Sports & Activities

You'll be overflowing with options for sport and activity participation - cycling, hill walking, rambling, rock climbing, sailing and many more are all on offer.

Cycling

Cycling is a fun, healthy way to explore the beautiful countryside of the Peak District. There are many local Cycling Trails ideal for family cycling, whilst remote moorlands bridleways provide a challenge for experienced mountain bikers. Major trails in the Peak District include The Longendale near Crowden, which is a former railway line, and further to the south are Monsal, Tissington and High Peak Trails. You can bring your own bikes to Dovestone Park or visit the Peak District Cycle Hire Centre at Derwent.

Horse Riding

Horse riding in the Peak District National Park benefits from some 65 miles of off-road trails, on which horse riders are welcome. The bridleway network also offers possibilities for the more adventurous. The experienced rider wanting a long-distance trek will know of the 268 mile (431km) Pennine Bridleway across rugged mountain terrain. To get involved, Saddleworth Stables are in the immediate locality and offer lessons and hacks for all ages.

Climbing

Climbing within the Peak District is very popular and offers a range of climbs, for amateurs through to the most experienced climbers, with some of the most challenging climbs in the UK on hand. The Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Stanage Edge, closer to Sheffield, are of particular note. Nearby, Chew Valley is a well-known gritstone climbing area and Dean Rocks reach up to 460m. Training first on artificial rock climbing walls is now the obvious starting point for the sport and you can learn on the indoor and outdoor climbing walls at Hollingworth Lakes Activity Centre.

Golf Courses

Golf courses can be found in Oldham and there's a popular 9 hole pitch and putt course and driving range at nearby Bishops Park in Denshaw village.

Archery

Archery lessons for beginners are available at Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre.

Family Activities

Family activities close to Dovestone Park will keep the whole family having fun throughout their vacation and include - Go Ape, Lama Trekking, Helicopter rides, racing, Astronomy Experiences and Adventure Tours.  

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