The Peak District was Britain's first national park, established in April
Around 38,000 people live in the Park in 125 parishes
Visitors from all over the world come to the Park to find peace and tranquillity and to reconnect with the natural world
You can also find adventure, experiencing some of England’s finest climbing, caving, walking and cycling
The National Park covers 1,438 km2 (555 sq. miles) with over 2,500 km of public rights of way
A short break, or longer holiday, will allow you to explore some of England’s most spectacular scenery and in the towns, villages and hamlets - amongst the prettiest in the country - you will find a warm and genuine welcome wherever you go. Every taste is catered for and many exciting activities and special interests are available.
Chatsworth House & Gardens, owned by the Duke of Devonshire, needs little introduction. It is steeped in history, full of beautiful works of art and over the years the parks and gardens have been enhanced by such famous landscape gardeners as Capability Brown and Joseph Paxton.
The Saxon town of Bakewell is regarded as the capital of the Peak District and home of the famous Bakewell Pudding and Bakewell Show which is one of the best agricultural events of its type in the country.
Haddon Hall is a fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12 th Century, and is the home of Lord
and Lady Edward Manners whose family have owned it since 1567.
Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Present-day Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century, whereupon it lay dormant for over two hundred years from 1700 until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens, and once again made it habitable.
From the doorstep of the Cottages, there are numerous scenic walks through some of the Peak District’s most beautiful countryside and villages. There are walking books and guides in all of the cottages.
With the High Peak, the Tissington and Manifold Valley Trails just a few miles there are many are many wonderful areas to explore. We provide two bicycles for your use (at your own risk) at Tweedle Dum Cottage.
I would highly recommend a local Derbyshire firm called Dragon Balloon Company for fantastic hot air balloon flights over the spectacular Peak District country side.
When the plague was brought from London to Eyam in 1665 in a consignment of cloth the inhabitants of the village instituted a self imposed quarantine in an attempt to prevent its spread. The deadly disease wiped out 5 out of 6 of the villagers. There are touching reminders of this stoic act of self sacrifice in and around the village.
Plague Cottages at Eyam
Above the village lies Eyam Moor which is a fine area for walking, with good views across the Derwent valley and many Bronze Age remains and monuments.
The Saxon Cross at Eyam
Eyam Hall is worth a visit with its buttery, gift shop and craft centre in the farmyard.