Top 10 Places to Visit in the Peak District

Top 10 Places to Visit in the Peak District

If you’re looking for places to visit in the Peak District you’ll find some of the most breathtaking scenery this side of Scotland or Wales, so we’ve want to show you our top 10 places to visit in the Peak District.

10. Robin Hood Stride

In at number ten on our list of places to visit in the Peak District is Robin Hood Stride situated in between Matlock and Bakewell. This outcrop of gritstone sits proudly on top of a hill along the famous limestone way. Robin Hood’s Stride is also known as Mock Beggar’s Mansion as its silhouette resembles an old crumbling hall with two towers. This collection of gritstone rocks makes this area a popular spot for rock climbing, walking, landscape photography and it’s just generally a great spot to hang out and watch a sunset. There are dedicated car parking spots for Robin Hood Stride but there is some nearby roadside parking available followed by a short walk just to get to the rocks. Located just one field away is a small stone circle for you to explore too so check that out if you can. 

9. Harboro Rocks

Our number nine is a spot called Harboro Rocks located in Brassington not too far from Matlock. This ancient site is a fantastic spot with lots of things to see and do in a small area. Harboro Rocks is very popular with local walkers and rock climbers as its fame for its excellent examples of dolomitic limestone. Towering pillars of jagged rocks make for a challenging climb but also excellent opportunities for landscape photography located on the site there is also Harboro cave which dates all the way back to the ice age so don’t miss a chance to check out the inside. Also at Harboro Rocks you’ll find the crumbling remains of an old lead mine which used to operate on the site hundreds of years ago. The remaining four towers of the mine structure gives you a real glimpse back in time

8. Magpie Mine

Number eight on the list and we’re staying on the theme of old mines is a spot called Magpie Mine. Magpie Mine is located not too far from the village of Sheldon in the Peak District. There’s a fantastic example of an old lead mining facility. Mining here was underway for 200 years until it was finally closed in 1958 and was the last working lead mine in Derbyshire. Access to this site is free and there are some on-street parking spaces not too far away with a short five-minute walk to reach the site. Magpie Mine is a nice spot to catch a sunset at, take a stroll to soak up the history or to take some great landscape photographs. Either way this spot is not one to be missed on your trip to the Peak District National Park

7. Peter’s Stone

At number seven on our list, we have a location called Peter’s Stone. This spot also known as Gibbet Rock is a popular walking destination located at the north end of Cressbrook Dale. Although this is a stunning location, it’s home to a fairly gruesome past. Peter’s Stone is the last known location in the UK

to have displayed the dead bodies of criminals in giant metal cages. The stone itself is an impressive limestone stack that rises up out of the valley that can be seen from quite far away. Access to Cressbrook Dale can be gained from some on-street parking, less than 10 minutes away. It’s a great family-friendly location for a small walk through the dale or if you’re feeling confident you can attempt to scale the rock to take in the views.

6. Curbar Egde

In at number six on our list is the stunning Curbar Edge, otherwise known as Curbar Gap. This incredible stretch of rock is located above the village of Curbar which is not too far from the famous location of Chatsworth House which is best known as the location for Pride and Prejudice. Access to the edge can be gained by taking a short walk from the on-site car park or by parking your car on some of the lanes and roadside parking which is available below the edge. Walking across Curbar Edge is fairly easy with a well-laid path running across the top which extends from many miles allowing you to enjoy a good stroll whilst taking in the incredible views.

5. Black Rocks

At number five on our list, we have a spot called Black Rocks. Black Rocks is situated above the village of Cromford which is not too far from the popular location of Matlock Bath. Black Rocks is a large area which is famed for its giant gritstone rocks which have a commanding view over the scenery below. Views from the rocks extend down to Comford, Matlock Bath and beyond and they are well worth the climb up from the car park. Parking isn’t free here but there are some free spots along the roadside followed by a short but steep climb. There is also a small visitors center on site which sells refreshments. Black Rocks has been a popular spot for climbing since the 1890s with plenty of roots mapped out. If you fancy just a scenic walk then the high peak trail runs through here and is well worth the hike which you will see as you pass through various terrain including rocky outcrops secluded woodland and open moorland.

4. Snake Woodland

Number four on our list is a location known as Snake Woodland. This fantastic location is situated towards the north of the Peak District not too far from Ladybower Reservoir. If you’re looking for a location which has a little slice of everything then look no further than Snake Woodland. This spot has many walking routes that run through vast open hillsides, spectacular woodland and relaxing streams that cut through it all. There is a small car park located very close to the entrance but we recommend getting there early to this highly popular spot to avoid disappointment. Snake Woodland is a family-friendly location and a great idea for a day trip out to the Peak District. You can go there just for a walk and see some incredible views or to enjoy a picnic next to one of the many small waterfalls to be found here.

3. Thor’s Cave

In at number three, we have a place called Thor’s Cave, an incredible sight to see and somewhere where we think you should consider for your next visit to the Peak District. Located just outside of Ashbourne and technically within Staffordshire, Thor’s Cave is natural limestone cavern that overlooks the stunning Manifold Valley. Legend has it that this used to be the home to the god of thunder himself and excavations in the cave have discovered human remains, tools and bronze items indicating it has been used as a residence in the past. A short walk from a car par located in the nearby village of Wetton will see you hike across some fairly easy well-trodden paths until you reach the mouth of the cave. Be careful when entering the cave however as it can be quite slippery inside Thor’s Cave. You will find some fantastic stone pillars of different colours and some epic views out into the valley below. 

2. Parkhouse Hill

In at number two we have an incredible location called Parkhouse Hill. This huge limestone hill shoots out the landscape not too far south from the popular town of Buxton in the Peak District. This popular destination for hiking and landscape photography is so huge it can be seen for miles around. There is no dedicated car park for this location so it’s worth finding some free roadside parking nearby and taking the short hike to reach the destination. Parkhouse Hill actually used to be a limestone reef millions of years ago when the Peak District was underneath a tropical sea. Climbing to the summit is not an easy task but the views from the top are among the very best you’ll find in the Peak District National Park. Set opposite Parkhouse Hill is its sister known as Chrome Hill. This hill is also a popular walking spot with a similar height but less distinctive features. We would recommend coming here early in the morning to get the place all to yourself.

1. Mam Tor and Castleton

In at number one spot of places to visit in the Peak District is Castleton which such a popular spot with so much to see and do. Incredible rocky landscapes, rolling hills and walking paths stretch for miles and miles. Castleton and the Hope Valley area has so much to offer your trip to the Peak District so starting off we have the giant hill that looms over Castleton itself, Mam Tor. The name of the hill can be loosely translated to mother hill. It’s actually a site of a huge landslide which created lots of smaller baby hills underneath it in 1979. The battle to maintain the road that ran directly underneath it was finally lost due to the frequent landslips in the area. Once up on Mam Tor, you can take the path that runs along the great ridge and extends for miles around Hope Valley. For a shorter walk of 30 to 35 minutes you can hike from the summit of Mam Tor across the ridge into a small hill known as Back Torl. Winnats Pass is a vast limestone gorge with a road that cuts through the middle of it. This road is one of the most scenic drives you can take in the Peak District National Park and we would highly recommend it. There are a few walking paths on both sides of the pass and several caves underneath it, some of which you can actually visit so look out for those whilst you’re on your trip. If you can get lucky and come here early in the morning when the low hanging mist and fog is rolling through the entire gorge is transformed into almost a European mountain destination. This spot is a true landscape photographer’s dream.

We hope you enjoyed our list of places to visit in the Peak District. Have you visited any places we can add to the list?

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