Planning a trip to the Peak District National Park in England but not sure where to start?
The Peak District covers a huge area and spans five counties (Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire and Yorkshire) so you can imagine how tough it might be to find the best place for you!
Here you will find my resources for a planning a trip to the Peak District, including tips on where to stay, what to do and other useful information what you’ll need for an enjoyable holiday.
Simply jump to the option you need to research or scroll down to help plan your trip
how to get there?
As with the other National Parks in the UK, driving tends to be the best option for visiting the Peak District. It gives you more options for travelling to those off the beaten track places and generally gives you more flexibility.
Car rental options
However, you can still visit the lovely Peak District by public transport, there are two train lines that run through the National Park, the Hope Valley line (Northern Railway) and the Derwent Valley line (East Midlands Railway).
Hope Valley Line (Northern Railway)
You can catch trains from either Sheffield or Manchester stations, these are the Peak District stops below. You can click links to see what walks you can do from those locations or nearby.
The Northern Railway also has a second route which runs from Manchester to Buxton. Although Buxton isn’t officially part of the Peak District, it’s located pretty much in the middle! This line has a few stops that go near the Peak District too.
- Dove Holes
Derwent Valley Line (East Midlands Railway)
This line goes from Derby to Matlock, again it doesn’t go directly through the Peak District, but it goes pretty close. These are the closest stops you can get to on this route.
- Matlock Bath
Travel South Yorkshire runs a bus service from Sheffield to Bamford, stopping at these locations (some more than one stop, please click to research)
where to stay in the peak district?
If you’re looking to spend a weekend or a few days in the Peak District, or even longer then you’ll want to know where the best place to stay is.
These are my top recommendations on where to stay based on their location and nearby walks in the area.
YHA (budget accommodation)
Booking.com (Guesthouses, B&Bs, hotels)
Airbnb (Bespoke accommodation options)
Things to do in the peak district
The Peak District is perfect for outdoor lovers, as well as walking there are many other outdoor activities you can do, including:
Or if you are looking for a few other ideas, maybe ideas for a rainy day or something a bit different:
- Visit Chatsworth House and Gardens
- Heights of Abraham – cable cars
- Go on a tour of the Peak District caves (Blue John Cavern or Speedwell + Peak Cavern)
- Go to Eyam village museum
- Visit Peveril Castle in Castleton – check information and how to book tickets here.
other peak district resources
As well as this AMAZING website (wink wink), there are a few other really useful Peak District resources that you might find useful when planning your trip.
Useful Peak District websites
Peak District National Park – https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/home
Visit Peak District – https://www.visitpeakdistrict.com
Visit Buxton – https://www.visitbuxton.co.uk/peak-district-national-park/
Inspiring Peak District Instagram accounts
@PeakDistrictWalksUK (our Instagram!)
Helpful Peak District Facebook groups
Peak District Walks (members only peakdistrictwalks.net) – Join by signing up to weekly walks newsletter