The Peak District is one of the most beautiful and most diverse areas of England, and a fantastic place to visit just for a day or for a holiday. The Peak District National Park comprises over 200 square miles of access land and nearly 2000 miles of public rights of way for walking, climbing, cycling, and horse riding.
There’s plenty to see and do in the Peak District, and it’s easy to get there by car or public transport.
Driving to the Peak District is easy; parking is not necessarily so! Summer weekends and Bank Holidays can be very busy, especially around popular tourist spots such as Chatsworth House, Bakewell, and Castleton, and it can be difficult sometimes to find somewhere to park. Be prepared to be patient.
From either Manchester or Sheffield (approximately 2 hours by train from London), catch the Northern Rail service between the two cities, which stops at villages along the Derwent, Hope, and Edale valleys.
Timetable information and ticket booking can be found via National Rail Enquiries, 09456 484950 www.nationalrail.co.uk
National Express operate between London and Manchester, and London and Sheffield, with easy transfer to the train service between Sheffield and Manchester.
The TransPeak bus runs from Derby to Manchester via Matlock, Bakewell, and Buxton.
If you’re travelling from further afield, there is a train service directly between Manchester Airport and Manchester. Alternatively, there is a bus service between East Midlands Airport and Derby, from where you can connect to the train to Sheffield.