Days out with your dog in the Peak District
This has got to be our top pick for both a dog friendly and child friendly place to visit. The Chrich Tramway Museum is a recreation of the 40s and Edwardian Era, with a village to take you back in time along with the tram rides. New this season is the Beside the Seaside event where the village is transformed into a family themed seaside resort complete with beach and buckets and spades for the children. At the end of the season the Starlight specials are available where you can ride the trams at night with the village all lit up. Facilities include tea rooms, the Red Lion pub, picnic areas, wheelchair access throughout, play areas, walks and a new Discovery Depot, which is a huge indoor play area.
Dogs are welcome on the site and are able to ride on the trams. There is also a woodland walk and sculpture walk too but dogs do have to remain on the lead. The Crich Tramway Museum is one of the few museums that does not charge for dogs and it is recommended as dog friendly by The Dogs Trust. We love the fact that they would rather dogs enjoy the family day out than be left in the car, which of course would be dangerous in hot weather.
Take a historic, dog-friendly tour of Buxton in a milk float which has been decorated like a tram! The tram visits Poole’s Cavern (but check with the driver first to make sure they are doing that route) which is a perfect area for dog walking with it being next to Grinlow Woods and having a dog-friendly café inside the cavern complex. The tram is operated by a team of locals and prices start fro £6 per adult. A great way to explore the sights and history of Buxton. Some of the tours include a pudding tour or a visit to a local brewery too.
Dogs are welcome at all times at Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton. The Treak Cliff Hill is the only place in the world where Blue John stone naturally occurs and it is still mined there today. You can also see some of the finest stalactites in the Peak District in Aladdins Cave, Fairy Grotto or Dreamcave chambers. There is shop selling Blue John Stone jewellery, bowls, eggs and other ornamental items. Throughout the season there are special events such as Easter Egg hunts, a very popular Carols by Candlelight and some polish your own stone days during the school holidays, ideal for a family day out. There are also numerous dog-friendly pubs in Castleton so you can always pop into one after your visit to the caverns.
Take journey into the past on the Peak Rail’s heritage railway line. It currently runs between Rowsley and Matlock with dogs being welcome travellers. The line is 4 miles in length and is open all year round. There is free car parking at Rowsley, along with a hot and cold buffet selection, cakes, bacon butties and a gift shop. Between May and September a picnic area is open with large games for the children. All trains have a buffet car and there is a special adapted carriage for wheelchair users. There are also a number of dog friendly pubs and cafes in close proximity to Matlock station.
The imposing ruins of Peveril Castle stand high above the village of Castleton. Climb to the castle at the top of the hill with your dog to enjoy breath-taking views over the Hope Valley. Peveril Castle is mentioned in the Domesday Survey and is one of England's earliest Norman fortresses. There's a visitor centre and shop in the castle ruins. Dogs are welcome at the site but they do have to be kept on a lead. In Castleton there are some dog friendly pubs too and there are lovely walks around the area, so this is a great place to base a doggy and family day out.