Dog Friendly Days Out in the Peak District

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Dog Friendly Days Out in the Peak District

You’ve probably read our blog posts on dog friendly pubs and dog friendly restaurants in the Peak District, but what are you supposed to do once you’re finished eating? Well, we’ll tell you. Here is our guide to dog friendly days out in the Peak District to keep you and Fido entertained all day long.

Take a walk on the mild side

It’s no secret that the Peak District has many fantastic walking routes for you and your furry friend. Some of the best ones for dogs include Mam Tor, Derwent Valley, Chatsworth House gardens, Lathkill Dale and Buxton Country Park. These are great because of the wide, open plains and slight hilly areas. They're nice and safe for your pooch whilst still being scenic places to go for a walk.  

Explore Treak Cliff Cavern

dog friendly days out in the Peak District These caves in Castleton are famous for their large deposits of Blue John stone. In fact, they are one of only 2 caverns in the UK where you can find these purple, semi-precious stones. During the guided tours of the caves and mines, your tour guide will tell you all about the history of the place, and afterwards you can enjoy a light bite in the visitors centre. Tours last for roughly 40 minutes. Dogs are allowed in both the visitors centre and the cavern as long as they are on a lead.  

Settle down with a book

10 Dog Friendly Days Out in the Peak District For a relaxed, cosy day in, stop on by the High Peak bookstore and café in Buxton. Dogs are welcome throughout and it is a lovely place to relax. You can browse the wide collection of books on offer, have a cup of tea or coffee and watch the birds outside as they eat from the birdfeeders. The venue also has free parking, so you won’t have to pay by the hour to enjoy this little gem.  

Pamper your pooch

10 Dog Friendly Days out in the peak district Le Moulin Pooch in Buxton is a doggy boutique and spa. Here, your dog can enjoy a range of treatments. Some of these include teeth cleaning, a facial, hydro bath and blow dry, or even a lovely pawdicure. Whilst they enjoy their treatments, you can either check out the luxury boutique to treat them even further, or you can go have a spa treatment of you own! You’ll both be looking fresh as daisies.  

Be the King of Peveril Castle

10 Dog Friendly Days out in the Peak District Peveril Castle in Castleton is an 11th century building that now lies in ruin. However, it is still open to the public for anyone that fancies a climb to the top. The Norman fortress gives you an amazing view of Hope Valley. On your visit, you will be able to explore its remains before popping into the visitors centre to see a few interactive displays. These are great for kids. Your dog might not care so much about the history aspect of the trip, but they will love the walk around!  

Tram along the way

Tramway Village, dog friendly days out peak district The Tramway Village in Crich, Matlock, is a restored period town that is incredibly dog friendly. You can take your dog into any of the shops (apart from the eateries), on the tram, or in the National Tram Museum. This little pseudo-village is even recommended by Dogs Trust, so it’s well worth a visit. Before you leave, don’t forget to take your pup on a little walk through the Woodland Walk & Sculpture Trail. It is full of interesting sculptures that are handmade by the wood’s resident sculptor.  

Get crafty at Caudwell's

10 Dog Friendly Days Out in the peak District Caudwell Crafts and Café in Matlock is a unique experience. Here, you can see master artisans craft beautiful works of glass, metal, wood, upholstery and more. Workshops are scattered all around the area and you can also purchase some of the pieces. If you get a little peckish, there is a stunning café that serves delicious vegetarian and vegan food, plus a great selection of teas and coffee. You can even buy flour that is made on site at the mill. Tours are available of the mill, although not with your dog, unfortunately. This place really is incredible and the views will blow you away.  

Discover Hardwick Old Hall

10 Dog friendly days out in the Peak District This Tudor manor in Chesterfield is a marvel of ahead-of-its-time architecture. The building was inspired by Italian design and its interiors are covered in decorative plaster work. Today, the manor lies in wreck and ruin. However, you can still visit to see the stunning intricacies of this now empty home. Come along to discover the history of this unique building for yourself. Bring along your dog, too, for some furry company.  

Reach new heights

10 Dog friendly days out in the Peak District Take to the skies on the Heights of Abraham cable car. Your pup will have the time of their life, and you’ll both be able to see Matlock from a new, bird’s eye view. After you get off, you and Rover can take a slow stroll around the countryside before having a bite to eat in one of the nearby cafes. As if that wasn’t good enough, there are also complimentary bowls of water for your dog all around the site. No need to worry about running out of water.  

Have a sleepover

If you don’t think you’ll be able to get through everything you’d like to, why not stay over? Our luxury holiday cottages and caravan site are dog friendly and offer the perfect place to rest after a day of exploring. Farditch Farm is in the ever-popular Buxton and Endmoor Farm is in the famous town of Bakewell. Both complexes are near excellent walking routes and plenty of local eateries. Check them out for yourself.   So, there you have it: 10 dog friendly days out in the Peak District. We hope this gave you some new information and inspiration on what to do with your dog in the Peaks. We hope to see you soon!
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Christmas Markets in the Peak District 2018

christmas markets in the peak district If you’re planning a pre-Christmas visit to the Peak District, then you might like to visit one of the Christmas markets in the area. There are several in the area, all in stunning locations with something unique to offer. To help you organise your gift-buying plans, we’ve compiled a list of the best Christmas markets in the Peak District in 2018 that are just near to our luxury holiday cottages.

Haddon Hall Winter Artisan Market

Dates: 15th - 18th November, 2018 Location: Haddon Hall, Bakewell, DE45 1LA If you’re looking for a magical Christmas experience, look no further than Haddon Hall. The venue is truly stunning and provides an incredibly grand backdrop for the market stalls, where you can purchase handmade goods from skilled, local artisans. For more information about the event, read our blog post on the Haddon Hall Christmas Markets 2018.  

Chatsworth Christmas Market

Dates: 16th November - 4th December, 2018 Location: Chatsworth House, Bakewell, DE45 1PP The Christmas Market at Chatsworth House is a fantastic event that showcases the estate’s beautiful art, gardens and grounds. There are numerous market stalls selling all kinds of gift items and you can browse the collection whilst enjoying stunning views. For the kids, there is a farm animal nativity, a playground, plus a maze area to explore. For more information about the event, read our blog post on the Chatsworth House Christmas Markets 2018.  

Bakewell Christmas Market

Dates: 24th - 25th November, 2018 Location: Market Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DS Over 80 market stalls will be available to browse through during this festive event. Not only that, but there will be a plethora of fun things to do for kids and adults alike. There will be face painting, donkey rides, whiskey tasting, Santa’s Grotto, a rustic smokehouse cabin… the list is endless! Come along to the Bakewell Christmas markets this year for an unforgettable weekend.  

Cromford Mills Christmas Market

Dates: 8th - 9th December, 2018 Location: Cromford Mill, Matlock, DE4 3RQ Come along to the Cromford Mills and browse the Christmas market stalls. Here, you can find unique gift items made by local artisans, as well as many fun activities such as wreath making, face painting, games, and the chance to meet Santa! The kids will love it and we’re sure you will, too.  

Ashbourne Christmas Artisan Market

Date: 9th December, 2018 Location: Market Place, Ashbourne, DE6 1EU As opposed to the usual Artisan Market that Ashbourne Market exhibits, this Christmas mix-up will feature a wide range of unique, festive gifts. Talented craftsmen and women will be at their stalls for you to pick up something truly special for friends and family. The stalls will have something for everyone, offering items such as food, drink, artwork, sweets, candles, furniture, and many, many more. Nothing is ever the same and you’re sure to have a great time.  

Matlock Victorian Christmas Market

Dates: 30th November – 2nd December, 2018 Location: Hall Leys Park, Matlock, DE4 3AR A Christmas market with a twist! The Matlock Victorian Christmas Market is decorated in a Victorian-esque style, but still offers a modern market experience for everyone to enjoy. You can look forward to over 170 stalls with all kinds of unique gift options. As well as this, there is Santa's Christmas Parade, a fantastic fireworks display, and the ever-famous Christmas lights switch-on.  

Buxton Christmas Fair

Dates: 8th - 9th December, 2018 Location: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, SK17 6BE The Pavilion Gardens Christmas Fair in Buxton is a lovely event in an equally lovely venue. Get well and truly into the festive spirit as you wander round the gardens and sample some of the amazing goods on offer at the market stalls. You’ll be enchanted by the scenery, and kids will love it, too. There will be a Santa’s Grotto, children’s rides, and entertainment on the Promenade for them. Bring along the whole family for a Christmas-y day out.  

Enjoy the Christmas Markets for longer

We hope you enjoyed reading our top picks for some of the best Christmas Markets in the Peak District in 2018. If you want to visit a few, why not book a stay into one of our luxury holiday cottages? We are ideally located in the heart of the Peak District, which means that a festive day out is just a short drive away!  
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Haddon Hall Christmas Markets 2018

The Winter Artisan Markets at Haddon Hall are always a magical experience with the remarkable grounds adding an extra touch of charm to the festive event. This year, the Haddon Hall Christmas markets are set to be as fantastic as ever, so why not pay them a visit between the 15th to the 18th of November and enjoy the festivities? Haddon Hall has been the set of many films and TV series thanks to its gorgeous grounds. The country manor home is a marvel of Tudor design and is said to be one of the best stately homes to have survived the period. During Christmas, the entire estate is decked out in festive décor to create the ideal backdrop for the market stalls. Here, you can buy a variety of different crafts, art, food and more from skilled, local artisans. Over 80 stalls will be open to browse through during the 3-day event. The wide selection of gifts will ensure that you find something for everyone on your shopping list. On November 14th, there is also a special VIP Winter Artisan Market Evening between 6pm and 8pm.  Entry is by ticket only and these cost £10.

Candlelight Tours

In addition to the Christmas markets, Haddon Hall are once again offering their wonderful Candlelight Tours. Visitors are invited to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie before walking the Hall with the knowledgeable guides when it is at its most atmospheric. Haddon comes alive with Christmas spirit by candlelight, allowing you to take in the beauty of the rooms dressed for the festive season, during twilight hours. This year you can join tours at half hourly intervals between 6pm and 8pm on the evenings of December 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th. On selected evenings, you can make your evening extra special by combining your tour with a delicious seasonal meal in Haddon Restaurant. Select from either the 6pm or 8pm tour to combine with a meal at 7pm on the evenings of the 7th, 8th, 13th or 19th of December. (Please note that booking is essential for these events and must be made online) As you can see, Haddon Hall is an unbeatable venue to visit during the pre-Christmas period. Come along to experience one of their incredible festive events for yourself.

Stay a while longer

Why not stay the weekend to see all that Haddon Hall has to offer? Our luxury holiday cottages are perfectly located in the heart of the Peak District close to Haddon Hall. All our cottages allow dogs and your furry family member can stay for free! Our Endmoor Farm complex in Bakewell is near to Haddon Hall and provides easy access to the market. What’s more, our cottages at Farditch Farm can host up to 26 people at a time. This makes them perfect for large, pre-Christmas gathering. Book now to avoid disappointment.
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The Best Places to Visit in the Peak District

The Peaks have so many wonderful places to visit that we can’t exactly fit them all into one list. However, for your convenience, we’ve compiled the 10 best places to visit in the Peak District that are within a 30 minute drive of our luxury holiday cottages. That way, you can make the most of your trip without burning through all your petrol! Aren’t we thoughtful?

The Pavilion Gardens

PAvilion Gardens 10 best things to visit in the Peak District This lovely little venue is a sight for sore eyes… or any eyes, really. The grounds are beautifully kept and host a wide range of flora, trees and plants, as well as stunning natural water features. There is even a cute little train that slowly makes its way around the gardens. A perfect day out for couples or families with young children, the Buxton Pavilion Gardens are a definite must-see. Be sure to check out the gift shop before you leave to get a souvenir of your visit.
  • Drive time from Endmoor Farm: 13 minutes
  • Drive time from Farditch Farm: 10 minutes

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall 10 best things to visit in the Peak District Haddon Hall in Bakewell is a wonderful example of a Tudor period stately home. The house has been kept in excellent condition thanks to generous donations and it has been open to the public for hundreds of years. Fun fact: The stunning grounds have starred in at least 3 renditions of Jane Eyre in TV and film over the years and it is also an exceedingly popular wedding venue due to its good looks. Book one of their garden or house tours to see this gorgeous manor home for yourself. You definitely won’t regret it.
  • Drive from Endmoor Farm: 24 minutes
  • Drive from Farditch Farm: 25 minutes

Poole’s Cavern & Buxton Country Park

dog friendly days out in the Peak District. Pooles Cavern 10 best things to do in the Peak District Poole’s Cavern and Country Park in Buxton is a great place to visit for the adventurers amongst you. The Cavern is an ancient, limestone cave that offers visitors the chance to explore a huge underground realm. With the walls and ceilings lined with crystal stalactites, the caves also make for great photo opportunities, and there are many interactive exhibits along the way for kids to enjoy. Once you’re done exploring, you can go above ground and enjoy the lovely country park area. There is a small café and picnic spot for you go have a nice lunch and see the large woodland sculptures that are dotted around.
  • Drive from Endmoor Farm: 12 minutes
  • Drive from Farditch Farm: 9 minutes

Chatsworth House

chatsworth House 10 best places to visit in the Peak District Chatsworth House is a regal manor that is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. It is famous for both its exquisite art and its gardens. Inside, there are over 30 rooms to explore and admire, plus tours are available where you can learn about the history and heritage of this beautiful stately home. Stepping outside, you will be met by the 105-acre garden grounds of the Chatsworth estate. Here, you can enjoy the Victorian rock garden, the maze, an abundance of calming water features and masterful sculptures, the farmyard, and many more hidden surprises.
  • Drive from Endmoor Farm: 23 minutes
  • Drive from Farditch Farm: 23 minutes

Buxton Opera House & Cinema

10 best places to visit in the Peak District For some great entertainment, check out the Buxton Opera House and its sister company, Buxton Cinema at The Pavilion Arts Centre. The opera house features some incredible live performances and you can even have a backstage tour of the venue. As for the cinema, regular viewings of films both new and old are available daily, and you can look forward to new releases every week. The cinema is inclusive to everyone and it even has special screenings that are family-friendly and autism-friendly.
  • Drive from Endmoor Farm: 13 minutes
  • Drive from Farditch Farm: 10 minutes

The Donkey Sanctuary

10 best places to visit in the Peak District Donkey Sanctuary Although this one is just a 10-minute walk from Endmoor Farm, it is still well worth driving for those staying at our Farditch Farm complex. The Donkey Sanctuary is an adorable, kid-friendly venue that you simply must check out, especially for the animal lovers amongst you. It is one of the only 6 Donkey Sanctuary venues in the UK and houses mules which have been rescued from horrible living conditions. The sanctuary hosts many fun events, such as fairs, vet days and donkey hide-and-seek trails, and you can also adopt one of the dinky little donkeys if you fancy. Just try not to let them steal your heart!
  • Drive from Endmoor Farm: 2 minutes
  • Drive from Farditch Farm: 6 minutes

Cratcliffe Bouldering

10 best places to visit in the Peak District If you like climbing 232m high vertical rock faces, then Cratcliffe is for you! The popular bouldering spot is a great day out for those who like to get their hearts racing. There are 213 climbs available in the area and some of them have some pretty amusing names, like ‘Eggs is Eggs’, ‘The Blob’ and my personal favourite, ‘Brian's Private Arête’. Another crag to check out whilst you’re there is Robin Hood’s Stride, a much smaller, more manageable climb. Great for beginners and youngsters.
  • Drive from Endmoor Farm: 17 minutes
  • Drive from Farditch Farm: 23 minutes

Mam Tor

Mam Tor 10 Best Things to do in the Peak District Mam Tor is a hill near Castleton. The surrounding area is perfect for a lovely walk, with the added benefit of jaw-dropping views. The summit of this hill is also the highest point in the Peak District. If you want to take the circular walk, then the entire 3-mile route will take you around 2 hours. It is also dog friendly, so you can bring the whole family along to enjoy a breath of fresh air, and snap some great photos along the way.
  • Drive from Endmoor Farm: 28 minutes
  • Drive from Farditch Farm: 25 minutes

High Peak Bookstore and Café

10 Dog Friendly Days Out in the Peak District. 10 Best Things to do in the Peak District After a long day of exploring, why not sit back and relax with a book and some cake? The High Peak Bookstore and Café has a huge collection of books to suit everyone’s tastes and they are always introducing new titles. The bookstore also has a dedicated children’s room. Better yet, dogs are also welcome - yes, really! In the café, you can find a wide selection of food and drink, most of which is made on site. It truly is a book lover’s heaven.
  • Drive from Endmoor Farm: 5 minutes
  • Drive from Farditch Farm: 2 minutes

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

10 best things to do in the peak district The Buxton Museum and Art Gallery is a wonderful place to visit for a dose of Derbyshire. The art gallery has exhibits from artists both new and old, with many local artists holding their own exhibits where you can purchase a piece of their portfolios. The museum itself has a heavy focus on the Peak District and you can find a plethora of interesting archaeological, geological and historical artefacts from around the area. What’s more, you can also look forward to one of the many family-friendly events that the venue hosts. Most are free and will entertain the kids for hours.
  • Drive from Endmoor Farm: 12 minutes
  • Drive from Farditch Farm: 9 minutes
  With any luck, this list of the best places to visit when driving through the Peak District will make sure you don’t have a moment of boredom at our luxury holiday cottages or caravan site. We can't wait to see you!
10 Best Places to Visit in the Peak District

Chatsworth House Christmas Markets 2018

To get you in the festive mood, check out the Chatsworth House Christmas markets this year. They commence on November 16th and run until December 4th. During the event, there will be over 100 market stalls selling various gifts and delicious food and drink. A live brass band and carol singers will be playing outside, and you can also explore the house itself after its Christmas makeover!

Christmas at Chatsworth

chatsworth House 10 best places to visit in the Peak District Chatsworth House is a truly spectacular place to visit during the Christmas period. The historic building turns into a winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, garlands, tinsel, and of course, a fantastic tree. Hundreds of baubles and streams of lights and tinsel cover the tree’s surface and it takes centre stage in the main hall. During this period, storytellers will roam the halls, enchanting visitors with a selection of favourite tales.    Have a walk around the stunning countryside stately home and admire the works of art and decorations before heading outside to the market stalls. There, you can expect an impressive display of trees, fairy lights and festive décor. The market stalls themselves, the traditional wooden huts that we all know and love, help to set the mood. Why not get an early start on your Christmas shopping and purchase some of the lovely products on offer? With so many vendors, you are sure to find a gift for even the fussiest of family members, and maybe pick up a few goodies for yourself. After all that shopping, you can have a warm glass of mulled wine or a nice, German beer from the outdoor bar and sample some of the tasty food available. You will find all of the traditional Christmas market food, so why not treat yourself? You can also experience the art of wreath making at the floral workshops, along with demonstrations. There really is something for everyone at the Chatsworth Christmas markets. Come along for a great day out.

Stay a while longer

If you just aren’t content with having only one day to discover all that the Chatsworth Christmas markets have to offer, then book a stay into one of our luxury holiday cottages. You’ll be able to enjoy the bustling market stalls and then head on back to luxurious, countryside accommodation to recharge your batteries. If you’d rather continue with the festivities, then our cottages can act as a perfect venue for a cozy  gathering for family and friends, getting you nicely into the Christmas spirit. Endmoor Farm is a complex of 6 holiday cottages, 3 with 2 bedrooms and 3 with 1 bedroom. Ideal for couples and families looking for a pre-Christmas break, Endmoor Farm is situated in the quiet town of Monyash. All the cottages are dog friendly and there is an enclosed outside area that is perfect for letting the dog stretch its legs. Our Farditch Farm cottages are the perfect venue for a cosy, family gathering to really get into the festive spirit. They sleep up to 26 people and we also allow dogs (and they stay for free!). Check out our latest offers for your pre-Christmas break and take full advantage of our amazing discounts.
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10 Foods Invented in the Peak District

The Peak District and the surrounding areas are places of incredible views, varied wildlife and interesting historical landmarks. But did you know they also have great traditional food? We’ve put together 10 of the best foods invented in the Peak District that you simply must try.

Bakewell Pudding

Bakewell Pudding: The 10 Best Foods Invented in the Peak District Originating from cook books as far back as the 1830s, the Bakewell Pudding is the predecessor of the Bakewell Tart. It’s not quite as pretty as its next-generation counterpart, but what is lacks in looks, it more than makes up for in taste. The traditional pudding recipe consists of a flaky pastry base with a layer of sieved jam. On top, there is an egg/almond paste filling. This ultra-sweet desert is sure to leave you wanting more. If you would like to try the famous food, then head on down to The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop.

Bakewell Tart

Bakewell Tart: 10 Best Foods Invented in the Peak District The Bakewell Tart is quite possibly the most famous food item from the Peak District. It consists of a shortcrust pastry shell, jam, frangipane, and a top layer of flaked almonds – no cherries or icing here! (Sorry, Mr. Kipling) The Bakewell Tart is a variation of the Bakewell Pudding. Funnily enough, there is no evidence that the tart recipe even came from Bakewell! It still makes the list because the majority of people believe that the recipe really is from there, and many shops in the area claim to have the original recipe, such as The Bakewell Tart Shop.

Buxton Pudding

Buxton Pudding: 10 Best foods invented in the Peak District The Buxton Pudding almost resembles the modern day crumble, put with a twist; a thin layer of jam in the middle. The history of this recipe is quite an exciting one, as it actually a heritage recipe dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria. The recipe was found in an attic inside an old cook book. Upon reading it, the people who uncovered the recipe tried making it for themselves. Unfortunately, it was not quite to their tastes, so they did a bit of adapting. The Buxton Pudding was thus reborn! Today, you can purchase this almost-forgotten food from The Original Buxton Pudding Company.

Ashbourne Gingerbread

Ashbourne Gingerbread: 10 best foods invented in the Peak District Apparently, the recipe for Ashbourne Gingerbread came from a French prisoner of the Napoleonic wars. The Frenchman later decided to make the town his home and pass on his great gingerbread recipe to a local baker. What makes this particular gingerbread so unique, however, is both its simplicity and its inclusion of treacle in the recipe. You can have a taste of the recipe – which is still made in the very same way today – at the Ashbourne Gingerbread Shop. The shop has been around since 1492 and so is an historical site in the small town.

Hartington Stilton Cheese

Stilton cheese: 10 best foods invented in the Peak District Everybody’s favourite blue cheese. But did you know that it is actually illegal to sell cheese as Stilton unless it comes from one of 3 counties? These include Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. This fun fact makes Stilton a historic cheese in Peak District dairy farming. Definitely one to have on your cheese board during a visit! The Hartington Stilton Cheese creation comes from Hartington Cheese Shop, one of the only 6 Blue Stilton cheese makers in the world, who are also the smallest, the longest-running, and the only one in Derbyshire. That’s a lot of titles for one little cheese factory. The local cheese makers have won multiple awards for their Stilton creation, which has only been around since 2014, and so you simply must try it the next time you’re in the Peak District.

Derbyshire Oatcakes

Derbyshire Oatcakes: 10 best foods invented in the Peak District Derbyshire Oatcakes are different to what most people think of when they hear the name. This variety resembles a more savoury pancake, as opposed to the crumbly, Scottish biscuit variety of the cakes. Back in the day, local farmers grew oats instead of wheat during the winter due to the crop’s hardiness. Housewives would then bake an oat/water mixture to create what we know today as oatcakes. If this recipe sounds a little too bland for you, then you can spice it up by adding milk, salt, pepper, and topping with cheese. However, if you’re not keen on making one yourself, then you could always buy one. The Staffordshire Oatcakes Shop offers a cosy, quaint vibe to eat your oatcakes in, and they even have pre-mixed bags available to buy and take home with you!

Sage Derby Cheese

Sage Derby Cheese: 10 best foods invented in the Peak District Marbled and bright green in colour, this odd-looking little cheese is the product of sage leaves infusing with the cheese curd during production. It was originally made for special occasions such as Christmas or harvest time. The cheese first popped up in Derby during the 17th century and is still just as popular today. You’ll most likely have some Sage Derby on your cheese board if you’re down around the Peak District. However, if you fancy bringing some home for everyone to try, then you can purchase a block or two from the Hartington Cheese Shop.

Melandra Loaf

Melandra Loaf: 10 foods invented in the Peak District This recipe was published in a receipt book by the Derbyshire Federation of Women's Institutes back in 1974. It claimed to be associated with the Roman Fort at Glossop, ‘Melandra’, but the ingredients within the loaf would not have been available during Roman times. Nevertheless, this fruity bread is certainly one to try for those with a sweet tooth. You can try some of this iconic loaf at The Old Bakery in Youlgrave, where it is a popular breakfast dish.

Tharf Cake

Tharf Cake: 10 foods invented in the Peak District These traditional Derbyshire biscuits are quite similar to the modern day flapjack. Thick, soft, and made with wheat flour, oatmeal, butter, dark sugar and fruit, tharf cakes have been a Halloween treat since the 1870s. The biscuits are not very popular today and are honestly almost impossible to buy. However, the one place where you can still get them is in Bakewell. Check out the Tindalls of Tideswell bakery to try some of these traditional biscuits for yourself.

Lumpy Tums

  Adorable by name, delicious by nature. Lumpy Tums are a traditional breakfast dish which is made by boiling lumps of wetted oatmeal in a pot. Once removed, they would usually be eaten with warm milk for a soothing, winter morning meal. These were just one of the creative oat recipes made by the people of Derbyshire back in the day. Lumpy Tums would have been a poor person’s breakfast that was incredibly popular back then. There is even a song about them! Unfortunately, you cannot buy these anywhere nowadays. You can still make them at home fairly easily if you would like to try them.   We hope you enjoyed reading about some of the best foods invented in the Peak District. If you’d like to try some authentic local food, why not check out our luxury holiday cottages or caravan site? We’re right in the middle of the Peaks and in a great location to visit the mouth-watering local eateries. We’re also right near the Hartington Cheese Shop, so you won’t have to travel far to try the innovative Stilton.
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The Best Scenic Drives in the Peak District

Sometimes you just don’t fancy going for a walk. Maybe you’re too tired, or you have mobility issues, or perhaps the weather is dreary – but that doesn’t mean you can’t still see some amazing views! We’ve put together a few of the best scenic drives in the Peak District so that you can take in the beautiful countryside, whatever the day may bring.  

Snake Pass

Snake Pass scenic drives to take in the Peak District. Snake Pass, possibly the most famous of driving routes in the Peak District, is a hill pass in Derbyshire. It crosses the Pennines between Glossop and the Ladybower Reservoir at Ashopton. Thomas Telford engineered and opened the road in 1821, which at its highest point is 1679 feet above sea level. The Pass has beautiful, green hills on each side and runs along the river Ashop. Both sides boast pretty flower patches in the warmer months and the road's long, sloping path makes it a dream to drive on. In fact, the Snake Pass was even listed as one of the best driving roads by Auto Trader magazine in 2009.  

Monsal Head to Longstone Edge

Monsall Head best scenic drives to take in the Peak District This route doesn’t really have a name, but it’s still just as beautiful as the others. From Monsal Head car park, take the narrow, winding road that drops down into the Monsal dale. This scenic drive takes you across vast, lush greenery, where you will end up at a pit stop with a few eateries. You can park up here and take in the gorgeous, hilly views as well as the river and bridge. Carrying on, turn right at the give way sign and then follow the road straight down.  This road lets you enjoy the lovely views of open fields and local farm animals as they graze. At the fork in the road, turn left onto Longstone Lane. Longstone Lane is a lengthy, gently sloping road that flows through the local town. Take in the Derbyshire architecture and open plains. Once you hit the next fork in the road, carry on to Station Road. At the bottom before the turnoff, you can park up and enjoy some coffee and biscuits in the local eateries whilst enjoying the view of Great Longstone and beyond. If you fancy going a little further, then carry on and turn left onto Moor Road. As you travel up the gentle hill, the stunning view of the Peak District countryside will welcome you. With hillside on your left and mountainous views to the right, you’ll be able to stop off at one of the many lay-bys and watch the sunset from a fantastic position. Bring a picnic and enjoy!  

Winnats Pass

Winnats Pass the best scenic drives to take in the Peak District Winnats Pass is a protected site, known as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This is easily one of the best roads in the Peak District for views. This is because the limestone valley is full of fossils from the sea creatures who inhabited the tropical sea that the valley was once beneath. Due to its protection status, you cannot move, displace, or damage any rocks or plants there. But you can go for an amazing drive. The valley is surrounded by tall, green mountains and luscious flora. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see some free-roaming sheep as they graze! It is difficult to put the beauty of this place into words. We’ll just say it’s not a driving route that you’d want to miss.  

Derwent Dams

Derwent Dams best scenic drives to take in the Peak District This scenic driving route is a must for those who love the water. It slopes around the Ladybower Reservoir and Howden Reservoir for almost 8 miles. (Anyone for a road trip to the Peak District?!) Near King’s Tree, you also get a stunning view of the Derwent Dams. The route has a good mix of woodlands and water, so you’ll have plenty to look at. The neo-Gothic Dam is a marvellous piece of architecture that was built in 1916. It filters 3 reservoirs and supplies nearly all of the water for the Derbyshire area. Fun fact: The dam has only even spilt over once, and funnily enough, that was right after it was finished. If you want to take this drive through the Peak District, be aware that on Sundays throughout the year, and Saturdays and Bank Holidays from Easter until the end of October, the road beyond Fairholmes is not accessible to motor vehicles. This is in order to provide a more peaceful setting for walkers and cyclists. However, drivers with a blue badge can still drive up the valley during these times. Great news for those with mobility issues! Please note that the area is very popular in the summer. As such, there may not always be parking available. Consider taking public transport or cycling during peak times if you want to have a walk around.

Will you try one of these Peak District driving routes?

We hope you enjoyed reading our list of great scenic drives in the Peak District. If you feel like driving down to check out a few of these routes, why not book in to stay at one of our luxury holiday cottages or our caravan site? We’re close to all the major routes since we have 2 cottage sites to choose from. You can even bring your dog along for free!
Best Scenic Drives in the Peak District

Peak District Myths and Legends

Although today we see the Peak District as a beautiful and relaxing place to visit, this was not always the case. In fact, throughout history, the area of Derbyshire was known as the ‘Dark Peak’. The people of the time thought it to be too ‘wild and savage’ to venture into. Many were put off by the apparent mystery of the wide, open plains and rugged woodlands. However, this mystery has served the perfect setting for many spooky myths and legends, which we have combined below. Have a read of our top Peak District myths to see if we can convince you to check them out yourself!

Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Nine Ladies Stone Circle Peak District Myths and Legends

In Stanton Moor, there lie 10 stones in a circle. The 10th stone was hidden underground until a series of floods and droughts revealed it in 1977, long after the arrangement was given its name. The circle dates back to the Bronze Age, between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago, and it supposedly symbolises a group of women who were petrified for dancing on the Sabbath day. There is another stone just outside of the circle which is called the ‘King Stone’ and it symbolises a fiddler. We do not know what this area was for, but many historians suggest that it was either a ritual ground, a burial site, or perhaps simply a landmark for orientation purposes. Today, the site is a popular for Pagan worship due to its connections to ancient Druid rituals and sacrifices. Pagans often leave sacrifices at the circle and consider it a site of importance. Some even consider the stone women to have been witches and leave offerings to them. Whatever the circle was for, this mysterious landmark is definitely worth checking out.

Eyam Hall

Eyam Hall Peak District Myths and Legends

The villagers of Eyam made the town infamous in the plague of 1665, when they chose to quarantine themselves to stop the outbreak from spreading. This dark past has earned the town the title of one of Britain’s most haunted places. One such building, however, is still the site of many ghost sightings – Eyam Hall. As the legend goes, a servant girl by the name of Sarah Mills drowned in the well near the hall. Apparently her spirit has walked the grounds ever since. There have been so many sightings of her, in fact, that there is actually a book full of witness statements from visitors to the hall. All of them detail a ghostly-looking woman floating around. If you’re the fearless type, then you too can visit the hall until December 31st 2018.   To see some of these spooky sites, why not book in to stay at one of our luxury holiday cottages? You can explore uncover Peak District myths and legends by day, and experience cosy, comforting accommodation by night. That’s the best of both worlds if you ask us. Or if you'd prefer the traditional experience, we also have a caravan park.
Carlswark Cavern Peak District Myths and Legends

Dog Friendly Restaurants in the Peak District

If you decide to bring your pet to the Peak District, then you might be left wondering where to go for a tasty meal. We’ve got you covered. Here are our top picks for dog friendly restaurants in the Peak District to give you a few options. There are plenty more, but that’s for you to discover!

The Three Horseshoes Country Inn

Dog friendly restaurants in the Peak District, The Three Horseshoes Country Inn and Spa The Three Horseshoes Country Inn is an award-winning eatery that boasts 2 Rosettes from the AA. Only 5.5% of restaurants in the UK hold 2 or more Rosettes, so you can expect nothing but the highest quality food and drink. The ingredients are always prepared from fresh with most being sourced locally, and as if that wasn’t good enough, they also have their own spa. Although you might have to leave your pup at home for that.  

Rowley’s Restaurant & Bar

Dog Friendly Restaurants in the Peak Dsitrict Rowleys restaurant and bar rowleys village pub Rowley’s sits on the edge of Chatsworth Estate, Baslow. It is a relaxed venue where you can enjoy Michelin-star food and drink in a contemporary setting. With daily offers for extra value, it makes the ideal meeting point for friends and family. The restaurant provides a place to congregate for everything from casual get-togethers to business meetings and the staff are very accommodating for large groups. You can even enjoy live music on the first Friday of every month! It is very rare to find a dog friendly restaurant like this, so this is a real gem.  

Fountain Tea Rooms

The Fountain Tea Rooms, Peak District The Fountain Tea Rooms are a small, quaint venue for ordering hot and cold beverages, soups, sandwiches, meals and snacks. You can also have a freshly cooked breakfast, home baked cakes and afternoon teas… or even some locally-produced ice cream! They host themed evenings on the third Friday of each month, so be on the lookout for the next one. It is located in Bonsall and offers a cosy café vibe that is both people and dog friendly.  

The Druid Inn

Dog Friendly Restaurants in the Peak District The Druid Inn Birchover The Druid Inn is a traditional English pub with an ever-changing menu. Located in Birchover, this modern/classic eatery sources many of its ingredients from the local area. Their chefs then creatively combine the components to make a menu with some truly unique courses. Better yet, the owners are members of CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) so you know that they truly believe in what they do. There’s nothing better than enthusiastic staff.  

The Anchor Inn

The Anchor Inn The Anchor Inn is a cosy, traditional, dog friendly pub in Tideswell. Food is available daily from 12pm until 9pm and they have all your favourite pub classics on the menu. As well as this, the inn serves as a steak house and rum shack. It serves a variety of steaks, steak burgers, and over 30 different rums. Of course, they also have a large selection of beers and real ales. There is always something going on and you can look forward to events such as musical performances, live comedians, and even the occasional fancy dress party!  

Have you tried one of these dog friendly restaurants?

We hope you check out a few of these fabulous dog friendly restaurants. The Peak District has a lot to offer you and your pet, with some great walking routes and amazing views. Come on down for an experience that you will not soon forget, and if you need accommodation, then we have a variety of luxury dog friendly holiday cottages to choose from.
Dog friendly restaurants in the Peak District The Three Horseshoes Country Inn and Spa

Best Summer Walks in the Peak District

In honor of National Parks Week, we have put together a list of the best summer walks in the Peak District. The Peak District is the UK's oldest National Park, founded in 1951, and remains just as stunning as it was back then. With so much space to lose yourself in, there’s no better place to blow away those cobwebs.  

The Roaches and Lud's Church

the roaches and luds church best summer walks in the peak district

This 4 mile walk takes you past the fascinating rocky escarpment of The Roaches. It is one of the Peak District’s best known landmarks, and is shrouded in myths and legends. As you descend out of The Roaches, the exposed rocky trail is also great for spotting peregrine falcons.  

Derwent Valley

Derwent Valley the best walks in the peak district

If you’re looking for an easy to moderate walk with stunning views, then head to the Derwent Valley. This walk takes just over an hour, yet it somehow manages to cover a huge range of habitats. You are sure to be blown away by the Ladybower Reservoir, lush, green farmland, and panoramic views.  

Deep Dale Nature Reserve

Deep Dale Nature Reserve the best walks in the Peak District

Located just a 10 minute drive from our holiday cottages, this local nature reserve is full of hidden gems. Discover Chelmorton’s ancient field systems and walk through the epic, overhanging limestone cliffs at the bed of Chee Dale gorge.  

Tissington Trail

Tissington Trail the best walks in the Peak District

If you have a group of various ages in tow, then have an amble along the Tissington Trail. Well surfaced and relatively flat throughout, it’s a great walk for young children, the elderly, and those with mobility issues. This popular route also offers impressive views of the surrounding limestone countryside.  

Chrome Hill

Chrome Hill the best walks in the Peak DIstrict

Visit this quiet corner of the Peak District to discover the magnificent Dragons Back, an area of turf covered limestone hills, or even mini mountains that resemble a sleeping monster! This exhilarating walk takes you to the summit of each limestone reef and ends up at the Quiet Woman, a charming village pub.   We hope you try out one of the routes from this 'best summer walks' blog. Whether you’re a rambler looking for your next adventure, or simply a nature lover after some peace and quiet, the Peak District has something for everyone. Close to some of the area's best walking and cycling routes, our holiday cottages and caravan site are the perfect place to stay during your trip. Luxury, dog friendly accommodation set in stunning surroundings - what more could you ask for?! Contact us to book your stay.
the roaches and luds church best summer walks in the peak district