Slow Travel

Perfect Day in the Peak District

Celebrate the release of our new Slow Travel Peak District guidebook and win a two-night break for two at Wheeldon Trees Farm. Simply tell us your ‘perfect day in the Peak District’.

Written by Bradt Travel Guides


My Perfect Day in the Peak District – win a two-night stay at Wheeldon Trees Farm

To celebrate the release of our new Slow Travel Peak District guide by Helen Moat we are running a special competition to find the most perfect day in the area.

To enter, simply write a description of your perfect day in no more than 500 words. Your day might have really happened or be something imagined: it might include watching a fluttering skylark, hiking the contours of Kinder Scout or tucking into a slice of the famous Bakewell Pudding. Whatever shape your perfect day might take, we want to hear what makes the Peak District special to you. 

The prizes
The winner will receive a two-night break for two at Wheeldon Trees Farm between Buxton and Bakewell. Surrounded by 12 acres of pastureland, Wheeldon Trees Farm is a collection of nine holiday cottages that offers a peaceful haven in the middle of the Peak District.
Wheeldon Trees Farm, Peak District
Wheeldon Trees Farm, Peak District 
Three runners up will receive a copy of Slow Travel Peak District by Helen Moat.
How to enter
Send your entry, in no more than 500 words, to either, with ‘Peak District competition’ as the subject line, or post it to Hugh Collins (Peak District competition), Bradt Travel Guides, IDC House, The Vale, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, SL9 9RZ.
Entries must be receieved by 31 May, and the winner and three runners up will be notified on 30 June. 

The entries will be judged by Helen Moat, who will pick her favourites based on their passion, colour and originality. Read Helen’s own perfect day below. 

My Perfect Day in the Peak District by Helen Moat

Throwing back the curtains in the morning, I’m greeted by Masson Hill, Prospect Tower on the Heights of Abraham, High Tor and Riber Castle on the skyline. Below, wisps of cloud from Peak Rail steam train drift past my window, or a low-flung hoar sits trapped on the Derwent Valley floor.

From my doorstep, I can lace up my boots and stride out into this landscape, or grab a bus in Matlock that winds through Peak villages. But on my perfect day, I take my bike and head into the national park. It’s the ultimate Slow travel – an onslaught on all the senses that enables me to cover a fair whack of ground.

Leaving the A6 at Rowsley, I stop at the Old Smithy in Beeley for breakfast, where I dither over ‘The Works’ or ‘Yankee Style’. Belly full, I’m ready to tackle the rise over to Chatsworth. As the mist dissipates, I might see a herd of deer frozen in the trees or a few straggling sheep licking salt off the road. On the downhill freewheel, the magnificent Chatsworth House comes into view, caught between the River Derwent and moorland escarpment. There’s much to detain me here: the fairy-tale village of Edensor; the stately home; its playful grounds and the extended pleasure gardens in Stand Wood – but Bakewell beckons and I push on over the hill to the handsome market town on the River Wye.

On arrival, the Monday cattle market is in full swing, an auctioneer tripping over numbers at breakneck speed, while tweeded farmers and their collies eye up the stock.  I seek out fresh local produce for my alfresco picnic among the bric-a-brac and haberdashery stalls at Market Square before heading on to Monsal Trail. After enjoying a coffee on the terrace of the elegant Hassop Station Café, I continue to Monsal Viaduct. I pause to drink in the view of the Wye valley sweeping a horseshoe curve through the deep-cut dales, then push the pedals through an increasingly wild trail of cliff and woodland. After dodging drips and walkers through six dimly lit tunnels, I grind to a halt at the trail end just beyond Blackwell Mill. The hamlet of riverside cottages and humpbacked bridge is the perfect place for that alfresco picnic.

Back at the viaduct, I climb the steps to Monsal Head, off-loading my bike onto the waiting car before joining family for a pint at the rustic Stable Bar with its flagstone floor, stalls, tackle and manger; then dinner at the hotel next door. Afterwards, as darkness falls, we head on foot into Cressbrook Dale, ducking pipistrelle bats in the ash woods before following a runway of glow-worm lights along the brook. On the hillside, we find great-crested newts in a dewpond before settling down to watch the badger sett across the valley. On my perfect day, the young will emerge, snuffling the ground and play-fighting as the moon forges its path above the Peak District hills.  

Terms & conditions

  1. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over. Employees, contractors and authors of Bradt Travel Guides (“Bradt”) and the competition partner and members of the immediate family of the above are not eligible to participate.
  2. No purchase is necessary.
  3. The competition will be launched in February 2016. All entries must be received by midnight GMT on the closing date, 31 May 2016.
  4. There is one main prize in the competition and three runners-up prizes.
  5. Each entrant may submit only one entry for consideration. Joint entries are not allowed and entries on behalf of other people will be excluded.
  6. The competition theme is ‘My perfect day in the Peak District ’
  7. Entrants will be sent Bradt’s e-newsletter (providing news and special offers). If you do not wish to receive the e-newsletter, plus put “NO NEWSLETTER” in the message body of the email submission, or alongside the contact information in postal entries.
  8. The winner and runners-up will be selected by Helen Moat, author of the Bradt Slow Travel Guide to the Peak District.
  9. The judge will consider a combination of factors including originality of idea, quality of writing, adherence to theme and creativity.
  10. If, for any reason, Marie is unable to judge a suitable alternative judge will be found, at the sole discretion of Bradt.
  11. The First Prize (as defined below) will be awarded to the entry that the Judge considers to be the best. The Judge’s decision is final. The three runners-up prizes will be awarded to the three entries that the judge consider the next best.
  12. The winner and three runners-up will be notified by 30 June 2016.
  13. The winner of the main prize (the “Competition Winner”) shall win a two-night break for two to Wheeldon Trees Farm (the “Competition Winner’s Prize”). Dates of travel are subject to availability and the Competition Winner must give at least one month’s notice in advance of their desired dates of travel. 
  14. Bradt will accept no responsibility for any costs associated with the Prize and not specifically included in the prize description, this includes transport to the prize location.
  15. The winner must communicate directly with Bradt about the Prize.
  16. All elements of the Prize are subject to availability.
  17. The prizes are non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and are not redeemable for cash or other prizes. In the event of cancellation by the Competition Winner, for whatever reason, no alternative prize or travel dates will be offered. Once a confirmed booking has been made, reservations may not be changed.
  18. If the Competition Winner is unable to take up his or her prize for any reason, or if we have not been able, after making reasonable efforts, to make contact with the winner, we reserve the right to award the relevant prize to an alternative winner.
  19. Your competition entry must be all your own work. It must not contain any third-party content or infringe the copyright of any third party and it must not be obscene, defamatory or in breach of any applicable legislation or regulations. We reserve the right to exclude entries from the competition that we consider, in our sole discretion, to be in breach of this clause.
  20. Bradt shall have a non-exclusive right to publish all entries on its website and in print and across other social media.
  21. Bradt reserve the right to withhold the prize, in whole or in part, if the judge decides in their sole discretion, that there are no entries of a suitable standard.
  22. Bradt and the competition partners reserve the right to publish the names of the winner and the winning entries themselves, and the winner is required to give their full co-operation to all reasonable requests by the promoters in connection with publicity for the competition, their entry, the prizes or otherwise.
  23. No correspondence will be entered into or comment issued on any matters concerning the competition and no reasons given for any decision made by the Judge.
  24. Bradt shall not be liable for any circumstances beyond our reasonable control that prevent the competition being fulfilled, a winner being chosen, or any prize being taken up or fully enjoyed by a winner. Bradt excludes liability to the full extent permitted by law for any cost, claims or losses howsoever caused that arise by reason of any person’s entry into a competition or the award, or non-award, to them of a prize.
  25. These terms and conditions shall be governed by and interpreted according to English law and the English courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction to deal with any disputes arising in connection with them.