From dales and trails to sweeping moorland and rugged edges, the Peak District and Derbyshire offers a spectacular variety of scenery for walking and rambling. And what nicer than to return from a day out exploring to a comfortable holiday cottage, where you can discover beautiful landscapes as soon as you step out from your front door.

Here are some of the best places to stay with great walks from the doorstep in the Peak District and Derbyshire…


Oaker Farm, Losehill

Oaker Farm, Losehill, Hope Valley

Walks around: Losehill, Edale and Kinder Scout
Situated at the foot of Losehill – one of the most scenic parts of the Peak District – Oaker Farm consists of 3 lovingly-converted farm cottages and a luxury shepherd's hut.
With great countryside views, it also happens to be set within some of the UK's most popular walking country. The much-loved Great Ridge walk from Castleton to Losehill, voted one of Britain’s Favourite Walks by ITV, starts just a stone’s throw away, whilst the famous Pennine Way long-distance route starts in nearby Edale. Kinder Scout – the highest point in the Peak District – is also on the doorstep.


Bolehill Farm Cottages, Bakewell

Bolehill Farm Cottages, Bakewell

Walks around: Bakewell and Lathkill Dale
Within walking distance of Lathkill Dale, a peaceful fale renowned for its unique wildlife and crystal-clear water, Bolehill Farm is surrounded by brilliant beauty spots. Stay in one of 8 traditional, dog-friendly self-catering cottages and spend your days exploring the routes on some of the Farm's own handy walking guides, given to guests.
From the doorstep walk to picturesque Over Haddon or Monyash; take a short stroll across fields to one of two great local pubs; soak up the views from Monsal Head (just 4 miles away) or walk the short distance into Bakewell – the charming ‘Capital of the Peak District’.


Dovestone Holiday Park, Greenfield

Dovestone Holiday Park, Greenfield

Walks around: Dovestone Reservoir, the Pennine Way and Bleaklow
Imagine soaking up scenic views from your private hot-tub after a long day’s hiking, before spending the night in a luxury lodge or glamping pod. That’s exactly what’s on offer for guests at Dovestone Holiday Park, located just 3 miles from the famous Pennine Way long-distance national trail.
This charming spot is nestled alongside Dovestone Reservoir, a popular circular walk offering stunning views and access to two further reservoirs, Greenfield and Yeoman Hey to the north. Two lovely local walking trails include Marsden Moor - where you can follow in the footsteps of Mesolithic men and women - and Bleaklow, a wild and dramatic landscape that's great for hardened hikers.


Edale Gathering, Edale

Edale Gathering, Edale

Walks around: Edale and the Pennine Way
In the heart of the Hope Valley, at the start of the Pennine Way, Edale Gathering is a glamping haven, with four luxurious tented safari lodges and a Victorian shooting lodge on a private upland farm.
With open access to vast areas of Peak District moorland from the farm gate, days can be spent exploring the countryside until your heart's content, before a cosy night’s sleep back on site.
Each morning you'll wake up to views of a bubbling moorland brook, dry-stone walled pastures, stunning scenery and open moorland.


Hoe Grange Holidays, Brassington

Hoe Grange Holidays, Brassington

Walks around: High Peak Trail and Carsington Water
Tucked away in the hills between Bakewell and Ashbourne, Hoe Grange offers great access to miles of walking through Derbyshire’s rolling limestone dales.
Explore miles of footpaths, bridleways and historic tracks including the High Peak Trail, accessed directly from the farm, before staying in a beautifully-furnished log cabin, glamping pod or gypsy caravan by night.
Carsington Water, Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Ilam Park and Dovedale – with its famous stepping stones – are all less than 5 miles away.
Eco-friendly Hoe Grange has won numerous awards and it's also a great spot for horse-lovers: in addition to the local bridlepaths, you can ride over 250 acres of privately owned farmland, and your horse can holiday with you too!


Darwin Forest, Matlock

Darwin Forest, Darley Moor, Matlock

Walks around: Stunning woodland and Matlock Moor
With an array of woodland walks and picturesque footpaths accessible straight from the doorstep of your luxury lodge, visitors to this 5-star lodge holiday park can enjoy some of the area’s most stunning scenery. Set in 47 acres of mixed woodland between Matlock and Bakewell, Darwin Forest is a woodland paradise. Spa lodges (some are pet-friendly) include an outdoor hot tub, whilst impressive park facilities include a health and fitness compex with a swimming pool, spa and gym, a bar and restaurant and play centre. There’s an abundance of walks that surround the park, plus hiking trails, paths and dramatic grit stone edges – such as Curbar Edge – all within easy reach.


Feeling inspired? Find out more about brilliant places to stay in the Peak District and Derbyshire. Don’t forget to share your favourite spots with us on Instagram and Twitter using #UniqueDistrict.

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