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Child Friendly Hidden Gems to visit in the Peak District

Updated: Jan 2

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track child friendly locations scattered around the Peak District.

Whether you're looking to hike along picturesque hills, or discover hidden gems perfect for picnics, this guide will lead you to some of the Peak Districts best-kept secrets, ensuring a memorable and family-friendly experience for all!

Here are some of our favourite hidden gems in the Peak District which are child friendly, however we do recommend doing your own research, as each child is different.

So grab your walking boots, pack your picnic (or a change of nappies!), and get ready to explore the hidden gems that await you and your little ones in the captivating Peak District!

Image of Lud's Church in the Peak District

1) Thor's Cave

One of the standout attractions at the Peak District, the views from the top of the cave make the moderately hard climb worth it. It is a bit of a challenge getting into the cave because of the smooth rock that surrounds the entrance, but it is by no means impossible and absolutely worth the rewarding view.

Once inside, the cave itself isn't very remarkable aesthetically but has been known to have been inhabited since 11,000 years ago so it does have some historical relevance, perfect for the kids!

Image of Thor's Cave in the Peak District

2) Lud's Church

We'll have to admit; this is one of our favourite places in the Peak District! It is a mystic place with a very singular beauty. All that nature covering the walls of the chasm is just breathtaking.

The entrance to Lud's Church could be easily missed, as there are no actual signs at the entrance, but there are some wooden barriers, so look for them when you are walking on the path!

Image of Lud's Church in the Peak District

3) Hanging Stone

Some say it's just a stone, others see an amazing viewpoint! The Hanging Stone is a stone formation in the Hillside offering lovely views of The Roaches. A concessionary path exists to reach the stone and joins a footpath leading to Lud's Church or The Roaches.

There are steps up to the stone which has 2 inset plaques, one of which is in memory of the Royal Hussars and the other is in memory of his favourite Mastiff dog Burke who was buried here in 1871.

Image of Hanging Stone in the Peak District

4) Solomon's Temple

Solomon's Temple is a fantastic beauty spot to have a wander up to. if you're in the area! It features amazing views of Buxton, and the sign says many victorians would wander up to this spot after having a soak in the Buxton bath house.

Image of Solomon's Temple in the Peak District

5) Chee Dale

We'd say that the Chee Dale Stepping Stones (and the rest of the trail) is about as close as you’re going to get to going on a magical adventure without the use of mind altering substances!

Walking along this trail and traversing the stones will fill you with a level of delight that we don’t think you've experienced and we would definitely recommend hiking this trail to just about anyone (the kids will love it!).

Image of Chee Dale in the Peak District

6) Old East Buxton Lime Kilns

This little gem features will reward visitors with an incredibly beautiful walk with lots to see and do! There are plenty of fantastic historical experience with every corner you turn revealing something different.

It's brilliant for families and has great accessibility on the main path for those who are less able.

Image of Old East Buxton Lime Kilns in the Peak District

7) Padley Gorge

Padley Gorge is an intriguing, incredible location which we're sure the kids will love! It's a moss covered boulder strewn woodland walk with enchanted trees throughout. To top it off, it has a beautiful picturesque brook running through the valley!

The trail can be rough and hard at times; if you wear suitable trekking footwear, you should have no problem!

Image of Padley Gorge in the Peak District

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known child friendly hidden gems which are scattered around the Peak District. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Peak District trip even more memorable!

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