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How to spend a weekend in the High Peak

The High Peak, located in the heart of Derbyshire offers everything from scenic views to quaint villages to historical landmarks to a wide range of independent high street shops.

Here are some ideas on how to spend a weekend in the area, whether you’re a local resident or just visiting, there’s something on offer for everyone. 

1, Kickstart your weekend by exploring the iconic walks in the area. There are walks for all abilities such as Kinder Scout, this is the highest point in the Peak District so therefore is ideal for those who want more of a challenge but for those who prefer something easier, the Sett Valley trail in Hayfield and the Millenium Walkway in New Mills are good options. Mam Tor in Castleton is also a local hotspot for those wanting to soak in the picturesque views that the area offers. You can drive through the valley of Castleton, through Winnats Pass or walk up Mam Tor to get a birdseye view of the place.

After a day of walking, the High Peak offers a plethora of cosy village pubs that offer local ale and a range of  homemade meals. Favourites consist of the Pack Horse Inn on Mellor Road in New Mills, The Oakwood in Glossop on High Street West, The Lamb Inn in Hayfield on Hayfield Road and The Hare and Hounds in Simmondley and The Little Mill Inn in Rowarth. 

The Oakwood in Glossop

2, Derbyshire is full of history and culture. Just outside of the High Peak in the Derbyshire Dales is the iconic Chatsworth House. It’s one of England’s most recognisable stately homes and is the background for many films such as Pride and Prejudice and The Duchess. The house is surrounded by landscaped gardens, a farmyard/ playground and a range of small shops, cafes and a restaurant. It’s a perfect day out and is suitable for all ages. 

Chatsworth House 

3, As well as numerous pubs in the area that offer night time entertainment such as live music and comedy, there is also the Buxton Opera House which offers a diverse range of live shows - from music tribute acts, to musicals to ‘evenings with’ to comedy acts, there’s something for everyone. Spring Bank Arts in New Mills also offers a selection of entertainment but it’s most well known for its live bands that come from all over the country to play at the venue. 

Buxton Opera House

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