Activities In the Peak District

Cycling

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. 

www.hassopstation.co.uk

You can also hire bikes for the Monsal Trail at Blackwell Mill cycle hire.

www.peakblackwellcyclehire.com

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.

www.carsingtonwater.com

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.

www.glorydays.cc

E-Bikes

True North Adventures

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

www.truenorthadventures.co.uk

 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. 

www.peakebikes.co.uk

MTB&B

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.

www.mtbnb.co.uk

Outdoor Activities

Abseiling at Millers Dale Viaduct on the Monsal Trail. 

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

 www.peakoutdoortraining.co.uk 

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.

www.wildparkleisure.co.uk

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

www.questpaintball.com

Mobile Archery

At some of the properties  (please check which has enough space before booking) you can hire an Archery company to come and give you lessons. 

www.archeryevents.co.uk

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.

www.goape.co.uk/days-out/buxton

Go-karting

Swains Centre located on the outskirts of Buxton is a great for either a family or children’s party, a stag or hen do, corporate or team building event.

www.swains-centre.co.uk/

Walking

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 Torr - 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. 

www.brackenburysbritain.co.uk


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


Fishing

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)​

Barlow lakes (near Chesterfield)

Press Manor Trout Fishery (near Chesterfield).

Press Manor Trout Fishery

Day ticket specimen carp fishing and coarse fishing 

Press Manor Trout Fishery (near Chesterfield).

Danebridge Fisheries. 

In the picturesque village of village of Wincle you can fish in the well stocked pool, catch your own supper or feed the trout. Very popular with the kids. 

Danebridge Fisheries,

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

www.poolescavern.co.uk 


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.

www.speedwellcavern.co.uk


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

Days Out Places to Visit

Chatsworth House and Park

No visit to the Peak District would be complete without visiting the fabulous Chatsworth House. At Chatsworth there is something to do for every member of the family. 

www.chatsworth.org


Gullivers Kingdom,  

A family run theme park in Matlock Bath, this is a great family day out especially designed for families with children aged between the years of 2 and 13.

Gullivers Kingdom Website


The Heights of Abraham,  

Visit Matlock Bath for a beautiful day out and take the cable car ride to the Heights of Abrahams, this hill top park has plenty to see and do with cavern tours, heritage walks, a fossil factory and a children’s adventure playground.  

Heights of Abraham


Alton Towers, 

Superb Theme Park and Water World (approximately 45 minutes’ drive away) 

Alton Towers


Buxton Pavillion and Gardens

 A great day out with lots of options for all the family. 

www.paviliongardens.co.uk


Cauldwell's Mill Rowsley

A unique grade II* listed historic roller flour mill. Offers tours of the mill, a selection of artisan workshops and gift shops as well as a cafe.

www.caudwellsmill.co.uk


Matlock Farm Park

The farm​ has a varied selection of animals to see from llamas and meerkats to cattle and sheep.

matlockfarmpark.co.uk


Churnet Valley Railway

Superb day out for the family with a variety of activities.

www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk


Peak Wildlife Park

Come face to face with exotic and endangered animals from across three continents on this thrilling day out.

www.peakwildlifepark.co.uk


Thornbridge Brewery

Fun day out learning about the heritage of a local brewery, for the whole family (parts of tour not suitable for children under 5)

https://thornbridgebrewery.co.uk/pages/brewery-tours

Castleton

A small village in the Peak District filled with history and beautiful surroundings such as the 'Shivering Mountain' of Mam Tor.

www.visitpeakdistrict.com/explore/towns-and-villages/castleton-p679701


The Potteries

The potteries make for a fun and memorable day out that all ages can enjoy.

www.visitstoke.co.uk/see-and-do/the-potteries

Water Activities

Canoeing

Canoe the River Derwent from Darley Bridge to Matlock Bath or younger family groups can canoe on the canal. 

www.peaksandpaddles.org


 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.

 www.rapidhorizons.com


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.

www.peaksgo.com


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!

www.hauntedmysteryweekend.co.uk


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.

www.dorotaholdenphotography.com


Butlers in the Buff  

A popular choice with hen parties, this company also offers Butlerettes for stag parties

www.butlersinthebuff.com  

(Please note that this option can only be booked at our exclusive use venues only. Please do check with Peak Venues to whether this option is appropriate at the property you are staying at.)

Stately Homes and Parks

Chatsworth House and Park

Set in lavish parkland, one of England’s greatest houses is home to the Duke of Devonshire and the Cavendish Family. Build by Bess of Hardwick. Mary Queen of Scots was famously imprisoned here.


Eyam Hall 

A fine 17th Century Hall in the Plague village of Eyam, Hope Valley, which is still in the hands of its original builders, the Wright Family. It has a small set of craft workshops attached.


Haddon Hall

A medieval manor house and home to the Dukes of Rutland and the Manners family. Situated alongside the River Wye near Bakewell.


Ilam Hall and Park 

The remains of the hall built by the Watts Russell family in the 1820s, close to Ashbourne. The Hall and Park now belong to the National Trust.


Kedleston Hall and Park

A classical Palladian Mansion built by Robert Adam, near Derby. Home of the Curzon family and Lords Scarsdale, it is filled with memorabilia of Lord Curzon's time as Viceroy of India.


Lyme Hall

A fine Italian house in Disley, Cheshire, on the edge of the Peak District. Used by the BBC in their adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' - this is where Mr Darcy lived. Set in a large park with gardens.

Tissington Hall 

Tissington Hall is the 17th century home of the FitzHerbert family in Tissington Village near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Wonderful furniture, paintings and porcelain collection.


Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood

This late 17th century historic country home of the Vernon family and get to know some of the amazing characters who have moulded Sudbury over the centuries.

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. 

 

Clear Sky Events 

Corporate activity experts in tailored events including Team Away days, Navigation Events, Corporate Activity Team Building, CSI Orienteering, outdoor pursuits and company charity events

www.clearskyevents.co.uk 

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 

www.peakoutdoortraining.co.uk


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.

 www.demonwheelers.co.uk


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.

www.spreadlikewildfire.co.uk


Dandelion Events  

Offer team building events for corporate parties and outdoor activities such as Archery, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Quad Bikes, Crossbows & Air Rifle Shooting. 

www.dandelionevents.co.uk


Other Adventure Companies

www.acclimbatize.co.uk

www.peakpursuits.co.uk

www.bluemountainactivities.co.uk

www.pureoutdoor.co.uk

www.peakandpaddles.org

www.dolomitetraining.co.uk

www.truenorthadventures.co.uk

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


Dovedale

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:

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.

www.oliverschocolateparties.co.uk


Afro Cooking with Stella

Learn how to cook traditional Afro-Caribbean food with Stella in the comfort of your own kitchen and then sit down with Stella to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Cooking with Stella


Cookery Courses 

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

www.hartingtons.com


Bakewell Pudding Making Experience

Learn how to make the perfect famous Bakewell pudding. 

www.bakewellpuddingshop.co.uk


Wine Tasting Sessions

Look no further than local multi award winning Wine Merchants John Hattersley Wines who offer a wide range of tastings to suit at their tasting venue or they will happily come to you. 

www.johnhwines.co.uk

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

www.winetasting-parties.com


Gin Tastings & Whisky Tastings

Enjoy an exclusive gin tasting or whisky tasting at any of our venues with David Wood from Distilled Events. Their tastings are fun and informative and the perfect way to entertain your guests.

www.distilledevents.co.uk


Cocktail Making Classes

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

www.jam-inns.co.uk

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 

The Playmill at Bonsall

Little Rascals at Buxton

Lunar Landing in Ashbourne


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

Climbing

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.

Blue Mountain Activities

www.bluemountainactivities.co.uk


Acclimbatize

www.acclimbatize.co.uk


Peak Pursuits

www.peakpursuits.co.uk


Derwent Outdoor Pursuits

Tel : 01629 824179

Golf

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

www.matlockgolfclub.co.uk/course

Ashbourne Golf Club

www.ashbournegolfclub.co.uk

Bakewell Golf Club

www.bakewellgolfclub.co.uk

Cavendish Golf Club

www.cavendishgolfclub.com

Buxton and High Peak Golf Club

www.bhpgc.co.uk

Stickleholme Golf Club

www.sickleholme.co.uk

Westwood Golf Club

www.westwoodgolfclubleek.co.uk

Leek Golf Club

www.leekgolfclub.co.uk

Peak Practice Golf (Buxton)

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

peakpracticegolf.co.uk

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

matlockfarmpark.co.uk/home

Buxton Riding Centre 

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

www.buxtonridingschool.co.uk/index.html

Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre

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

www.beaverhall.co.uk

Northfield Farm Riding

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

northfieldfarm.co.uk


Horse Racing - Uttoxeter Race Course

www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk

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.

Arts

Dancing Classes

Mabruk Dance - Belly Dancing Lessons

Eleanor Gaywood - Belly Dancing Lessons

Cheermania - Cheerleading Lessons

Peak Performance Theatre School

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

bakewelldance@gmail.com

Photography

World In Focus - Photography training days in and around the Peak District for all group sizes, great for team building and learning new skills. The course is individually tailored to your needs.

Crafts

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!

Sticky Fingers  - Sticky Fingers is a wonderful environment in which to spend time crafting with the family.

Spa & Pamper Days


Pamper Days / Parties:

Glo Pamper 

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

Inner Sanctuary based in Derbyshire - can come out to the property and cater for groups large or small.  Contact: katiedunn@theinnersanctuary.org.uk

As You Like It Pamper Parties - Tel : 07787 123847

Peak Relaxation - enquiries@peakrelaxation.co.uk

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

Spas:

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

The Devonshire Spa - Buxton university campus offers very good treatment at a reduced cost.

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.

Pilates & Yoga

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

For Yoga instruction contact Peak District Yoga