It’s official. There’re copious amounts activities and things to do in the Peak District. Tonnes of outdoor pursuits and fun attractions to visit – so whether you fancy a day of hiking, rock climbing, farmyard fun, cave exploring, or even a trip up in a cable car, there’s a great day out in the Peak District just waiting to be had.

But what could possibly make these days out better? Imagine, after a hard day having an amazing time in the Peak District, you’re then able to quickly whizz back to spend the night in a unique cottage, cosy lodge, historic hotel, or welcoming Guest House, that’s just around the corner. Sounds pretty good, right?

So, below we’ve handily coupled a few places to stay in the Peak District, with great days out or activities close-by:


STAY: Oaker Farm Holiday Cottages and Haddy’s Hut, Hope Valley

If your idea of a dream holiday is one spent in a stylish but cosy converted barn in the countryside, you’ve struck gold with this one. Oaker Farm Holiday Cottages offer amazing accommodation in one of the most picturesque locations in the Peak District. As well as the immaculate converted dairy farm cottages, there’s also an amazing Shepherd’s Hut too.

Two cottages at Oaker Farm and the Shepherd’s Hut also come with wood-burning stoves, making a cosy night in even cosier!

VISIT: The village of Castleton

Castleton is one of the best-loved villages in the Peak District, the chocolate-box high street is sprinkled with traditional and cosy pubs, unique shops and there’s even three amazing caverns (Treak Cliff, Peak Cavern and Speedwell), to explore as well. Castleton is the only place in the entire world that you can find the semi-precious mineral Blue John, which you can learn about in both the caverns and the new Visitor Centre!

There are also some fantastic walks that you can start from Castleton, depending on the duration you’re after, you can get to Cave Dale, Winnats Pass or the famous Great Ridge and Mam Tor.

From Oaker Farm, Castleton is only a 9 min drive or a three mile walk, away.



STAY: Darwin Forest Country Park, Matlock

If you’re looking for a luxury lodge, which ticks the family-friendly and pet-friendly boxes, and can even come with its own hot tub, Darwin Forest Country Park could be just the accommodation you’re looking for.

Darwin Forest also has a swimming pool, gym, indoor play area and restaurant all on-site!

Located in a 47 acre woodland, these award-winning lodges offer amazing self-catering accommodation, with loads of great on-site activities such as archery, fencing and bodyzorbing –Darwin Forest is also only short distance from two of the Peak District’s most popular market towns, Bakewell and Matlock.

VISIT: Matlock Farm Park

Matlock Farm Park is the perfect family day out – just a 5 minute drive away from Darwin Forest, they’ve got meerkats, ferrets, ponies and loads more animals to get excited about.

The Farm Park also has loads of other activities on offer, such as the riding and trekking school and go-karting. There’s recently been a new addition too, the indoor New Rainforest play centre, which makes Matlock Farm Park a great choice for a cold and/or wet family day out too.



STAY: Glendon Guest House, Matlock 

Glendon Guest House offers a warm welcome, impeccable service and a cooked breakfast that really is worth writing home about. Glendon pride themselves on having a high-quality finish and feel to the guest house, one that comes with everything needed to make your stay as dreamy and comfortable as possible! But the best thing about Glendon has to be the location - placed right in the heart of the famous Derbyshire Market Town, Matlock, this property is an ideal base for anyone wanting to explore the Derbyshire countryside or the Peak District National Park. 

VISIT: Heights of Abraham

Heights of Abraham has to be one of the most iconic attractions in Derbyshire; the cable cars take you up into Matlock’s hills, giving you amazing views over the River Derwent and Matlock Bath. Once you’re at the top there’s show caverns to explore, fun educational activities and exhibitions and a restaurant with some of the best views in the county!

The Heights of Abraham is just over a mile away from Glendon Guest House, so a few minutes’ drive or 25 minute walk away.



STAY: The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton

Known as the ‘Oldest Hotel in England’ this is the perfect place to stay if you love accommodation with a rich history. The biggest role the Old Hall played in English history, is that it was one of the places in which Mary Queens of Scots was held under house-arrest. Yet there’s lots to suggest that Mary enjoyed her time at Buxton, as did many important Elizabethans!

If you’re looking for a unique place to stay in the heart of Buxton, this is an excellent choice – there’s thirty rooms available, with all prices inclusive of a hearty cooked breakfast!

VISIT: Poole’s Cavern & Country Park

Less than a mile away from The Old Hall Hotel is Poole’s Cavern – a fantastic ancient limestone cavern, lit up with amazing lights and full of crystal Stalactites and Stalagmites. Located directly below Grin Low viewpoint and Grin Low woods, combining the two makes for a great day out!

Poole’s Cavern is just under a mile away from The Old Hall Hotel, so little over a 15 minute walk or a few minutes’ drive.



This has been written as an advertorial for all accommodation and activity providers mentioned.

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