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Staying in the Peak District - General information about why to stay in this National Park and what you can do on your visit …
Staying in the Peak District.
The Peak District is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the UK. This is a claim clearly backed by the millions of people that visit the area each year, but knowing where to go and what to do in order to make the most out of your trip is not always easy.
Why Visit The Peak District?
The Peak District is located fairly centrally within the UK and thanks to a generous road infrastructure linking the area to both the northern and southern areas of Britain, a very significant proportion of the UK's population can begin to enjoy it within just a 2 hour drive.
The M6 and M5 motorways provide easy access to the western Peaks from The North and South respectively, whilst the M1 facilitates access to the eastern reaches of the district from both The North and South.
The Peak District boasts one of the best rural transport networks of bus and train services in the UK, providing public transport access to all of the areas towns and many of its rural villages and visitor attractions.
For information regarding travel in the Peak District visit Peak Connections
When the Peak District National Park comprises of nearly 1500 square kilometres of largely undeveloped landscape, you'd think it difficult for there not to be a great number of spectacular views and walks with awe inspiring scenery. In fact, you'd be correct in making such assumptions, with the details for hundreds of beautiful visits and walks available in published books and online.
One such celebrated scenic route is the Hope Valley Line, one of the most popular train routes in the United Kingdom. Running between Sheffield and Manchester, during weekends and the summer months it is frequently bustling with visitors eager to explore the beautiful countryside the route spans.
Another popular location for scenery is Mam Tor, the site of the Peak Districts most impressive bronze age hill fort of which the fortifications can still be seen. Also known as the Shivering Mountain, Mam Tor rises on the west side of Castleton and looks out over Edale and Kinder in the north and the Hope Valley to the east.
One reason why the Peak District is thought to attract the second largest number of annual visitors in the world is the area's wonderful versatility in terms of the range of available activities. A few widely recognised past times pursued in the Peaks are;
There are routes available for cyclists of all walks and abilities scattered around the Peak District. Whether you prefer mountain biking, trail cycling or road cycling, there'll be a route out there that's ideal for your needs. One such route that is suitable for riders of all abilities is the High Peak Trail, a mainly level route spanning nearly 30km of the district's glorious landscape. Albeit a lengthy route, frequent towns, villages and car parks between its High Peak Junction/Parsley Hay start and finishing points allow its users to select if they wish just a portion to enjoy should they consider the full ride too long. For information on the High Peak Trail (and other routes) visit Peak District Cycle Ways.
Walking & Pubs
If, like many others, you are a fan of a good countryside walk followed by a relaxing session at the pub then you'd be hard pressed to go wrong within the Peaks. CAMRA (an organisation dedicated to campaigning for real ale and proper pubs) has a book out ('Peak District Pub Walks', ISBN 978-185249-246-5) detailing 25 walks within the peak district that reflect the best elements from the region and take into account its inspiring landscape, historic past and its great beer.
The Peak District has been popular with anglers for many, many years, sporting a wide variety of waters that are ideal for fly fishing. Included among these are venues that are suitable for disabled anglers, ensuring that everyone can experience one of the districts favourite past times. The Ladybower Fisheries and Holymoorside Dam included, Peak District Online has information on the web about where to fish in the peak district.
The Peaks boast a range of accommodations for you to enjoy during your visit to the Peak District; whether you'd prefer to stay at a luxurious hotel, a quaint bed & breakfast or private cottage, you'll be able to find what you're looking for wherever you choose to base your trip.
If you're considering basing your stay toward the southern reaches of the Peak District or require a hotel near the Dovedale Valley, Ashbourne boasts the beautiful Izaak Walton Hotel; surrounded by the stunning views of Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill, this picturesque accommodation has great potential as a holiday base for individuals, groups and families alike.
For those wanting to base a stay in the Peaks towards the central and more northern reaches of the district, locations such as Castleton are well connected and impress with accommodations including The Bulls Head Hotel, which doubles as a gastro pub that sources the majority of its quality ingredients from the local area.