If you're looking for a day off from walking but still have some energy left
I can suggest a range of great days out.
Fishing, sailing, and swimming
All the local towns have swimming pools. At Rudyard Lake
there's fishing and swimming, and also a sailing club (they run sailing courses in summer),
boat hire, and a mini steam train.
Larger steam trains are at Churnet Valley Railway
(30 minutes) or Peak Rail
in Rowsley (20 minutes).
Peak Rail can organise 'self drive tuition'!
Climbing, abseiling, and caving
For the inexperienced or those looking to hone their skills there's an indoor climbing wall at
in Leek (15 minutes drive): great fun.
And for the more experienced the Roaches
for a video), one of
England's best known climbing areas, is 5 minutes drive away.
Aspire Adventure Activities
run day (and longer) courses in climbing, abseiling, caving, mine exploration, and orienteering.
Blackpool (Pleasure Beach and theme park
is served by a direct train from Buxton station. The beach is good but crowded with all Blackpool's
uniquely British seaside shops and stalls. Much less populated and more beautiful is the north Welsh
coastline from Prestatyn westwards to Anglesea. Blackpool by train from Buxton takes 2.5 hours.
The north Wales coast is about 2 hours drive.
Self-drive narrowboats can be day-hired from Macclesfield (20 minutes) or Congleton (25 minutes)
on either the Macclesfield or Trent and Mersey canals.
These are always popular with the children. There're many caverns nearby: some natural, some erstwhile
mines, including Pools Cavern
(only accessible by boat),
caverns in Castleton (20 minutes).
Not for the faint hearted...
Spend the day swinging from the tree tops at GoApe
Try your hand at some falconry at the Falconry Experience
at Roliston (about 1 hour's drive)
Buxton, Macclesfield, and Leek all have golf courses.
Macclesfield was the centre of silk production in the 18th century.
Many of the mill buildings are still standing and there are several museums covering this great part of our
history. Buxton (10 minutes drive) is a spa town and was built by the Romans, there's lots to see here
including some fine Georgian architecture. It's our nearest town and probably has all you'll need
in terms of local shopping.