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The best walking holidays you could Hope for

The best walking holidays you could Hope for

The best walking holidays you could Hope for

England’s Peak District is one of the country’s best-loved landscapes. Nestling between the Midlands and the North, it has long been a popular holiday destination. Visitors flock from surrounding cities like Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby and Stoke, as well as further afield. The contrast between those bustling urban centres and the vast green spaces of the Peak District is striking. Just a short drive takes you to a land of moors, valleys and gorges. All in the heart of England.

No wonder the Peak District is popular for walking holidays. Nature lovers, walkers and climbers alike are in their element there. In the midst of the countryside, there are also numerous picturesque towns and villages. From Bakewell to Buxton, Biggin to Beeley. Perfect for a bite to eat, as well as plenty of shopping and sight seeing to be done. So a holiday cottage in the heart of the Peak District is many people’s idea of heaven.

Discover the Hope Valley

In the heart of the Peak District itself lies the Hope Valley. It is as beautiful as the name promises. At its head is Mam Tor (‘mother hill’, also known as Shivering Mountain) in the west. Following the valley east brings you to the village of Hope itself and on to Bamford and beyond. The river that makes the valley actually changes name several times. It starts as Peakshole Water before flowing into the River Noe and eventually the River Derwent. And the valley is equally famous for the Hope Valley Railway Line between Manchester and Sheffield. (So add railway enthusiasts to walkers and canoeists on the list of those who must visit!)

Places to visit in the Hope Valley include Castleton at the head of the valley. This marks the boundary of the northern gritstone Dark Peak, and the southern limestone White Peak. The village is overlooked by Mam Tor and the ancient Peveril Castle. It is even more renowned for its dramatic caves, which have to be seen to be believed. The so-called ‘show caverns’ feature stalactite formations and blue john stone. But Castleton also offers shops all year round and a Christmas market in winter.

Walking, climbing and (heated!) swimming

Further down the valley lies Hathersage. This attractive village is popular with tourists, but retains its country charm. It is also famous for its outdoor swimming pool, set in a lawned enclosure with a covered veranda to one side. Heated to 28°C, it’s a welcome alternative for those who would rather not brave the River Derwent! Just north of Hathersage, meanwhile, lies the stunning Stanage Edge. Popular with walkers, it’s also perfect for rock climbing. And whether you’re on foot or holding on with both hands, you will enjoy stunning views of the Dark Peak moorlands and the Hope Valley.

If the great outdoors is your thing, the Peak District is definitely for you. So check out Residential Estates’ stunning holiday cottage in the Hope Valley. And dust off those walking boots!

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