Can’t make it to Rio…? Fear not, for a bit of fun we’ve compiled a list of great things you can do much closer to home, right here in the Peak District and Derbyshire. No medals up for grabs though, so don’t get too competitive!
Walk, scramble or climb up a hill
The area is absolutely jam packed with hills, from a gentle walk to Solomon’s Temple atop of Grin Low in Buxton affording wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, to a challenging walk, scrambling over rock and boulder strewn streams to the summit of Kinder Scout. For the more adventurous, join one of our many activity providers for a day of climbing some of the areas many crags and cliff faces.
Explore our gardens
2016 is a year-long celebration of all things Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. This renowned landscape gardener crafted many gardens in England in his heyday, including our very own Chatsworth. Use this, and the summer weather, as the perfect excuse to get out and explore more of our beautiful gardens such as those at Renishaw Hall, Lyme or Hardwick Hall.
Do as the athletes do
Let’s face it, at some point over the summer we’re bound to have one or two days of inclement weather, it’s inevitable, but don’t let that stop you! There are a number of great leisure centres offering everything from swimming to badminton, indoor climbing and even trampoline courses!
All the fun of the fair
Summer is the time of year when the country show season is in full swing with events showing off all sorts of rural pursuits from sheepdog trials to horsemanship. Highlight events include Hayfield Show, Hope Show and Chatsworth Country Fair.
Pudding eating contest
Okay, so we have made this one up (at least we don’t *think* it exists), but see who amongst your friends and family can eat the most Bakewell Puddings in the home of this quintessentially English delicacy, not to be confused with the Bakewell Tart though!
Cycle the trails
After eating those puddings on a gorgeous day of the great British summer, there couldn’t be a better time to jump in the saddle and head out on two wheels along beautiful, traffic-free trails! Bring your own, or hire a bike and cycle the Monsal, Tissington or High Peak trails to name but a few.
Well, Well, Well
The Peak District and Derbyshire is home to the unique custom of Wells Dressing, where towns and villages across the region come together to create living art installations from natural materials celebrating everything from biblical scenes to special anniversaries.
Catch a Pokemon
Get on board the very latest craze and catch a Pokemon in the augmented reality hit game, Pokemon Go. We’ve Pokestops everywhere from Chatsworth, to Derby, Croots Farm and many more.
Stay a while
We may not have an Olympic Village, but we have many of our own gorgeous, picturesque villages to explore at your leisure as well as more places to stay than you can imagine from cosy cottages, luxurious B&B’s, country hotels, inns, campsites, lodges and much much more. Book your next stay, and unlike the Olympics, don’t wait four years to return!