Mini guide to the Peak District’s restaurants and pubs
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).