Lots to do and lots to experience in the beautiful outdoors of the Derbyshire Dales & the Peak District!

Cycling & Walking Holidays

If you prefer the open countryside and are craving some fresh air, experience the exhilarating climbs, trails and rambles around the Derbyshire Dales. Take the family to the Stepping Stones at Dovedale, near Ashbourne, or follow the Tissington Trail walking and cycling route. The trail starts nearby our holiday cottages, and offers breathtaking scenery, leading you along rivers and hills. En-route you'll find a tea room or ice cream parlour to make the day even more enjoyable! Local reclaimed rail tracks provide cycle trails for the energetic, coupled with walking routes through the spectacular scenery along the Dove and the Manifold valleys.
Rock Climbing

There is a huge variety of climbing in Derbyshire, from bolted sports routes to some of the hardest traditional routes. Probably the best known crag in the Peak District is Stanage Edge (gritstone), which can absorb hundreds of climbers at weekends. If you prefer a quieter climbing venue, there are always some more out of the way limestone crags to be found. Some of the other gritstone edges, such as Froggatt and the Burbage valley, can be quiet on weekdays but are busy at weekends. There are a number of novice and beginner crags, for example Burbage North and Birchen Edge. Froggatt has a wide range of grades to suit all abilities. If you prefer to boulder, there is plenty available. Some of the better and consequently more popular places are the Burbage Valley, Higgar Tor, Cratcliffe and Stanage.
Abseiling in Derbyshire

Millers Dale Bridge provides the most spectacular Peak District abseil site. Here you can have experience the adrenaline rush of jumping off a man-made structure.
At Millers Dale Bridge your Derbyshire Abseiling challenge is to abseil over the arch, which is above the River Wye. This gives you an 80 foot abseil of which 70 feet is free hanging.
Horse Riding

Trek around Derbyshire or the Tissington Trail, situated just north of Ashbourne in the midst of the beautiful Tissington Estate. Several stables offer horses for all abilities, offering escorted trekking and the chance to view some of Derbyshire’s most stunning scenery.
No experience is necessary as all have a wide range of reliable, well-mannered horses allowing all levels of rider to be accommodated.
Clay Pigeon Shooting

Don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before, we can put you in touch with estates offering in depth clay lessons, which will ensure you have all the skills to develop into a confident shooter.
The Yeaveley Estate Shooting School is located in the heart of Derbyshire and is the ideal location to sample some of the finest shooting events and country sporting activities. Yeaveley Estate Shooting School boasts a rich history, being one of the first five shooting grounds in the country. With its home based in the Midlands it is within easy reach for everyone whether you come by car, train or plane.
Why not get a group of friends together and all have a go?
High Wires

Buxton Tree Top Adventure is set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, and within walking distance of the historic Spa town itself. One of the best days out in Derbyshire, you’ll enjoy high ropes, a zip wire and much much more.

The Go Ape experience involves fun and adventure across up to six sites. Each site features our award winning high ropes, awesome crossings, tunnels, bridges and an epic wind-in-your-face zip wire to finish.

Climbing, raft building & much, much more

Fancy trying something different in the Peak District?

Caverns & Steam Trains

Derbyshire has some of the most spectacular caverns and fantastic steam trains preserved to enjoy.

Country Homes & Estates

Derbyshire is full of stately homes and open gardens, some privately owned and many part of the National Trust.

Time on the tee

The Peak District has plenty of courses if you fancy a spot of golf in the beautiful countryside.
There's a good choice of fine 18 hole and 9 hole golf clubs to be found within comfortable driving distance of our venues.

Try your hand at these sports

Whether you are looking for a new pursuit or just want to try something new - golf, fishing or shooting may well be the sport for you.

Theme Parks & Zoos

Ashbourne Self Catering offers affordable luxury self-catering accommodation only 20 mins drive from Alton Towers

Thrills & Spills!

Feeling adventurous?

Enjoy the peak district your way

Choose from a range of leisure and creative activities throughout the year.

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