Peak District holiday cottages
Why go on holiday to the Peak District?
The Peak District was England's first national park and is one of Europe's busiest. The national park is so popular that more than 10 million people visit every year. But even at peak times, there are 555 square miles of open English countryside for you to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in.
The park is so vast that it spans across five counties: Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. As such, the Peak District is an accessible park for much of the UK.
Stunning rolling hills, historical towns and villages and exposed moorland make up the national park that is commonly divided into two areas: White Peak in the south, and Dark Peak in the north. In the White Peak, the rock is limestone and the vegetation is rich whilst in the Dark Peak, you will find exposed moorlands and dramatic gritstone cliffs.
Whichever side you choose, for lovers of the great outdoors, the Peak District is a paradise.
Things to do on holiday in the Peak District
A holiday in the Peak District isn’t complete without putting on your walking boots and heading for the hilltops. Once you arrive at your holiday cottage, it’s hard to resist getting out in the dales and hills.
The most famous walking trail in the Peak District runs north from Edale for more than 250 miles, finishing in the Scottish Borders. That almighty challenge probably isn’t high up on your to-do list but there are many other shorter trails to follow on foot or bike include the High Peak Trail, Tissington Trail and a route linking Castleton and Matlock. Just remember to close the gates as you go!
Thanks to the limestone sections in the White Peak, there are areas rich with caves and caverns ready to be explored. Some popular towns for caving are Castleton, Buxton and Matlock Bath. If you fancy delving into the depths of the Peak District’s caves, there are numerous caving trips for you to join in with.
For family-friendly activities, there is the Heights of Abraham, a cable car ride with sweeping views of Matlock and surrounding areas; Go Ape, an adventure course in Buxton; and Alton Towers - a theme park to bring out the kid in all of us.
Things to see on holiday in the Peak District
After time spent venturing the national park’s vastness, it can be a welcome break to explore some of the many gardens, stately homes and quaint towns and villages.
Some of the prettiest towns and villages to visit in the Peak District include Bakewell, Castleton, Edale, Tissington and Ashford-in-the-Water. Other highlights include the natural springs in the spa towns of Buxton and Matlock Bath; the reservoir at Carsington Water; Chatsworth House stately home plus the renowned puddings in Bakewell.
The best holiday cottages in the Peak District
We want to make sure that you book the cottage that is best for you so that your holiday in the Peak District is the best that it can be. We give you so much variety and choice that it’s easy to find exactly what it is you’re looking for. Take a closer look at our stunning collection of self-catering cottages and holiday apartments in the Peak District below.
Booking a holiday cottage in the Peak District
Whether you’re more accustomed to the White Peak or Dark Peak, a selection of the holiday lets that are available in the Peak District are displayed below. To find the best one for you, use our filter options to the left, to narrow down what’s available until you find your favourite.
At any point, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about booking a holiday cottage in the Peak District – we’re happy to help with questions about the cottages and to give you advice before you go ahead and book.
The Peak District is just one of 15 National Parks in Britain. Learn more about it here along with the other 14 National Parks.
And if you are bringing dogs, then you might like to take a look at our blog post on 6 pet friendly walks in the Peak District.