The Peak District in 2 Days

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Grand houses and hiking along England's backbone

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Day One – Bakewell


Take a leisurely stroll around the attractive market town of Bakewell. If you visit on Monday you’ll be able to experience the hustle and bustle of the outdoor market, while just over the River Wye, the Agricultural Centre also holds a cattle and sheep market every Monday.

Be sure to call in at the popular Farmers’ Market, also in the Agricultural Business Centre (last Saturday of the month), where you can buy food and other local products direct from farmers, producers and craftsmen. Look out for products carrying the National Park’s Environmental Quality Mark (EQM).

There are lots of excellent cafés, restaurants and pubs in the town, or if it’s fine, a picnic down by the River Wye is a popular option – there are plenty of places to buy snacks including locally produced foods – and don’t forget the  Bakewell tarts and Bakewell Pudding, which you can buy from a number of shops in the town.

The Original Farmers’ Market Shop has wide range of baked goods, meat, cheese and food from farms and producers in the Peak District.

There’s a great choice of things to do near to Bakewell – if history and heritage is your thing, your spoilt for choice, with both Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House & Gardens close by. In the town itself, you could spend the afternoon at the Old House Museum and the M&C Collection of Historic Motorcycles.

There’s also some great walking too – catch the bus to Youlgreave and then walk back to Bakewell (approx 4.5miles, 3 hours), taking in the stunning views of Bradford Dale, Alport, Lathkill Dale and Over Haddon before returning to Bakewell.

If you don’t have a nervous disposition, you could try an evening Ghost Walk around the town, which operate on certain evenings during the summer months.

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Day Two – Castleton

Begin your day at the Castleton Visitor Centre – the main centre for exploring the Hope Valley. Located in the picturesque village of Castleton, the Centre is a ‘must see’ for visitors to the Peak District National Park and includes the Castleton Village Museum, home of many local treasures, some dating from prehistoric times.

Visitors are able to discover the delights of Castleton and the Hope Valley through interactive and interpretative displays and discover what it would be like to experience the view from Mam Tor, hang glide over the Hope Valley or climb Stanage Edge? The Visitor Centre staff are happy to provide information and will help advise you on what you can do in the area on your visit.

There are lots of great cafés, tea-rooms and pubs where you can enjoy lunch or buy snacks to take with you.

For something a little different, try the Castleton Geology Trail – an easy access route of approximately 3.5miles (around two hours). The self-guided trail covers Castleton’s more accessible geological wonders – all sites have roadside access or paved footpaths suitable for buggies, wheelchairs and for those with low mobility. Alternative routes across fields are also suggested.

For a more challenging route, try the long distance Castleton Geology Trail, which is around 4.5miles and takes approximately five hours.

On this self-guided trail, you’ll get to the heart of the Peak District’s 350-million-year-old-story, as you scale the shale and gritstone heights of Mam Tor, overlook the brooding Dark Peak in the north and the older limestone White Peak area in the south.

If you have children with you, there’s even a Geology Trail available which is ideal for 7-9 year olds.

For those who prefer a less taxing afternoon, you can take a gentle stroll around the village while indulging in a little retail therapy using the Historic Shopping Trail as your guide.

Ideas courtesy of Peak District and Derbyshire.

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