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Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions in the Peak District

We’re almost two weeks into 2018, so we thought we’d help you on your way to accomplishing your New Year’s resolutions. Whatever you hope to achieve this year, we’re confident that the Peak District can help you get there.

Kinder Scout – nickhoward (Instagram)

Exercise More

Walking

With infamous mountains, rolling hills and an abundance of country pubs, the Peak District is the perfect place to get on your walking boots and explore the charming countryside. Even if you’ve never been hiking before, there are plenty of routes which will allow you to start small and work your way to the top of Kinder Scout at your own pace. Here are a few of our favourite nearby routes:

Routes:

Birchen Edge

Matlock Bath

Mam Tor

Cycling

Whether you’re a beginner on a bike or cycling enthusiast, there are hundreds of stunning trails scattered across the Peak District countryside to suit all abilities. From beautiful old railway lines to cross-country, mountain bike adventures, there really is something for anyone looking to spend some of 2018 on two wheels:

Trails:

Tissington Trail

High Peak Trail

Monsal Trail

Tissington Trail -salgreenwood (Instagram)

Climbing

The Peak District is an extremely popular location for rock climbing, with people travelling from far and wide to enjoy the finest rock faces around. Bring your own equipment and find your own way around the crags, or get in touch with one of the many local experts who can help you reach the top, whatever your skill level!

Locations:

The Roaches

Stanage Edge

Guides:

Lost Earth Adventures

Beyond The Edge

Dolomite Training

Stanage Edge – minimonster123 (Instagram)

 

Travel More

Tours

If you want to learn more about the Peak District as you explore, why not do something a little different on a tour with an expert local guide. You can walk, drive and even fly, all while uncovering the story of the fascinating National Park.

Tours:

Vintage Adventure Tours

Helicopter Flights

Walking Tours

Culture

The scenery isn’t the only thing that makes the Peak District such an attractive destination for travelling. There are castles, stately homes and historic houses scattered throughout the countryside, from Tudor manor houses to classical mansions, medieval ruins to Elizabethan halls. Stroll in the footsteps of people of the past, as well as many film and television stars who have been on location here:

Chatsworth House

Haddon Hall

Bolsover Castle

Hardwick Hall

Bolsover Castle – freeze__and__cheese (Instagram)

Fine Dining

If good food is a must in your travel itinerary, you won’t be disappointed by the fine local produce that goes into creating amazing food experiences in the Peak District. All kinds of delicious food and drink are grown, made and sold in the local towns and villages, including cheese, beer, fish, meat and much more. In fact, the Original Bakewell Pudding Shop is less than a 10 minute drive from The Peacock, and our own menus include fresh, organic ingredients grown right here in Derbyshire.

 

New Hobby

Fishing

Relaxing, rewarding, refreshing – fishing could be the ideal hobby for you in 2018. The Peak District has many rivers and lakes which are perfect for fishing, with four flowing straight through the Haddon Estate, where The Peacock is located. Find your own spot to give it a try (don’t forget to check fishing regulations for the area!) or master your technique with a guide or tutor.

Explore what fishing experiences we have available at The Peacock.

Photography

You can’t go far in the Peak District without coming across a multitude of amazing photo opportunities. Photographers, both amateur and professional, flock to the National Park to capture trickling streams, mountain views and quaint country villages. Search Instagram for #peakdistrict, or go to the Visit Peak District Instagram page, to explore a few, or check out our recent ‘Capturing the Peak District’ blog to see our favourites from the Autumn.

Gardening

Want to get out in the garden more this year and need some inspiration? Many of the aforementioned historic houses and stately homes have beautifully designed gardens which you can wander around to your heart’s extent. Some of the most impressive are Haddon Hall, the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton and Chatsworth House, which hosts the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show annually.

Haddon Hall -g_cooper (Instagram)

We hope we’ve helped you to find some inspiration for your New Year’s resolutions and wish you a very Happy New Year, whatever you hope to accomplish.

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