If you live in or near a city, then taking a weekend trip or a longer holiday to the countryside may help you escape the hustle and bustle of city life and help you relax. There are several places within a two- or three-hour drive of London and its surrounding suburbs, including the Peak District. No matter what time of year you visit, there is always something to do there.
Travelling to the Peak District
There are several ways to travel to the Peak District whether you’re driving or taking public transportation. If you’re driving from the London area, it takes about three hours to get there via M1. Drivers can also take M40, which will take about three and a half hours driving time.
Since the District is closer to Manchester, it will take far less driving time. By taking M67 and A57, most people can get to Peak District National Park in about half an hour. By taking M60, you will get there in about 45 minutes.
Sheffield is even closer so a trip from there to the Peak District should only take about 15 minutes via Manchester Road or A57. You can also take A57 and Glossop Road and get there in about the same amount of time.
Public Transportation Options
There are many public transportation options from most cities to the Peak District. You can get there via bus or train or you could fly, depending on how far you’re travelling. If you’re travelling from London, it takes about four and a half hours to fly in from Heathrow Airport and it can be more economical to fly than to take the train.
However, the train will be a more scenic way to travel. By taking the Virgin West Coast Trains, you can get to the Peak District in about three hours. The Midlands Trains will take about thirty minutes more to get there but they are a less expensive option than the Virgin trains.
Riding a bus takes about five and a half hours and is the least expensive option, along with driving to the area. It costs approximately £26 to £36 but you will transfer twice to get to the park area. Driving takes less time, there is no need to transfer, and it only costs about £27 to £40 for fuel.
Travelling From Manchester
If you are coming from Manchester to the Peak District, the least expensive way to travel is to drive there, which takes about 45 minutes but only costs about £4 to £7. Taking a train and taxi is about £12 to £17 total.
Where to Stay in the Peak District
Although you can stay in hotels in the area, if you want more privacy for yourself and your spouse, there are several Derbyshire Country Cottages around the park for hire. They can accommodate parties of two up to 12 in some cases.
If you need a break from city life, a trip to the Peak District can be a great way to escape and unwind.