why the peaks are magic for my kids

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Living on the edge of the Peak District is an added bonus for living in Chesterfield. It is a very short journey out into an area that takes your breath away no matter how many times you look at it.

The peace and tranquillity that can be found in the Peaks is stunning.

When trying to entertain children it can sometimes be a very costly exercise with admission fees alone not to mention the need to feed and water them!

You don’t have to drive for miles to get into the centre of the Peak District – it is all beautiful.

One of my favourite places is not too far from here and on this particular day, the sun was out and there was not a cloud in the sky so it was decided unilaterally that an outing was about to take place!

First task was tricky – to surgically remove my 15-year-old son from his Xbox and my 12 year old daughter from Facetime!

Phew – with that out of the way we packed up drinks and home-made brownies and escaped.

Parking on the B6521 (if you are local you will know the spot when I say “by the ice cream van”) which is the first turn off left after the Fox House pub when heading towards Hathersage.

The first part of the walk offers a more “manicured” area, the sheep keep the grass looking great!

There is a designated path that crosses over Burbage Brook and follows the Padley Gorge Trail into the Woods.

What is lovely about this part of the walk is that the scenery quickly changes as you head up the flagged path through the woods but it is no less stunning than the first part.

A quick skip across the A6187 then gets you onto the more rugged scenery heading towards Higger Tor.

This is part of the walk that you can tailor to suit your individual capabilities.

You can walk the tracks through this area with ferns and heather for as much as you are able but I would say if you can make it to a high view point you will not be disappointed.

We climbed up to a high point and found a nice sheltered area amongst some rocks.

During your journey it is important to keep stopping and looking behind you, the views are absolutely amazing along the way and once you get to a high point you can see 360 degrees of some of the most wonderful landscape you will ever see.

It overlooks neighbouring villages and you can see for miles.

My bribe of brownies worked. Great family times can come when you least expect them.

Here we were all sheltered from the wind, sharing a rare moment and talking about our journey up there. It doesn’t get any better than that.

We took a slightly different route back, not that we were trying to see different scenes; we just got on the wrong track!

Equally as lovely as the one we had taken up there.

This is just one example of what we have around us. There must be 100s if not 1,000s of areas like this throughout the Peak District. Areas that show the true beauty of the space. We had an amazing morning, great family time together and the cost was negligible.

It is so important to have good quality family time and what better place to do it than the Peak District.

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