Hidden Gems

Escape the crowds and enjoy a day out with a difference.

From peaceful footpaths to traffic-free cycle trails, explore somewhere new and discover something different in the Peak District and Derbyshire away from the usual tourist trail.

With rolling dales, dramatic moorland, fabulous footpaths, charming towns and villages and acres of open space to enjoy, there’s more than enough of the Peak District and Derbyshire to go around. But delve a little deeper and you'll find so much more to discover...

Here’s our pick of the best hidden gems and unique places to explore in the Peak District and Derbyshire.




Bike & Boot Leisure Hotels

A new Leisure Hotel brand for the 21st century - welcoming walkers, dog owners, cyclists and adventurers to the Peak District


George's Cottage

Experience the charm of a traditional 19th Century Peak District cottage. Nestled in the heart of Derbyshire, stunning views and a tranquil escape.


Buxton Crescent Hotel Restaurant

A stay at the Buxton Crescent is the perfect opportunity to sleep in a magnificent heritage building, with all the service and amenities of a 5-star…


The Water Mill

The Water Mill is a stunning Grade II, award-winning conversion, located on the edge of the Peak National Park.

Hidden Gems Events




Bakewell Country Festival

A great family day out combining a mix of traditional agricultural elements, family activities, entertainment, food, drink, shopping and more.


Dino Week at The National Forest Adventure Farm

Come face to face with the T-rex, take on the Velociraptor to rescue the giant dinosaur eggs, and try your hand at taming the ferocious beasts as…


Hathersage Well Dressing

This ancient custom is unique to Derbyshire and is the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures made from natural materials.


Hartington Well Dressing

This ancient custom only takes place in Derbyshire & is the art of decorating springs & wells with pictures made from natural materials.

Hidden Gems Offers


Special Offer

Discover Chatsworth with Fischers

Book our special dinner, bed, and breakfast package and receive two tickets to explore Chatsworth House and Gardens during your break.

Hidden Gems Trails


Belper Heritage Walk

Learn more about this industrial community and how it has changed in the past 200 years.

Calke to Staunton Harold walking trail

Enjoy a leisurely walk from Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold, with views over the reservoir, arable fields and woodland.

The Phoenix Greenways

Whether you come for the day, a weekend or a longer stay, there is plenty for the family to do, visit and explore. A network of traffic free walking…

Longdendale Trail

Cycle along a scenic former railway line that once ran between Manchester and Sheffield, passing idyllic reservoirs along the way.

Hidden Gems Itineraries


Castles, Markets & Spires

Explore the lesser-known North East of Derbyshire, near Chesterfield.

Car-free guide: 48 hours in the Derwent Valley

Connecting charming towns and villages with an amazing industrial past, the Derwent Valley Line runs from Derby to Matlock.

Discover Derbyshire's hidden food and garden gems

Explore the Peak District and Derbyshire’s hidden food and garden gems on this fabulous 3-day itinerary around Bakewell, Baslow and Pilsley.

Market Magic & Hidden Gems: 48 hours in Leek

This itinerary is based in the historic market town of Leek, famed for its Arts & Crafts architecture and traditional outdoor & indoor market, the…

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