Top 10 Places to Visit in the Peak District

What a Great year 2012 has been. We have had record numbers of visitors this year. We’d just like to thank all our fantastic guests who visited us here in Monyash in 2012. Guests often ask us for our recommendations on places to visit in the Monyash, area.  So we have compiled a list of 10 places to visit in the Peak District, whilst you enjoy your stay with us here at Endmoor Farm Holiday Cottages.

  1. Lathkill Dale

    Lathkill Dale is one of the finest limestone dales in the Peak District and a place that virtually all our guests visit at some point during their stay!  Located between the villages of Monyash, Youlgreave and Over Haddon – parking available. Enjoy the true beauty of nature and wildlife. The amazing purple orchids in Spring time and the clear water of the river flowing under the medieval Conksbury Bridge, where the fish can be seen from one side of the river bank to the other!


  2.  Tissington and High Peak Trails

    The Tissington Trail and High Peak Trail are now converted into Cycle and Walkways. This former railway line provides the ideal place for walkers and cyclists to enjoy the great outdoors. Fantastic scenery and views, with interesting places to stop along the way. Bikes to suit all ages can be hired at Parsley Hay or Ashbourne. Great place for families!


  3. Crich Tramway Village

    Crich Tramway Village provides fun for all as you look back in time at the wonderful historic collections.  Take a ride on one of the working, restored trams or a horse drawn cab! Lots to do. Adventure play area, café restaurant, woodland walks with spectacular viewsRetro Weekends feature 40’s themes, classic cars and more!  Great value.


  4. Chestnut Centre – Chapel en le Frith

    The Chesnut Centre is an Otter and Owl wildlife park is unique as it houses Europe’s largest collection. The centre has been involved in an extensive otter breeding programme spanning 30 years and offers care to injured or orphaned otters who are mostly returned to the wild. Be amazed and amused by their antics and fun in the water! Also, get close up to some of the world’s cleverest creatures – ‘the wise owl’!  Stroll around the beautiful natural park and then enjoy a stop off at the café!


  5. Pooles Cavern – Grin Low Woods and Solomon’s Temple – Buxton

    Pooles Cavern allows you to explore the vast limestone caverns and learn about the incredible underground chambers formed over millions of years expert guides will show you the way!  Then take a woodland walk through the woods to the folly on the hill (Solomons Temple) and experience a truly outstanding view of Buxton and all the surrounding countryside.


  6. Heights of Abraham – Matlock Bath

    The Heights of Abraham Cable cars, caverns and a hill top park. The cable car ride is just the start of your great day out! Rising from the valley floor to Masson Hill in one of the 12 observation cars, providing stunning views of the Derwent Valley and Peak District.


  7. Dovedale – Thorpe, Ashbourne

    Dovedale is an area of outstanding natural beauty owned by the National Trust and a must for all visitors to the Peak District!  Superb walking area cross the famous ‘stepping stones’ a well known feature of Dovedale joining the 2 banks of the river at the southern end.

  8. Monsal Head and Monsal Cycle Trail

    Visit Monsal Head to see the imposing Headstone viaduct built by  the Midland Railway Co. in 1863 spanning the beautiful River Wye. Magnificent views down Monsal Dale and the Wye Valley. Café and Restaurant located at Monsal Head or head to the cycle trail? The trail goes from Wye Dale to Bakewell, passing through several of the former railways tunnels. Hassop Station has an excellent café and cycle hire available.


  9. Buxton Pavilion Gardens and Opera House

    Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens is a wonderful historic venue in the heart of Buxton, set in 23 acres of landscaped gardens, lakes, play areas and miniature train. The gardens underwent a complete restoration programme restoring them to their original

    Victorian style, complete with a bandstand!  Over 100 events and fairs are held during the year most weekends there will be something to entertain you! Regular venue for the popular Farmers Markets.

    Visit the Opera House – a beautiful Edwardian theatre with a vast and varied programme throughout the year.


  10. Carsington Water – Ashbourne/Wirksworth

    Carsington Water. Picturesque reservoir owned be Severn Trent Water……and the only place in the area for watersports…… training in yachting,canoeing, wind-surfing etc. are available.

    The RSPB bird sanctuary is located here and home to a variety of wild local and migrating birds, which can be observed from the hides located around the  water’s edge. The Visitor centre provides all the information you may require and there is a  restaurant, café childrens playground.

We hope that you enjoyed reading our “10 Places to Visit in the Peak District”.  Of course there are many other brilliant attractions to see too.  What are your top Ten?  Leave a comment to let us know.