6 Delightful Ways to Enjoy the Beauty of the Peak District
The Peak District is thought to have some of the best rock climbing anywhere in the United Kingdom. Many rock climbing enthusiasts come from all over the world to enjoy climbing here. The best spots include the Dovedale rock formations, the gritstone crags of Windgather Rocks, the moor-top crest of Stanage Edge and the stark face of The Roaches.
If you don’t have your own gear or a lot of experience, don’t worry. There are many local tour guides who will be able to supply you with what you need and guide you on an exhilarating climb. There’s nothing quite like reaching the top of a steep moor and admiring the view, knowing that you climbed up there all by yourself.
The Peak District is known as a prime adventure holiday destination in the UK, so there’s plenty to keep you entertained beyond rock climbing as well if physical activity is your preferred way to unwind while on vacation.
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Eyam: The Plague Village
In 1665 a tailor from the Peak District village of Eyam sent for a bale of cloth from London. Unfortunately, he got a lot more than he bargained for. The cloth contained fleas, which carried the plague. The deadly disease took hold of the village quickly, turning this picturesque little town into a tragic place of illness and death.
You can visit the Plague Village and see the Eyam Museum, where you can learn the full horrific story of the town. In order to stop the plague from spreading elsewhere in England, they quarantined themselves and suffered great loss. The museum is filled with heartbreaking stories from this unique and tragic little town.
These days, Eyam has recovered fully from its sad history and in addition to the plague stories at the museum you’ll find a charming town with cute cafes, friendly people and lovely landscapes.
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I mentioned the charming village of Bakewell in my blog post about the best towns in the UK to spend Christmas, but Bakewell is lovely all year round. It is the home of the Bakewell Tart, which is a yummy little jam pastry that you might try when you are there.
Bakewell has a lot more to offer in addition to delicious desserts, making it one of the best places to visit in Peak District. It hosts a bustling outdoor market on Mondays and you can also visit the Thornbridge Brewery to take a tour and sample world-class craft beers.
The Old House Museum is not only one of the oldest buildings in the town, it’s also a great place to learn about Bakewell’s past. Or, you can simply pack a picnic and go for a relaxing stroll along the riverside.