Have you been planning a last-minute getaway and need to plan some things to do in the Peak District? If you’re heading to the Peak District in September after the rush of the summer holidays, whatever your plans are, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of the top things to do in the Peak District this September.
Take a trip to Bakewell and Buxton
Bakewell and Buxton are two of the most popular towns in the
Peak District, there are roughly 63 miles between the two so if you’re around for a week we recommended trying to fit them both in.
Best known for the popular British tart, Bakewell is well known for so many other reasons. Situated on the Banks of the River Wye, the largest town in the Peak District has an abundance of things to offer.
Try a traditional Bakewell tart, whilst we know most people have tried the Mr Kipling version, there’s nothing better than a proper Bakewell tart from a local bakery, why not pick one up and take a stroll alongside the river.
If history is more your thing, venture to the Bakewell Old House Museum. Dating back to the Tudor times, the museum is home to a collection of eclectic items, with large rooms that all tell a story, you can learn all about the history of Bakewell by spending an afternoon taking a tour.
Chatsworth House is another must-see, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, there are 25 rooms to explore, filled with spectacular portraits and paintings. Chatsworth gardens are also something of a vision, with over 5 miles of rare flowers, trees, streams and ponds to discover.
Buxton has a rich history spanning back years and is home to some of the best attractions in the Peak District.
St Anne’s Well is a must-see when visiting Buxton, well known to locals as the ‘lion’s head’, the well provides a supply of Buxton’s famous thermal waters.
After you’ve visited St Anne’s Well, why not pop across to the Pump Room. Built in 1894, for the 7th Duke of Devonshire due to overcrowding, the building has since been restored as part of the Crescent renovation.
If you want to see even more of the historic town, the Buxton Heritage Trail leads you around the town where you will experience stunning architecture, fantastic attractions and even some of Buxton’s hidden gems.
Guided tour of Blue John Cavern
If you’re not into traditional activities, there are plenty of weird and wonderful things to keep you busy whilst on your break in the Peak District.
The Blue John Cavern is named after a semi-precious mineral, Blue John. The Cavern is best known for its underground chambers filled with marine fossils and unique rock formations and you can take a guided tour of the natural water-worn caverns.
Take a walk from The Mining Museum to Matlock, Kinder Scout or Mam Tor
The Peak District is often referred to as the walking country and it isn’t hard to see why. There are a variety of scenic walks in the Peak District with something for all abilities.
If you’re looking for a short, yet rewarding walk then there are plenty of options. A popular short walk starts at the Peak District Mining Museum and finishes in Matlock via the Heights of Abraham and Masson Hill. At 1.6 miles long this walk will take you past plenty of attractions and it’s all uphill meaning you’ve still earned your pitstop for a coffee and cake.
If you’re seeking a challenge, then why not take on the Kinder Scout walk, at 2,087 feet high, it is the highest point in the Peak District and if you make it to the summit, you’ll be sure to reap the rewards of your hard work by looking across at the breathtaking views.
The Mam Tor, meaning ‘Mother Hill’ is one of the most famous walks in the Peak District, the mountain stands at 517 metres high and shows off some spectacular views of the limestone parts of the National Park such as the dry gorge of Winnats Pass.
Watch a show at The Opera House
Round off your trip in style by taking a trip to the theatre. The Buxton Opera House is one of the most famous theatres in the Peak District, marvel at the stunning architecture and enchanting interior. The Opera House has recently been restored to its former glory, the inside boasts an auditorium complete with cherubim, exquisite ceiling paintings and gold leaf decoration. There are a variety of shows on offer including concerts, drama, children’s shows, dance, pantomime, comedy and opera.
From historical sites to famous walks, The Peak District has it all and there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re visiting as a family for a week of fun or for a cosy couple’s retreat, we would love to welcome you to the Peak District and Combs Valley Campsite. Nestled in a valley in Derbyshire overlooking Combs Reservoir, there are several walks and activities right on our doorstep. To book your stay, click here.