Home to Britain’s first National Park, the Peak District is big on natural beauty and historic charm.
This scenic destination in the United Kingdom covers 555 square miles (1,438 kms) and takes in the counties of Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. Peak District National Park draws keen walkers from around the world who come to enjoy the freedom of being able to hike along 1,600 miles (2,575 kms) of public rights of way such as footpaths, bridleways and tracks, and 202 square miles (523 square kms) of open access land where hikers can walk wherever they please. Add caves as high as the London Eye, castles, country pubs, fortresses and historic villages to explore and you’ve got a great Peak District tour with plenty of opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors. Whether you would prefer to lace up your hiking boots and explore the Peak District on foot, cycle the Peak District or simply soak up the village atmosphere, the Peak District is waiting for you.
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All travellers are required to produce:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
- If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
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If you are visiting the Peak District from outside the United Kingdom, you can fly into either Manchester Airport, East Midlands Airport or Birmingham Airport. The easiest way to travel to the Peak District from Manchester Airport is by rail or you can take the bus directly from the airport to the town of Buxton which is a handy jumping off point for exploring the Peak District. From East Midlands Airport, it's easy to get to the Peak District by rail or bus but you'll have to take the bus to Derby first to catch the rail or bus connection to the Peak District. From Birmingham Airport, the easiest way to get to the Peak District is by train or bus but, like East Midlands Airport, you'll have to make your way to Derby first.
Bus and rail services travel to different towns in the Peak District. Check timetables for the best option based on where you are departing from and what town you would like to base yourself in while you're exploring the Peak District.
If you would prefer to drive, the Peak District can be reached via the motorway from the north or south of England. Other roads such as the M62, M42, M60, M56, M67 and M18 will also take you to the Peak District.
Ferry services are also available but the closest ports are either Hull or Liverpool which are more than an hour away from the Peak District.
Getting around the Peak District is easy with options for drivers and non-drivers alike. Many locals and visitors choose to explore the Peak District by car. The Stagecoach Hope Valley Explorer hop-on-hop-off bus service can be used to get around the Hope Valley area of the Peak District National Park during the summer months. Regular bus services can also be used to travel between many of the villages in the Peak District. Trains from London St Pancras International travel and London Euston will take you to the Peak District but you will need to take a connecting train to reach some villages.
Due to the Peak District's location in the Midlands region of England, the weather is usually pleasantly mild. The Peak District's rainfall is fairly even throughout the year which means anytime is a good time to visit the Peak District. However, this also means you might encounter wet weather during your visit so pack accordingly. The summer months seldom get above 19 degrees Celcius and during winter, the average daytime temperature is around 4 degrees Celcius during the day. Autumn weather can be changeable but it's worth taking a chance on this time of year to avoid the crowds. Snow is not uncommon in winter and roads can be closed when falls are heavy.
What to pack for your trip to the Peak District largely depends on what time of the year you choose to visit and what type of holiday you want to have. If you're going to be doing a lot of hiking or other outdoor activities, it's recommended you pack a sturdy, comfortable pair of boots or shoes, as well as long trousers and a waterproof jacket. If you're travelling in winter remember to pack scarves, beanies, gloves, long shirts, and jumpers. When you head out for a walk in the Peak District, always bring a jumper and wet weather gear with you as the weather can be changeable. If you are visiting the Peak District in summer, you will need to pack clothes suitable for warmer weather such as t-shirts, shorts, dresses, and a light cardigan or jumper for chilly evenings. Wet weather gear is essential, no matter what time of the year you're visiting.
You will find a WiFi signal in the Peak District near major villages and tourist hubs but there is limited or no WiFi available once you get out in the countryside and start exploring the region's trails. If you want to use Google maps while you're in the Peak District, remember to download the offline versions of the correct maps to your phone before you get there.
You will find a mobile phone signal in the Peak District near major villages and tourist hubs but there is limited or no mobile phone coverage once you get out in the countryside and start exploring the region's trails.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.