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Peak District car hire

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Top tips for hiring a car in Peak District

  • The Peak District is an incredibly beautiful place, easily one of the most attractive in the UK. It’s been a national park since the 1950s, and whether you are driving, hiking or cycling, there is no end of opportunity there. With rolling hills, deep valleys, rivers, caves and gorges, you will be spoiled for choice. Nestled among all of this are the wonderful towns and villages of the region, each with their own personality. The entire park covers 555 square miles (1,440 square km) and is connected by a series of major A-roads and minor rural roads. It contains pubs and castles, stately homes and farm stays. There’s local transport available, but the more comfortable and efficient way to see the entire park is by car. It would be worth considering an upgrade to an SUV or family-sized car to maximise the enjoyment of this trip.
  • As with the rest of the UK, drivers in the Peak District drive on the left and overtake on the right. All passengers must wear a seatbelt and young children need to be in a car seat. Your car hire company can supply this as an added extra, but do make sure to confirm this with them before settling on your preferred provider. Otherwise, you may have to bring your own.
  • The Peak District is, naturally, a place to get outdoors and explore the wild. Your hire car can bring you to hiking routes or mountain biking locations that are harder to reach on foot or by public transit, so make use of it. Park in the many car parks and get out and walk to really appreciate the location. It can also let you experience village life in the Peak District at its best. Stop in the villages, buy local food and drink while talking to the locals; you’ll be glad you did.
  • There are petrol stations located within the Peak District, usually clustered around local towns and the major roads. Before heading off into the park for a day, make sure to research where the petrol stations are located, so you can refuel as required.
  • Book your car hire in Peak District at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini hire cars in Peak District are around 43% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Peak District

  • Should I hire a car in Peak District?

    A car hire trip through the Peak District is a very special experience. The roads are generally very good quality and allow you to drive through outstanding natural landscapes. The Snake Pass, which runs alongside the Ashop River, is one of the most famous. With its winding turns, rolling hills and great views, it’s really worth trying out. The route from Monsal Head to Longstone Edge is also a wonderful road, taking you through some of the most photographed places in the park. The valley drive to Derwent Dam offers a breathtaking drive, but be aware that the five mile road is closed to cars on weekends from May to October, to allow walkers and cyclists to enjoy the route. It really is a wonderful place to drive.

  • What is driving like in Peak District?

    Road quality within Peak District National Park is a combination of major A-roads, minor rural roads and what are known as green lanes. These are historic or special amenity routes that cut through some of the most beautiful locations. They are generally rough, unpaved routes that are used by walkers, cyclists and cars. There is a reduced speed limit for cars of 5 mph and the routes are well signposted. Be alert for these as the surface conditions may not suit your vehicle.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Peak District?

    You need to be at least 21 years of age to hire a car in the UK, and some companies will require you to be at least 23. Older drivers may also face a surcharge, particularly those aged 70-plus. If you fall into this age bracket, it might be worth bringing a letter from your GP stating that you are competent to drive.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Peak District?

    Mini (Fiat 500 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Peak District.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Peak District?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

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