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It can be tricky knowing what to do when you’re holidaying in an unfamiliar place, so we’ve put together a ‘three days in the Peak District’ itinerary that you can follow which gives some of the possible things to do when you’re staying in the Peak District.

Day one


If it’s raining: Discover Castleton’s caverns. Choose from Peak Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern and Blue John Cavern, which both contain Blue John stone. Learn about the history whilst exploring the caverns by boat or foot and be sure to stop at the gift shop on your way out.

If the sun is shining: The Peak District is a beautiful place with many scenic walking routes. All of our hostels are situated in beautiful locations so the obvious thing to do when staying at any of these hostels would be to explore the surrounding countryside. YHA Castleton Losehill Hall is a great place to stay if you fancy walking to the top of Mam Tor which offers stunning views of Edale, Hope Valley and Kinder Scout. Or take a trip to the famous Dovedale stepping stones – just a short distance from YHA Ilam Hall.


If it’s raining: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery displays over 360 million years of history, including when sharks swam across the Peak District and giant dragonflies were common-sight. The museum showcases pre-historic tools, Roman jewellery, medieval coins, fossils as well as much more.

If the sun is shining: The Peak District offers great cycling routes, as well as walking. In particular, Eyam is an ideal location for enjoying one of the many circular cycling routes around the Peak District.

Day two

There are many great things to do in the Peak District whether rain or shine.

A great choice is a trip to Chatsworth House in Bakewell – less than an hour drive away from each of our hostels in the Peak District. Chatsworth House is a stately home which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and is open to the public to explore. When visiting Chatsworth you can explore the house and gardens, take a trip to the farmyard and playground or indulge yourself in afternoon tea and browse the shops. Chatsworth offers plenty to do, so why not make a day out of it?

Day three


If it’s raining: Travel back in time at Eyam Museum. Find out all about how the village of Eyam was affected by the plague as you learn about the Bubonic Plague, black rats, fleas, and the stories of the families it affected. An amazingly bizarre trip!

If the sun is shining: Northfield Farm Riding and Trekking Centre gives you the chance to try horse riding, pony trekking or trail riding through the beautiful Peak District. Whether you want to ride for one hour or a whole afternoon they offer various different activities suitable for everyone.


If it’s raining: What’s better than sitting inside in the warmth, playing games with your family or friends when it is gloomy outside? YHA Hartington Hall offers our very own YHA boardgames – choose from chess, monopoly, scrabble or cluedo.

If the sun is shining: YHA Edale Activity Centre is perfect whether you’re in a group or on your own, beginner or advanced. Whether its climbing, caving or canoeing – we can show your how to learn the ropes. Want to do it all? Book a multi-activity break today.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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