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The Peak District National Park is accessible by road via the M1 and M6. Neighbouring cities such as Manchester, Sheffield, Derby and Stoke-on-Trent are the best gateways to the park by train. The Hope Valley Line runs between Manchester and Sheffield, calling at Edale, Hope and Hathersage stations (Sheffield to Edale from £12.80), while the Derwent Valley Line runs from Derby to Matlock (from £11). Buses run between Nottingham, Derby and Manchester and local services run within the national park (PeakPlus day ticket £6).

Where to stay
Castleton’s Causeway House is a B&B set in a 14th-century cottage of slate and oak timbers, with five guestrooms (three are en suite). Hearty breakfasts include kippers, hash browns and Derbyshire oatcakes (from £65; Back St).

The Riverside House Hotel in Ashford-in-the-Water is a great base for exploring the national park. Its rooms feature four-poster beds and most have views over the gardens to the River Wye beyond (from £145; Fennel St). The East Lodge is an impressive country house hotel set in 10 acres of landscaped gardens. Its elegant suites feature plush fabrics and ornate four-poster beds. The restaurant serves a fine breakfast (from £375; Rowsley).

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The article ‘Mini guide to the Peak District’s restaurants and pubs’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Traveller.

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