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Peak District

Over 500 square miles of outstanding natural beauty spread across the borders of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire, the Peak District National Park was the very first area to be designated a national park in the 1950s.

Today it remains a very special haven of tranquility and the perfect year round holiday destination to explore from your cosy self catering cottage or spacious country house. The great outdoors is literally on your doorstep, but also the nation’s most historic houses, Chatsworth and Haddon Hall, and the must-do family favourite, Alton Towers, is just a few miles away.

For breathtaking scenery, take a walk in the park and head for Dovedale, the Gritstone Trail and Kinder Scout, the spectacular crags of Stanage Edge or the Ridge Walk at Mam Tor. Wildlife lovers will find plenty to see at Ladybower, while thrill seekers can go rock climbing at The Roaches, caving at Castleton or the Treak Cliff Cavern, ballooning over Bakewell or abseiling down Millers Dale Bridge. Swim under a blue sky at Hathersage, sail on Carsington Water or cycle on the Monsal Trail, into the Manifold Valley, on the Tissington Trail.

And when you’ve done all that and worked up a healthy appetite, try the delicious local produce - Bakewell pudding, Staffordshire oatcakes, Hartington cheese, real ales and spring waters. There are markets in Leek, Bakewell, Buxton, Ashbourne and Matlock Bath, farm shops on every lane and every pretty village seems to have its own picturesque pub.

The delightful Opera House and Buxton's annual music and literary festivals attract visitors from all over the world. Lovers of good design won’t want to miss the David Mellor Visitor Centre, and the Potteries are just a short drive away with outlet stores galore.

Stroll along the UK’s only inland promenade in Matlock Bath and take the cable car to the Heights of Abraham, go pony trekking in Edale or see the sights on a sidecar safari. Whatever the weather, there’s never a dull day in the park.

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July

Chesterfield Medieval Market
Chesterfield Medieval Market

Chesterfield steps back to the Middle Ages for the day. Visit the Medieval Encampment complete with knights and sword fights in the grounds of the 'Crooked Spire' Church. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park
RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park

Dedicated to sharing the best in gardening

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September

Nantwich Food & Drink Festival
Nantwich Food & Drink Festival

The annual celebration of food and drink from the local area dna bit further afield. (photo - VisitEngland)
 

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Wirksworth Festival
Wirksworth Festival

A leading rural arts festival where everyone can enjoy great art in a unique and inspiring setting. (photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead Initiative)

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November

Bonfire Night at Chatsworth
Bonfire Night at Chatsworth

Fantastic fireworks at one of Britain's grandest estates.

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May

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival
Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

A range of walks for all standards around the chesterfield area. (photo ©VisitEngland Visit Hull and East Yorkshire)

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Rail Ale and Cider Festival at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre
Rail Ale and Cider Festival at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre

The most atmospheric beer festival of the year. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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June

Bolesworth International  
Bolesworth International  

4 days of World Class Showjumping and action packed family entertainment. (photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead Initiative)

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Cheshire Show
Cheshire Show

The county’s premier countryside event. (photo - VisitEngland/Marketing Cheshire)

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Cholmondeley Pageant of Power
Cholmondeley Pageant of Power

Cars, bikes, food, drink and much more at Cholmondeley. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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The Derbyshire County Show
The Derbyshire County Show

A celebration of Rural Derbyshire

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