Sheffield: The Perfect Base for a Trip Around The Peak District
One of the big reasons we get people heading to our hostel in Sheffield is its close proximity to the Peak District. We regularly have visitors from all around the globe, people looking to explore every nook and cranny and take part in the wide range of activities this national park offers.
The Peak District is one of the most accessible park areas in the UK and there are some fantastic views across the 1,437 km². If you want to combine the excitement of the big city and all it has to offer with walking in the country, Sheffield should certainly be top of your list. The edge of the Peak District is just 30 minutes from the city centre.
Walking in the Peak District
You may be looking forward to the challenge of one of the big trails that this area has to offer. That includes the Pennine Way National Trail which covers over 268 miles or the Derwent Valley Heritage Way which is about 55 miles. Many people prefer to pick and choose their walks, however, and having a base in Sheffield where they can plan daily treks.
Cycling Cross Country
It’s become a lot more popular in recent years and there’s nothing more many of our hostel visitors like than to get out on the trail in a place like the Peak District. The good news is that you can hire your bikes on a daily basis. There are a number of different places you can do this dotted around the park area. There are also plenty of routes to choose from, some easy, some pretty challenging. Whether you prefer on road or off road, you won’t be disappointed.
There are several accessible horse riding centres and pony trekking clubs around the Peak District, some that cater to complete novices. The riding routes take in the range of brilliant countryside including the Monsal Trail and Macclesfield Forest. You can find out more about horse riding in the Peak District here.
Getting Active on the Peaks
The business model for the Peak District has diversifiedover the last decade or so. It’s not just about quiet walks, long hikes and camping nowadays. If you are bit of an adrenalin junkie there’s much to keep you entertained including mountain climbing, caving, water sports, and paragliding activities. Of course, if you are into more serene pastimes, there are many rivers and lakes where you can get out your fishing rod. Find out more here.
Historic Peak District
The region is alive with all sorts of history and it’s another reason why people come to visit from all around the world. There’s Solomon’s Temple in Buxton and the Eyam Plague Village Museum just for a start. The Peak District also has a rich industrial heritage with places like Arkwright’s Cromford Mills in Matlock. Many of these distinct landmarks can be combined with breath-taking walks in the local countryside.
Why Choose Sheffield?
While there is plenty to do and see in the heart of the Peak District, it can be quite expensive, especially during the summer, to find great accommodation. If you’re planning to explore the region but are on a tight budget, Sheffield is the perfect place to set up base. It’s just a stone’s throw from the national park and you get the advantage of all this thriving city has to offer.
Russell Scott Hostels is the budget friendly option if you want an alternative to more expensive bed and breakfasts around the Peak District area. Check us out if you’re looking for a place to stay.