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A Blog About Things To Do In The Peak District In 2024 - Image Shows Lyme Park

Spend 2024 exploring England’s Hidden Gem

Looking for a new 2024 destination – why not spend time exploring England’s Hidden Gem?

The Peak District National Park. Nestled amidst rolling hills and verdant valleys of England’s central region lies a countryside paradise that has captivated the hearts of travellers for centuries.

This enchanting region of breathtaking views, untamed landscapes, and historic grandeur beckons explorers with its promise of unforgettable experiences.

Wheeldon Trees Cottages sits in the heart of the Peak District. It’s a luxury retreat of 10 individual luxury cottages, ready to host hundreds of visitors in the coming year.

Who are we?

Steve and Hazel Roche purchased Wheeldon Trees in 2021 and have been investing in the retreat ever since. In just two short years Wheeldon Trees is winning awards galore. It’s also gaining hundreds of five-star reviews from guests – 20 per cent of whom are return visitors.

Wheeldon Trees Cottages is perfect for anyone seeking a luxurious retreat for weekends away and family holidays. These charming stone cottages, sitting alongside rolling hills and verdant meadows, offer a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

You can book just one cottage or all 10 – the choice is yours. Inside you’ll find luxury interiors, and outside, some of the best views in the Peak District. 

What to do and where to visit

Before you embark on a thrilling adventure in the heart of the Peak District National Park, you’ll want to plan out where to visit. Hike through scenic trails, kayak along tranquil rivers, or cycle through picturesque countryside – there’s plenty on offer. You can explore the rugged peaks of Kinder Scout, marvel at the cascading waterfalls of Dovedale, or wander through the charming villages and towns dotted throughout the region.

Here are some of our favourite days out:

A tapestry of elegance and enchantment: unveiling Chatsworth’s splendour

Step into the enchanting realm of Chatsworth, a stately home steeped in history and splendour, where 16 generations of the Cavendish family have woven their legacy into the very fabric of the estate. Immerse yourself in a world of exquisite art and antiques, meticulously curated to showcase the grandeur of a bygone era.

Beyond the house, you can emerge yourself in a wonderland of manicured gardens, spanning an expansive 105 acres. Explore the serene Cascade, a cascading waterfall that plunges into a tranquil lake. Marvel at the Emperor Fountain, a majestic testament to 18th-century engineering. Stroll through the Victorian Rock Garden, a whimsical landscape of sculpted rocks and streams.

The High Peak Trail – a journey for the discerning traveller

The High Peak Trail is not merely a hiking route; it is an invitation to embark on a journey of discovery, to immerse yourself in the heart of England’s natural beauty, and to experience the rich history and culture that define the Peak District. For discerning travellers seeking an unforgettable adventure, the High Peak Trail awaits, a testament to the transformative power of nature and the enduring allure of the British countryside.

Peak Wildlife Park

For some family fun, a visit to the Peak Wildlife Park is a must. Embark on one of the large walkthroughs where you can come face to face with the animals, or opt for the ‘be a keeper’ experience, which lets little ones get to know their favourite creatures up close. There are four different encounters to embark on – Lemur Heights, Penguin Paths, Wallaby Wonderland and African Village – plus, an outdoor play area, shop and picnic spots.

Lyme Park – a heritage rich in history

Experience the grandeur of Lyme Park which includes a magnificent Elizabethan mansion that has witnessed centuries of history unfold. It was also the setting for the famous BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Inside the house opulent state rooms are adorned with exquisite furnishings, tapestries, and paintings, each piece whispering tales of a bygone era. Admire the panoramic views from the Great Hall, where the grandeur of the Peak District unfolds before you.

After a day of exploring the park’s wonders, indulge in a delightful afternoon tea at the Timber Yard Café. Savour a selection of homemade cakes, freshly baked scones, and invigorating hot drinks, all prepared with the finest local ingredients. Let the aromas of freshly brewed tea and the sweet scent of freshly baked pastries fill your senses.

Carsington Water

Water lovers should visit Carsington Water, where professionals and amateur enthusiasts can master their skills at sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Those with their own equipment can launch any time between 11 am and 4 pm daily, with passes available to purchase in advance online. There’s also the option to hire bikes should you wish to explore the area on two wheels.

Mam Tor

Mam Tor comes with a surrounding circular walking route. Walking the entire trail takes roughly two hours – not counting the time spent admiring the view from the top, that looks out over the Edale Valley. Less challenging than other trails in the area, this makes for a great family walk, with dogs also welcome.

Bakewell and The Monsal Trail

As the name suggests, Bakewell is renowned as the birthplace of the iconic Bakewell tart, a culinary masterpiece that has captivated the taste buds of generations. Indulge in this delectable creation at one of the town’s many bakeries and tea rooms, savouring the rich pastry, tangy fruit, and melt-in-your-mouth almond paste filling.

Sitting on the banks of the river Wye and home to an array of pretty stone buildings, other sights include a medieval bridge and plenty of charming shops and pubs. It’s also ideally situated near the start of the Monsal Trail – an 8.5-mile walkway across the former Midland Railway.

Pennine Way

The iconic Pennine Way spans 268 miles of majestic and rural landscape. Known as Britain’s backbone, the route takes you across the rolling hills of the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales before heading across the North Pennines and over Hadrian’s Wall, ending up at the Scottish Borders. Having opened in 1965, it’s now one of the most popular walking and cycling routes in the country.


The limestone valley of Dovedale is home to the River Dove. There are plenty of hikes to embark on in the area, with walkers rewarded with some spectacular views across the Derbyshire and Staffordshire hills. Some trails, like the one up Thorpe Cloud, can be steep, but a less challenging option will take you across the river by following a flat footpath that children and adults can both enjoy.

Relax and unwind at Wheeldon Trees

After a day of exploring the Peak District’s many attractions, return to your cottage and unwind in luxurious comfort. Curl up by the fireplace, unwind in the spa-like bathroom, or simply relax on a comfortable sofa while enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of tea.

Wheeldon Trees offers the perfect escape for your 2024 holiday.

10 stunning cottages

We have 10 stunning cottages in 12 acres of Peak District National Park. Alongside luxury cottages, our rural retreat offers EV charging and an honesty shop packed to the brim with goodies. In addition, we have a fantastic games room where you can play pool, air hockey or ping pong. We have two new electric bikes for you to borrow to explore the local area. What’s more, we have recently added two new hybrid bikes.

In 2023 five of our cottages were rated 5-Star Gold by VisitEngland. Firstly, the Farmhouse retained its 5-Star Gold rating from 2021. And now Priestley Cottage, Ollerenshaw Cottage, Nadin Cottage and Mycock Cottage join it with top marks. The remaining five cottages – Sheldon, Walker’s Rest, Critchlow, Elliott and Lomas were all rated 4-Star Gold. TripAdvisor recently named Wheeldon Trees in the top 10% of places to stay in the world. Thanks to our visitors’ amazing reviews, we recently received the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2023 for the second year running. To complete the hat trick, we were also the runner-up in best self-catering accommodation at this year’s Visit Peak District and Derbyshire Tourism Awards.

You can view our availability and pick your perfect cottage by following this link – view our availability.