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From Manchester: Derbyshire and Peak District Day Trip

1. From Manchester: Derbyshire and Peak District Day Trip

Leave bustling Manchester behind and set off to the lush Peak District on an unforgettable day trip. Discover the region of wild peaks, rugged moorlands, and pretty time-worn cottages and delve into its fascinating history.  After departing Manchester, make a stop in Eyam, a village that faced unimaginable adversity when the plague broke out in 1666. Uncover a story of solidarity and strength before traveling onward to Bakewell. Take in the picturesque beauty of this quaint town, home of one of England’s most famous desserts, the Bakewell Pudding. As you journey towards Monsal Head, see an old rail line viaduct emerge from the green hills to create a unique vista. Marvel at this gorgeous structure and learn about its impressive history. Continue to Castleton, a charming old town that attracts travelers from all over the world for its traditional English charm. Wander the streets, enjoy a beautiful view up a valley, and learn its history at an insightful information center.  You will also have a chance to go on an optional visit to the Peak’s Cavern. As you gaze at this impressive cave with its large natural entrance, hear about its outrageous nickname, how it used to be a hideout for robbers, and how it sometimes acts as a concert venue. After a day of delicious treats, spectacular views, and poignant history, you travel back to Manchester and arrive in the late afternoon.

3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

2. 3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

Day 1: Travel to the Peak District. In the late morning, you will arrive in Castleton. This quaint old town attracts travelers from all over the world for its quintessential English charm. Nearby, there are caves, a beautiful view up a valley, and an insightful information center. Venture to the beautiful valley at Monsal Head. There’s an old rail line viaduct that emerges from the green hills. It’s a gorgeous structure with an impressive history. If you’re hungry, then you’re in luck, because you’re stopping for lunch in Bakewell. Not only is this town delicious to look at, but it’s also the home of one of England’s most famous desserts, the Bakewell Pudding. After savoring every last crumb, head over to Chatsworth House. This luxurious stately home is incredible; you can admire the architecture, get lost in a massive maze, or praise precious art. Finally, head off in the early evening to your overnight stop in York. Day 2: Full-day Tour of York Spend your morning in York. Visit a chocolate museum, find out about the Vikings, or just stroll around the ancient walls. Around midday, leave York and head to Goathland. This town was used in the Harry Potter movies and is situated in one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK. Your next stop is Whitby. This is the type of town everyone dreams of retiring in. There’s a beautifully-located, ruined abbey; old stone steps curving around viewpoints; and a lovely little beach to play about on. After exploring all the nooks and crannies of Whitby, travel to Robin Hood’s Bay. They doubt if the real Robin Hood ever came here, but there are still plenty of smugglers tales dotted around this remarkable harbor village. Finally, arrive back in York in the early evening. Day 3: Touring, Lunch, and Returning to Manchester Take the road to Fountains Abbey. This is one of the largest ruined abbeys in England and part of an important UNESCO Heritage site. Then find yourself surrounded by some of England’s most lovely waterfalls at AysgarthEnjoy a delicious lunch of Wensleydale's famous cheese and crackers. After lunch, travel past the epic Ribblehead railway viaduct before having a short snoop around the old castle-topped town of Clitheroe. In the evening, arrive in Manchester.

Peak District (Yorkshire): Interactive Road Trip Guidebook

3. Peak District (Yorkshire): Interactive Road Trip Guidebook

-This online travel guidebook helps you create a bespoke road trip to help with planning your break before you travel as well as when you are on your break, with 12 months of access. -Therefore, we suggest you don’t wait until your travel date, purchase the guidebook in advance to help you with your planning. Choose an early date and get planning straight away! • Embark on a breathtaking Peak District road trip, starting at the southern edge. • Marvel at ancient stone towns, stunning vistas, and cultural sites. • Explore scenic drives like Snake Pass, visit picturesque towns, and indulge in local cuisine. • Enjoy outdoor activities from hiking and cycling to rock climbing and water sports. Immerse in the rich history and limestone formations, making this road trip an unforgettable adventure in one of the UK's most beautiful regions. Peak District Driving Route: - Within this guidebook there are two flexible routes: "White Peaks" and Hope Valley, covering 70 miles (112km) with 3.5 hours drive time. - Includes 7 scenic drives in the Peak District - Customize your itinerary from 3 days to 2 weeks - Cherry-pick places to visit and things to see for the best road trip experience in the Peak District. • Enjoy Peak District Walks with an extensive network of footpaths. • Visit the magnificent stately home of Chatsworth House. • Discover the picturesque market towns of Bakewell, Buxton, and Castleton, along with other historic and cultural gems in the Peak District. • Don't miss out on the hidden gems and lesser-explored villages that add to the region's charm. Explore the stunning natural scenery of Dovedale. • Venture beyond the beaten paths to uncover the true essence of the Peak District with our guide to 25 locations and destinations to enjoy. • The Peak District road trip is mapped out on 3 Peak District maps, which include a flexible driving route. • Use the Overnight Stay to locate 40+ campsites, 30+ motorhome stops, pub stops & almost wild spots, 30+ hotels and 60+ B&Bs, guesthouses and lodges • The Uncover More map pinpoints to 40+ viewpoints, 110+ places of interest, 35+ hidden gems and 7 wild swim spots.

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What people are saying about Bakewell

Overall rating

(66 reviews)

Excellent, had no expectations apart from a nice day out! Absolutely stunning scenery a first for me in the Peaks, natural UK beauty at its finest. The little villages and towns along the way were gorgeous, perfect for coffee and lunch stops and of course the shops - some super wee treasures. The amount of walking was perfect for getting your steps in without being too strenuous. The cave visit was an unexpected surprises, fascinating - people lived and worked here! Tour guide / driver Rob was lovely, easy going, extremely knowledgeable, and a good driver! Loved the music on way back - the sounds I grew up too! Only down side and indeed my fault.... should have worn more clothes was very cold for this time of year. Check the weather before you leave and wear comfy shoes. Highly recommend this day trip.

We decided to book a bus tour a little late, and this one was the only one left with two spots available, so we thought we'd give it a try. And boy, are we glad we did! The scenery of the countryside was beautiful, the lambs were aplenty, and the sun was out and shining nearly the entire day. But most of our enjoyment came from our incredible guide, Chris, who showed immense knowledge in the land's history, punctuated with witty humor and a genuine connection with his passengers. Our exploration of the Peak District, which we went in completely blind, was a lovely day that exceeded our expectations! We will certainly be booking a tour with Rabbie's in the future!

We enjoyed this day trip highly. Was a rainy day but we almost haven’t felt that! The guide (James) made us listen carefully to his stories, he was kind and articulate. The little places we visited were gorgeous and in the end there was the cavern, which was incredible. Highly recommended.

An excellent excursion. Our guide was super friendly and at all times he told information about the places and curious facts.

very nice experience all the villages and the cave experience