5 Best Family Spots: Peak District National Park

5 Best Family Spots: Peak District National Park

1. Ridge Walk Mam Tor to Losehill is an ideal family walk. An easy stretch of five miles and taking around two and half hours to complete. The walk is along simple well laid footpaths most of the way and the ascents are fairly easy. You will head over Mam Tor then follow the crest of The Great Ridge who's grand profile separates the beautiful Hope and Edale Valleys until you reach its end at Lose Hill, another hill with an interesting history. This walk is an amazing mix of natural history combined with vast and beautiful panoramic views into the heart of the Peak District.

2.  Chatsworth House is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations. Take time to wander through the incredible home and you may be lucky enough to catch an exhibition. For children, Chatsworth has a fantastic farmyard where they can meet ponies, lambs, take a trailer ride and then head to the outdoor play park where they can swing, climb and make a splash. 

3. Take your kids underground and treat them to a tour at Treak Cliff Cavern. Having started as a Blue John mine over 300 years ago, Treak Cliff Cavern continues to mine, process and manufacture ornamental items and jewellery from Blue John Stone today. On the 40 minute guided tour visitors can see the most abundant veins of Blue John Stone in the world and some of the 'finest stalactites' in the Peak District.

4. Chestnut Centre, Otter Owl and Wildlife Park. The Chestnut Centre is an escape from the bustle of life, in a secluded natural valley in the Peak National Park. The centre is home to 4 species of otters including the rare Giant Otter, 15 species of owl, tame fallow deer in the deer herd, foxes, pine marten and the elusive, endangered Scottish Wildcat etc. Truly a ‘Hidden Gem in a Hidden Valley”.

5. Really treat yourself and the family by taking a canal boat tour with Wandering Duck. Wandering Duck is the unique canal boat experience. They offer day tours for small groups of up to 8 people. Their day tours are hands-on; have a go at steering their 69ft Narrowboat, or help work the locks. You can take a day tour or even stay on board for three nights. 

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