Out & About

The Peak District National Park is the first National Park in the United Kingdom and is an upland area of natural beauty. It is a very special place to visit any time of the year, offering something for everyone. Don’t take our word for it – see for yourself! Below is a list of places that are literally on your doorstep and may be of interest to you during your stay.

Where possible we have provided the approximate distance from Buttercup Cottage in miles and kilometers and the location postcode for Sat Nav purposes.

Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House Distance: 12 miles/19 kilometres
Postcode: SK17 6XN
A wonderful provincial Opera House originally built in Victorian times and sympathetically restored in recent years. Each year the venue presents 450 performances including opera, dance, musical theatre, pantomime, comedy, drama, children’s shows and concerts.

Carsington Water

Carsington Water Distance: 18 miles / 30 kilometres
Postcode: DE6 1 ST
Boasting a Country Park with plenty of space for family games and picnics, Carsington is a great place for a family day out. There is a sailing club and trout fishery for those looking for an activity to get involved with and a recently refurbished visitor centre and brand new children’s play area. Dogs and barbeques are welcome in the Country Park.


Caving Distance: within 10 miles / 16 kilometres
The Peak District is a well-known destination for caving and to a lesser degree pot holing. Due to the limestone the area has several natural caves one being the Peak Cavern, which is probably the largest and most important cave in the area. Other caves are Thor’s Cave, Manifold and Dove Holes caves to mention but a few.
Many like the Peak Caverns have extensive systems but in the case of the Peak Cavern it actually links up with the Speedwell Cavern system near Winnats Pass.

Fly Fishing

Fly FishingDistance: within 10 miles / 16 kilometres
If you fancy a day fishing then there are several stunning river and still water locations available for both day tickets and fishing lessons. Whether it’s trout or carp, coarse or fly fishing, there are several miles of premium fishing sites in and around the Peak District National Park.

Hassop Station

Hassop StationDistance: 2 Miles / 3 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1NW
Hassop Station adjoins the Monsal Trail at Butts Terrace and is just a short drive from Great Longstone. The Old Railway Station Building now incorporates a Cycle Hire, Cafe, Bookshop and Gift Shop. Cycles can also be hired and delivered to the cottage; visit www.peak-tours.com

Horse Riding & Trekking

Horse riding and trekking Distance: within 10 miles / 16 kilometres
See the spectacular scenery from horseback with riding available locally for all ages and experience. Lane End Farm offer their highlight of an amazing trek up onto Abney Moor where you can have a picnic and enjoy the breathtaking views of Ladybower and Win Hill in the distance. Whilst Ladybooth Farm offer fine views of both Edale and the Hope Valley, treks over Jaggers Clough to Win Hill, Back Tor and up towards Mam Tor or down through the scented pine forests to the beauty of the Derwent Valley.

Longshaw Estate

The Longshaw EstateDistance: 8 miles / 13 kilometres
Postcode: S11 7TS
A wonderful place to discover breath taking views of the Peak District providing excellent walking country with ancient woods, parkland, heather moorland and tumbling streams. The spectacular White Edge Moor overlooks the Derwent Valley and forms part of the long gritstone edge stretching from Stanage towards Birchens Edge south of Chatsworth House.

Monsal Trail

Monsal Trail
Distance: From Buttercup Cottage, the nearest access point is by the bridge at the bottom Main Street – turn right as you leave the cottage
The Monsal Trail is a popular route for walking and cycling, linking Bakewell to Blackwell Mill in Chee Dale, near Buxton. The recently reopened railway tunnels now enable you to experience the full 8.5 miles of the former railway route at your own pace and see breathtaking views at places like Water-cum-Jolly Dale that have remained hidden since the railway closed in 1968.


SwimmingDistance: 3 miles /5 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1ES
Bakewell has a small public swimming baths, great if you need some aqua exercise or something to do with the kids. At certain times there are sessions in the pool and gym that will not be suitable for you, so check the pool timetable and gym timetable before visiting to make sure of availability.

Walking & Cycling

Cycling and walking Distance: within 10 miles / 16 kilometres
There are many beautiful walks right from the doorstep of Buttercup Cottage and further afield, a selection of good guide books are available in the cottage to get you started. The above sites offer walks in the area including guided walks (please check as you may need to book guided walks prior to your arrival). Alternatively, Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL24 has been recommended by our guests.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers Theme ParkDistance: 30 miles / 48 kilometres
Postcode: ST10 4DB
Theme Park & Resort, perfect for thrill seekers and families with amazing rides, waterpark and Spa.

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover CastleDistance: 19 miles/ 31 kilometres
Postcode: S44 6PR
Bolsover Castle, a medieval fortress was founded in the 12th century by the Peverel family, who also owned Peverel Castle in Castleton. Highlights include the sumptuously painted walls and ceilings of the Little Castle, intricately carved fireplaces and the magnificent indoor Riding House.

Cauldwell Mill & Craft Centre

Cauldwell Mill and  Craft CentreDistance: 6 miles / 9 kilometres
Postcode: DE4 2EB
A unique, grade II* listed historic roller flour mill, powered by water from the river Wye. There are numerous displays and hands-on models throughout the mill to make your visit enjoyable and informative. Ideal for children to explore how wheat is turned into flour and the mill shop sells over 25 types of flour and 8 types of oat products.

Caverns – Speedwell, Peak, Blue John and Treak Cliff

Blue John CavernsDistance: 12 miles / 19 kilometres
Postcode: S33 8WA
Visit one or all of the four show caverns in Castleton. Take an amazing boat trip 450m under the hills of Castleton to the awesome Bottomless Pit or take a walk into the notorious Devils Arse! The caverns are only a short distance from the centre of Castleton, therefore the distance quoted above is to the main Visitor Centre in Castleton.

Chastworth House

Chatsworth HouseDistance: 5 miles/ 8 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1PP
Home to the Duke and Dutchess of Devonshire, the house contains one of the finest art collection in the country and is one of the most visited house and gardens in England. Chatsworth hosts many special events throughout the year – take a stroll through the surrounding estate and perhaps picnic by the river – delightful!

Crich Tramway Museum

Crich Tramway MuseumDistance: 17 miles / 27 kilometres
Postcode: DE4 5DP
Not just a shed full of old trams but a step back in time to a whole village and recreated period where you won’t have to wait long for the rumble of a vintage tram. Hop on a tram and enjoy a ride through a bygone era and visit Rita’s Tearoom or Barrett’s Old Fashioned Sweetshop.

Eyam Hall & Craft Centre

Eyam Hall and Craft CentreDistance: 6miles / 10 kilometres
Postcode: S32 5QW
The house is a remarkably unspoilt example of a Jacobean manor house. The delightful garden adjacent to the house, still retains its 17th century layout and the farm buildings have been converted into a working Craft Centre with a shop and a licensed restaurant.

Go Ape

Go Ape Outdoor CentreDistance: 13 miles / 20 kilometres
Postcode: SK17 9DH
A fantastic family day out in Buxton aged between 2 and 13 years old.

Gulliver’s Kingdom

Gullivers Kingdom Matlock BathDistance: 13 miles / 20 kilometres
Postcode: DE4 3PG
A fantastic family day out in Matlock Bath. Gullivers Kingdom is specially designed for children aged between 2 and 13 years old.

Haddon Hall

Haddon HallDistance: 5 miles /8 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1LA
Haddon Hall is the finest example of a mediaeval manor house and recognised as one of the most romantic houses in Britain.
A jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens and overlooking the River Wye, film makers flock to Haddon Hall which has played host to several films “Jayne Eyre”, “Elizabeth”, “Pride & Prejudice” and “The Other Ann Boleyn Girl” and “The Princess Bride”.

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick HallDistance: 22 miles/ 35 kilometres
Postcode: S44 5QJ
The stunning and historic site of Hardwick Hall was designed by Robert Smythson in the late 1500’s for Bess of Hardwick. The significant Elizabethan masterpiece contains a large amount of needleworks, fine tapestry and furniture from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Old House Museum

The Old House MuseumDistance: 3 miles / 5 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1DD
Over 500 years of history you can explore the 10 bedroom house and discover how life was in Tudor and Victorian times. Tudor dressing up box, dolls house to play with and courtyard games – great for the kids!

Peak Railway

Peak RailwayDistance: 11 miles / 17 kilometres
Postcode: DE4 3NA
Journey back to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on this preserved railway operating between Rowsley South and Matlock.

The Heights Of Abraham

Heights of AbrahamDistance: 13 miles / 20 kilometres
Postcode: DE4 3PD
Country park and caverns set in 60 acres of woodland and reached by cable car over deep limestone gorge.

Tissington Hall

Tissington HallDistance: 17 miles / 27 kilometres
Postcode: DE6 1RA
Built in 1609, the hall is part of the Historic House Association and is set in approximately 2,000 acres. The house and gardens are open to the public and guided tours can be arranged.

There is an abundance of eating options to choose from, here are just a few listed below


Ashford Arms

Ashford ArmsLocation: Ashford In The Water
Distance: 2 miles / 3 Kilometres
DE45 1QB

A four star village inn and restaurant, popular with visitors and locals alike. Offering a varied menu using fresh local produce and hosting themed nights throughout the week.

Crispin Inn

Crispin Inn Great LongstoneLocation: Great Longstone
5 minute walk
Postcode: DE45 1TZ

Village local pub and restaurant with award-winning cellar and extensive choice of good pub food. Lovely beer garden and well behaved dogs welcome.

Devonshire Arms

Devonshire ArmsLocation: Beeley
Distance: 6 miles / 9 kilometres
Postcode: DE4 2NR

Set on the Chatsworth Estate, The Devonshire Arms has a choice of two dining areas both serving the same menu, sourced from local produce and offer exceptional wines and cask ales.


Fischers RestaurantLocation: Baslow
Distance: 6 miles / 9 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1RR

Renowned for its fine food, the Michelin Star Dining Room enjoys an outstanding reputation among connoisseurs for its comfort and gastronomy. Rowleys Restaurant and private dining rooms available.


Monsal Hotel & Monsal Head Stables Bar

Monsal Hotel and Stable BarLocation: Monsal Dale
Distance: 0.9 miles / 1.4 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1NL

You can enjoy a traditional dining experience with freshly prepared, cooked to order dishes and real ales from local micro breweries. Superb views overlooking Monsal Dale.

Packhorse Inn

Pack Horse Inn Little LongstoneLocation: Little Longstone
Distance: 0.7 miles / 1 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1NN

A welcome stop popular with families, walkers, runners and cyclists for seriously fresh, seriously local and seriously good food. Also featured in the 2014 Good Beer Guide.

Peacock Pub & Bakewell Restaurant

Peacock Pub & Bakewell RestaurantLocation: Bakewell
Distance: 3 miles / 5 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1DS

200 year old market town Inn, serving traditional wholesome, home cooked food, complimented by local Peak Ales, Quality Wines and Continental Beers.


Piedaniels French restaurantLocation: Bakewell
Distance: 3 miles / 5 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1BX

A fine French restaurant and cafe bar in the heart of Bakewell offering a selection of fine French & English cuisine.

The Woodyard

The Woodyard BakewellLocation: Bakewell
Distance: 3 miles / 5 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1AQ

A modern dining experience located on the banks of the river Wye where you can relax and eat as you are served plates of taste, nourishment and special treats.

Queens Arms

Queens Arms BakewellLocation: Bakewell
Distance: 3 miles / 5 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1DS

Just fancy a relaxing drink without the jostle for a dining table or the aroma of cooking food? The Queens Arms is the place to go where you will receive a very warm welcome from hosts Gary & Linda and their team. Relax on the comfortable leather sofas and sample one (or two!) of the regular or guest cask ales.

Rajas Balti House

Rajas Balti House BakewellLocation: Bakewell
Distance: 3 miles / 5 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1DS

Fully licensed Restaurant and offers an extensive and exquisite dishes from across the Indian region for both vegetarian and non vegetarians.

Red Lion

Red Lion LittonLocation: Litton
Distance: 3 miles / 5 kilometres
Postcode: SK17 8QU

Expect a warm welcome from Jeanne and her team in this unspoilt traditional Peak District pub offering a good selection of hand pulled ales, wines and malt whiskies. Excellent meals cooked on the premises with quality, locally sourced ingredients – serving generous portions of honest, hearty pub grub.

The Manners

The Manners Hotel BakewellLocation: Bakewell
Distance: 3 miles / 5 kilometres
Postcode: DE45 1EP

Local chef Brian serves up tasty culinary delights complimented by local Peak Ales, quality wines and continental beers.

White Lion

White Lion Great LongstoneLocation: Great Longstone
Distance: 2 to 5 minute walk
Postcode: DE45 1TA

Gastro pub offers chef-prepared, imaginatively presented pub food to delight the most discerning of dining customers.