Themed Trip: Eco-Friendly


These days, most of us try to consider our impact on the environment, even when we’re on holiday. So here is some information on the eco-friendly accommodation, attractions and living Buxton has to offer… See our travel page for information about public transport including Derbyshire Car Share. Recycling points can be found at Morrisons supermarket off Bakewell Road.

The best thing to look out for is the Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) of the Peak District National Park Authority.  It is awarded to organisations which support the local economy, protect the global environment, enhance the local environmentand invest in people and communities.

Those awarded the EQM in Buxton include Poole’s Cavern and Buxton Country Park –  both SSSIs and run by Buxton Civic Association, Discover Buxton Tours with their electric ‘Wonder of the Peak’ tram and walking tours, Wheeldon Trees Farm Holiday Cottages (located just outside of Buxton, sleeps up to thirty), the Servant’s Quarters (self-catering accommodation in the centre of Buxton, sleeps four) and Coconut Blush, who produce natural soaps and skincare products (available online and at the Natural Health Practice and Everything’s Rosy Interiors). 

If you are self-catering, Buxton has a zero waste food shop, Day Zero, at 30 High Street, which sells a range of dry foodstuffs, accessories and cleaning products. Bring your own containers (though they do have some available), weigh them and fill them up. Take just what you need and waste no single-use packaging.

It isn’t difficult to find activities with low environmental impact. The Peak District is a great place for walking, cycling and climbing. If you fancy a day cycling in the area, why not head along the Monsal Trail to Hassop Station (EQM) where you will find a café and bookshop located in the historic railway station. Hire a bicycle from here (or the closer Blackwell Mill) and check out their electric bike showroom.

Other nearby attractions with EQMs are Blaze Farm, Haddon Hall and Chatsworth. Blaze Farm, just over the border in Cheshire, boasts an ice-cream parlour and tearoom selling Hilly Billy ices, made on the farm from its own dairy herd. Follow one of the nature trails and watch the farmers at work throughout the year. Haddon Hall, on the way to Bakewell, is recognised as one of the most romantic houses in Britain. With an enchanting atmosphere and beautiful terraced gardens overlooking the River Wye, the Hall has welcomed visitors for centuries. As well as being one of the most popular attractions in the Peak District, the Chatsworth Estate runs sustainability projects with social, economic and environmental responsibility in mind, including renewable energy projects and local food and drink products which are sold at their award-winning farm shop.

For cheese-lovers there is The Old Cheese Shop in Hartington, a picturesque village just outside of Buxton, which also has an EQM. They make their own cheese and also stock other locally-made cheeses, as well as local and British wines and accompanying condiments.

For those interested in the local community, Transition Buxton is an organisation focused on sustainable, environmentally-friendly living. It runs various projects in the town and has public events throughout the year. Visit one of its initiatives, the Serpentine Community Farm – a community allotment and orchard – and buy local produce including vegetables and herbs grown onsite.

Buxton is also home to other environmentally-friendly businesses including Buxton Press, which has won the Environmental Company of the Year Award, and Nestlé Waters UK whose Buxton Water Bottling Plant at Waterswallows has a zero-to-landfill waste policy and is powered by renewable energy. They’re working on the plastic bottles!

Farmers Markets

The perfect place to pick up delicious, local, fresh and seasonal, produce all year round.


Buxton is a perfect base to explore the Peak District by bicycle.


Buxton is surrounded on three sides by the Peak District National Park with its beautiful scenery.

Poole’s Cavern

The first “Wonder of the Peak”. This great limestone cavern is one of the finest show caves in England.

Discover Buxton Tours

A wide range of guided, historical tours and costumed experiences either on foot or aboard their unique vehicle.

This website is owned and managed by Vision Buxton, Registered in England, No.4309544 (Limited by Guarantee).

Vision Buxton is a membership organisation which brings together local businesses, community groups and individuals who are all passionate about making Buxton an even better place to live work and play.

Registered Office:
12 Hardwick Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6BN.

Vision Buxton is proudly sponsored by

How to get listed on this website

Share This