.

Feel In A Familiar Place At Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall is a fortified 11th Century manor house, with a medieval chapel and Tudor gardens. It is a wonderful house with amazing history and stunning features, such as its courtyards and towers. But it’s most amazing feature is the Long Gallery.

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Does it feel familiar? That is probably because Haddon Hall has been widely used in many films and television dramas over the past 30 years. From ‘Princess Bride’ to ‘Jane Eyre’ and it even featured in the 1998 film ‘Elizabeth’.

See The Plague Village of Eyam

Eyam Village is just north-west of Chatsworth. When the plague hit in 1665 (supposedly brought by a parcel of cloth) the village was affected badly. The local community took the decision to self quarantine.

Less than a quarter of the village survived, with families required to tend to and bury their own dead. One particular lady, Elizabeth Hancock, buried her husband and six of her seven children during the 14 month quarantine. Their graves all lie just outside the village, and are a National Trust monument.

Walk Around Dovedale and Across The Dovedale Stones

One of the loveliest walks in the Peak District is around Iyam Country Park. The park takes you around and across the River Dore using the stones, and takes about an hour. Discover some wonderful ancient rock formations, and see some amazing scenery.

Dovedale

Visit The Blue John Caverns at Castleton

In parts of the peak district, the semi precious stone blue john was mined for centuries. See the caves where the 250 million year old deposits were mined, and find out more about this area and heritage.

So, have any off these ideas taken your fancy? Are there any other places that you personally would recommend more? Do let me know in the comments, or find me on social media.

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10 Replies to “Things You Need To Do When In The Peak District”

  1. Kelly Diane says:

    Great post. We visit friends in Darley Dale, just down the road from Matlock so I will definitely check out these recommendations next time we are in the area.

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you for reading, and glad you found this post helpful. Matlock is a great base for visiting all these. I will add, if you are in Matlock and are a Harry Potter fan, then Punnydukes is down a small alleyway in the town centre. Well worth a visit.

      Reply
  2. Katie says:

    That crooked spire looks so cool! I’ve never really spent much time in and around the Peak District so I really should!

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      The spire is so weird isn’t it? And yes, the whole area has so much to offer, and because it it so central to the UK it is perfect.

      Reply
  3. Cheryl says:

    The Peak District sounds wonderful and you have shared so many amazing things to do there. It is definitely a place I will visit in the future.

    Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      It is a brilliant place for families. Glad that you found this post useful.

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      The spire is amazing isn’t it? And yes, there really are some stunning views to be found around the area.

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I hope you get great weather! It was a bit mixed for us, but there is still plenty to do!

      Reply

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