Britain's first and the world's second-most-visited national park lies within easy access of many of England's biggest cities and is popular on weekends and school holidays. It is an area of rolling countryside criss-crossed with hiking trails and ubiquitous stone fences. Although a pleasant area, there is nothing spectacular about the park and most travellers see it as simply a place to pass through.
Although most of the park is in Derbyshire, parts of it fall within Staffordshire and South Yorkshire. However we have included all information about the park within the Derbyshire section.
For a largely rural county, Derbyshire and the Peak District have a good public transport system with regular bus and train services. There are several countywide travel passes available that make it an affordable county to travel around.
This travel pass allows one day's virtually unlimited bus and train travel throughout Derbyshire and includes travel to the following cities in neighbouring counties: Burton-on-Trent, Leek, Macclesfield, Sheffield and Uttoxeter. The pass costs £8.60 and is available from most major bus and train stations (including Burton-on-Trent, Buxton, Chesterfield, Derby and Sheffield) and at tourist information centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Burton-on-Trent, Buxton, Castleton, Chesterfield, Derby, Edale, Glossop, Hayfield, Leek, Matlock, Matlock Bath, New Mills and Uttoexeter.
The South Yorkshire Peak Explorer costs £8.80 and gives you one day's bus travel in South Yorkshire and the northern part of the Peak District bounded by Bakewell, Baslow, Buxton, Holmfirth, Hayfield, Owler Bar and Sparrowpit. It also includes tram travel in Sheffield.
Trent Barton's Zigzag is valid for unlimited travel on most Trent Barton buses after 9am. This ticket costs £4.60 and lets you travel as far north as Bakewell and Chesterfield and as far south as Burton-on-Trent and Loughborough.