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    I'm taking the family out for a few hours over the weekend . Not walking particularlyb(the wife doesn't do that) we just want somewhere pleasant where we can get to easily with a bit of scenery. I'd normally head to the lakes and visit Kendal or somewhere so I can at least get some pleasure from the gear shops and have a bimble around near the lake.

    This time I fancy somewhere different so thought about the Peak District. I have to admit I have never been to the PDNP other than driving through, so have no idea where is good /not good. Ideally a few cafe's and pubs and gear shops would be great, and if there's a nice low level walk nearby so much the better.

    I'm near Manchester and don't mind travelling for about 1 1/2hrs.

    Any suggestions.

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    Bakewell

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    Castleton is pretty scenic and you've got all the guided caves to mooch round if you want to do something a little different. Winnats Pass is impressive to drive through (but hell to cycle up).

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    Agree with both those. If you want somewhere a bit smaller, with good pubs and cafes, but no gear shops, try Tideswell. Impressive church, lots of low level walks from the village. Maybe drop in there on the way to or from Bakewell.

    [Disclaimer, I used to live there so am biased].

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    Do you know Julia Bradbury then?

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    Bakewell's OK, I agree. But Buxton's better IMO.

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    Tideswell is my favourite, a lovely little town and some nice walks through the woods at the end.

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    Yeah, Tideswell is a smashing little place. But no gear shops as far as I recall.

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    I need gear shops....it's karma for all the other shops that the missus will be mooching in.

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    would second Castleton nice place to walk you have the caves and also the castle should be enough shops as well. Dependant on were you are travelling from Buxton is worth a visit either on the way to Castleton or on the way back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig H View Post
    I need gear shops....it's karma for all the other shops that the missus will be mooching in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig H View Post
    I need gear shops....it's karma for all the other shops that the missus will be mooching in.
    Hathersage?

    Couple of the best gear shops around in Hitch 'n' Hike and Outside, nice caff at the latter too, as is Colemans Deli. Stanage Edge almost visible from the village with carparks very close by, if that's too far to walk. Higger Tor is lovely and Longshaw NT estate is nearby. Short drive to Fairholmes, Ladybower and Derwent Dam.


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    Do three in one... park in Hathersage, bus to Castleton wander back along the river through Hope to Hathersage.... can be a bit soggy, but is easy walking

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    Wow. That's great. Thanks for all these. Might get two or three days out from these!

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    I think Richard G. gets my vote.Everything for a weekend out with the family.Head on up along Ladybower damside for the views and a picnic.Toilets ,cafeteria if you want that sort of thing. Cheers.

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    Buxton has to be the best - Milly lives there

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    Ta for all the suggestions. Went to Bakewell and Buxton today. Unfortunately a bit too wet to walk anywhere other that along the river and through the park in Bakewell, but at least I can now say I've been to the PDNP. Completely different character to the Lakes or Snowdonia. Not better or worse, just very different. Well in my little world anyway.

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    I'd skip Glossop though haha! I should know, I live there! There's a new M&S, mountain warehouse and Travelodge and that's as exciting as it gets. For general mooching about Buxton has an alright pedestrianised town centre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chewie View Post

    Buxton has to be the best - Milly lives there


    Buxton is best for having 'entertainment activites' and handsome architecture. It has some decent places to walk, but for outdoor gear shopping I would definitely go over to Hathersage.

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    Hope you didn't plump for Buxton, it's a right dump. Hathersgae or Bakewell would be my recommendations.

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