Originally I and my pal Sam had planned to have this lovely end of summer holiday somewhere nice and warm by the sea, but being the last minute Lucy’s we are, we left it too late and flight prices where through da rooooof. With that being said we decided to have a stay-cation, which is apparently all the rage at the moment.
After a toss-up between a few different destinations, we settled on the Peak District – mainly because it wasn’t too far to drive and the weather forecast seemed pretty good for a British weekend in September.
We rented a car for the weekend from enterprise-rent-a-car Hertford and set off up the M1 …. (yes that’s right at the age of 25 i still haven’t purchased a car of my own).
We had a fab time sitting in traffic for almost 6 hours after what was only meant to be a 3 hour drive ….damn those 50mph zones , but it was all worth it when we finally arrived and parked up at the cutest little BnB The Jug and Glass inn just outside of a town called Ashbourne.
We were pretty much in the middle of nowhere surrounded by Green rolling hills (dayummm they were some F9 looking hills) AND the air was so fresh… it’s smelt like cow dung-but still so fresh… you know what I mean.
After a little stroll around the surrounding areas of our BnB, we headed back inside for some much-needed food.
The meals on offer are exactly what you can imagine from a traditional English pub. I went for steak and ale pie with mash which was UH-MAY-ZING, and to top that off the service was impeccable- The landlord and lady have made the place so homely it’s like being served by your mum or nan LOL.
After a continental breakfast at our BnB, we headed in the town of Bakewell.
This town is literally the epitome of ‘English’– cobbled streets, bunting, tea rooms and it’s also the home of the traditional Bakewell tart.
Following on from our little pit stop in Bakewell we travelled to a place called Bamford to complete our first walk of the day.
The walk along Bamford edge is about 30-40 minutes one way… There is an initial short Incline at the start of the walk but I wouldn’t say it’s anything too intense – let’s call it ‘Lazy-girl friendly’
Here are some of the sites you can expect to see (females not included) :
It’s windy up in hurrrrr
After all the walking we had worked ourselves up an appetite (there wasn’t THAT much walking but any excuse to eat). We drove to Eyam and stopped for a spot of tea and scones and the Eyam tea rooms followed by a little more walking, exploring and touristing.
Scones, butter and jam… bitches love butter and jam
What way to end a weekend of walking by doing one final walk- no brainer really. I directed us to the Dovedale Ravine, where we had a little relaxing stroll along the riverside (fully aware that I sound like an 80-year-old here but not sure how else to describe it). Passing through here was basically like passing through a miniature New Zealand- (blue skies super green grass and sheep all over da house) AKA pretty bloody nice!
I’d 100% recommend the Peak District if you’re looking for a cheapish get-away, its the perfect destination for families, couples and friends. I’d say we took it quite easily on our trip up here. For those looking for something a little more active, there are definitely more advanced hikes on offer, and for those who don’t want to do much at all you can spa break or pub-hop for dayzzzz- you just need to do your research so that you can tailor a trip perfect for your needs.
You can also do this as a spur of the moment trip. We planned this trip a week before we went. Not only cause we are super spontaneous I.e last minute and unorganised … but also so we could get a better picture of what the weather was going to be like. It didn’t rain once HALLI-FRICKING-LLUEGH!
Dates: 15-17th September
Price per person (including car, fuel accommodation, and alllll da food) : £200