You have decided to take a holiday in the Peak District, you’ve packed your bags and you’re ready to head off. All you need now are some suggestions for how to fill your weekend. Well look no further, we have created this personal guide for your weekend away in the Peak District.
Where is the Peak District and how should I travel there?
The Peak District is situated in the stunning county of Derbyshire and is one of the most visited National Parks in the UK. It can be easily accessed from either end of the country by the M6 and M1. However, in recent times The Peak District National Park Authority has begun to implement its sustainable transport plan that will ensure the Peak District gains a reputation for sustainable travel. If you fancy using an alternative method of transport, our campsite is only a 20-minute walk from the train station with a direct path. Either way, we can’t wait for you to start your Combs Valley Adventure, let the staycation commence…
The first place you should visit?
Once you’ve dropped off your bags and settled nicely into Combs Valley Campsite, you’ll want to head out and explore, so where’s the first place you should visit?
There are so many amazing things to do in the Peak District that it can be difficult to know where to start. Hopefully, this guide will give you plenty of ideas for your weekend break.
Why not kick your Friday afternoon off with a visit to Arkwright’s Mill at Cromford? Arkwright’s Mill is a World Heritage Site and it is also the world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill and the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
Take a tour and discover the captivating story of how Derwent Valley changed the world in the 18th century. However, if history isn’t your thing, why not take a walk down Cromford Canal and stop for a coffee at the canal-side café.
If you’re looking for history, we recommend spending a sunny Saturday morning visiting the charming Chatsworth House and Garden. It is the home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. You can explore each of the 25 rooms and marvel at the portraits and paintings that the estate has accumulated over many decades.
If the weather is in your favour, why not explore Chatsworth Garden. Spread over 105 acres, the garden features an array of wildflowers, fountains and sculptures and makes for the perfect pit stop for a picnic.
Peak District Attractions for families
If you’re looking for some family fun, there are plenty of attractions for families in the Peak District.
Tire the kids out with a Saturday afternoon trip to Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground. It has been a popular day out for children since it opened in 1973. It’s the perfect place to bring an animal lover and gives the whole family a chance to get up close with ponies, lambs and even Custard the guinea pig!
If animals aren’t your thing, check out The Heights of Abraham, for another fabulous family day out. Explore the 60-acre hilltop estate by cable car, take a tour around the caverns or relax and put your feet up whilst watching your little ones take on the Explorer’s Challenge.
Fancy a walk?
If you like walking, you’ve come to the right place.
Whilst there are plenty of impressive walks in the Peak District, Kinder Scout really is breathtaking. At 2,087 feet high, it is the highest point in the Peak District with incredible views from the summit.
There’s also plenty of history surrounding Kinder Scout. It was the location of the famous ‘Kinder Trespass’ in the 1930s, where over 400 people took part in a peaceful protest to highlight the restrictions of walking in open country. This led to the legislation that allowed people to walk freely on access land. This was also a leading factor in the creation of the Peak District National Park.
Where to eat
Choosing where to eat is arguably one of the hardest parts of a weekend away but don’t worry we’ve got you covered. There are a number of places to eat in the Peak District. Whether you’re looking for some pub grub, a fine dining experience or you simply want to tuck into a takeaway back at Combs Valley Campsite, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Just a short 5-minute walk away from the campsite is the Beehive. With 4.5 stars on Google, this traditional pub offers local cuisine with both vegetarian and vegan options. We would highly recommend taking a visit whether it be for a slap-up evening meal or a traditional breakfast with a Derbyshire oatcake twist.
If you fancy venturing a bit further afield, we would recommend Casa di Pizza. Taste the delights of Italy with a trip to this charming Italian restaurant located in Whaley Bridge that features traditional dishes and an extensive menu.
If fine dining is what you’re after we would recommend trying the delights that Grafene at Losehill House has to offer. Dubbed as one of the best restaurants in Derbyshire, it’s also listed by The Times as one of their ’20 best places to eat in Britain’.
If you don’t want to eat out there are also plenty of takeaway options even if you want restaurant standard food. The Hanging Gate pub has an extensive history as well as a friendly atmosphere and delicious food. They offer takeaways on weekends meaning you can order real pub grub from the comfort of your camper.
Time to book your Peak District Holiday
The Peak District is the perfect location for a mini-break in the UK. Whether you’re looking to indulge in the rich history of the National Park, enjoy picturesque walks and take in the stunning scenery or sample the famous Derbyshire Oatcake, we hope this guide has helped you plan your weekend!
Looking for somewhere to stay for your weekend trip to the Peak District? We’d love to welcome you to Combs Valley Campsite. We have a range of pitches available and there’s room for the whole family!
Book your stay by clicking here.