I recently visited Peak District that is very popular with the domestic tourism, but has hardly any foreign visitors. The area is about one hour by car or bus from Manchester airport and about 2 hours train journey from London.
It is great for outdoor activities and has plenty of rural charm as well as hotels and B&B accommodation to cater for all tastes and budgets – and all this without masses of tourists. I recommend this as alternative destination to Lake District and Scotland. If you are into English villages, pubs and microbreweries, good walks and nature go and check Peak District.
Taste Tideswell, a community enterprise was started because the local villagers wanted to ensure that the remaining village shops stayed open, rather than following the prevailing trend of village shops closing due to lack of support. With thriving shops and increased tourist traffic, locals and visitors alike are able to enjoy a thriving and active village.
The project has developed a community garden, a brand for locally produced products, an education strand and a cookery school and brewery. All profits are ploughed back into the project to help grow the local economy, so anyone coming on a cookery course is actively supporting the village. I was impressed by the sheer commitment – and also by Penny’s Puds! Go and check the Cookery school, village and include a few good walks in the National Park to burn the calories.
Good site for trains: http://www.thetrainline.com
I travelled from London St Pancras to Chesterfield.