Derbyshire with its famous Peak District National Park is a popular place for holidays and short breaks. The historic spa town of Buxton is a major attraction with its opera house and music festival, and the Pavilion Gardens are popular with visitors. It is the Peak District that attracts walkers and climbers, and is separated into the rolling chalk hill so the southern White Peak and the more craggy moorland areas of the northern Dark Peak.
The scenes from Hathersage are the ones thought to have inspired the writing of Jane Eyre and the rocky outcrops at Stanage are popular with climbers. The Peak District has many stately homes such as Chatsworth House which featured in the filming of Pride and Prejudice, and the medieval Haddon Hall near Bakewell.
Derbyshire is famous for its village well dressing where historic wells are decorated with pictorial floral displays that can be seen throughout the summer. The village of Eyam is famous for its role in preventing the spread of plague in 1665 and there are a number of historical sites around this village. Take a visit to Dovedale, arguably the most beautiful of the river valleys in the Peak District and soak up the stunning scenery. At Edale the high and sometimes dangerous peaks mark the start of the famous Pennine Way walk.
Visit Matlock and is spa, and take a trip out to the unusual Heights of Abraham. Derbyshire is the gateway to the industrial north and has a rich history of development such as at Arkwrights Mill where the world’s first water-powered cotton mill is housed, and the Crich National Tramway Museum. With excellent and welcoming guest houses and hotels, and good camping there are plenty of choices for people wishing to experience Derbyshire and its famous Peak District.