Hidden Gems

Escape the crowds and enjoy a day out with a difference.

From peaceful footpaths to traffic-free cycle trails, explore somewhere new and discover something different in the Peak District and Derbyshire away from the usual tourist trail.

With rolling dales, dramatic moorland, fabulous footpaths, charming towns and villages and acres of open space to enjoy, there’s more than enough of the Peak District and Derbyshire to go around. But delve a little deeper and you'll find so much more to discover...

Here’s our pick of the best hidden gems and unique places to explore in the Peak District and Derbyshire.


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The Cow at Dalbury Lees

Small luxury country inn offering 12 individually designed guest rooms with stylish en-suite facilities.

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Ashford Mill

Ashford Mill is an award winning watermill on the River Wye at Ashford in the Water. A Grade 2 listed 3 bedroomed historic conversion. incredibly…

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Candlelight Cottage

Romantic, oak beamed cottage overlooking the green in the picturesque village of Litton. Rated 5 star Gold, Candlelight Cottage has been beautifully…

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Retro Mini Hire

Here at Retro Mini Hire we want to bring back the nostalgia of times gone by and get you back behind the wheel of our self drive classic Mini Cooper…

Hidden Gems Events


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Buxton Well Dressing in the Making

Come and view Buxton's Well Dressings being made!

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Spital Cemetery Well Dressing

This ancient custom is only found in Derbyshire, and is the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures made from natural materials.

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Mad Hatters Tea Party at Churnet Valley Railway

Easter Steam Train Afternoon Tea (Derbyshire and Peak District) – Mad Hatters Tea Party

Hidden Gems Offers


Hidden Gems Trails


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Belper Heritage Walk

Learn more about this industrial community and how it has changed in the past 200 years.

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Calke to Staunton Harold trail

Enjoy a leisurely walk from Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold, with views over the reservoir, arable fields and woodland.

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The Phoenix Greenways

Whether you come for the day, a weekend or a longer stay, there is plenty for the family to do, visit and explore. A network of traffic free walking…

Hidden Gems Itineraries


Bakewell Pudding

Discover Derbyshire's hidden food and garden gems

Explore the Peak District and Derbyshire’s hidden food and garden gems on this fabulous 3-day itinerary around Bakewell, Baslow and Pilsley.

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Castles, Markets & Spires

Explore the lesser-known North East of Derbyshire, near Chesterfield.

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Car-free guide: A train tour of the Goyt Valley

Just a short hop on the train from Manchester and Sheffield, this picturesque corner of the county is waiting to be discovered.

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Car-free guide: 48 hours in the Derwent Valley

Connecting charming towns and villages with an amazing industrial past, the Derwent Valley Line runs from Derby to Matlock.

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