Escape to the Mountains – Peak District

As I said in my travel diary of North Yorkshire, I came to the Peak District a day early. And I left four days early. I wasn’t in a great mood when I got there, and the weather forecast didn’t look that great. There’s really nothing to do but hiking. And while I love hiking, I was not going to do that in the pouring rain.

Benton House

While I was on my way to the Peak District, I stopped at Benton House. Which some of you might recognise from BBC’s Pride and Prejudice. This house had been on my list of places to visit for a while, and I’m glad to say that it did not disappoint. As you can see from the pictures, it was a very gloomy, rainy day (which did nothing to improve my mood) but it actually kind of suited the building.

Of course, I spent a very long time just admiring the library at Belton House. So many books. And they had two more rooms filled with books as well. Seriously, guys. I want to live there.


My first night in the Peak District, I stayed at the YHA Ravenstor hostel in Buxton. Amazing location if you have a car. If not, good luck getting there. The hostel is surrounded by trees and mountains (WiFi connection was basically non-existent), but it’s a good place to go to get some peace and quiet.

The next day, I went to Eyam. Eyam is a small village that’s sort of famous because a lot of people there died of the plague in the 19th century. There’s still houses with signs, telling you about who the first victim was and who survived. I walked through the town for about an hour and then hiked through Hope Valley, where I got attacked my goats.

Hiking on public footpaths in England, you walk through fields where people keep livestock. I climbed over the fence and was about halfway through the field when around eighty goats suddenly ran my way. Now, I like goats. But this felt a bit like that scene in the Lion King where Simba is trapped and about to be trampled by a herd of cows. Luckily, the goats knew to stop running when they came near me, and I managed to make it over the next fence – to a field without animals.

And that was the last part of my road trip through England – cut short due to bad weather. The holidays are not completely over yet, though, and next week, I’m going to explore Bath!


  1. 18 September 2018 / 12:37 pm

    I have never been to the Peak District. Looks like the perfect area for a good hike. What’s the best time of the year to visit.

    • maartjevansandwijk
      18 September 2018 / 10:19 pm

      You can go anytime. Probably wouldn’t recommend winter because it will be freezing cold but any other season would be different. I’d love to go back next autumn and see what it looks like then in comparison to summer 🙂

  2. 18 September 2018 / 1:15 am

    I love being out hiking among nature and this does look like an ideal and lovely place to do so. Shame about the rain but at least you did manage to get out and enjoy something of the great outdoors there.

  3. 3 September 2018 / 10:35 pm

    You make me want to travel. Now, I want to visit The Benton House and see it in person too.

  4. 28 August 2018 / 10:47 pm

    England looks like a great place for me to travel to. I have a lot of English heritage!

  5. 28 August 2018 / 10:34 pm

    What a cool place to explore! I love Pride and Prejudice : ) There are so many beautiful old buildings in England!

    Meaghan xx

  6. Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    28 August 2018 / 8:48 pm

    What lovely scenery! Too bad the weather didn’t hold. How cool to see Belton House!

  7. 28 August 2018 / 8:43 pm

    The Benton House certainly has a lot of moody personality! Great images!!

  8. Kasey Ma
    28 August 2018 / 6:50 pm

    Wow this place looks amazing!

    Kasey Ma

  9. Luci Cook
    28 August 2018 / 5:13 am

    Really beautiful photography. I’m going to add this of places that I need to go.

  10. lacyngo
    27 August 2018 / 7:09 pm

    These pictures are stunning! Now I want to visit!

  11. 27 August 2018 / 12:16 pm

    Aaaahhhhhh… I’d loved to see more of England, through your lens! But, that’s alright. Thanks for sharing.

    Much love.

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