Three days in the Peak District

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

Where to stay: YHA Castleton Losehill Hall, YHA Hathersage, YHA Eyam, YHA Edale Activity Centre, YHA Ilam Hall, YHA Hartington Hall, YHA Youlgreave, YHA Sheen Bunkhouse, YHA Ravenstor

Day one:


Wet weather option: 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.

Sunny/dry weather option: 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. Exploring the surroundings on foot should definitely be on your ‘three days in the Peak District’ list. Here is some Peak District walking inspiration.


Wet weather option: 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.

Sunny/dry weather option: 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. Below are just a suitable few options featuring in our ‘three days in the Peak District’ guide.

Get creative at the National Stone Centre, where you can test your stone sculpturing skills, or even book yourself onto a dry stone walling course. The museum showcases fossils and unique and interesting geological formations, offering indoor and outdoor activities.

The peak district offers lots of museums and heritage sites which are perfect to explore whether it rains, snows or the sun shines. 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:


Wet weather option: 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!

Sunny/dry weather option: 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.


Wet weather option: 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.

Sunny/dry weather option: 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.

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