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The Great Outdoors

With are endless walking routes, car-free cycle trails, caves to explore, sailing and kayaking … getting active has never been more fun.


Organised Walks

We are blessed with stunning walks right on the doorstep. In the shop we have some free print-outs of local walks, to help you enjoy the immediate countryside.

The Peak District has countless stunning places to walk, The Pennine Way, Lady Bower Reservoir, Kinder Scout to name but a few. Walking is the only way to appreciate The Dales of the Peak District which are cut by crystal clear rivers and often flanked by cliffs.

Bradford Dale: 3 miles from the Park.
Beresford Dale: 3.5 miles from the Park.
Dovedale: 8 miles from the Park.
Chee Dale: 12 miles from the Park.

For more information and suggested walks visit:
National Trails  – visit the best trails in England
Health Walks – for people of all ages and abilities
Trans Pennine Trail – for walkers, cyclists and horse riders



Situated very close to where the High Peak Trail & the Tissington Trail meet, we are ideally placed to enjoy these traffic free, former railway lines that will take you through the heart of the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

From Carsington reservoir you can enjoy a three-mile family-friendly route, or the full eight-mile reservoir circuit which is all off road. Alternatively, you can increase your route a little further and take in Hopton and Carsington village. The tracks from Carisington link to the Tissington and High Peak Trails, providing you with limitless options.

Cycle Hire Centres
Parsley Hay Cycle Hire: 3 miles from the park.
Ashbourne Cycle Hire: 9 miles from the park.
Carsington Reservoir: 9 miles from the park.


The Peak District’s rivers are renowned for their quality and are among the best in Britain. Excellent river fishing is available on various rivers throughout the Peak District including the Wye, Derwent, and Dove known for their rainbow trout, wild brown trout and grayling.

For more information on fishing in the area, download the Environment Agency’s 2009/10 fishing guide where to go fishing‘.

You can also visit the excellent interactive website by the Angling Trust.

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Horse Riding

The bridleways and country lanes throughout the Peak District provide good opportunities for riding, hacking and trekking.

Nearby stables
Tissington Trekking Centre: 6 miles from the Park.
Buxton Riding Stables: 11 miles from the Park.
Northfield Farm: 15 miles from Park.

For approved riding centres in the Peak District visit the Association of British Riding schools or the British Horse Society. If you are an experienced rider and want a long distance trek, seek out the Pennine Bridleway, a 431km (268) mile National Trail across rugged moorland terrain from the old Hartington Station on the Tissington Trail.

The British Horse Society: rides and trails in England
Trans Pennine Trail: for walkers, cyclists and horse riders
Hoof Riding Centres: find a riding centre
National Trails: Pennine bridleway

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Sailing & Canoeing

If you like getting out on the water, sailing clubs operate on many of the reservoirs in and around the Peak District.

For more information visit:
Carsington Water: 9 miles from park.

Or visit Blue Mountain Activities for a great range of water pursuits.

Further information can also be found at these websites:
British Canoeing: trails and canoeing centres
Peak Paddlers:canoeing for people of all ages and abilities
Carsington Sports & Leisure: sailing, windsurfing and canoeing – 01629 540478



Visiting caves is one of the best ways to discover the Peak’s inner beauty. They have amazing rock formations, rare stones and a unique atmosphere.

Masson Cavern – © The Heights of Abraham

Castleton: 20 miles from the Park. Home to the most spectacular collection of caverns in the country, Peak Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern.
The Heights of Abraham: 10 miles from the Park. Take the cable car ride to explore this interesting cavern system.
Poole’s Cavern: 18 miles from the Park, at the Buxton Country Park offers a full day out.

There are several activity centres in the Peak District that offer caving under the guidance of a qualified instructor. Sadly we can’t vouch for any as we haven’t tried ourselves but have a search on the web and give it a go (and please let us know how you get on).

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Gliding, Paragliding and Hang Gliding

The Peak District has some of the best flying sites in the most beautiful settings for gliding in the UK.

If you fancy a unique personal challenge there are several BHPA (British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) schools in the Peak District. Book a tandem flight for the scenery and sensation or sign up for a training course.

If you simply want to watch the action, Mam Tor, which overlooks Castleton at the western end of the Hope Valley, is a major local centre for hang gliding and paragliding. Paragliders should only fly from sites where access is arranged with land owners.

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association – 01335 343156
Derbyshire & Lancashire Gliding Club 01298 871270
British Gliding Association – 0116 2892956

Whilst every effort is made to keep the information on the AREA GUIDE of this site up to date we recommend you don’t rely solely on the information provided, before setting out on a journey to visit a particular attraction.

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