A Weekend For Two For £65

The Peak District is a great place to come for a weekend- and we decided to set ourselves a real challenge, getting it as close to £50 each for two people as we could for the barren month of January. After the celebrations have been detoxed and the Christmas decorations taken down, you need something to tide you over. Asking for tropical sunshine and a week away from the office might be too much- so why not spend your weekend in England on a cheap UK getaway instead? Pick the Peak District for your January pick-me-up.

On the menu is: 

  • A 3* Hotel with Breakfast – £40 for 2
  • A morning of paintballing – £15 for two
  • An afternoon of bike hire (£28) or tandem (£20)  plus a stop at a tea room  (£10 for two cream teas) 
  • A morning of abseiling – £50 for two 
Total = £130/ £65 Per Person


On your drive up from the South, why not drop your bags at Rangemoor Park Hotel in Derby before heading on to paintballing? The Rangemoor is a family run hotel in Derby City Centre. Complete with a TV, radio, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality trays and a large, free private car park located at the rear, your stay also includes a Continental Breakfast or a  Full English breakfast on a Sunday!

At £40 a night for two you can also stay there a day early for an extra £20 each.

9am – Paintballing 

Time to get your Ready Brek in early and to set that alarm, because we want you to arrive early in your grubby gear for a morning wake up call of paintballing!

Based in Sheffield at The Strines with 100 acres of leafy woodland on the edge of the Peak District to play with, you will have a chance to play war games, to shoot opponents  and to unleash all your energy from the drive onto your competitors!

If you are coming from the North, head to paintballing first before taking the final leg down to Derby. If you have come from the South or from the hotel, The Strines is an hour and a half away.

After your paintablling why not explore the peaks some more?

Why not stop off at Hassop after and hire a bike from the Monsal Trail?

Half a day will only cost £14 per bike- or you can try persuade your other half onto a tandem for £20 all in!

The trail will take you from Hassop towards Buxton, following the River Wye, and you can also hire an electric bike for a new exprience (great if you got a paint ball bullet to the thigh!)

When in Buxton stop off at No6 The Square Tea rooms for some amazing hot food for the energy on the way back or a cream tea for around £5 each complete with jam, clotted cream, a scone and a pot of Yorkshire Tea.


9.30am – Abseiling

It’s an early start today for some Abseiling in Millers Dale, the Peak District at 9.30am. Check out and take the half hour drive to the Miller’s Dale Bridge.

The Millers Dale Bridge, carrying the Monsal Trail over the beautiful River Wye provides a spectacular Peak District abseiling location for your next adrenaline rush. You can even take a bike to walk or cycle to the bridge. You will have 2 hours with an instructor to lead you through your adventure.

You will have a minimum of 3 abseils each down a pillarwith your feet in contact with the brickwork all the way down, or over the arch above the River Wye with an 80 foot abseil (of which 65 feet is free hanging!)

Fitness levels do not need to be anything special either. The hardest physical activity by far is the walk back up the steps to the top of the bridge after your first go when your legs are still a bit wobbly!

Stop off for a Sunday lunch and a Yorkshire Ale before heading back into the car and off home!

As you can see from the planner below- this weekend has been created for January 2012, but you can apply your own interests!

Book a spa day or a helicopter ride, a day or segway riding to 4 x 4 off roading or clay pigeon shooting! You can also give a relative or friend gift vouchers, making this a great idea for those friends who you can never buy for! With activities from £5 – what will you choose?


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