11 breathtakingly beautiful lesser-known Peak District villages – perfect hidden gems to visit over Christmas and winter

If you’re looking for inspiration ahead of visiting the Peak District over the festive season, these scenic villages are among some of the region’s best hidden gems.

The likes of Bakewell, Castleton and Hathersage will be at the top of most people’s lists when they visit the Peak District – but there are many more wonderful spots waiting off the beaten track.

Why not head out to one of these lovely destinations for a winter hike, to shop for Christmas presents at their independent stores, or to spend some time at their lovely country pubs?