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The Peak District
The Peak District is an English gem worth getting to know. Not to be confused with the more northern Lake District, this expansive national park is an area of outstanding beauty with breathtaking views, bustling market towns, quaint villages, historic houses, and hundreds of annual events.

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Living Like a Royal in the Peak District

The Peak District, England’s first officially designated national park, is a gem worth getting to know. Many travelers confuse the Peak District with the more northern Lake District. While both are in England, these great national parks represent very different terrains, culture, and history.

Officially designated a national park in 1952, this area of outstanding beauty boasts breath-taking views, bustling market towns, pretty villages, historic houses, and hundreds of annual events. I’ve been fortunate enough to explore this stretch of England on two separate trips. For this particular travel moment, I am going to focus on a single stately home.

One of England’s greatest draws for travelers is its abundance of magnificent stately homes.

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Jack Baumann

Jack Baumann

Hi, my name is Jack Baumann, and I have a passion for helping independent travelers unlock the wonders of Europe. I founded Guidester - we build personal mobile guidebooks sourced from local experts - so travelers could cut through the noise and dive deeper into the wonders of Europe. I hope you enjoy my stories and tips!

Jack Baumann

Jack Baumann

Hi, my name is Jack Baumann, and I have a passion for helping independent travelers unlock the wonders of Europe. I founded Guidester - we build personal mobile guidebooks sourced from local experts - so travelers could cut through the noise and dive deeper into the wonders of Europe. I hope you enjoy my stories and tips!

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Local Tips

Hiking to the top of Mam Tor will give you the best views of the surrounding landscape of the Peak District. 

On top of Peveril Castle in Castleton will also provide commanding views of the town and surrounding landscape.

The Peak District is a vast area of middle/northern England and without proper time management you will waste a great deal of time. It's advised to chart out a course in clusters so you can focus on certain regions, which will allow you to see more and be more efficient with your time.

If you find yourself out driving around sunset pull over on an upper  road with a wide landscape and you'll have a wonderful view. The problem is England is so often cloudy it's hard to get a clear sunset.

A favorite place to watch the sunset is in the town of Castleton. You can see the sun come down over the small town and ancient Norman castle standing guard over the area.

By car. This is really the only the get around the area if you want to visit the small village and reach the more remote hiking trails. Driving in England is not difficult, after you get used to driving on the left side of the road. In the Peak District the traffic is light and the roads are well maintained. Simply take your time, don't rush, and you'll be fine.

Where To Stay

The Peak District is such a vast area there are many choices from tiny villages, local towns, or a charming B&B in the middle of the countryside.

If you’re looking for convenient and quaint you should consider Castleton. It’s a bit farther north, but it’s on a major thoroughfare through the park and the village itself is charming.

If you want something a little bigger, Bakewell is a good option. Bakewell is the biggest town in the Peak District with shops and local stores should you need supplies.

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Local Eats

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In the Peak District you'll find...
The cuisine you'll find will be typically British in nature. This mean local pubs and eateries serving pot pies, fish and chips, stews, chicken, and other meat dishes.
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Make sure to try...
One specialty to be found is the Bakewell Tart which has a shortcrust pastry case, followed by strawberry jam and topped with almond sponge.
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My favorite pub in the Peak District...
Perhaps one of the most charming pubs in the Peak District is The George located in the small village of Castleton at the base of ancient Peveril Castle with a terrace looking out onto the mountainous landscape.