Most of us are turning our thoughts to the summer holidays, but there are those of us already planning short autumn breaks. If you have a large group or family gathering to organise now is the best time to plan an autumn staycation.
One of the UK's most popular autumn destinations is the Peak District National Park, which is at its most beautiful at this time of year. The changing scenery and autumnal colours are stunning.
Some of our favourite spots for autumn splendour and views are:
- Mam Tor and the Great Ridge
- Curbar Edge
- Froggatt Edge
All will be bedecked in autumn glory are simply stunning.
Autumn walks through the changing colours of the trees are also gorgeous in:
- Padley Gorge
- Manifold Valley
- Goyt Valley
- Ladybower Wood.
Another wildlife spectacle of the Peak District starts in October; the starling murmurations. Middleton Moor is the place to view these wonders of nature at their very best.
After the summer season, autumn can seem more peaceful in the Peak District when many of the sites and towns start to quieten down, though there is still plenty to do and see and you'll have the countryside a little more to your selves.
If the weather turns against you one of Derbyshire's many caves are worth a visit. Try:
- Poole's Cavern
- Speedwell Cavern
- Teak Cliff caves.
Peak Rail heritage railway continues running the steams trains in the autumn, or why not take a ride on an old fashioned tram at Crich Tramway Museum which remains open until November?
Alternatively, it's still perfectly good cycling weather in the autumn.
Ride one of the many cycle trails that run through the Peak District such as The Monsal Trail. This used to be a railway line, so no worries about steep gradients!
The Matlock Bath illuminations are a highlight in the Peak District calendar with the illuminated boats on the river Derwent, and sometimes fireworks, well worth seeing from September through to October
For those with young children, Matlock Farm Park is open throughout the year, and there is always a special event running. With plenty of animals to see, feed and cuddle as well as go-carts, play equipment, cafes and a riding school, this is a great family day out whatever the season.
And at the end of the day if you just want to relax and unwind, why not book a staycation holiday cottage with roaring log fires, underfloor heating and a games room?
Just add some family or friends, and memorable your autumn break in the Peak District is complete!
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