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Does this glorious weather make you think about summer holidays? The current heatwave in the UK is getting us all in holiday mood.  The sun is out in the Peak District too.  Lovely Dovedale above in the picture reaching 30 degrees!

There's plenty of things going on in this summer in the Peak District; here's a hightlight or two. 

Heights of Abraham - take the cable car to the top of the Heights for great views over Matlock and the Derwent Valley.  There are caves and woodland trails to discover and if the young ones still have energy two adventure playgrounds.  The underground mining caverns are explored by torchlight to get a feel of how things really were. There is a restaurant and bar at the top with spectacular views.  And why not finish off the day with a trip to Matlock Bath and some traditional fish and chips? Dogs travel free on the cable cars and there are 60 acres of estate to explore with your four-legged friends.   

Summer Nights Festival July - Sept - outdoor movie screenings are taking place in lovely heritage locations during the summer.  Bring a picnic and enjoy a film in beautiful surroundings. 
Calke Abbey - Pretty Woman - 2 Aug and The Greatest Showman - 3 Aug
Hardwick Hall - The Greatest Showman - 17 Aug and Dirty Dancing - 18 Aug

Mason Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site - experience life in an 18th Century Mill that was designed by Sir Richard Arkwright in 1783. Feel what life would have been like with the noise of the looms and smell of the textiles all recreated during your visit.  This working museum is one of the finest surving and best preserved of its kind.  There's also a shopping village and English textiles are on sale and other traditional crafted items.  Enjoy lovely tearooms overlooking the river Derwent. 

Chatsworth Country Fair - 31 Aug - 2 Sept - this annual country fair is a fabulous outdoor event which includes JCB Dancing Diggers, Household Cavalry Musical Ride, a cooking theatre and fine food village.  Opportunities to try your hand at country sports and crafts too. 

Derbyshire Well Dressings - the tradition of dressing wells with flowers, petals and seeds continues throughout the summer.
Stoney Middleton - 21 - 30 July
Bonsall - 28 July - 3 Aug
Great Hucklow - 9 - 15 Aug
Foolow - 24 Aug - 1 Sept
Eyam - 25 Aug - 1 Sept

There's something for everyone this summer in the Peak District.  Get in touch if you'd like further information or if you would like a group holiday cottage stay in the Peak District. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

 

 

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Travelling with you dog and taking them on holiday with you is great fun.  After all why should your pet be left at home or left in kennels?  That's the beauty of self catering holiday cottages like Visit Peaks, as up to five dogs are welcome when you stay with us.  

There are some things you need to bear in mind though when travelling with your dog.   Hot weather is an issue for dogs as they are unable to cool off as easily as we can.  Dehydration, heat stroke and sunbrun can be the result of overheating.

When travelling by car with your dog make sure that your pet is not thirsty and stop at regular intervals to give him water. Frozen food is also ideal to help them cool down, why not try freezing bananas? Also make sure your car is well ventillated and that your dog is not shut up in a stuffy boot.  You dog will need to be securely fastened with a dog seat belt or in a crate, but do make sure they can move and change positions too.

Look out for signs of heat stroke; lethargy, rapid panting, lack of coordination, vomiting and diarrhoea and possibly seizures. If you see any of these symptoms take your dog straight away to see a vet.

Do not leave your dog in a hot car, even if you have parked in the shade or with the windows open.  It can take a few minutes for your dog to overheat.  Make sure you take your dog out of the car when you are stopping for a break and take him with you.

Walk your dog at cooler times of the day, first thing in the morning is ideal and avoid 11 am to 3 pm on hot days.  And walk on the grass rather than tarmac as it can get very hot.

Why not plan your journey for earlier in the day when it is cooler?  Even if you arrive before check in time you could go for a walk with your dog (if not too hot) or stop in a shady spot where you can all relax.  Why not pack a picnic for you and your dog?  Remember to take plenty of water for your dog!  

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If you are dreaming of the sun on your face, spring flowers, a babbling brook and relaxing and unwinding in some of our fabulous English scenery, you might want to consider the Peak District National Park.

The view in the picture is taken from the bridge next to our holiday cottage Riverside House.  Here you really can dream of the summer in this idyllic little hamlet of Litton Mill, with river views, country rambles and the sound of the river - in fact everything you need to relax, unwind and enjoy life.

So February needn't be blue, start planning your spring or summer break now!

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Make sure you are ready for the Great British weather!  You'll either need sun cream and lots of it, a hat or cap or an umbrella - we suggest that you pack both!

As you are likely to be staying in a country holiday cottage, don't forgot there are more insects in the countryside!  Pack some midge repellent,  hay fever tablets and we'd recommend some citronella candles for sitting outside or mosquito coils.   

If you are going to be in the big outdoors and going on longer walks than usual, pack your most comfortable and sturdiest walking shoes or boots.  Walking poles are a great help for descending and don't forget the waterproof!  Some tubi grip bandages might be handy in case you are unlucky enough to have a sprain.  

Navigating in the countryside can be tricky, so our advice is to get a detailed OS map of the area you are staying in and take it with you. That way you can plan the days walking and outings and not get lost!

You'll want some memories to treasure of your self catering holiday, so don't forget the camera or mobile.  And of course the chargers too.   
 
Check out what essentials are provided in your holiday cottage (toilet roll, dishwasher tablets, tea towels, salt and pepper, oil etc) and then make a list of what you'll need to bring.  Focus on the essentials only as you can do a local shop when there (part of the fun is shopping in lovely market towns for local produce) or you can get a supermarket delivery booked in.

If travelling with children and babies don't forget what they will need; bottles, beakers, nappies, some games and books, colouring pencils etc.

And if your four-legged friends are coming with you, things like dog bowls, dog treats, dog food, bedding, spare towels, doggy poop bags etc are all essentials to bring with you.

And finally just have some fun and enjoy your self catering holiday cottage break!

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