Britain's first national park is also one of the country's most popular. It's not difficult to see why the park's 555 square miles of near-savage landscape have served as inspiration for some of the country's most famous literary prodigies; from Austen to Wordsworth.
As well as the obligatory hike, Derbyshire offers a variety of activities. If physical exertion isn't your forte (or if the weather is just being, well, typical), the lavish Chatsworth House on the River Derwent houses a unique collection of neoclassical artwork which is worth a visit, rain or shine. Not too far from here is the quaint historical town of Bakewell, from where the famous pastry pudding originated. Before you leave, make sure you take a cable car to the Heights of Abraham for panoramic views of the district.