Derbyshire, United Kingdom
If you’re looking for English countryside with knobs on, Derbyshire is your go-to destination: where the River Derwent twists around the craggy Peak District mountains and acres of rolling farmland. Nature lovers won’t be short of distractions: the southernmost peaks of the Pennines brush the county’s northern tip, the National Forest spreads across the south and the River Trent flows in from the east. Derby may have earned a reputation as an industrial hub, but the city still has picturesque landmarks aplenty: the 10th-century cathedral, the historic Silk Mill and the shop-lined cobbled streets of the Iron Gate. If tweeds and galoshes are more your style, leave the county’s paved parts behind for shooting, fishing and brisk hikes.
When to go
The winter is as cold as you’d expect of the East Midlands, but this is the ideal time to see Derbyshire’s best bits: the snow-capped mountains make for excellent views.
PlanesDerby’s closest airport is East Midlands, around 15 miles south. Mainly domestic and European flights arrive here; if you’re travelling from further afield, fly to Birmingham airport, an hour’s drive to Derby.
TrainsMidland Main Line and Cross-Country Trains from all over the UK pass through Derby’s city-centre railway station.
AutomobilesIf you’re planning to explore the county’s outdoorsy charms, hire a car from either East Midlands or Birmingham airport. If you’re arriving from London, Derby’s a three-hour drive via the M1.