Why I Love ---The Peak District by Fiona Duncan.


Between Manchester and Sheffield, it’s full of contrasts, from the Dark Peak's high exposed moorlands and dramatic gritstone edges to the White Peak’s gentler plateaus, limestone dales and rivers.

Thanks to the hilly landscape, there are wonderful views such as from Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill and from the hilltops around the Upper Derwent Valley. Fishermen are well served, with some of the best dry fly fishing on the Wye, the only river in England where wild rainbow trout are found, as well as brown trout. And then there are the great houses of Chatsworth, Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall, all pearls of their kind.

You won’t be stuck for good food and a good bed either… my favourite hotels in the Peak District are the Peacock at Rowsley and the Cavendish at Baslow, both now with excellent chefs. The former is on the estate of Haddon Hall and the latter of Chatsworth, a stroll away through meadows.

  • Peacock at Rowsley Rowsley, Derbyshire 15 rooms from £205

    Total relaxation  -  They go the extra mile to help you relax- afternoon tea on arrival, camomile tea for bed and roaring fires in the cosy bar.
    Country Escape  -  A historic country hotel in stunning surrounds, well placed for fishing, golf and walking weekends.
    Fishing  -  Access to a 7-mile stretch of fly-fishing along the Wye and Derwent where rare Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout can be caught.
    Local markets  -  Foodies flock to Bakewell's farmers market, the second largest in the UK, it boasts the cream of the local produce.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    A 17th-century manor first opened as a hotel in 1820, in the middle of the Peak District. Recent renovation has created a stylish mix of traditional and contemporary, with luxurious trappings and outstanding food. Come for walking and fly fishing on a seven mile stretch of river. True English charm. See More

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  • Cavendish Hotel Bakewell, Derbyshire 24 rooms from £215

    Fishing  -  River fishing nearby
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel

    Beautiful country house hotel in the heart of the Peak District. Stunning views of the Chatsworth estate and countryside. Open fires, oak beams, antique furnishings. Award-winning restaurants and fantastic walks. See More

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Written by Fiona Duncan

posted Wednesday, 23rd January 2019