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A cycle ride along the traffic free Monsal Trail is a must.  Almost right from the door of Riverside House you can cycle 8 miles including the breathtaking Monsal Viaduct and stopping off at Bakewell for a couple of hours or for lunch.  Bike hire is available along the route either at Hassop Station (with a cafe, restaurant, shop and plenty of parking) and at Blackwell Mill with a small outdoor cafe.

For mountain bikers there are unlimited trails.  Peak District Cycleways has some excellent rides including the Monsal and High Peak circuit.

Don't forget that we have secure bike storage in our detached garage at Riverside House holiday cottage.  There is also an outside tap on the side of the cottage to wash down the bikes at the end of days cycle.

Planned New Cycle Routes

The map below shows the current cycle routes in the area (in black) and planned new cycle links (in red) - part of the plans to make the Peak District a cycling destination in the future.

Map of Planned New Cycle Routes


Walks within very easy access of Riverside House:

  • Tideswell Dale: easy access sculpture trail and evidence of ancient underground lava flows!
  • Chee Dale: impressive 200 ft deep gorge
  • Deep Dale and Topley Pike: great array of wildlife
  • Priestcliffe Lees: breathtaking views and fabulous springtime and summertime wildflower displays
  • Ravenstor and Bellamy's Bank: towering limestone craggs - David Bellamy was inspired to a lifetime of conservation when he came here as a young boy
  • Water-cum-Jolly: a lovely river walk ending up at the 'Brew Stop' for a cup of tea
  • Cressbrook Dale: some of the most flower-rich grassland in the region, superb scenery and accessible viewpoints

Hathersage pool is one of the few open air lidos left in the country and offers visitors the chance to take a dip in heated waters surrounded by picturesque scenery.  The pool is popular particularly on hot summer days and there can be queuing to get in during August.  There is a cafe and areas to sit around the pool, and this is a great day out for all the family.  The pool is open March to September and there are events during the season.  For further details including pool opening times check the website



Peak District Walking Festival

See Walking Festivals

Sally Mosley a local lady also offers a whole range of local walks, including themed and guided walks.

See Sally Mosley Peak District Guided Walks 



Fishing is not permitted at Riverside House holiday cottage, but there are places to go nearby and in the Peak District for some of the best trout fishing and scenery in the country.

Fishing on the Derbyshire River Wye

The Cressbrook and Litton Flyfishes' Club looks after the flyfishing for eleven miles on the river Wye near Riverside House holiday cottage.  The river is home to wild brown and rainbow trout as well as grayling.  There are river keepers to patrol the river, but visiting anglers can try out the fishing on a day ticket in Monsal Dale. The day ticket is from the bridge at the head of Monsal Dale to just below Cressbrook Mill, 3/4 mile in total.  There are a maximum of four rods per day, no wading and two fish per day may be taken.  Tickets are £48 per day. 

Other places to try fishing in the Peak District:

The Derwent Reservoir at Ladybower where you can get a day ticket to fish for true wild brown trout

Carsington Water fishing season runs from March to October each year and is predominantly a brown trout fishery with bank and boat fishing.
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Riverside House holiday cottage, Peak District

  • Three bathrooms, one ensuite
  • Four bedrooms and sofa bed
  • Games room, wi fi, Sky, BT sports, log burner
  • Loads of space to spread out, huge lounge
  • Dog and pet friendly
  • deal direct with the owner, Wendy Boast

Call 07980 390 520 or send an email: