A long weekend in the Peak District – Friday to Sunday
Founded in 1951, the Peak District was Britain's first National Park. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty spanning some 555 square miles (1438 square Kilometers). Here you will find some of England's most beautiful landscapes where cattle graze in the grassy dales and sheep wander the vast open moorlands. Small holding farms are dotted across the area, where generations of families have made their livings over the centuries. In fact, the area has been barely touched by Britain's industrial revolutions.
- Visit Chatsworth House & Farm Shop
- Dinner ina traditional “free house” inn – high up in hills of the Peak District
- An overnight stay on an “award winning” working farm campsite
- Visit to historic market town of Bakewell
- Scenic drive along he back-roads to Monsal Head and Castleton Sat PM. Overnight stay on good quality campsite near Buxton
- Optional Sunday morning walk
- Visit Spa Town of Buxton to sample the water from St Anne’s Well
- Return to London via Youlgrave, Arbor Low Stone Circle and Ashbourne - Arrive London 7pm
London (or your meeting point) to Chatsworth Farm Shop >> Chatsworth House >> Beech Croft Farm (then evening in pub in Chelmorton)
Our first port of call is the of Chatsworth House. Steeped in history and royal connections, this is a truly remarkable stately home. More recently, Chatsworth has been used as a film location for movies including Pride and Prejudice, The Duchess and The Wolf Man. for where you will have the time to explore both the house and magnificent gardens.
Taddington >> Bakewell >> Monsal Dale >> Castleton >> Buxton
- Breakfast in campervans
- Drive over to Bakewell which is the only market town within the Peak District National Park boundaries. Stop here to try the famous “Bakewell Pudding” and perhaps a stroll by the River Wye.
- Early after noon drive along the back roads to Monsal Head,which has breathtaking views of Monsal Dale and the Headstone viaduct which was once carried steam
- trains for the Midland Railway. Later we drive to the pretty village Castleton with its underground caves and boutique jewellery shops.Finally, we head for our campsite which is located on the edge of Buxton which is the highest market town in England.
Buxton >> Youlgrave >> Arbor Low >> Ashbourne >> London (or home)
- What better way to start the day than with an optional walk up through the woods and up-to the local landmark Solomon’s Temple, where you can enjoy great views across Buxton and the surrounding Peak District.
- Later in the morning we shall visit St Anne’s Crescent where we can taste water from the spring that put Buxton on the map.
- In the afternoon we drive south through the Peak District along the Roman road to Ashbourne calling in at the village of Youlgrave and also stopping at the Neolithic stone circle at Arbor Low.
- Our tour ends in Ashbourne and from here you will have good access to the main roads to take you back home