50 of the best Peak District places to visit this summer 

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House - Credit: Gary Wallis

The delights of the Peak District is high up on many people's wish list, especially as we head into July with the summer months ahead of us. 

Whether a first-time visitor, frequent returner or fortunate to have it on your doorstep, there are never enough hours in the day to fully explore its uniqueness, beauty and diverse offerings. 

Here, we offer a sneak preview to 50 potential outings - all offering something a little different.

How many can you complete before the summer is out? 

Chatsworth: Experience the delights of one of the country’s most beautiful and historic country homes and gardens 

Haddon Hall: Nestled close to Bakewell, this centuries-old building has history emanating from every nook and cranny 

Matlock Bath: Compared to Switzerland by Lord Byron back in the day, Matlock Bath is as popular as it is unique 

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Heights of Abraham: Discover the Peak and experience wonderous views from upon high  

Kinder Scout: The highest point of the Peak District and the focus of the famous Mass Trespass of 1932 

Edale: Stunningly beautiful, Edale provides the starting/ending point for the famous Pennine Way 

Arkwright’s Mills: Visit Cromford for a heritage site like no other. It was here that Richard Arkwright ushered in the Industrial Revolution 

Cromford Canal

Cromford Canal - Credit: Gary Wallis

Cromford Canal: Another site rich in heritage, Cromford Canal makes for an idyllic, peaceful walk 

Ladybower Reservoir: Stunning landscapes, amazing waters and the story of two drowned villages makes for a rewarding day out 

Buxton Opera House: Sumptuous surroundings, great entertainment and numerous nearby hospitality offerings; what’s not to like? 

Renishaw Hall: On the edges of the Peak, this country hall with magnificent gardens stands resplendent in the parish of Eckington 

Bolsover Castle: Bolsover Castle offers hundreds of years of local history and divine views to boot 

Crich Tramway Museum: Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Peak, this unique museum offers a fascinating insight into an era long since passed 

Peak District Mining Museum: Situated in Matlock Bath, a perfect opportunity to learn about an industry pivotal in centuries gone by 

Matlock: Sat on the edges of the National Park, Matlock is the county town of Derbyshire and a must-visit place for anybody visiting the area 

Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop: This famous shop dates back to the 1800s. If you’re after an authentic Bakewell pudding, this is the place 

Eyam: Tiny but world-famous, a visit to this Peak District ‘plague village’ will certainly leave its mark 

Dovedale: The Peak District is jam packed full with beauty spots and it is hard to pick out highlights given there are so many – however, Dovedale is definitely one 

Dovedale

Dovedale - Credit: Gary Wallis

Carsington: Experience the vastness of the open water at the reservoir and enjoy the family-orientated activities Carsington has to offer 

Crich Stand: Towering high on a hill, from the top of this famous landmark eight separate counties can be seen  

Hathersage Outdoor Pool: One of Britain’s few open-air swimming pools, the pool is heated to 28°c and offers stunning views over Stanage Edge, Hathersage and surrouning hills 

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Black Rocks: A small outcrop of natural gritstone, Black Rocks – between Cromford and Wirksworth – offers lovely picnic areas and great rock climbing opportunities  

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: Take in the beautiful countryside views of the Ecclesbourne Valley whilst enjoying the experience of a Derbyshire Countryman speciality menu during the journey 

Monsal Head: Magnificent views down Monsal Dale and up the Wye Valley. The route of the former Midland Railway, there’s also plenty of history to explore  

Edensor: This unique, picture-postcard village on the Chatsworth estate is the resting place for Kathleen Kennedy, sister of JFK. Also in the village, no two houses look the same 

Stanage Edge: A popular spot for walkers and climbers, Stanage Edge north of Hathersage affords stunning views of the Dark Peak moorlands 

Mam Tor: A six-and-a-half-mile walk starting from the picturesque village of Castleton, reach the summit at Mam Tor and that effort will feel worth it 

Thor's Cave

Thor's Cave - Credit: Gary Wallis

Thor’s Cave: A magnificent natural cave in the Manifold Valley 

Chrome Hill: Adjacent to the equally gorgeous Parkhouse Hill, this limestone reef knoll lies in the upper Dove valley close to the Staffordshire border 

Caudwell’s Mill: A delightful Grade II-listed mill in Rowsley where you can take in the history and scenery while enjoying the delights of the on-site shop and café  

Pooles Cavern: Explore the Peak District’s wonderous caverns, some of the finest in England, which will take your breath away - a popular Peak District attraction 

Solomon’s Temple: Also known as Grin Low Tower, this unique Victorian hill marker stands high near the spa town of Buxton 

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton: Dating back to 1871, the open and elegant splendour of the Pavilion Gardens offers everything a family could want in a day out 

Winnats Pass: Underneath the sea thousands of years ago, water has given way to carved landscapes which offer sensational views to visitors 

Arbor Low: A Neolithic henge in the White Peak. Thousands of years of mystery and history combine to make this a popular destination 

Foolow: A small but delightful village a stone’s throw from Eyam. If you come here, don’t forget the camera as the scenery is stunning  

Hardwick Hall: A magnificent Elizabethan house and gardens associated with Bess of Hardwick – hence the name 

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall - Credit: Gary Wallis

Buxton International Festival: Taking place this month, this world-famous festival offers the best cultural entertainment – from opera to theatre  

Howden Reservoir: Close to Ladybower, Howden is a Y-shaped reservoir and the uppermost of three in the Derwent Valley 

Longshaw Estate: Part of the National Trust, enjoy a walk down to Padley Gorge and take in the ‘Gateway to the Peak’ 

Chee Dale: A steep-sided gorge on the River Wye, you’ll find an abundance of wildlife here, with the area overseen by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust 

Bakewell Old House Museum: A 16th century Tudor building with amazing and historic stories to tell  

Lathkill Dale: Experience one of the finest limestone dales in the Peak, as the River Lathkill flows effortlessly by 

Peveril Castle: These ruins have a very atmospheric feel, standing isolated above Castleton and consumed by beautiful scenery 

Lyme Park: Nestled south of Disley in Cheshire, this Peak District mansion and gardens is stunning and managed by the National Trust  

Magpie Mine: Near Sheldon in the Peak, Magpie Mine is a well-preserved mine which showcases the area’s heritage 

Magpie Mine

Magpie Mine - Credit: Gary Wallis

Whaley Bridge: This tranquil High Peak town is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Goyt Valley’ 

Tissington: This beautiful and picturesque Peak District village is home to world-famous well dressings 

Tideswell: Home to the magnificent St. John the Baptist Church, there’s a reason this Grade I-listed building is referred to as the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ 

Baslow: Nestling close to Chatsworth and a short drive to Sheffield, Baslow is surrounded by some of the finest scenery the Peak District has to offer

To find out more about what the Peak District and Derbyshire has to offer, why not subscribe to the monthly Derbyshire Life magazine; read in homes for the past 90 years. 

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