The Peak District was the first National Park to be established within the United Kingdom. A glance at the map reveals it to be the base of the rocky spine that runs from the north midlands to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District (which also comprises the Pennine Way). It is the first significant area of hilly wildness encountered as you head north from the heavily populated areas of the South East and the Midlands. A glance at a satellite picture of the UK at night highlights this point more clearly – The Peak District is the pool of inky black wilderness surrounded by a sea of light pollution - for which reason please BRING a TORCH.
Its location in the central part of England makes The Peak District the closest large wilderness area for many people - and the least costly to visit in terms of time, fuel and carbon footprint. It also makes the Derbyshire Dales area a particularly rewarding area to visit combining both the natural beauty of the scenery (and the outdoor pursuits that go with it) with the incredible variety of historic, cultural and industrial attractions that come from its proximity to the surrounding towns and cities. In the Peak District it is possible to go rock climbing in the morning (on either a climbing wall or the real thing), spend the rest of the day at Chatsworth or Alton Towers and go to the opera at Buxton Opera House in the evening – all within a 30 minute drive of Peak District Spa.
Peak District Spa lies within the Derbyshire Dales part of the Peak District, known as The White Peak due to the whiteness of the limestone rock which makes up the spectacular gorges cliffs and caves for which the area is famous. Arguably the most scenic and beautiful of these landscapes is Dove Dale – the northern end of which is a pleasant walk from Peak District Spa.
Peak District Spa is easily accessed by motor vehicle, bicycle or public transport. Bus services or taxis and trains also connect to East Midlands International Airport at Donnington.
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By car – Travelling North
Leave the M1 at Junction 25, taking the A52 towards Derby.
At Derby ring road follow signs for Ashbourne A52. In Ashbourne follow signs for Buxton on the A515, Do NOT take the Alsop-en-le-dale turn off – simply stay on the A515 for a further half mile and find Rivendale on the right hand side. Drive past the reception buildings and find a private drive leading to a cobbled parking area with a terrace and gardens – and the Peak District Spa buildings.
If you are travelling by car and wish to use a SATNAV to locate us, we suggest using DE6 1QU as the postcode.
Leave the M1 at Junction 28 and take the A38 south. Exit at the Ambergate exit and pass Sawmills to the A6. Turn right heading north towards Cromford and Matlock. At Cromford traffic lights, turn left and then almost immediately right onto the Via Gellia continue past Grange Mill to Newhaven. Turn left onto the A515 and head south for approx. 2.5 miles. Find Rivendale on the LHS.
By Public Transport
Catch the train to Cromford from Derby & cycle up the High Peak trail and Tissington Trail getting off the trail opposite Rivendale Holiday Park. Carefully cross the A515 into the park and go to reception.
Catch the bus to Ashbourne & take the 442 bus to Rivendale. Ask for the stop between Newton House & Biggin at Alsop Moor. You can also catch the bus south-bound from Buxton. Buxton has a station with regular trains from Manchester.