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Discover some of the UK's most beautiful landmarks on this unique short weekend break in the Peak District. Combining cycling and walking, this three-day tour takes you from the magnificent country house of Chatsworth to Millers Dale on the banks of the Wye
The Peak District is the second most-visited National Park in the world (Japan’s Mount Fuji National Park is the first), and with good reason. With rolling, rounded hills, densely wooded valleys and patchwork farmlands, this is a quintessentially British landscape. Yet look closer and you’ll discover the true diversity of the Peaks; gritstone escarpments, heather moorland, blanket peat bogs and lead rakes are just some of the unusual habitats to be found. The Peak District also has a rich cultural heritage. There are abundant Stone and Iron Ages sites, as well as roads and monuments left by the Romans, who are known to have made use of the now famous spring at Buxton. More recent additions to the landscape include towering railway viaducts from the nineteenth century and the majestic Chatsworth, voted Britain’s favourite country house.
This weekend cycling and walking break is an excellent way to explore this beautiful region. Based in the picturesque hamlet of Monsal Head, you’ll spend your first full day cycling through quiet country lanes, stopping at Chatsworth to visit the house and gardens (including the maze, fountains and canal pond) and at Bakewell to sample some of the famous tart! Then on day two you’ll take a leisurely stroll along the River Wye, passing through Tideswell Dale, home to the impressive 14th century Church of St. John the Baptist, and the dramatic gorge at St. Peter’s Dale, before heading back through the forest to Monsal Head, where this wonderful weekend comes to a close.
This is a great weekend break that can be enjoyed by just about anyone. As long as you’re in fairly good shape you won’t find the cycling (19 miles) and walking (9 miles) too strenuous, and neither is particularly challenging (no bumpy terrain, steep inclines, etc.). The tour is self-guided (you’ll be given a detailed map with route notes) so you can explore the countryside under your own steam, leaving plenty of time for photography, wildlife-spotting and other interests. Then at the end of the day you can put your feet up back at the inn, which is carefully chosen for comfort and good food.
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