Peak Experience: The Peak District

Strip away its bustling cities and heaving highways, and you’re left with an England at its purest, most stunning best.

A visit to the Peak District offers true escape from the hurly burly of modern life, and a rejuvenating break for both body and mind.

It’s time to breathe in the freshest of air, soak up some glorious landscapes and simply explore…


A step back in time…

As Great Britain’s very first designated National Park, the Peak District doesn’t play host to some of its most beautiful countryside, but also a treasure trove of historical attractions.

Take Arkwright’s Mill. Many would argue the site responsible for the invention of the Spinning Jenny, could be said to be the birthplace of industrialisation – albeit from these peaceful, rural surroundings.

Today you can visit the original mill, experience the whirling looms and get a glimpse into what life must have been like when factories operated in a very different world. 

walking in the peak district

Something for everyone…

Fancy an active break? You’re in the right place, with endless walking and cycling possibilities just waiting to be taken up. Up and down dale, you’ll find many interesting routes to follow, paths to climb, or even head underground? A variety caves – including the popular Speedwell Caverns in Castleton – offer spectacular sights and prehistoric relics.

Appreciators of grand historical houses can also take their fill, with the likes of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall, which both could’ve been ripped from the pages of a Jane Austen novel.

And that’s before we even get to the food. Who fancies grabbing a Bakewell tart from the very town they originated from? Real ale lovers too will be in paradise, with several local brews originating from these country surroundings and of course endless, crackling, cosy pubs.

Entertainment-wise, Buxton’s a veritable hive of activity, with some fantastic eateries, a magnificent theatre and even its own festival.

Another of the beauties of the Peaks is its close proximity to major cities. Most notably Sheffield and Manchester, which sit either side of the Pennines and are bursting to the seams with things to do.

These exciting cities only increase the number of options available when it comes to choosing your Peak District base, meaning you can easily combine the best of town and country in one visit.

Hotels near the Peak District

For somewhere to stay right in the heart of the countryside, Best Western Plus Buxton Lee Wood Hotel is right in amongst the Peaks. In fact, three quarters of Buxton is surrounded by National Park, so you'll be well in range of many short and cheerful strolls, or more challenging walks for the experienced hiker. This Derbyshire town is home to the Buxton Opera House so you can enjoy a cultural evening after a busy day at Mam Tor.

Best Western Manchester Oldham Smokies Park Hotel is located between Manchester and the Peak District so you can enjoy the best of both city and countryside. It's great if you're looking to go on walks in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park but want modern comfortable accommodation.

Whether you’re a solo traveller or bringing a large family, you’ll never stop finding new things to do in the Peak District. It’s an area that demands to be explored and visited time and again. Book your next trip today.

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There’s no need to hunt around for deals because you will always get the lowest price exclusively when you book direct** on the Best Western website, via our call centre or direct at one of our hotels thanks to our brand new  ‘Rewards Rates’ which offer you a discount off the same rates found anywhere else.

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