Have You Done The Mam Tor Circular Walk?
If you’re after some exciting outdoor activities in Derbyshire to keep you and your family well entertained now that the weather’s getting better, what about challenging yourself to complete the Mam Tor circular walk?
This is an easy walk, so if you’ve got young ones with you they should be able to manage a lot of it, although it is three miles long, so little legs might get tired after a while. It should take you around two hours to complete and it’s a dog-friendly walk to boot, so the entire family will have a wonderful time! And the best bit is that you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views of the Peak District to be found anywhere.
If you’ve got the time, you should also make a pit stop off at the world-renowned Blue John Cavern (where dogs are also welcome), generally regarded as the finest range of caverns to be found in Great Britain. You can book yourself a tour to find out how the caverns were formed – as well as discovering more about the bones that were discovered at the site and which have been dated back 4,000 years!
Other points of interest along the way include two Bronze Age burial mounds found on the summit, as well as a stone trig pillar. Once you’ve reached the top, look over to Hope Valley on the right as you’ll be able to get a great view of Peveril Castle above Castleton, as well as the Peak Cavern. As days out go, this one really takes the cake!
Things To Do In The Peak District: Mountain Hare Watching
Getting out and about in the countryside is always fun, no matter where in the UK you are, but with the two May Bank Holidays fast approaching what could be better than looking for things to do in the Peak District?
This part of the country is absolutely amazing, with countless sights and sounds to keep you well entertained for days. But one of our favourite aspects of this particular National Park is the fact that it’s one of the very few places in the entire country where you can actually spot a mountain hare or two.
These stunning creatures are actually native to the highlands of Scotland but populations were introduced to the Peaks in the 19th century. If you’re eager to spot some on your Peak District holiday, make your way to parts of the region covered in mixed heather or cotton grass moorland – they tend to shy away from grassland so you probably won’t spot any there. You’re most likely to see them around Derwent Edge and Outer Edge in the Dark Peak.
Here, you can actually see them in broad daylight although keep your wits about you as they’re incredibly fast-moving. Blink and you could miss them altogether! If you’re really lucky, you’ll spot a couple standing up on their hind legs, batting away at each other with their forepaws!
The Dark Peak estate itself is certainly worth an explore, whether you want to see mountain hares or otherwise. It’s amazing during early springtime – especially because there are so many new lambs bounding about. The kids will love it!