Friday, 28 January 2011

Short Breaks in the Peak District

As is frequently stated in the media, holidays are a sure-fire way to reduce stress as well as allow physical and mental recuperation from the rigours of everyday life. However, many are put off from taking these vital breaks for a variety of issues such as cost (such as the price of holidays increasing or as a result of the pound’s ‘weak’ value compared to other currencies) or because they are not able to take the time off work. However, short breaks in the Peak District are low-cost alternatives to the traditional break and offer considerably more activities to meet all tastes than a week on a European beach.

The Peak District lies at the geographic centre of Britain between Derby, Sheffield, Manchester and Stoke, making it possible for millions of people to drive there within ninety minutes, and although it’s peaks are on a smaller scale than those of Snowdonia and the Lake District, the landscape and picturesque villages are equally beautiful. The smaller scale of the Peak District is by no means a disadvantage as it means that key areas of interest and natural beauty are only a short walk from Bed and Breakfast and accommodation sites, such as the Peak District Spa.

Short breaks Peak District can be tailored around any interests that a visitor could have. For example, for those desiring an activity-packed break, there are many cycle and hiking routes including the Tissington and High Peaks Trails amongst others. Families with young children are also catered for by attractions such as Alton Towers and Gulliver’s Kingdom. 

Also, unlike continental beach holidays, a break in the Peak District would not be ruined by as bout of poor weather as there are many historical and cultural attractions in the area such as Chatsworth house (one of dozens of stately homes) and the Peak Mining Museum and the National Tram Museum.

The Peak District also offers attractions and events the whole year round, ranging from the traditional Shrove Tide Football Match at Ashbourne and festivals such as the Buxton Arts Festival involving weeks of street entertainment and music, mime and dance which last throughout the summer into September.   

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