If you do one thing this weekend...

by Katie Rowe

Category: Things to do
June 20 2014

Experience L'Eroica Britannia

Handle bar moustaches at the ready for L’Eroica Britannia! ‘The most handsome bike race in the world’ sees cyclists on sleek pre-1987 road racing bikes zoom past the dramatic scenery of the Peak District National Park from Friday until Sunday.

Along with the races, there’ll be a free village-style festival spanning the event, dedicated to all things vintage. Mooch along the high street, stopping off for a wet-shave or a hair do worthy of a pin-up before feasting on the best of British food.

Fancy a tipple too? Grab a Hendrick’s G&T and watch the wheels whiz by as racers loop the village green – the focal point of the festival. 

And while you're in the area, check out these nearby attractions and activities...

Treat yourself to Bakewell Pudding

Bakewell Puddings were first made at a local inn in Bakewell, around 1860, though the recipe was a happy accident. Visiting noblemen ordered strawberry tart, but the cook, instead of stirring the egg mixture into the pastry, spread it on top of the jam. A local woman called Mrs Wilson purchased the recipe and set up The Old Original Bakewell Pudding shop, whose puddings are lauded to this very day. 

Have have movie moment at Chatsworth

With grand gardens, Baroque interiors and golden fixtures glimmering from every angle, Chatsworth was made for the big screen. Nestled in the Peak District National Park, its majestic columns and grand gardens have made appearances in The Duchess, The Wolfman and Pride and Prejudice (film 2005, BBC TV series 1995).

Step into a fairytale at Haddon Hall

With an architectural history spanning from the 12th to the early 17th century, it’s no wonder film-makers flock to Haddon Hall. Just a few miles away from Chatsworth, its intricate turrets and leadlight windows give it a distinctive fairytale feel. The house has played host to no less than three versions of Jane Eyre. Screen credits also include Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice and The Other Boleyn Girl.

Try your hands and feet at rock climbing

The striking formations at Dovedale, stark carapaces of the Roaches, dramatic gritstone crags of Windgather Rocks and the sinuous moor-top crest of Stanage Edge are places of pilgrimage for climbers from across the world. If you don’t know your caribiners from your crimps, get in touch with one of the area’s outdoor pursuits experts who will have your fingertips aching and your adrenaline soaring in no time.

Find  more things to see and do in the Peak District.

Katie Rowe

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