Joanne Cowdery on 04 January 2021
Last year ‘Staycations’ were the trend. And now we’re in 2021 they should still have a place in your holiday plans, even if you’re just thinking about a short break.

For my money, Derbyshire and the Peak District is pretty hard to beat. I admit to being biased because I spent my childhood there. But that aside, its varied and breath-taking landscapes are among the most beautiful you’ll find anywhere in Britain. And you’ll never be short of things to do and see when you visit.

Outdoors and more If, like me, you love the outdoors, you can base yourself almost anywhere and find glorious walking country – from wild moorland hikes to riverside strolls. Or there’s an excellent network of traffic-free trails (former railway lines) that criss-cross the county which are ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding. If water activities are more your style, then Carsington Water is the place for kayaking, sailing, windsurfing or canoeing.

If you prefer heritage and history the Peak District mining museum, the National Stone Centre, Eyam museum, Haddon Hall and the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site will keep you busy. The magnificent rooms and landscaped gardens of Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire is a must. With history dating back to 1549 and gardens designed by Lancelot (Capability) Brown, a day at Chatsworth will delight and inspire you.

First things first Deciding where to stay should be your starting point, which is where my local knowledge can help. There are beautiful towns such as Ashbourne or Bakewell, or many quintessential villages with stone cottages, ancient churches, welcoming village pubs, and colourful gardens. (Alstonefield and Tissington Village are my favourites.) And I have all the contacts you need, whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel or a super-comfortable self-catering cottage.

This is exactly the right time of year to start planning a trip. Let me know what you’re looking for and allow me to make the arrangements for you. I can personally recommend Derbyshire and the Peak District as a destination, and many of my clients rate it highly because it’s easy to get to and a fabulous place to stay. Give me a call to chat about some of the options. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

I also have a list of Top Tips for visiting Derbyshire, ask me for a copy.