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Destination guide

Enjoy a Peak District National Park holiday home

A splodge of greenery on the map of the English Midlands heralds the vast Peak District. Back in 1951, the region became the first designated national park in the country and it's easy to see why. Windswept heaths creep up and drop down with the sculpted bluffs of hills, like Mam Tor and Kinder Scout. There are Neolithic remains, and carved gorges and caves, all just waiting for the budding adventurer. And that's not even mentioning the quaint villages, where cosy tearooms are sandwiched between pretty churches and charming Peak District National Park holiday lettings.

History

Tracing history around the Peak District National Park

Because they're within a protected national reserve, the historical treasures of the Peak District are largely untouched. Some of the drystone walls that you see running around the region have been standing for centuries, while plenty of the villages – Castleton, Bradwell, Hathersage – come with intriguing medieval and industrial heritage. However, some of the most striking historical sites in the area are surely the haunting stones of Arbor Low and Minninglow. Go to those for glimpses of prehistoric henges and burial mounds from the Bronze Age. Both places are easy to reach from holiday rentals on the south side of the Peak District National Park.

Outdoor activities

Peak District National Park holiday cottages for hikers

Wherever you are in the Peak District, you can rest assured that there will be a beautiful hiking trail nearby. Marked routes cast a mesh across the dales and the fells, here, to offer mile upon mile of paths to ramblers. In fact, a few Peak District National Park holiday cottages have them passing right outside their front door, so you can be the first scrambling up the ridges, come morning. Popular treks include the ascent to Kinder Scout, the highest point in the region at over 1,600 feet. Other paths delve into the steep-sided Dovedale Gorge or join sections of the long-distance Pennine Way, at Edale. Going underground is also possible. Cavers come from miles around to conquer the tunnels at Castleton, for example.

Restaurants and bars

Excellent restaurants in the Peak District National Park

Amid the rolling fields and rough-hewn walls of the Peak District, you might just find one of England's most unlikely gastronomic hotspots. Areas to check out are:

  • Tideswell, which has classic British chippies and charming tearooms run by locals
  • Eaton Hill, where Italian trattorias mingle with vintage coach houses that sell English roasts
  • Bakewell, where the cafes all sell the famous local tart – topped with a cherry, of course
  • The countryside around Ladybower Reservoir, which has charming inns with crackling fires and real northern comfort food
Essential info

Key information about the Peak District National Park

  • The Peak District National Park covers 6 counties in total, though most lies within Derbyshire
  • Manchester International is the nearest major airport to the region
  • Peak District National Park holiday homes tend to be most popular during the summer, when the hiking season is in full swing
  • Coming with your 4-legged friend? Be sure to keep Rover on the lead during the lambing season, in spring

How many holiday rentals are available around Peak District National Park?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,523 holiday lettings around Peak District National Park. From 995 cottages to 995 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.