7 Top Dog Friendly Peak District Attractions & Days Out
The Best Places To Take Dogs in Peak District
With some of the best dog friendly days out in the Peak District, it’s no surprise that so many people flock here with there pets.
With large tranquil lakes, rolling countryside and stunning trails located in the National Park, this is an outdoor enthusiasts dream destination!
You will never be bored as the endless supply of dog friendly attractions in the Peak District will keep you entertained for hours.
Activities & Things to Do
Situated near Bakewell in the heart of Derbyshire, Chatsworth House is a superb place to spend the day, in the company of your canine companion. An historic stately home belonging to the Duke of Devonshire with priceless works of art and artefacts to discover, Chatsworth also welcomes dogs on lead across it’s thousand acres of parkland, and 100 acres of superb gardens. The River Derwent flows through the estate, with some superb vistas and exciting riverside paths, flora and fauna for eager wet noses to sniff out.
Explore Treak Cliff Cavern
Keep your pooch on a lead, and you’re welcome to join the adventure into Treak Cliff Cavern, part of the mind blowing cave systems which define the Peak District. The whole area is based on limestone, which the rivers have carved out over many millennia. Treak Cliff Cavern is the entrance to a cave system which is home to Blue John Stone, a mineral which doesn’t exist anywhere else on Earth. You can polish a piece of your own to take home, to remind you of the experience.
See Crich Tramway Village
This unique visitor attraction has been lovingly recreated near the village of Crich, not far from the Peak District town of Matlock. The trams work as perfectly as they always did, serving this model village better than most modern towns. Dogs are welcome to enjoy the ride, and the top of the trams are open air, which they might enjoy if the rain’s off. The Tramway Village has a pub and tearooms, should you feel the need. Just outside is the dog friendly Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail.
Scale the Heights of Abraham
A stunning, slightly scary gorge hundreds of feet in the air, this natural wonder is one of the Peak District’s must visit attractions. If your dog’s not scared of heights, take a trip on the specially built cable car which spans the gorge. The views are spectacular, and there is a hilltop country park in 60 acres of woodland to enjoy while you’re there. You can also enjoy the open air terraces at the cafe, or try the Vista Restaurant for a special treat.
Upper Derwent Valley Reservoirs
The River Derwent dominates the Peaks, and its path and tributaries are what have made the landscape what it is. The area is also an extremely important source of water, and there are many huge reservoirs carved out of the limestone in the Peaks. Take in the spectacular scenery, and pooch for a walk around, the woodland and natural landscapes which surround these lakes. Fairholmes visitor centre is the best place to start, and has all the information you need to explore these stunning combinations of nature and man made lakes.
Take the High Peak Trail
Following the path of a disused railway line, this heritage funded trail stretches for 17.5 miles through the Peak District, and is part of a Europe wide route stretching from the south of France to Scotland. It’s’ especially dog friendly, as there is no livestock on either side, and no sign of motorised traffic either. There’s no particularly steep climbs, and there are lots of industrial landmarks along the way. Pick it up at High Peak Junction, near Cromford.
Take in the Towns
Apart from its natural beauty, the Peak District National Park is also blessed with some of the best towns in England. From Bakewell to Buxton, Eyam to Hathersage, you’ll find a fantastic welcome in these beautiful, unspoiled destinations. There are lots of independent shops, cafes, pubs and places to eat, next to paths and bridleways to take you and doggie straight out into the fantastic Peak District countryside.
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