A favourite with many British timeshare owners who don’t want to travel abroad for a long weekend, the Peak District is home to some of Britain’s most stunning landscapes – full of treasures and English charm.
And although summer has ended, autumn brings a special beauty to this historic landscape. The colours become picturesque, the crisp morning sun is refreshing and the fresh air is energising – just perfect for a long walk before a spot of calorie-packed afternoon tea!
There are plenty of things to get up to, so here are some of our top picks:
1. Seek out its caves and caverns …. Derbyshire is home to many famous caves as a result of the booming coal industry during the industrial revolution. Head to the Castleton area where you’ll find Treak Cliff Cavern and Speedwell Cavern or perhaps the most famous – Blue John Cavern. This historical trip will take you back thousands of years as you’ll be able to see marine fossils created by the deposits on the floor of great oceans that have since receded. You can explore the old mines by boat or foot…but probably not a great idea for those scared of the dark!
2. Plan a picnic at Chatsworth House….This beautiful stately home is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Peak district. The 16th century house has a Georgian feel due to its revamp in 1820. You’ll have 25 square miles of grounds and gardens to get lost in, so why not grab some food in the famous town of Bakewell which lies a mere 3 miles away and have a picnic. The kids will be kept entertained for hours in the farmyard adventure playground while you relax and take in the stunning surroundings.
3. Visit the source of Buxton Water…The Peak District is home to Buxton water, which fuels the Buxton Bath spa complex. Whether you’re a health tourist or simply wanting to see a little bit of history make sure you get along to the Royal Crescent in Bath inspired buildings. Today, the buildings with the grand curving façade sit empty waiting to be restored though you can really get a feel for what they were like in their heyday. To take away a souvenir, fill a water bottle up at St Ann’s Well which you’ll find immediately west of the pump room.
4. Treat the family to a mouthwatering meal in Bakewell….After all of your exploring, you’ll need to refuel so what better way than getting into your glad rags and heading to Piedaniels in Bakewell. This modern French restaurant will immerse you in elegant dishes including lobster bisque and monkfish in a salmon mousse. If you’re looking to fill an afternoon with something scrumptious, ask about the cooking lessons and fab demonstrations!
5. Say hello to the donkeys at The Donkey Sanctuary in Buxton….Another great activity for all the family if you have a few hours to spare before going home is to visit the charming donkey sanctuary. This idyllic little farm surrounded by rolling hills is full of donkeys, big and small – but if you’ve got a dog with you, don’t forget to put it on a lead! You’ll love the gift shop, too.