Heading off on holiday to the Peak District? We’ve got the perfect itinerary for what to do in a week in the Peak District that will help you to visit all of the best attractions and hidden gems.
You can do an awful lot in 7 days in the Peak District, as there is so much beauty waiting to be discovered; however, this is your holiday, so don’t stress, or rush around, simply enjoy the pace of nature and indulge in the experiences that await you!
Day 1: Geocaching
What better way to get to know the area of your holiday home than on a geocaching trip? This mobile app-treasure hunt is a fantastic activity for adults and children. Unleash your inner adventurer and embark on a geocaching trip in the Peak District and you will discover a wealth of hidden gems and beautiful views that you may have missed otherwise! We would certainly recommend taking a geocaching trip whilst you’re here as it really is one of the best ways to get to know an area. The trails can be as long or short as you like, ranging from a quick 30-minute trip to a full day of exploring. Be sure to pack a picnic and some water if you’re heading out for a long time though, as the paths can often take you a little off the grid! Once you return to your glamping home, you can kick back and relax, enjoying the majestic sight of the twinkling stars above!
Day 2: Castleton’s Caverns
Castleton is the biggest cavern in the whole of Derbyshire and is a must-visit whilst on a trip to the Peak District. There are four show caves in total at Castleton, including Peak Cavern and Speedwell Cavern, The Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern. Each of them offer their own unique historic story and charm, however one of our personal favourites has to be The Blue John Cavern; the mine here is part natural and part mine workings, and the real ‘hidden gem’ of this cavern is the beautiful veins of Blue John stone, one of Britain’s rarest minerals! It is said that this is the only place in the world that this fine mineral has been found, so you can be sure that this is an experience you cannot have anywhere else! There are guided tours available so that you can learn the full history of this mighty cavern, then you can nip to the gift shop to pick up a Blue John trinket, and re-fuel at the nearby café. The other three caverns are also worth exploring, as well as the quaint town of Castleton; you could spend days browsing through this historic mine!
Day 3: Pavilion Gardens
A day-trip to Pavilion Gardens is a perfect free family day out in the Peak District! Standing proudly within the heart of Buxton, Pavilion Gardens is a Grade II listed attraction nestled within 23 acres of manicured gardens. No matter what the weather, you’ll still find something to do at ‘The Jewel in the Crown of Buxton’. The attractions within these stunning grounds venture far beyond historical value, with a multi-purpose arts centre, exhibition space, three eateries, an indoor and outdoor play park, miniature train and plenty more; you can be sure that a day at Pavilion Gardens will keep all the family entertained. Keep an eye out for upcoming events too, as they regularly hold exhibitions and fairs including food festivals, antique fairs and craft extravaganzas! The relaxing atmosphere makes it simply perfect for your holidays and will help you to refuel and refresh.
Day 4: Chatsworth House
This lavish stately home certainly makes a statement in the Peak District, with a stunning art collection, adventure playground and farmyard to be enjoyed within the region of Bakewell (home of the bakewell tart!) Get lost in the maze or enjoy a picnic in the ‘grotto in the gardens’ at Chatsworth House, we can assure you that each and every corner offers something a little different, but truly spectacular. This is a perfect trip for both families and couples, offering the perfect balance of a romantic retreat and a child-friendly attraction!
Day 5: Buxton
The spa town of Buxton is another wonderful place to visit within the Peak District, filled with an eclectic range of shops, cafes and baths. The natural thermal springs make it the ultimate place to relax and recoup, so why not enjoy a spot of pampering whilst you are here? Alternatively, there are a number of beautiful bike rides and country walks that can be enjoyed in Buxton, so spend the day as you please. Make the most of the rich local produce and be sure to venture out to one of the independent cafes or restaurants to complete your Peak District experience.
Day 6: Heights of Abraham
The Heights of Abraham offers an exciting experience for all, and a fantastic opportunity to see the beauty of the Peak District from a whole different view – the view of a cable car! This is just the beginning of your experience as this heritage attraction, as the extensive grounds offer plenty to see and do during the day. With heritage woodland walks, an adventure playground, Prospect Tower and two exciting caverns waiting to be explored, you can enjoy each exhibit at your own pace as you hear of the extensive history and gaze in awe at the sights beyond. The Heights of Abraham is a family favourite within the Peak District, and you could easily spend a day here (there’s even a tavern, bar and restaurant for your enjoyment). Why not enjoy a quintessentially British spot of afternoon tea at the Vista Bar and Restaurant where you can enjoy views over the Derwent Valley?
Day 7: Departure Day
Although your last day has arrived, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the wonders of the Peak District. We recommend spending the day at your leisure, sit back and enjoy a book in the sunshine in front of your glamping abode, or embark on one last adventure to get the most of what Mother Nature has to offer. There is so much to do in the Peak District, so don’t feel like you need to pack it all in, the attractions will be ready and waiting for you to return in the near future! Kick back and enjoy your time glamping in the Peak District!