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The Peak District National Park celebrates #70People70Years

October 14, 2021
October 14, 2021 - The Peak District National Park celebrates #70People70Years
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Exciting news! We are delighted to be selected as one of 70 remarkable people in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park.

#70People70Years

#70People70Years celebrates the people at the heart of this stunning protected landscape, so it’s a real honour to be nominated for our passion of the Peak District and our desire to share our special place with all our holiday guests. Right from the start being inclusive and welcoming to all was very important and our local knowledge enhances the visitor experience.

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As many of you may know David was born and bred here at Hoe Grange on the southern edge of the Peak District. On leaving school he joined his father and brother milking around 120 Friesian cows on the 250 acre hill farm.

As farming milk prices reduced, and new regulations meant higher costs we looked at various alternatives to provide a second income to support the family.

There was never any doubt that David wanted to stay in the beautiful Peak District, the landscape he grew up with and loved. It was just a question as to how we were going to do it?

We went back to an idea David’s father had over 50 years ago of building a log cabin for holiday guests and so Hoe Grange Holidays was born.

It was a giant leap of faith as neither David nor I had any experience in hospitality or tourism.  Market research highlighted the large number of holiday lets in the area, so we quickly realised we had to offer something different! We decided to specialise on two specific niche markets; accessible holidays and bring your own horse holidays.

Accessible off-road wheelchair

Horses on holiday at Hoe Grange

We have never looked back and love sharing our special landscape - it’s about slowing down, watching wildlife and farm animals, appreciating nature, discovering local history, exploring the countryside and breathing in the fresh air.

Providing guests with the means of accessing and enjoying the National Park and surrounding countryside, from the dark skies at night, free from light pollution to the peace and tranquillity of being away from roads and close neighbours, is all part of the Hoe Grange Holidays experience.

Sustainable holidays

We realise that we are only custodians of the landscape and that we need to leave our farm in better shape for future generations using extensive grazing systems with native breed cattle and minimal artificial inputs. It’s also one of the reasons why we invested in a range of renewable technologies, including a small wind turbine, solar panels, a ground source heat pump, and a biomass boiler.

However we still recognise the importance of the Peak District as a living, working landscape. The delicate balance between the needs of the environment and those of our local community must never be forgotten. Being part of #70People70Years highlights the diversity found throughout the Peak Park.

Ballidon Quarry

Guest's reactions constantly remind us how lucky we are to live, work and play in the Peak District - we will never take it for granted.

Sustainable awards

Hoe Grange Holidays has been awarded the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark, Green Tourism Gold Award and Quality In Tourism Gold Award for our sustainable practices. We are not just a ‘green-wash’ but committed to sustainable practices and are proud to have won the national Visit England Bronze Award for Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism in 2020.

It’s a real honour being chosen to be part of the Peak District National Park’s celebrations. Find out who the other #70People70Years remarkable individuals are who have made a real difference to the region. There is a real diversity of people from park rangers, ecologists, folk artists, poets, accessibility champions, to fell runners, fundraisers, photographers and mountain climbers!


Supporting the Peak District National Park Foundation

Ballidon Quarry We support the charity Peak District National Park Foundation who aim to maintain and protect the national park for future generations and make it more accessible to everyone. You can help support their work by simply adding a donation to your booking.

The Peak District National Park

Ever since its designation in 1951 as the UK's first national park, the Peak District National Park has been a firm favourite with ramblers, climbers, cavers, cyclists, horse riders and of course photographers.

70 years after its creation, the Peak District National Park now covers 555 square miles and reaches into five counties; Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

Did you know these fascinating facts about the Peak District?

  • There are 26,000 miles of dry-stone wall – which is equivalent to a wall around the Earth!
  • There are 202 square miles of open access land – open to walkers without having to stay on paths
  • 1,600 miles of public rights of way footpaths, bridleways and tracks
  • 34 miles of traffic-free trails, mostly along former rail routes

Find our more fascinating facts about the Peak District in our previous blog

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Hoe Grange Holidays Tripadvisor Comments...

  •   A beautiful place to stay! Amazingly run family business! Everyone were very welcoming, friendly and cozy! The skylark pod we stayed in was very clean, cozy and well equipped! The... read more

    sophiee249
    1/02/2020

      Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more

    548julie
    9/14/2019

      We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more

    joanne B
    6/04/2019
  •   What a wonderful find. As our first experience of needing accessible accommodation we could not have wished for better. Beautiful well equipped lodges in lovely surroundings. We stayed in both... read more

    L9943KBlesleym
    4/03/2020

      We stayed in Skylark, one of the two glamping pods available at Hoe Grange in February 2020.

    Felicity & David welcomed us when we arrived to show us around... read more

    HelenLCarter
    2/06/2020

      Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more

    Charlotte M
    8/07/2019
  •   Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more

    Paula C
    7/04/2019

      We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more

    Tiggywinkle15
    11/05/2019

      Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more

    mickvfr
    7/28/2019
  •   Felicity and David made us feel very welcome right from our booking. The pods are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The area is very peaceful with great views and we... read more

    Adventurer_12121
    1/30/2020

      We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more

    Catboy86
    8/17/2019

      lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more

    vincent s
    7/28/2019
  •   What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more

    rachelthomas2015
    6/18/2019

      It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
    We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more

    ElizabethA717
    9/21/2019

      We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more

    KBarry
    9/15/2019
  •   We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more

    plopster1
    6/07/2019

      We stayed for a night in one of the cabins . The cabin was spotless and very well equipped , lots of extra touches were added like fresh eggs and... read more

    Ajtravels14
    2/03/2020

      Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more

    krimpenijssel
    10/25/2019
  •   We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    dghiggs61
    10/25/2019

      Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more

    Peachey167
    7/16/2019

      We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more

    Jdrichie12
    7/11/2019
  •   For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more

    EJYork2013
    6/25/2019

      What can I say?
    Absolutely superb!
    We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
    It was our first trip away with my... read more

    Wheelieuser
    6/13/2019

      We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    David H
    10/25/2019
  •   Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more

    Angie B
    8/03/2019

      Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more

    Thesamps
    10/04/2019

      We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more

    Jan Horsman J
    9/17/2019
  •   On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more

    karenmD4738KD
    6/25/2019

      We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more

    Big_Al_0000
    7/16/2019

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