Outdoor Activities in the Peak District

Hoe Grange Holidays, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, is an ideal base for outdoor activities, including walking and cycle touring holidays. The variety of landscape is vast; from deep-cut limestone dales, such as Dovedale, Beresford Dale and Lathkill Dale, with their fast flowing rivers and gorges, to the bleak and beautiful peat-covered moorlands.

Enjoy the countryside to the full on foot or horseback…

Miles of footpaths, bridleways and historic tracks provide some fantastic short circular routes for all the family; alternatively, tackle some of the rugged terrains for more of a challenge!

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Guided and self-guided walks to try

ordnance-surveyOrdnance Survey Explorer map OL24 (the Peak District, White Peak area) can be provided at a cost of £8.50 upon request.

Other activities to try…

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sailing fly-fishing

Cycling in the Peak District

Borrow our two adult mountain bikes to explore the local countryside.

Peak Tours offer guided routes avoiding main roads and killer hills! Middleton Top or Carsington Water also offer bike hire locally.

From your front door, the High Peak Trail, now part of the National Pennine Bridleway, is within easy reach over the farm fields. The Trail is 17.5 miles long and follows the old Cromford Railway, starting at Cromford joining the Tissington Trail at Parsley Hay and finishing at Dowlow, south of Buxton.

It offers an easy, non-strenuous introduction to the Peak District; yet it is an interesting route, with sharp curves and some fairly steep inclines. The limestone surface is good in all weathers.

Carsington Water is one of the largest non-paying visitor attractions in the UK and has a fabulous 9 mile circuit for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Cycles can be hired for all the family including trailers and baby seats. The route incorporates the villages of Hopton and Carsington, where you can stop for a bite to eat at the popular Miner’s Arms pub.

There is another Miner’s Arms at Brassington, showing this area was an important lead mining centre. You can still see many of the abandoned mine shafts and old soughs (drains) on your local walks.

Sailing & Water Sports in the Peak District

Carsington Water, just 4 miles from Hoe Grange, is a fantastic place to experience a variety of watersports, including:

  • Canoeing
  • Dinghy sailing
  • Fly fishing
  • Rafting
  • Windsurfing

Sailability at Carsington






Alternatively, you can launch your own dinghy or windsurfer from Carsington Sailing Club, which has excellent Club House facilities.

Carsington Water is open throughout the year and hosts a variety of outdoor events, and is also excellent for bird watching.

No charge for admission but there is a fee for car parking.

Climbing, Caving & Abseiling

The Peak District is one of the most popular climbing areas in the UK, providing challenges on both grit stone and limestone crags.

For beginners, Harborough Rocks is just 2 miles down the road; a friendly little crag with good rock for those just starting, yet plenty of challenges for an evening’s bouldering.


For the more adventurous Froggat Edge and Stannage Edge to the north, and The Roaches to the west are within 40 minutes. Nearby are the limestone crags of High Tor near Matlock Bath and the grit of Black Rocks, Cromford.

Wirksworth Leisure Centre has an excellent indoor wall for beginners to intermediates.

Acclimbatize provides outdoor adventure for groups including, climbing, caving, potholing, canoeing, abseiling and much more.

Peak Pursuits – create your own mini-adventure with a half day outdoor pursuits session. Choose from canoeing, kayaking, climbing, abseiling, archery, and orienteering.

Outdoor Adventure

Be inspired to explore all that the Peak District has to offer! Steep and Deep provide high quality adventurous experiences, including rock climbing, mountain biking, caving and mountain skills.

Archery for Fun

Archery Events – develop your archery shooting ability with a 2 hour coaching session at Hoe Grange, using fun techniques to help develop specific skill areas.