Calling all adventure-seekers! You don't have to travel far to discover some of the world’s most unique experiences. Embark on a microgapping adventure in the Peak District and Derbyshire and explore an area filled with awesome activities, spectacular views and thrill-seeking challenges. Whether it’s wild swimming in the Dark Peak, abseiling in the White Peak, climbing on famous Edges, or simply seeking out the most stunning sunsets, the Peak District and Derbyshire is bursting with exciting and enriching experiences.

1. Go paragliding at Mam Tor

For the ultimate bird’s eye view of the famous hill known locally as the ‘Shivering Mountain’, paragliding is the perfect sight-seeing experience - and Mam Tor is the sport's famous local hotspot. Soaring high above the landscape, you'll get a totally unique perspective of the area and there are plenty of local clubs to help you get started.

2. Take a dip in the Slippery Stones Plunge Pool

There are plenty of opportunities for wild swimming in the Peak District, but none are quite as magical as the Slippery Stones Plunge Pool. Hidden off the beaten track near Fairholmes, this picturesque spot has a deep plunge pool (take great care when swimming) and is situated just a few hundred metres upstream from a packhorse bridge where there are plenty of places to dip your feet in the water.

3. Climb on Stanage Edge

Get to grips with one of the places where modern rock climbing was born and pit your skills against some of the best gritstone climbing in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Up to 20 metres high, Stanage Edge stretches across the moors above Hathersage and yields over 2,000 climbing routes: the ultimate playground for all abilities with breath-taking views - if you dare look down!

4. Watch the sunrise or sunset over Ladybower Reservoir

Few things are more memorable than watching the sun rise or set – but watching the sun come up or go down over the mirror-like waters of Ladybower Reservoir is a not-to-be-missed experience. Walk up to the rocky legdes of Derwent Edge or Bamford Edge and pick a rock to rest on for a stunning vantage point, or simply relax by the water and get your camera at the ready.

5. Go paddleboarding at Carsington Water

Stand-up paddleboarding not only looks good, it’s also a great way to get out on the water and test your balance. Carsington Reservoir near the historic market towns of Ashbourne and Wirksworth is the perfect place to try paddle-boarding - and if you don’t want to go it alone, why not get your whole group of friends out onto the water for a group stand-up paddleboarding experience?

6. Cycle up Winnats Pass in Castleton

Not only is this one of the most picturesque roads in the Peak District, it’s also one of the most popular for cyclists. Passing through steep-sided limestone slopes, the challenging hill climb featured in the 2015 Tour of Britain and is no mean feat. At 1.4km long and with an average gradient of 12 per cent, it’s a tough slog from bottom to top, reaching a 20 per cent gradient in the last 200m! Think you could handle it?

Winnats Pass #1 #winnatspass #derbyshire

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7. Go abseiling at Burbage Quarry

An ideal spot for Insta-worthy photos, Burbage has plenty of peaceful areas where you can  enjoy spectacular views across some of the Peak District's finest landscapes. But to really get the best from this area, you'll need a head for heights. Under the care of a local provider, abseiling down the gritstone faces of Burbage Quarry promises hours of adrenaline-fuelled fun!

8. Find a Highland Cow on Baslow Edge

The rocky outcrops of Baslow Edge will have you snapping photos from the moment you arrive. But impressive edges aren't the only reason to visit – the handsome local Highland Cattle, regularly found roaming these slopes, certainly make the trip worthwhile, if you can find them!

9. Swing through the trees at GoApe in Buxton

Get your heart pumping as you swing through the trees on one of the country’s highest Go Ape courses in Buxton. Steadily ascending through the canopy, you'll climb this goliath of a high ropes course in 2-3 hours. The zip wires will get your heart racing, but wait until you see the huge Tarzan swing drop and stomach-turning freefall.

10. Reach the top of the Crooked Spire in Chesterfield

Legends states that the curious twist of Chesterfield’s famous Crooked Spire was either caused by a lack of unskilled craftsmen in the Middle Ages, the weight of the heavy lead, or even the Devil, who wrapped his tail around it! Whatever you believe, view-seekers can now climb to the top of the 13th century church tower for (literally!) breathtaking views of the town below.

Chesterfield In Bloom with the crooked spire 🌺⛪️🌼 Chesterfield Parish Church is an Anglican church dedicated to Saint Mary and All Saints, located in the town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, England. Predominantly dating back to the 14th century, the church is most known for its twisted and leaning spire, an architectural phenomenon which has led to the church being given the common byname of the Crooked Spire. 🤔 In common folklore, there are numerous explanations as to why the spire is twisted. A similar story to the last has the Devil causing mischief in Chesterfield, seating himself on the spire and wrapping his tail around it. The people of the town rang the church bells and the Devil, frightened by the clamour, tried to jump away with his tail still wound about the spire, causing it to twist. 👹 I hope you enjoyed those few tales of folklore about the crooked spire in Chesterfield 😅 #ExploreWithBrendan #CrookedSpire #Chesterfield #ChurchesOfTheWorld #NeverStopExploring #VisitEngland #VisitDerbyshire

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11. Go to a gig at Peak Cavern

Ever been to a gig in a cave? We thought not. The magical Peak Cavern at Castleton runs a programme of concerts and special events throughout the year, where you can enjoy music, or even films, with a difference. The enclosed surroundings of the cave – which has the largest natural entrance in Britain - result in some amazing acoustics and you’ll get the chance to learn about the uniquely-named ‘Devil’s Arse’ too.

12. Take part in a local sporting event

Nothing beats the exhilaration of a local sporting event, especially one as unique as Ashbourne’s centuries-old Royal Shrovetide Football, the fell races at Dovedale, Hope and Tideswell – or even the quirky customs of World Championship Hen Racing and Toe Wrestling. All of these events are unique to Derbyshire and the Peak District and offer the chance to get involved in local customs. Shrovetide Football, for example, is said to be one of the oldest games in the world, the goals are three miles apart and there’s only a handful of rules, including no murder!

13. Get a birds’ eye view on a helicopter flight or hot air balloon ride

There are so many beautiful landscapes to soak up in the Peak District and Derbyshire, why not enjoy them from the sky? Pennine Helicopters operates pleasure flights throughout the area passing over famous local landmarks such as stately Chatsworth, or for a slightly slower paced experience why not float to lofty heights on a hot air balloon flight?

14. Walk part of the Pennine Way

Wild landscapes mark the 265-mile Pennine Way as one of the UK's most demanding long distance walks. It was also the first ever National Trail. Add to that the fact the Peak District was the first National Park, and you've got pretty good reason to want to tick the Derbyshire leg of the route off your list. Stretching all the way to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland, the Trail starts in Edale - more specifically at the Old Nag's Head pub. Fuel up on local food before beginning your ascent of Kinder Scout - the rugged moorland plateau that is home to the highest point in the Peak District National Park and the tallest waterfall!

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15. Make your own Bakewell Pudding

Learn the secrets behind one of the area’s most famous exports and make your very own to take home. The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop keeps the secret ingredient behind Bakewell Pudding – which incidentally is nothing like  Bakewell Tart, the locals will tell you – closely guarded, but you’ll learn some handy baking skills. End your microgapping adventure with a delicious meal and sample local beer before exploring the maze of streets in the town known as the ‘ancient capital of the Peak’.

Feeling inspired? Plan your microgapping trip to the Peak District and Derbyshire at www.visitpeakdistrict.com and when you get here, share your favourite photographs on Twitter and Instragram using #UniqueDistrict.

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  1. Mike
    Done the climbing on Stanage. Done the helicopter Seen the sunset over Ladybower, Carol service in the Castleton Cave. Had lots of Bakewell pudding.Done the Pennne way.Met the cows on Baslow edge.Just shows the Peaks are a place for everyone, lots to experience, love it.
  2. Shelleyc
    Not as many as I’d like... I need to set a challenge for myself before it’s too late!!!

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