Calling all cottage lovers, pub dwellers and dog walkers. If you meet one or more of these requirements then this itinerary is for you. Spanning over five days and based in the ‘white’ Peak District, it will give you tips on where to walk, visit, eat and sleep in this breathtakingly beautiful spot – a must on the UK tourist route. Depending on your thirst for exploration verses relaxation, there are a few options you can pick and choose from, so feel free to peruse and adapt to your needs or simply feel inspired for a future trip.
Where to stay
Staying in a rental cottage is the best way to experience the Peak District. Choose a pretty village buzzing with life and see how the locals live. Explore the countryside in the day time and get the log burner roaring of an evening. I recommend the village of Tideswell with four pubs, plenty of cafe’s, a fine-dining restaurant and even a cute second-hand bookstore. Take a look at The Old Toffee Shop – it sleeps four comfortably, with a sofa bed for six. It’s dog friendly and beautiful inside and out.
Start your day by exploring your surroundings. Take a walk through Tideswell and use this opportunity to snap some photos of the stunning and varied architecture the village boasts. Walk around The Cathedral of The Peak (The church of St John the Baptist) and then head over to High Nelly’s for breakfast. The waffles with bacon are good.
Make your way back to the cottage with goods from the bakery and make yourselves lunch to take with you on your upcoming walk. We chose a route to the nearby village of Litton. Not only do you get to see somewhere new, but the walk in-between is stunning, with Peak District views to die for. Be warned there’s quite a hefty incline and it’s possibly not for beginners or dawdlers. Check out the photos below for the route and its beauty. It should take you around 4 hours with a few stop offs for food, cake and a quick rest to admire the views.
Opt for a night in, in front of the log burner, to rest your aching feet or head to The Anglers Rest in Millers Dale (a river side pub with traditional décor and food), not far and walking distance in daylight. After today, however, you may wish to take the car.
Take it easy this morning and make the most of having your own cottage by eating at home and relaxing. Leave late morning, ready to explore a few destinations today, starting with Ashford in the Water. Take a wander through this pretty village and make sure you visit sheepwash bridge, one of the most photographed bridges in the UK. There’s a tea room here, a pub and a posh hotel tucked away for great afternoon tea – The Riverside House Hotel.
Head to The Eyre Arms in Hassop. As you enter, turn left into a roaring fire and traditional décor. In the Good Pub Guide, as stated, the owners are friendly and the food delicious. After this pitstop, head to Bakewell for an afternoon browsing the shops. There’s sure to be plenty of tourists visiting for the bakewell pudding and fudge so why not join in and treat yourself? Don’t get too excited for amazing retail therapy however, unless it’s outdoor wear you’re looking for. Some gorgeous buildings and eateries and a few high street shops but independent stores seem to best in the villages of The Peak District.
Take it easy with dinner in and a trip to a local pub for a pint.
It’s time to get your walk back on. Head over to Lady Bower Reservoir. It’s a truly stunning location and full of beautiful views and walks. We took a 10km walk around one of the smaller parts of the reservoir, but there are more than plenty to choose from. Take lunch and spend the day.
Drive over to Hathersage for dinner at The Bank House. A new and trendy bar and restaurant. Choose from Tapas or a la carte.
It’s time for some retail therapy. Drive back to Hathersage this morning and visit Grey Goose Interiors for some gorgeous home and living designs, then move onto David Mellor’s for tea and a mooch around the design museum – this sleek venue feels almost out of place in rambling countryside. Next up the beautiful village of Baslow. Pop into Vintage Living for another home find – this place has some unique items for reasonable prices.
Spend the afternoon on the Chatsworth Estate. Eat over-looking stunning countryside views at the Chatsworth Estate farm shop – the food is wholesome and delicious. After you’re full, pop in to buy home made pies to die for. Spend the rest of your afternoon enjoying Chatsworth House. Walk the grounds and gardens and enjoy this truly beautiful spot.
Tomorrow it’s time to head home but make sure your last evening goes out with a bang by booking ahead for a place at The Merchant’s Yard in Tideswell. A top-class restaurant and bar with fine-dining food, taster menus, fantastic service at it’s core and a modern interior design.