Peak District and Derbyshire holiday cottages

Brassington, Peak District and Derbyshire
Search holiday cottages in the Peak District and Derbyshire. The county of Derbyshire offers a variety of scenery, numerous places of interest to visit and things to do. A large portion of the Peak District National Park lies within the county of Derbyshire, an area of natural beauty with dales, moors, rivers, springs and caverns.
In the north of the area lies the small village of Edale at the start/end of the Pennine Way. Overlooked by the Iron Age fort at Mam Tor, Edale Valley is the wide expanse of greenery which is situated to the south of the great gritstone and peat moss of Kinder Scout, an ideal area for those who love walking.

The spa town of Buxton, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Peak District, is famous for its natural spring water and Georgian Architecture. Visitors can fill their own water bottles from the permanent flow at St Anne's Well in front of The Crescent. Buxton has a large variety of shops, great places to eat and a wealth of historic buildings to explore.

Six miles east of Buxton lies the village of Tideswell, set in the limestone uplands. Here you will find some fine old buildings and the magnificent 14th-century church of St John the Baptist. Set in wonderful walking country, Tideswell makes an excellent base and a good place for a refreshment stop.

Bakewell, the only market town within the Peak District National Park, not only offers attractive courtyards, independent shops, cafes but is famous for the confection delicacy of the Bakewell Tart.

At the south-east edge of the Peak District is Matlock, a former spa town situated alongside the River Derwent. The popular tourist resort of Matlock Bath is a short distance away following the course of the river valley renowned for its industrial heritage sites such as Chatsworth House, one of the most famous historic estates in Britain. A visit is highly recommended whether you wish to explore the gardens or browse the magnificently decorated rooms and art collections. For those feeling a little more adventurous try Peaks & Paddles Outdoor Adventure where activities include canoeing, abseiling and caving or for fun family days out visit Gullivers Kingdom theme park. Another major tourist attraction is the Heights of Abraham, consisting of a hilltop park on top of Masson Hill, accessed by a Gondola cable car from the village. Amongst the attractions of the park are mine and cavern tours.

Four miles west of Matlock, the interesting old village of Winster was once a busy place with its own market and lead mining industry. Hidden up in the limestone hills surrounded by beautiful scenery, Winster was a main crossing point for many trackways, one of the most important being The Porthway.

Leek is situated on the western fringe of the Peak District and lies within the Staffordshire Moorlands and is lovingly referred to as the Queen of the Moorlands. There is an excellent shopping centre, a variety of recreational facilities and for a touch of culture, there is the Nicholson Institute housing a museum and art gallery.

Lying in a lovely green valley on the southern edge of the Peak District is Ashbourne, one of Derbyshire’s finest old market towns. The scenery here has changed little in appearance since the 18th century, but today the town offers visitors much more with a host of restaurants, tearooms and pubs to suit every taste.

Derby, the UK’s most central city offers the best of both worlds, a city full of culture, excellent shopping, museums, galleries, theatres, lively nightlife and is also a great place to explore the Peak District.

Whaley Bridge, the “Gateway to the Goyt Valley” is an attractive town in the north of the county. The town is at the head of the Peak Forest Canal with the canal basin designated as a conservation area. The towpath from the canal basin offers pleasant walks and cycling to Bridgemount and Busworth. Along the towpath, there is a wonderful array of local pubs and restaurants. Situated above the town is Toddbrook Reservoir, providing a beautiful setting for fishing, sailing, canoeing and walking.

Loved by millions for its breath-taking views, relaxation and adventure, a visit to Derbyshire is a must for all nature lovers. Search today to find your perfect holiday cottage in Derbyshire and the Peak District.