Every month we’ll be coming up with a new place to go on a road trip in the UK. September is a great time to go on a trip and soak up as much sun as possible before Autumn arrives. A popular destination to check out is the Peak District, which features lots of great sights to see. It’s proximity to Manchester means you’ll be there in no time at all.
Chatsworth House is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The sprawling structure is open to the public, hosting events all year round. The 105-acre garden is worth exploring, as it contains historic waterworks and sculptures. There’s also a Victorian rock garden and maze, making Chatsworth House an integral part of England’s proud history.
Found near the edge of Buxton, Poole’s Cavern is a two-million year old limestone cave that attracts people from across the world. The name of the cave comes from an outlaw called Poole, who was said to use the cave as a base to rob travellers during the fifteenth century. The cavern is filled with wondrous formations, including crystals and stalactites. The LED lighting system illuminates the cave, making it even more beautiful.
If you’re looking for a picturesque motorbike ride, Ladybower Reservoir is where you want to be in the Peak District. It’s surrounded by woodland, offering a natural landscape to explore. You can visit the village of Yorkshire Bridge, found near the dam wall of the reservoir. There’s local history to soak up, such as the story of sheep farmer Tagg and his dog Tip.
On 12th December 1953, Tagg went out for the last time with his dog and they vanished completely. It wasn’t until 15 weeks later that Tagg’s body was found with Tip lying beside him. Tip was nursed back to health and she managed to live for another year. A memorial to Tip can be found at the western end of Derwent Dam.
Found in Castleton, Peveril Castle has stood for centuries. Constructed by William Peveril, son of William the Conqueror, the castle offers spectacular views of the Hope Valley. Over the years, the castle was used as a hunting lodge for the likes of King Henry II, King John and Henry III. To enter the castle, you’ll head up through Castleton and arrive at the remains of 12th century gatehouse. The largest part of the castle is the keep, built by Henry II in 1176.
Eyam Plague Village Museum
History fans will get a kick out of visiting the Eyam Plague Village Museum. The village tells the story of how a tailor from Eyam ordered a bale of cloth from London, which brought the Bubonic Plague with it. As a result, 260 people were wiped out. The villagers took measures to seal off Eyam so other areas weren’t infected.
Riding around the Peak District is a worthwhile experience and one you’ll be able to create lasting memories from.