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Peak District - could I occupy and fill 3-4 days in August here?

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ukgirlatheart Mon 06-Jun-16 14:50:25

Thinking of going to the Peak District for a few days - just me and DS age 11. Is there enough to do?

We've never done Chatsworth House - Is there enough there for DS to do/see?

Anywhere else we could visit/do without me having to drive for miles and miles???

Doyouthinktheysaurus Mon 06-Jun-16 14:58:17

God yes, the Peak District is Fabulous.

Chatsworth is brilliant, my favourite big house type place. The gardens are great, especially when the water features are on.

Loads of caves in Castleton.

Great walking. From Castleton you can walk Mam Tor to Lose hill which is a lovely but relatively easy walk. Kinder is worth a walk if you want something a bit more challenging.

I prefer higher up around Castleton to the lower Peak District but it's very personal. It's more rugged higher up.

I guess it depends on where you are staying as to how much driving your ave to do. Last time we went we stayed in Hope, next to a footpath to Lose Hill. We hardly used the car, walked from the front door a lot. Used the car for Chatsworth, Edale which was 3 miles and the Ladybower reservoir which is beautiful.

Lilaclily Mon 06-Jun-16 15:00:59

Altona towers
Twin Lakes

notamummy10 Mon 06-Jun-16 15:04:18

Also you could visit Buxton, Matlock (Heights of Abraham is wonderful) and Bakewell!

MachiKoro Mon 06-Jun-16 15:05:29

The caverns are great, just right for an 11 yo, I'd have thought.
Altona Towers must be that new Italian theme park! wink

ukgirlatheart Mon 06-Jun-16 15:37:27

ok so Im thinking these will be full days out:

Chatsworth House
Matlock/cable cars
Tram Museum

so where should we stay what area would you suggest???

SapphireStrange Mon 06-Jun-16 15:40:21

Heck yes! You could fill up a week, IMO. The Bakewell Show takes place in early August; it's not on a par with a huge one like the Royal Highland but it's a nice day out if you and/or your son are at all interested in animals.

Staying: Matlock is quite a nice town. I'm not sure about transport etc but if you're driving you'll be fine.

Places like Buxton and Bakewell, right in the High Peak, are beautiful but may be expensive to stay in. I also think they're quite quiet and shut down fairly early at night and on Sundays, but I realise that not everyone might find that a problem.

Thumbcat Wed 08-Jun-16 20:12:50

I've just got back from a holiday there. If you have some lovely warm weather I'd suggest giving the tram museum a miss and instead taking a picnic to Dovedale. You can have a paddle in the river and then walk across the fields to Ilam Hall for some tea and cake in the tea room.

BuntyBlue Wed 08-Jun-16 20:18:06

Outdoor swimming pool in hathersage if the weather is good.

You'll have a great time, loads to see and do. The animal farm and adventure playground at Chatsworth are fab.

Thurlow Wed 08-Jun-16 20:20:36

The tram museum is honestly a really good day out - we weren't expecting much but had a great time.

sandgrown Wed 08-Jun-16 20:21:09

We stayed in Buxton . Definitely visit Matlock Bath and the Heights of Abraham. I think there is a small theme park called American Adventure. Have a real Bakewell Tart !

SueTrinder Wed 08-Jun-16 20:26:16

Not in the Peak District itself but not far way, Bolsover Castle and Hardwick Hall are both must see EH properties. I really want to have a holiday in Derbyshire, very jealous that you are going.

stillstandingatthebusstop Wed 08-Jun-16 20:28:47

Hire bikes at the Monsal trail (a disused railway line roughly between Buxton and Bakewell) - tunnels and viaducts and beautiful views. It can get busy though.

Tissington trail is similar but more in the high peak. When we have been it's been less busy. You can hire bikes at Parsley Hay - nice cafe there too.

PoorlyPete Wed 08-Jun-16 20:31:38

YES to Dovedale, Bakewell and Buxton. Also Wetton Mill is worth a visit, lovely tea room on a stream. At the end of the Manifold trail I think.

chosenone Wed 08-Jun-16 20:41:53

I'm from the area. Buxton has a Go Ape high ropes course next to Pooles Cavern. You could do both of those and nip over to the Pavilion Gardens or walk up to Solomons Temple. There is also a Travel Lodge or Premier Inn in Buxton. Lots of people rave about the Darwin Forst caravan park or Callow Top camp site which i think are both Ashbourne way. Definitley agree with the Monsail Trail and Dovedale and Chatsworth. My DS loves the adventure playground there. Carsington Water is also in the Ashbourne area and has a campsite and holiday cottages. Great playgrounds, walk/cycle path and voating activities.

enochroot Wed 08-Jun-16 20:46:47

Are you camping or likely to want B&B?
If you base yourself in or near Bakewell then you are within reach of just about everything though two of the places you want to go to might make Matlock a more convenient place to stay.

throwingpebbles Wed 08-Jun-16 20:54:52

If near Sheffield then you could visit Magna?? It's awesomely weird and fascinating

Bumpinthenight Wed 08-Jun-16 20:55:19

I can recommend The Old Smithy in Monyash for a fab breakfast!

Arfarfanarf Wed 08-Jun-16 21:02:44

Its a lovely part of the world. You could fill a few days ten times over!
If you're going in august check out the well dressings, gala weeks and beer festivals.
I live in the derbyshire dales and it really is gorgeous.
Im not too far from matlock bath. Ive always said they need to put a shitload of sand there somewhere cos it's the only inland seaside town :D

Doublejeopardy Wed 08-Jun-16 21:56:06

If you go to Hathersage eat at the scotsmans pack, I love it there

SapphireStrange Thu 09-Jun-16 10:20:35

Have a real Bakewell Tart!

It's a Bakewell PUDDING <<glares>> grin They are delicious.

Had forgotten about well dressings. It's a really beautiful tradition.

And yes, the Monsal Trail is gorgeous for walking/cycling.

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