Things to do in the Peak District
Historic places to visit
The ancient village of Castleton in Derbyshire, the only place in the world where the famous Blue John mineral can be found.
There are many caves open to visitors in this area including the Devil's Arse – one of the wonders of the Peak District, Speedwell Cavern with its underground boat ride, Treak Cavern displaying geological splendours, it’s stalactites and stalagmites and where Blue John is still mined today and sold as jewellery in little gift shops in the village .
St Edmunds Church and the Visitor's Centre and Museum chart a rich and varied history of the village dating back to Celtic times.
The pretty, bustling little village of Hathersage with its bed and breakfasts, tea and gift shops and its super swimming pool with Victorian bandstand and Little John's grave is only 10 minutes drive away under the shadow of Stanage Edge - reputedly the haunt of Robin Hood, home of the Stanage struggle, the annual fell race and a wonderful place for climbers and walkers.
The North Lees Estate with 16th Century North Lees Hall, which is a Grade II* listed building and has literary associations with the novel, 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë who stayed there and walked to Hathersage to a friend. The Longshaw Estate, formerly a hunting lodge - a huge area of ancient woodlands, millstone quarries and heather moorland. Padley Chapel, a Catholic Chapel is about 10 miles away where the memory of three priests is revered, they were taken for trial at Derby and found guilty they were hanged, drawn and quartered on the 25th July of that year. They became known as the "Padley Martyrs'.
Lovely Baslow is twenty minutes away on the edge of the Estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House and its famous Farm Shop is 25 minutes from Castleton. Its stately cousin, Hardwick Hall built by Bess of Hardwick and now owned by the National Trust is just 17 miles away.
Things for children to do in the Peak District;
- Peak District walks from Honeysuckle door. Take a night walk up Cavedale behind the cottage with torches and listen to the owls near Peveril Castle!!
- Fly a kite from Mam Tor
- Take a boat ride and explore Castleton’s Mines & Caves, look round the Visitor’s centre and Castleton Museum, feed the Ducks on the Island by the river.
- Skim stones on Ladybower Reservoir
- Enjoy Christmas Brass Band Carol concerts in the Devils Arse!!
More things for children to do in the Peak District;
- Chestnut Centre Conservation & Wildlife Park
- Cycling Ladybower Reservoir
- Heights of Abraham
- Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool
- Freshfields Donkey Village
- Cocoadance (handmade chocolates)
- Horse riding activities at Ladybooth
- Go Ape!
- Alton Towers
- Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre
- Matlock Bath Aquarium
- Crich Tramway Village
- Ladybower Fishery
Things to do for adults in the Peak District
One of the finest walks in the Peak District National Park starts from Cavedale just behind Honeysuckle Cottage and takes you up to Peveril Castle, a Norman castle built in 1086 by the natural son of William the Conqueror and across to Mam Tor the Shivering Mountain, once an Iron Age settlement with views across to Edale and Kinder Scout- the start of the Pennine Way. The Caravan Club have a camp site on the edge of the village near the site reputed to have been a Medieval Hospital. Hope, with its pubs and Peak District camp sites is just 5 minutes away, click here for more information.
Ladybower Fisheries is set in the Derbyshire Peak District. Fishing is fly only and stocking with Rainbow, Browns and Triploids is regular throughout the season. Record fish are Rainbow 17lb 4oz and Brown 11lb 7oz.
Derbyshire Soaring Club is one of the largest Hang gliding and Paragliding clubs in the UK with over 500 members. Located in the heart of the Peak District National Park.
A special present - Flights in a glider are popular as presents on retirement or on special birthdays. The recipient gets a full explanation of gliders and gliding before getting the experience of one, two or three flights, according to voucher type, in a two-seat glider. As well as learning something about gliding, the lucky recipient gets breathtaking views of the Derbyshire Peak District.
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