Ilam Park & Dovedale, Peak District

When you’ve lived in the same country for your whole life, you sometimes forget about all of the beautiful places around you, and instead become fixated with other countries. Considering that I am still a university student, and don’t have the finances just yet to jet off to places each month, I have to make the most of what’s around me. The Peak District is not only an outstanding place to visit to see beautiful hills, greenery and wildlife, but it’s an adventure in its own right. A fun, challenging experience, with the option to indulge in a National Trust-standard cream tea at the end.

Considering that I am still a university student, and don’t have the finances just yet to jet off to places each month, I have to make the most of what’s around me. The Peak District is not only an outstanding place to visit to see beautiful hills, greenery and wildlife, but it’s an adventure in its own right. A fun, challenging experience, with the option to indulge in a National Trust-standard cream tea at the end.

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Along the way, we met several travellers who talked to us about their experiences in South America and South East Asia, it was so lovely to see that these people still enjoy the beauty of the English countryside, and made me realise more than ever how wonderful England really is. Beyond London, England has some breathtaking sights.

We took the dogs along to a guided walk of the southern tip, so it was no where near the whole District, but I wanted to share with you some of the pictures I took along the way. The walk was 5 miles, mostly uphill, which was exhausting for someone like me to never usually volunteers to do such strenuous activity, but I’m trying to change my ways. I’ve just started a new fitness regime where I exercise 3 times a day, and 2 of those involve long distance walking. What better way to go to keep fit, explore and have a road trip, than to go to somewhere like the Peak District?

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Izzy posing for the camera

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14 Comments

  1. First off I would like to say that you are doing it right! I think everyone gets caught up in traveling to other countries and forgets all the amazing places right in their own backyard. I’ve always wanted to visit England, the English are some of my absolute favorite people! With that being said, I am a sucker for scenery. Sometimes you just can’t get that in the city. This place looks absolutely stunning…a way to hide from the hustle and bustle. My favorite thing about this and most of Europe is how dog friendly everywhere is! I have two dogs here in the states that I love to travel and adventure with. Great post, and your pictures are awesome!

  2. So beautiful, and love the dog! I totally agree with you. We’re always looking to get out of town, yet live in an area where people from all over the world visit all year long (Southern California). Sometimes the beauty is in your backyard.

  3. It really looks beautiful there. A perfect place for dog walking!

    I’ve only ever been to London but I’d love to go back and explore the English countryside one day. There really is a lot to see outside of the city.

    Great post!

  4. You are right, many a time in out quest for adventure and new horizons, we tend to ignore the very ground that we are standing on. Travel is not only about distances or traveling to other countries. Many a time it boils down to how well do you actually know your own country/district/city/village.

  5. Love the dog! And it looks like the dog agrees with you too and loves the views. There’s nothing wrong with the English countryside. The Peak District looks so green and lovely.

  6. That’s my kind of travelling! I always think a big trip can be a round the world adventure or a local hike. It’s all about keeping the adventurous attitude even when you get home. Im Irish but have only ever visited London and Liverpool. Lovely read and it makes me want to explore England more!

  7. I love this. I have actually just come back from a small town of Greyton, in South Africa, and it has a similar charm. I feel so refreshed and rejuvenated, and its just around the corner from home. This is a beautiful country side 🙂

  8. I would love to explore the Peak District but it is so far away from me (I live in the South of England). I agree, England is a very beautiful country with stunning scenery. I go out for hiking every time I get the chance to.

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