Activities In the Peak District


Whether you are a piston-thighed roadie, a pannier-laden tourer, fancy the occasional recreational pedal or just going out with a spin with the family, the Peak District is now the go-to destination for cyclists in the UK

Cycling Inspiration

We have lots of handy hints for Cycle trips to the Peak District.  Read our Blog for inspiration including:

Three of the best road rides in the Peak District National Park 

The best family cycle rides in the Peak District National Park 

Our 7 best Peak District bike cafes

A guide to the best bike shops in the Peak District National Park

Cycle Hire on the Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail runs along the former Midland Railway line for 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale and Coombs Road, at Bakewell. Hassop Station is the best place to hire bikes and there is a great cafe with a small children's play area.

Tissington and High Peak Trails

The Tissington and High Peak Trails are Former railway lines converted to recreational routes for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. The High Peak Trail runs for 17 miles from near Buxton to High Peak Junction, Cromford and the Tissington Trail runs 13 miles from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne. 

Cycle hire, WC and a cafe are all available at Parsley Hay. 

Parsley Hay Bike Hire

You can also hire bikes from Middleton Top Cycle Hire 

Manifold Trail 

The Manifold Trail is a short but very attractive walking/cycle route along the route of the former Leek & Manifold Light Railway. Look out for the impressive Thor’s Cave and interesting rock formations along the way.

Carsington Water 

Carsington Water offers a bike hire service and there are a couple of great routes around the reservoir (the shorter route is perfect for children!) and some of the routes also join onto the nearby  High Peak Trail. If you are looking for accommodation close to Carsington Water, please see our sister venues Knockerdown Cottages.

Derwent Valley

Derwent Cycle Hire located in the Upper Derwent Valley on the shore of the reservoir at Fairholmes. There is a wide range of both easy going and challenging routes around the reservoirs and valley to choose from.

Bike Garage in Bamford offers high-quality mountain bike hire. Catering for groups who wish to take on the world famous Peak District trails.

Retro Cycling

Glory Days offers reliable retro road bike hire delivered to your door and guided group rides in the Peak District. Join one of the 'Pie Rides' starting at the charming Royal Oak country pub.


True North Adventures

A brilliant ebike guiding company that specialise in being able to provide all disciplines, e-biking guides.

 Peak Ebikes

Want to try an ebike out for size. Make a day of taking an ebike for a test run from Hassop Station near Bakewell.


A fantastic tailor-made, full suspension e-bike hire experience providing you with what you want without any of the hassle - Peak wide delivery and collection on all hires.

Outdoor Activities

Abseiling at Millers Dale Viaduct on the Monsal Trail. 

This activity is very close to Priestcliffe House and Cliff House (10 min drive or you could bike along the Monsal trail) and 15 minute drive from the Bakewell properties. 

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Fox House Clay Sports – for clay pigeon shooting near Sheffield. 

Yeaveley Estate - for clay pigeon shooting and fishing near Ashbourne

Peak District Clay Pigeon Shooting - for clay pigeon shooting in the Hope Valley and surround area 

Quad bikes & Paint balling

Near to Ashbourne Wild Park Derbyshire offers painting balling, quad biking, laser tag and archery.

Quest Paintball offers paint balling, clay pigeon shooting, archery, axe throwing, air pistols, human table football, off road driving

Go Ape at Poole’s Cavern, Buxton

Go Ape is a giant obstacle course up in the trees using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire, and top it all off with the country’s best zip lines. The Buxton course is set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park and within walking distance of the historic Spa town itself.


For those not wishing to relax the days away, we can recommend a range of walks that can be enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels 

Monsal Trail

You can walk for miles on the old railway line which is great for children, strollers and ideal for the recreational walkers. 

The path is mainly mud free which is quite rare in the Peak District. 

Further Information

Favourite Walks from Snap the Peaks

Lathkill Dale - A strenuous 12-mile walk starting from Youlgrave

Robin Hoods Stride - A short but exciting 4-mile walk from Birchover. 

Monsal Dale - A moderate 6-mile walk from Monsal Head

Mam Tor - The stone surfaced footpath from the car park to the top of Mam Tor will reward you with one of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Peak District.

Dovedale - A moderate 6-mile walk from Dovedale to Milldale

Milldale to Hartington - An easy 5 mile walk from Milldale to Hartington. 

Chrome & Park House Hill - A hard 8-mile walk starting in Longnor

Manifold Valley - A strenuous 12-mile walk in the Manifold Valley

Official Walking Maps for the Peak District

Sheffield and Huddersfield Region

Buxton and Matlock Region

Peak District White Peak Region

Peak District Dark Peak Region

Walking Tours

Offering a mix of cultural, heritage and walking based tours.

Dog Walking 

Dog Walking is very popular with dog walking. With its beautiful country side, from moorlands and woodlands to riverside rambles. 

Read about some of our favourite dog walks in the Peak District on our Blog


The southern part of the Peak District National Park is known as the Derbyshire Dales. This is a limestone area and as such its main rivers – the Derbyshire Wye, Derwent and Dove – are fly rich waters delivering superb fly fishing. 

Trout Fly Fisheries

In Derbyshire there are some excellent still water Trout fly fisheries

Yeaveley Estate lakes (near Ashbourne)​

Press Manor Trout Fishery (near Chesterfield).

Press Manor Trout Fishery

Day ticket specimen carp fishing and coarse fishing 

Press Manor Trout Fishery (near Chesterfield).​​

Cressbrook and Litton Fishers - River Wye

Cressbrook and Litton Fly Fishers - is the custodian of eleven miles of fly fishing on the River Wye

The Peacock at Rowsley - The Peacock is the hub for the Haddon Estate fisheries which offers some of the finest and most extensive dry fly fishing in the UK. 

Caves and Caverns

Due to the fascinating geological area in the Peak District, visit and learn about these truly amazing natural features. Great activity for kids and when the weather does not cooperate for outdoor activities.

Poole Cavern. 

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an explorer, you could also visit the adjacent Poole's Cavern, a 2 million year old, natural limestone cave 

Blue John Cavern

The Blue John Cavern at Castleton in the Peak District is world famous.  It is home to eight of the fourteen known varieties of Blue John stone, a beautiful and ornamental fluor-spar. 

Blue John Cavern

Speedwell Cavern

Take an amazing boat trip 450m under the Hills of Castleton to the awesome Bottomless Pit.

Peak Cavern

Otherwise known as the 'Devils Arse' this is a great cave which also doubles as a music venue. 

Peak Cavern

Dolomite Training

Dolomite Training can take you beyond the usual show caves for a more exciting caving trip which can include underground abseils and climbs. 
Dolomite Training

Water Activities


River Derwent – 4 miles from Darley Bridge to Matlock Bath.

Along with canoeing on the canal for the younger family group – min age 5yrs – maximum 12 people.

White Water Rafting

Tandem Orca Kayaking and Tubing – Darley Dale, Matlock on the River Derwent which flows through the beautiful Peak District National Park.

Water Sports - Canoeing, Sailing and Windsurfing

Carsington Water is open all year round and is a hive for activity, you can walk or ride a bike around it, visit the watersports centre, fish or even hire the electric bikes! There is also a lovely restaurant, cafe, shops and a great playground for children. Carsington Water -  Carsington Tel: 01629 540478  | Ashbourne 

Tittesworth Water - Tittesworth Watersports and Activity Centre

Rudyard Lake - Near Leek

Special Events

Treasure Hunts

Looking for a unique experience in the Peak District. Look no further.

Outdoor Game Experiences

Facing a series of brain tingling challenges, you and your team decipher your way through a themed outdoor challenge trail, testing your mental agility, physical nimbleness and ability to think outside the box. Expect suspenseful excitement, painful bewilderment and plenty of laughs!

Murder Mystery

Smoke and Mirrors provide interactive murder mysteries at your self-catering property. You can have murder mystery dinners, murder mystery weekends, or any other sort of murder mystery you can think of!

Family portrait photographer

Some guests have hired Dorota for photo shoots for family reunions at our holiday cottages, a great away to capture a special occasion.

Escape the Van

Mobile escape room - delivered to your venue door you can enjoy hours of fun working together to find clues, solve puzzles and break locks in this fun and challenging escape room experience.

Recommended Multi Activity Companies

Below is a full list of some of the companies that Peak Venues have worked with and have been popular with guests for Adventure Days. 

Peak Outdoor Training

Specialists in Rock Climbing, Fun Navigation Events, Weasiling, Abseiling, Rocket Build and Launch Challenge, Raft Building, Kayaking, Mountain Biking,Themed CSI Orienteering, Guided Walks, Road Cycling & Great British Sports Day

Demon Wheelers

Demon Wheelers have a great range of experience in organising many different events which range from One to One Team building tuitions to family fun days.  Loads of unusual activities can be organised both on and off site from Crystal Maze, Archery to Mini Quad biking.

Spread Like Wildfire

Themed nights and other activities. Please note some activities may not be suitable at certain properties, so please do always check with us first before booking an activity.

Action Packed Events 

Action Packed Events (APE) offer a wide range of exciting indoor and outdoor activities and games, including axe throwing,archery, bubble football, 
Inflatable Bungee Run, gladiator duel and more.

Action Packed Events

Other Adventure Companies

Peak Venues Best Picnic Spots

9 Ladies Stone Circle

A beautiful ancient bronze age site set a short walk from Stanton in the Peak

Find the 9 Ladies

Padley Gorge

There is plenty to keep children entertained around Padley Gorge at this favourite picnic spot. 

Find Padley Gorge

Chatsworth Estate

Head down to the river and sit on the other side of the bank, enjoying the views of Chatsworth House as the rippling water adds that little something extra to your experience. 

Picnics at Chatsworth


The Southern end of Dovedale, close to Illam is a top spot for a picnic. Walk up Dovedale from the car park and you will find the famous stepping stones. 

Dovedale Picnic Spot

Lathkill Dale

Set out from the delightful village of Monyash and into Lathkill Dale, one of the most sublimely pretty parts of the Peak District. 

Find Lathkill Dale Picnic Spot

Wild Swimming Spots

Fancy a quick dip at some of the best wild swimming spots in the Peak District.

Mermaids Pool

This tiny moor top pool is steeped with legend and has great views of the Roaches. 

Find Mermaids Pool

Slippery Stones

On the young river Derwent, downstream of the foot bridge, about a mile up from the car park at the road end of the Derwent / Lady Bower Reservoir.

Find Slippery Stones

Chatsworth House

A graceful sweep of the river Derwent. Long river pools with fantastic Chatsworth parkland views. 

Find Chatsworth House Wild Swim

Three Shires Head 

A series of water falls and plunge pools (known as Panniers Pool, a reference to the pack-horses that once used the bridges) where the counties of Derbyshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire all meet at the 'Y' shaped junction of two converging rivers in the beautiful peak district.

Find the Three Shires Head ​

Hathersage Open Air Swimming Pool

Its not quite wild but its an amazing outdoor swimming pool. 

Find Hathersage Open Air Swimming Pool

Food & Drink Activities

Guided Mushroom Foraging

For individuals, groups or team building – a fungi foray is always a great day out.

Guided Wild Mushroom Foraging

Brewery Tours

There are a wealth of great micro breweries in the Peak District. Some of our favourite tours are:

White Peak Distillery

Thornbridge Brewery

Peak Ales

Wincle Beer

Buxton Brewery

Chocolate Making Classes

Chocolate parties are a hands on, interactive experience, allowing children and adults to get creative and have fun with chocolate.

Olivers Chocolate Parties

Cookery Courses 

Hartingtons of Bakewell run many masterclasses from their converted Saw Mill. 

Hartingtons of Bakewell

Bakewell Pudding Making Experience

Learn how to make the perfect famous Bakewell pudding. 

Bakewell Pudding Shop

Wine Tasting Sessions

Or try local company Peak Wine tastings located in Hope Valley who offer a bespoke service to suit your group.

Peak Wine

Gin Tastings & Whisky Tastings

There a number of great gin and whisky producers in the Peak District here are a few of our favourites

White Peak Distillery

Forest Gin & Whisky Tours

Distilled Events 

Cocktail Making Classes

A popular choice. Jammins Cocktail training offer cocktail making lessons in the comfort of your holiday accommodation. 

Jammins Cocktail Making

Giddy Up Mobile Events 

Mobile Bar, Gin Tasting & Cocktail Making. Hire the lovely vintage Horsebox bar to serve you locally sourced tipples, perfect for any occasion

Giddy Up Mobile Events

Rainy Days

Swimming Pools

There are great swimming pools in the local areas of our properties. 

Bakewell Swimming Pool

Buxton Swimming Pool

Matlock Swimming Pool

Ashbourne Swimming Pool

Leek Swimming Pool

We also recommend one of the water parks just a stone throw away.

Alton Towers

Water World

Take A Steam Train Ride

Take a trip on a steam train from Rowsley. 

Peak Railway. 

Kids Indoor Play Center

Let the kids run riot at one of the popular local kids play centers. 

Peak Adventures at Rowsley

Little Monkeys at Darwin Forest 

Little Rascals at Buxton

Pottery Painting

Individual and group sessions in ceramics and potter, with a fixed location in Whaley Bridge and a mobile Pain't a Pot service. 

Peak Potters 

Ice Skating

Great for all ages so the family can enjoy a few hours on the ice.​

Ice Sheffield


For the more adventurous guests we highly recommend one of the more daring outdoor pursuits available in the Peak District in climbing. With enigmatic and thought-provoking names such as Flying Buttress, Christmas Crack, Medusa, Mad Dogs & Englishmen or The Sloth along with the natural geology offering a playground for climbers, climbing is the sport to do. Here are our favourite Climbing companies who will help you tackle those cliffs and crags with ease.

Blue Mountain Activities


Peak Pursuits

Derwent Outdoor Pursuits - Tel : 01629 824179


The Peak District offers a wide array of golf courses to fill your itinerary plan and can be great for hen or stag activities to relax. Whether you're a pro putter or a casual caddy we have a range of specially selected courses for you.

Call for availability and tee times:

Matlock Golf Club

Ashbourne Golf Club

Bakewell Golf Club

Cavendish Golf Club

Buxton and High Peak Golf Club

Stickleholme Golf Club

Westwood Golf Club

Leek Golf Club

Peak Practice Golf (Buxton)

Hone your skills before taking to the course with this driving range and a wide range of other activities.

Horse Riding

Another of our range of specially selected outdoor pursuits is horse riding which is a great way to experience the serene Peak District countryside and is great for all groups from families to hens and stag groups.

Ridgeway Riding School

Jaggers Lane, Matlock DE4 5LH

Buxton Riding Centre 

Fern Farm, Fern Lane, Off London Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9NP

Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre

Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre, Bradnop, Near Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7EZ

Northfield Farm Riding

Northfield Farm, Flash, Near Buxton, Derbyshire. SK17 0SW

Horse Racing - Uttoxeter Race Course

Arts & Crafts

To burn off that holiday excitement energy try our great team building activity of dancing or relax and enjoy painting, drawing or sculpting.


Dancing Classes

Eleanor Gaywood - Belly Dancing Lessons

Peak Performance Theatre School

Bakewell Dance - Offer a range of dance styles including a hen dance event.


Crafternoon Tea - A bespoke, vintage and relaxed way to enjoy crafts, tea and cake! A tailored experience that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your holiday cottage!

The Crafty Hen - Offers fun craft workshops led by experienced professionals are great and go wherever you want your party.

Crafts and Giggles - Offer craft parties for corporate groups, hen parties, birthdays and more!

Spa & Pamper Days

Pamper Days / Parties:

As You Like It Pamper Parties - Tel : 07787 123847

Feel Good Pamper - Bespoke spa experiences brought to your holiday home.

Glo Pamper 

Offer treatment packages for couples, groups and families in the comfort of your accommodation from £19pp. 

Love Pamper Company - relax in the comfort of your booked accommodation and let the pampering begin - can cater for all size groups with many different treatments to consider. Tel: 07896 508748

Peak Relaxation 

Botanicals Bakewell- offering a wide range of organic, holistic spa and wellness treatments. Including body massages,  facials, manicures, pedicures and skincare consultations.


The New Bath Hotel and Spa - Offers a wide variety of treatment packages.

The Palace Hotel - Buxton has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and 7 beauty treatment rooms.

The Retreat - Leek offers a wide array of treatments and spa packages.

Loosehill Spa - Near Hope offers treatments to suit everybody.

Stancliffe Hall - Based in Matlock, offering various treatments, jacuzzi, steam room, swimming pool all in stunning surroundings.

Pilates & Yoga

Looking for Pilates Instruction in the Peak District. Contact Peak District Pilates for more information. 

For Yoga instruction contact Peak District Yoga