The great outdoors calls for great food, and you can’t beat both in Derbyshire. 

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Britain might be a small nation, but that doesn’t mean that we’re short of wonderful things to see and do. Derbyshire and the Peak District is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most beautiful regions, and considered by many to be the jewel in our nation’s crown. It’s an historically rich region, with stunning National Trust sites like Ilam Park and Longshaw Estate, as well as the magnificent Chatsworth House. If it’s the great outdoors that most appeals to you though, the Peak District should be at the very top of your list of places to visit.

The splendour and beauty of the Peak District National Park draw in millions of visitors every year, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a great place to get back to nature, with wonderful walking, biking and camping opportunities, not to mention the stunning scenery. With the summer holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start planning a break; if you’ve not previously given any thought to UK holidays, now’s the time to head to the Peaks.

Derbyshire and the Peak District is jam-packed full of gorgeous places to stay, from elegant hotels to charming B&Bs and cosy campsites. We wanted to focus on the places that really let you get face to face with the great outdoors. For us fervent foodies good grub can make or break a holiday, so, as always, we’ve kept delicious food in mind too.

The Royal Oak 

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The Royal Oak is mere metres away from both the Tissington and High Peak trails and is therefore the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Peak District, whether you’re on foot, bike or horseback. They’ve got accommodation to suit every taste, with campsites and a bunk barn (dormitory-style accommodation) for those at home in the great outdoors and luxury self-catering holiday cottages for those who prefer to be near nature, not out in it.

Best of all about this charming venue is that the award-winning pub offers a menu packed with local, homemade dishes. Nothing sets you up for a day in the Peaks like a Royal Oak breakfast, and they’ll even send you out for the day with a packed lunch. After a hard day’s walking, retire to the pub with a hearty beef and Stilton pie and perfectly pulled pint – you’ve earned it. Location: Hurdlow, Nr. Buxton, SK17 9QJ

Windy Harbour Farm Hotel 

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Windy Harbour Farm has a spectacular location on Glossopdale with panoramic views over rural Derbyshire. It boasts easy access to the Trans Pennine Trail, the Pennine Way and Longdendale so is a great base for walkers and cyclists. There’s a choice of four-star accommodation with cosy lounges or a well-equipped campsite for tents and caravans.

The restaurant of this friendly, family-run spot looks out over the garden and countryside, treating guests to lovely views around the clock. You can look forward to dishes made from local ingredients, served with a smile. Location: Woodhead Road, Glossop, SK13 7QE

The Waterloo Inn 

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After a day out traipsing the Tissington Trail, comfy, cosy Waterloo Inn is a perfect find. Bridget, Gary and their family greet worn out visitors to the building that dates back over 350 years. If you need a bit of warmth and comfort, sit down next to the roaring open fire with a pint of ale – there are always five to choose from. The food is home-cooked, hearty and local. Overnight guests are welcomed to the campsite, whether you’re staying in a motor home, caravan or tent. Location: Main Street, Biggin by Hartington, Nr. Buxton, SK17 0DH

The Old Hall Hotel 

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The Old Hall Hotel sits in the pretty village of Hope and dates back to 1508. It’s a charming hotel that boasts a cosy atmosphere, making it a charming place to relax whether you’re there for a meal, to stay or both. Take a seat in the oak-panelled restaurant for homemade pub favourites and more contemporary dishes from the à la carte menu, or stop in during the day for an afternoon tea. An overnight stay in a charming room with a four-poster bed is the perfect remedy for sore feet and aching legs, so if you’re planning to explore the surroundings, this is the hotel for you. Location: Market Place, Hope, Hope Valley, S33 6RH

The Navigation Inn 

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The Navigation Inn has been open for over 200 years now, having served many a hiker, boater and cyclist. Situated along the canal in Bugsworth Basin, it’s an ideal base for a trip focused on outdoor activities. There are five comfortable en-suite rooms to choose from and something for everyone at the venue including a games room, a children’s play area and top-notch food. The Sunday roast comes in three sizes, normal, double and triple, and should not be missed. Location: Brookside, Buxworth, SK23 7NE

The Jug & Glass Inn 

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The Jug & Glass is an AA-three-star rated inn that dates back to the 17th century. It’s situated in the heart of Derbyshire’s walking country, close to the spa town of Buxton, Ashbourne and Bakewell and in a prime location for access to the Tissington and High Peak trails. There are eight cosy rooms to choose from, all with the charm of a historic inn and the comfort of modern luxuries. The restaurant boasts a range of hardy dishes ideal for those who have spent the day exploring the area on foot, and there’s a warming open fire during the winter months. Location: Ashbourne Road, Hartington, SK17 0BA

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Hannah Burton

Hannah Burton

Hannah is a keen foodie with a passion for travel, books and history. She regularly creeps out the office with her weird crushes (Mr Tumnis and Thomas Cromwell, among others) and is a lover of fun facts, punnery and quizzes.

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