Holiday Cottages in the Peak District
The Peak District offers spectacular scenery and is one of the great English walking areas, mostly in Derbyshire but shading into the Staffordshire Moorlands and extending northwards like a wedge between Manchester and Sheffield, reaching 'Last of the Summer Wine' country at Holmfirth.
The Peak District National Park is said to be the most visited in the UK, surrounded as it is by great cities. It marks the start of upland northern England, where the smooth folds of the south give way to the harsher contours of protruding bedrock.
The Peak District is split into the northern Dark Peak with its heather clad upland moorlands and White Peak to the south, with its gentler dales.
Towns like Buxton, Matlock and Bakewell are the main centres of the Peak District, providing all the facilities you will need if staying somewhere remote. And if you (or more likely, your children) tire of striding the hills, there is always Alton Towers, the biggest theme park in the UK, close at hand between Ashbourne and Uttoxeter.
Typical Peak District holiday cottages
Derbyshire and the Peak District offer great country for cottage holidays, with lots of small, market towns and attractive country villages to choose from. Holiday cottages in the Peak District aren't as 'chocolate boxy' as some further south, but there are plenty of traditional stone built cottages with real character.
There is also plenty of choice if you prefer to stay in more remote areas closer to the countryside and moorland; here you will find holiday accommodation in converted barns and farm buildings, as well as cottages and farm houses.