Tuesday, 17 May 2011 12:00 AM
If you’re planning a stay in UK holiday cottages, why not think about visiting the beautiful Peak District? Widely considered one of the country’s most scenic destinations, here you can explore the wonderful landscapes both above and below ground.
The destination is famous for its stunning caves and whether you simply want to explore those on show or try your hand at some genuine caving, you’ll find yourself well catered for.
In fact, the Peak District is home to Titan Cave, which at a height of 141.5 metres is the highest natural cavern in the country.
Holiday cottages in the Peak District are the ideal choice for a break enjoying the great outdoors, allowing you the freedom to do as you please during your trip.
Among the most notable caves to visit here are the Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern. These are renowned for being the only places where the Blue John Stone – which is used in jewellery and decorative objects – is found. These are both show caves, so you can easily explore their wonderful secrets as part of your stay.
In addition to spotting crystal stalactite and stalagmite formations, you can also learn about the history of local mining when you venture into these.
And if you’re keen to know more about this, why not head to the Peak District Mining Museum, which is situated in Matlock Bath?
Alternatively, if you’re eager to have an adventure you could opt for a caving day, which is offered by various activity centres around the Peak District.
You will be accompanied by qualified experts who will take you down into caves and caverns to explore. These centres will also provide everything you need for your trip, including wet suits, helmets, lights and wellies. However, you will need to remember to bring some warm clothes along with you.
Of course, the Peak District is home to spectacular landscapes above ground as well as below, so it’s well worth taking some time to wander around during your holiday.
The region is perfectly suited to walking, cycling and hiking, with miles of paths ready and waiting to be traversed.