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.



Hagg Hill Hall

Historical property with swimming pool, hot tubs, sauna, BBQ hut, outdoor chess-set and more.


The Birds Nest Apartment

Peak District Holidays welcomes you to a delightful 5 star Holiday Apartment on the edge of the Peak District.


Candlelight Cottage

Romantic, oak beamed cottage overlooking the green in the picturesque village of Litton. Rated 5 star Gold, Candlelight Cottage has been beautifully…



Bike & Boot Leisure Hotels

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

Hidden Gems Events



Mercatum Christmas Artisan Markets at Haddon Hall

This winter, Haddon Hall will host its renowned Mercatum Christmas Markets over four weekends.


Christmas on the Thornbridge Estate

Christmas on the Thornbridge Estate is a magical time ...


Cinderella at Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House You shall go to the ball, Cinderella!

Hidden Gems Offers


Special Offer

Stay last-minute £30 off

Wake to a view and nature on the doorstep

Special Offer

£10 Kick-off Combo | Chesterfield FC Game Day

Walton Lodge Pork Sandwich alongside either a refreshing Pint of Draught Beer or a Small Glass of House Wine for just £10.

Special Offer

Steak Sensation for Two | Friday & Saturday

Featuring 16oz Walton Lodge steak, side dishes, and a bottle red wine, all for just £50.

Special Offer

Happy Hour | Half Price Cocktails

Every Friday, between 4pm and 5pm, enjoy half price on selected cocktails.

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…

Hidden Gems Itineraries


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…

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.

Castles, Markets & Spires

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

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