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The High Life – The Peak District, England

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The UK has a lot more fantastic natural beauty spots than many give it credit for. If you’re looking for a fantastic outdoor getaway, then the heights of the Peak District should already be on that bucket list. Here, we’re going to look at what to explore and how to have the best time against one of England’s most dramatic backdrops.


Climbing Those Peaks

It’s called the Peak District for a reason. Obviously you’re going to want to see what some of those peaks have to offer. There are all kinds of hiking trails, cycling opportunities and even roads to explore, but one of the best is the Dovedale. The sloping hills and immediately recognizable limestone rocks that form the background of the trail makes for one of the most iconic parts of the entire Peak District. Unlike some of the other trails, it includes paths for walkers of all ages and experience levels, as well. You’ll pass by the River Dove, as well, where you might have a chance of spotting leaping salmon at the right times of the year. And this is just one of the many trails! 


Get Underground

As well as fantastic heights, there are some pretty exciting depths to explore in the Peak District as well. The Peak Cavern (with a much ruder nickname that we’re not going to disclose here but feel free to Google it) is one of the best natural underground trails in the UK. Its unique geology is created by the Peakshole Water flowing through, making it the only show cave in the District that’s entirely natural. There are regular tours conducted making sure that you don’t get too lost! Okay, I couldn’t not share, its nickname is the Devil’s Arse, and apparently it makes toot noises when flood waters drain


World Class Camping Spots

You don’t have to be huffing and puffing up mountains or climbing deep underground to appreciate the beauty of the Peak District, either. With a vehicle from a motorhome hire company, you can find some of the most relaxing and idyllic camping spots in the whole of England, too. In particular, the Laneside Caravan Park is just five minutes away from the village of Hope, giving you access to all the amenities you could want, while still giving you a perfect view of the surrounding country.

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Peveril Castle

This 12th century castle isn’t like a lot of the castles you see in Europe. Many are still up and maintained, but this castle is in ruins but sits perfectly on the hillside. Because of this, the castle seems like it is part of the landscape now. I love the way the stone from the structure fades into the hill and trees are growing out of the castle. I seems almost more like a natural site now. Plus, it’s easy to visit with a parking area below the hill with a short walk up to the castle.

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Visit A Neolithic Henge Monument

Arbor Low is a stone-circle made up of 50 limestone rocks arranged in an oval-shape. This archaeological site is said to date back between 2,500-1,500 BCE. It’s sometimes referred to as the Stonehenge of the North. There’s a hill built up around the henge, with the stones surrounding it and then a small cove made of stone inside the henge. Human remains were found in the center of the henge on an archaeological dig in 1901 and 1902. If you’re a history lover, this site, in the middle of nature, is a must for you.

As you can see, there really is something for every kind of nature-lover in the Peak District. Whether it’s standing on a mountain, venturing underground or exploring a little history, it’s all there waiting for you.

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    Patricia Steffy (@PLSteffy)
    August 9, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Pinned! I loved learning about the Peak District! I’m getting on board with the whole hiking thing, and Andy is already a pro, so this area looks like the perfect place for us to explore. I know Dovedale would grab our attention, and the caverns sound slightly mysterious and exciting to explore. And, of course, the ruins of a castle and the limestones of Arbor Low just seal the deal. 🙂

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    Megan Indoe
    August 9, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I seriously had no idea the UK had so much beautiful outdoor activities to offer! I want to do them all! I would love camping there, especially in the spot where you took that photo! It looks so beautiful and lush green! Also, visiting those caverns and that castle sound amazing!

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    August 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Hahahah, the Devil’s Arse. I was just about to google it too! I would definitely take the tour…knowing myself I would probably get lost. I have always been fascinated by underground trails and had no idea the UK had one.

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    August 9, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    I can’t wait to see more of England, especially outside the big cities. I have only been to London and Newcastle. It looks so beautiful and lush. Funny the Cavern is called the Devil’s arse. 😂

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    August 9, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Who knew there was so much beautiful nature in the UK! I surely didn’t. I’ve yet to visit for longer than a layover. I have to get there asap!

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    August 9, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Always have been enamoured by the famed English countryside and the Peak district seems to be an ode to this natural beauty. Have not been to England, but looking at the pictures of the meadows, i was reminded of the landscapes of Switzerland. The same natural beauty. Peak district is definitely a place I would love to visit when in England.

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    August 9, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Whenever I need to get away to the English countryside, I play ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ This post just reminded me of the natural wonders England possesses! They’re so cheeky with the naming too, haha to the Devil’s Arse! And the reasons why it’s called that are just great!

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    August 10, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Pinned as bucket list inspiration! Thanks for the great post :). Really want to go here, have been to the Lake district and it is beautiful!

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    Thelittlelai: Beyond limits
    August 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Wow, what a wonderful place to be lost here and just let my two little itchy feet amble around. The green fields and the amazing views are really beyond compare. The cavern seems to be something that really made me excited to explore it. I would also love to do camping in the Laneside Caravan Park which is also very accessible to many. Thank you so much for sharing another great places in England.

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    Agness of Fit Travelling
    August 12, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Wow! Your pictures left me speechless, Paige! I’d love to explore Peak District soon! How long would you suggest staying there?

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    August 12, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    One thing I really appreciate in a post are really good photos. These shoots are amazing! Peak’s district looks beautiful! I love all the green. I would check out the “North Stonehenge” as I’m interested in historical relics.

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    August 13, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Love places like Peak District, nature is just stunning there judging by your photos. The best thing about it would probably be that you can hike, but go underground as well. So great that one can undertake such activity. And all that along the marked path. lovely. 🙂

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    August 13, 2017 at 10:12 am

    with gorgeous scenery and a storied history it looks like the Peaks District has a lot of stuff I’d love. Will keep this in mind for my next jaunt to the UK.

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    Candiss | Lost Not Found
    August 13, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I honestly don’t know much about the different regions of England but the Peak District looks fantastic. I will have to add it to the list of places to see!

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    August 13, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    It is so green! I love all of your photos and how you capture its beautiful scenery. I would love to camp there and just wake up to that view! It’s great to hear that there are many hiking trails there as well!

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    August 13, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    What a beautiful place to go!!

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    August 14, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Exciting outdoor activities! Camping there would definitely be high in my list if I get there.
    Loved the scenic sights framed.

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    August 15, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Never heard of this but I would love to explore. Sounds pretty cool and I like history.

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    One Girl: One World
    August 16, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Wow the Peveril Castle is so cool! I love how it’s become a part of the scenery now. There must be so much history there

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    August 17, 2017 at 11:57 am

    We love countrysides and this beauty is extraordinary. After seeing your pictures we have already added Peak district, England to my bucket list. We would love to camp and try all other activities there. Thanks for sharing.

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