SEE: This is a spectacular area, a national park of wildly contrasting landscapes. From the broad, open moorland of the Dark Peak in the north to the dales and gorges of the White Peak in the south, it has a rugged remoteness about it.Even in winter you can’t help but be bowled over by the beauty of the scenery. With ideas of rejuvenating morning rambles and cosy afternoons sipping proper pints in front of roaring log fires, my husband and I arrived one blustery Friday evening.Keen to explore, we donned our hiking boots and tackled the famous Dovedale Walk on our first morning. It was a four-mile hike, largely along the River Dove, with a couple of steep inclines achievable for people of all ages and perfect for two Londoners who needed to be eased in gently.By day two we were feeling more adventurous so we headed out again, this time along the six-mile Longnor Walk which took us into the hills of the Upper Dove Valley,revealing some of the area’s most magical landscapes.We weren’t disappointed when we reached High Wheeldon. At 1,387ft, it is one of the area’s finest viewpoints and you can see across the national park for miles, over the Dove and Manifold valleys.For something a little less taxing visit the market town of Bakewell with its low-lying, honey-hued buildings, home to inviting cafés and independent boutiques.
It would be rude not to make a pit stop at the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop.