Make the most of your stay in the Derbyshire Peak District National Park Pictured above - Haddon Hall
* Chatsworth Park is open all winter for free including the Stables Courtyard with restaurant and shops
Chatsworth House & Gardens opens on march 19th 2016. For details of event/tickets etc
Chatsworth Farmshop is open all year 5 mins drive to the park, 10 mins to the house.
* Haddon Hall opens for Easter March - 4th April . During April open sat/ sun /monday only. May - September - open daily from 10.30
* Tissington Hall - A delightful village with simply stunning Hall. Enjoy a stroll around the village abd a leisurely lunch at 'Herberts' converted barn tearooms. - well worth a visit and hire bikes and enjoy cycling along the Tissington Trail.http://www,tissingtonhall.co.uk
Bakewell, Matlock & Ashbourne
With many small villages nearby, many with pubs & each with their own character there are too many to list. We are just a 5 minute drive from the Victorian spa town of Matlock and a little further is Matlock Bath with The Heights of Abraham.
The market town of Bakewell with shops, antiques. Taste the the original Bakewell Pudding ! Market day is every Monday ( livestock & street markets running ), with an exta large market on Bank Holidays.
The Georgian town of Ashbourne is a 30 minute & very attractive drive a few lovely smart shops and antiques, close by is the stunning Dovedale crossing on the stepping stones to Pickering Torr and the Twelve Apostles rock formations and cross the river on the great stepping stones.
Activities - Walking
The Peak District National Park offers a varied and beautiful landscape and best of all, it's free! With craggy gritstone ridges such as Froggat & Curbar Edge to enjoy a stroll and soak up the amazing views. Towards the far end of the Hope valley are wide valleys and big hills, such as Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, Winn & Lose hill. Nearby is the bustling village of Castleton with its caverns to visit where the mining of the unique Blue john stone has taken place for centuries. The small town has cafes, pub, jewellery and blue john giftware shops.
Closer to home the landscape is a little gentler with rolling hills criss crossed with public footpaths and dotted with villages most of which have a pub - so handy for a pit stop!
The Peak District offers something for every level for the cyclist. Follow the converted railway lines of The Tissington Trail and the Monsal Trail- hire bikes and enjoy a gentle but pleasurable ride, passing through the old stations, through the bridges or detour into the villages such as Great Longstone. For the keen cyclists - there is all the challenge and scenery you could ask for!
Other Activities locally include Fishing, Climbing, Abseiling and Riding, Bike Hire and guided walks
Excursions - Fancy a special treat - A tour of the Peak District in a vintage open top 1926 Model A Ford Convertible!
This is a truly unique experience - offering a range of tour options Steven will whisk you away and entertain you with his wit and enthusiasm whilst driving through secret lanes and showing you often hidden treasures of the Peak District. This is a perfect way to see the sights, not to be forgotten ! (follow the link and read the reviews )
Other excursions include Peak Rail ( A steam railway run bu volunteers runs steam and old diesel engines up and down Darley Dale see http://www.peakrail.co.uk
Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath includes a trip up on a gondola cablecar with a birds eye of this part of the Derwent Valley. There is a visitor centre and restaurant , and tours of the illuminated as caverns Great Masson and the Great Rutland Caverni as well as woodland walk high above the town. see http://www.heightsofabraham.com
John Smedley Luxury Knitwear is based in Lea Bridge 10 min drive - It is Britains oldest fine knitwear factory with factory shop - very good value !
You can park at Cromford Mill and stroll around the shops and walk along Cromford canal and the footpath the Lea Bridge if you feel like a pleasant gentle walk )
David Mellor Factory/shop/museum and cafe/shop - Arguably one of the Uk s leading silversmiths & industrial designer ( yes he designed the traffic light ! ), built the factory on the site of a former gas works in Hathersage. The circular building being built on the footprint of the original tower was a very forward thinking in its time and with the fabulous kitchen ware in the shop is well worth a visit - love it!
Antiques - Matlock, Bakewell & Ashbourne all offer an array of vintage through to fine antiques, there are art galleries locally and craft centre