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Peak District – Hot Spots and Main Towns

On this pageAshbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Castleton, Chatsworth, Derwent Reservoirs, Dovedale, Edale, Lyme Park, Manifold Valley, Monsal Head

Ashbourne – Historic market town in the South East of the Peak District, with its cobbled market place and Georgian buildings it has an atmosphere of its own. There are a number of independent shops including a number of antique dealers and the town has a pleasant park. Ashbourne is also famous for its annual Shrovetide football game. Close to Carsington Water
for more info see www.visitashbourne.co.uk
or contact the TIC on 01335 343666 or email: ashbourneinfo@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

BakewellHistoric market town, famous for the Bakewell Tart and Bakewell Pudding. A number of shops, good variety of food and eating places, riverside walk and the start of the Monsal Trail cycle track. It has a regular farmers market and annual Agricultural Show. Close to Chatsworth (www.chatsworth.org) Haddon Hall (www.haddonhall.co.uk) Mosal Dale, Ilam and Dovedale
for more info see www.visitpeakdistrict.com
or contact the TIC on 01629 816558 or email:bakewell@peakdistrict.gov.uk

Buxton – Central to the Peak District, an attractive spa town with its Opera House (www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk), Pavilion Gardens (www.highpeak.gov.uk), shops and of course Buxton Water. It also has its own show caves (Poole’s Cavern www.poolescavern.co.uk)
for more info see www.visitbuxton.co.uk and www.highpeak.gov.uk
or contact the TIC on 01298 25106 or email:tourism@highpeak.gov.uk

Cave Dale Castleton

Castleton – Blue John jewellery, Four show caves, shops, walking and outdoor activities available for more. Many walks from the village, great views, Peveril Castle and “The Devil’s Arse” (Peak Cavern)- also see Mam Tor (Shivering Mountain) and its broken road!
for more info see www.visitcastleton.co.uk and www.castleton.co.uk
or contact the TIC on 01298 25106 or email:tourism@highpeak.gov.uk
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Chatsworth House and Estate

Chatsworth Estate – The house and estate are a tourist attraction in their own right, there is a farmyard for the youngsters and for the adults the garden centre and farm shop are also well worth a visit. The estate is set in good walking country, with good pubs and tea shops at hand. Pleasant easy river walk, deer often seen wandering the estate.
for more info see www.chatsworth.org
or contact the TIC on 01298 25106 or email:tourism@highpeak.gov.uk

 

Derwent Reservoir

Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs – Walking, cycling, fishing, bird watching – a man made scene that somehow seems so natural. Three Resrvoirs, lots of walks, hire a bike, feed the birds, small visitor centre and toilets
for more info see www.moretoexperience.co.uk www.peakdistrict.nationaltrust.org.uk and this leaflet and map
or contact the TIC on 01298 25106 or email:tourism@highpeak.gov.uk

 

view of Dovdale

Dovedale The River Dove with its stepping stones, the steep slopes with limestone scree, children love to paddle and hunt for fossils here. Many walks to take, including across the fields to Ilam. Climb Thorp Cloud, many views to photograph. or walk the length of the valley to Hartington –
for more info see www.nationaltrust.org.uk
or contact the South Peak Estate Office on 01335 350503 (General enquiries) or email:southpeakestate@nationaltrust.org.uk

image of Edale from Mam Tor

Edale – A gentle green valley between high hills, walking and outdoor activities. With walks over Mam Tor to Castleton and Hope on one side and up on to Kinder Scout on the other.
for more info see www.edale-valley.co.uk
or contact on 01298 25106 or email:tourism@highpeak.gov.uk

 

Lyme Park – The estate covers a large area in the North West corner of the Peak District National Park, an NT property, there are many walks on the estate, lots for kids to explore and burn off energy, formal gardens and of course the house to visit.
for more info see www.nationaltrust.org.uk
or contact the estate on 01663 762023 or email:lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk

Manifold Valley – Located in the Southern (Staffordshire) part of the Peak District National Park it is a favourite with families – the 9 mile cycle / walking track follows the bed of an old railway line giving good family cycling and access for wheelchairs and disability scooters, it follows the river when it hasn’t disappeared underground, which it sometimes does, picnic spots, tea shops, cycle hire, climb up to Thor’s Cave or just chill out by the river.
for more info see peakdistrict.nationaltrust.org.uk and this link for a general map
or contact the Manifold Valley Visitor Centre 01298 542 886 open most weekends

Monsal Dale

Monsal Head (Viewpoint) – The small car park is popular throughout the year, with view down the two arms of the 90 degree bend of the river valley and stunning view of the old railway viaduct (now a cycle route) one of the iconic views of the area. Cafe, Pub and larger car park near by, walks along the valley, picnic by the river, bird watching, photography and a favourite of artists
– for more info see www.visitpeakdistrict.com
or contact Bakewell Visitor Centre on 01629 813227 or email:bakewell@peakdistrict.gov.uk

Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Castleton, Chatsworth, Derwent Reservoirs, Dovedale, Edale, Lyme Park, Manifold Valley, Monsal Head

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