Holiday Cottage in the centre of Castleton,
Hope Valley, Derbyshire
Beech Croft Cottage is located on How Lane, in the centre of Castleton. It is ideally placed for all the local attractions, such as Peak Cavern, Peveril Castle and Speedwell Cavern, and all the local pubs, cafes and other amenities.
A circular walk from Castleton could take in Cave Dale, the local hill of Mam Tor, and the ridge between Edale and Hope Valley, with the small hills of Back Tor and Lose Hill. This would be an excellent day's walk and could be done from the door.
Stanage Edge is a four-mile long gritstone edge above Hathersage, at the opposite end of the Hope Valley. It is one of the most famous rock-climbing venues in England, but is also a fine place for a walk, and is crossed by some good cycling routes.
The area to the south of Castleton is a high limestone plateau with numerous excellent cycling routes, while to the north, Edale and the ridge between Edale and Hope Valley is also excellent for mountain biking.
There are also several cycle trails along former railway lines which are easily accessible and provide more gentle cycling. The Monsal Trail is the nearest of these.
The local towns and villages are also well worth a visit - Buxton is a spa town with a magnificent Georgian crescent (modelled on Bath) and a fine Opera House which has a busy programme of shows, while Bakewell is a bustling market town at the centre of the Peak District.
Further afield, Matlock is the county town of Derbyshire, and Matlock Bath is a former spa with numerous visitor attractions including a cable car up to the Heights of Abraham and a lead mining museum.
Many local villages are also very attractive and well wortha visit. Hathersage has numerous shops and cafes, while the church boasts the supposed grave of 'Little John'. Tideswell has a fine 14th century church known locally as 'The Cathedral of the Peak'.