Derbyshire county is home to some of the most breath-taking landscapes in Britain. With a large part of the famous Peak District National Park lying within its borders, it’s no wonder Derbyshire is a top holiday destination for Brits and foreign visitors alike.The spectacular rolling limestone hills of the area provide a dramatic backdrop in the winter months, and provide a great hiking opportunity during the warmer seasons. With the protections afforded by its National Park status, and further protected greenbelts surrounding the areas major cities, this county is a uniquely well preserved landscape with a rich history.
Get Away From It All
Providing the perfect break from the big city lights, Derbyshire is only 3 hour’s drive from the UK capital city of London and even less from some of the UK’s other large cities, with Liverpool 2 hour’s drive away, and Manchester only 1 ½ hours. All major cities can also access the area by train or bus. As soon as you enter the Peak District’s undulating landscape and breathe the fresh air of the countryside, it doesn’t take long to sit back, unwind and forget the stress of city life.Its proximity to Britain’s major Northern cities equally makes it possible to take a day trip to Manchester, Liverpool or Sheffield when you begin to crave the hustle and bustle of city life, or just need some retail therapy.
Where to Stay
Although camping out may appeal to the more intrepid travellers, those of us who are not so rough and ready can find a wide range of traditional style accommodations with Derbyshire Country Cottages, who have a wide range of elegant settings and barn conversions on offer, which provide a comfortable base from which to explore the gorgeous countryside. In the winter, a cosy cottage provides the ultimate base to put your feet up in front of a roaring fire after a crisp country walk, whilst in the summer a BBQ in the garden is the perfect end to a sunny stroll or an adventure bike ride. These cottages also provide an insight into local life, with a number of lively local pubs across the area. By living like a local, you can really get a feel for what it’s like to lead the quiet life in the depths of the countryside.
A Touch of History
For the historians amongst us, Neolithic burial mounds can be found throughout the county, dating back to between 2000 and 2500 BC, along with Arbour Low, a Neolithic henge monument dated to 2500 BC. There are also a number of natural underground cave systems in the limestone, including the recently discovered caves near Castleton, which are now known to be home to the biggest cave chamber of any in the UK. For Jane Austin fans, the journey to Derbyshire has become somewhat of a pilgrimage. Pemberley, the home of Pride & Prejudice’s Mr Darcy, lies in the county, whilst Chatsworth House also features in the novel. Chatsworth is still open to visitors to this day, and provides a prime example of the luxury and extravagance of the quintessential stately home. It also provided the filming location for the 2005 film adaptation of the novel, allowing visitors to follow in the steps of Kiera Knightly, who played the part of the protagonist Elizabeth Bennet.
With the Peak District a great destination to visit year-round, it provides a great getaway destination right on your doorstep, come rain or shine. Why not check it out for yourself and book your trip today?