About the area


The Peak District is a protected landscape of over 500 square miles, much of it classed as open access land, with miles of cycle and traffic-free trails. The southerly White Peak area is so-called because of the underlying limestone rock. 

Apart from the pleasures of walking, cycling and general sightseeing, some of the area’s other attractions include:

Historic houses such as Chatsworth, Lyme Park and Haddon Hall

Dovedale and its famous stepping stones

Tissington village (and the long cycle trail)

The Manifold Valley, cycle trail and the spectacular Thor's Cave

Derwent Valley Mills (a world heritage site)

Crich Tramway Museum

The Georgian town of Ashbourne

Alton Towers theme park

Water sports at Carsington Water

Ladybower reservoir (the dam-busters site)

Bakewell agricultural and general market (and its famous puddings)

The spa town of Buxton, with its gardens, international festival and opera house

Matlock and the Heights of Abraham

Sports such as golf and fishing for trout on the Dove










Thorpe Cloud, Ilam