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Pastimes in the Peak District

With unique culture, outdoor adventure and breathtaking views, you can be sure that summertime in Derbyshire has something to suit you. Here are a few things to do in the Peak District that we are particularly looking forward to this summer. 

Derbyshire Well Dressings

Well Dressing is a fascinating tradition which has long been associated with Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park.

Between May and September each year, talented teams of hard-working volunteers come together to decorate local wells and springs with elaborate masterpieces. The process is just as intriguing as the end-product, with well-dressers using natural materials such as flowers, leaves, seeds and even moss to create beautiful mosaics and pictures.

Well Dressing events take place throughout the summer across the entire area. You can view a full list of participating towns and villages here.

Cycling in the Peak District

Derbyshire is the home of some of the most scenic cycling tracks in the country, with hundreds of routes to suit all abilities.

The Monsal Trail, an old railway line which runs from Bakewell to Blackwell Mill, is among the most popular tracks in the area. Explore the former railway tunnels and adjoining towns, all while enjoying stunning views of the Peak District’s infamous limestone dales. The trail is 8.5 miles long with a flat, even footpath, making it easily accessible for bikes, wheelchairs and pushchairs.

One of the last Victorian railways, the Tissington Trail was made into a traffic free route for visitors to the area in the early 1970s. At 13 miles, the line is longer than the Monsal Trail, joining the High Peak line at Parsley Hay and concluding at Ashbourne. Highlights of the trail include the preserved signal box at Hartington Station, the nearby Carsington Water and the 600m tunnel which opens into Ashbourne at the end of the trail.

Find maps of the trails, directions and more information here.

Haddon Hall in Summer

Haddon Hall is a fortified Medieval and Tudor manor house, located just down the road from Bakewell, on the same estate as The Peacock at Rowsley. With its incredible architecture, rich history and picturesque terraced gardens, the house has captivated visitors for hundreds of years, continuing to host a vast array of events throughout the year.

Explore Haddon Hall’s full schedule of upcoming events on their website.

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