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.



The Bareca at Bike & Boot Leisure Hotels

The Bareca (Bar-restaurant-café) is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner to both residents and non-residents serving a Mediterranean style menu,…


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…


Buxton International Festival

BIF is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading arts festivals.

Hidden Gems Events



Christmas on the Thornbridge Estate

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


Mercatum Christmas Artisan Markets at Haddon Hall

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


Santa Paws at Bike & Boot Leisure Hotels

Come and meet Santa Paws with your four legged friend, and have a go on our Lucky Dip!


Christmas at Revolution House

See the House decorated for a 17th Century Christmas with displays of greenery and flower arrangements.

Hidden Gems Offers


Special Offer

Stay last-minute £30 off

Wake to a view and nature on the doorstep

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

£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

Fischer's Two Night Fine Dining Experience

Enjoy the ultimate foodie break in the Peak District

Hidden Gems Trails


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…

Belper Heritage Walk

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

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.

Car-free guide: A train tour of the Goyt Valley

Just a short hop on the train from Manchester and Sheffield, this picturesque corner of the county is waiting to be discovered.

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