Chatsworth is one of Britain’s best loved historic houses and estates. The home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire is set in the magnificent landscape of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park. There are five miles of walks with rare trees, shrubs, formal hedges, temples, sculptures old and new, streams and ponds. You are welcome to picnic in the garden, there are no signs saying 'keep off the grass', and dogs on leads are also very welcome. Younger visitors and families particularly enjoy the farmyard with its wide variety of animals and their young, and the spectacular woodland adventure playground. From milking demonstrations and the daily animal handling sessions, to fabulous water play and spiral slides, there is something for everyone. The house, garden, farmyard, adventure playground, gift shops and restaurant are open every day until 23rd December.
Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Present-day Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century, whereupon it lay dormant for over two hundred years from 1700 until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens, and once again made it habitable. Enjoy a tour around the house and grounds and bask in the romance and history of this Derbyshire treasure.
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Carsington has several miles of well-maintained tracks that can be explored on foot. There are three recommended circular walks that all begin from the visitor centre. For bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts there is wildlife centre a short walk from the main visitor centre.
Carsington is situated off the B5035 between Ashbourne and Wirksworth.
The Monsal Trail
A traffic free route that is perfect for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair uses. Take in the beautiful limestone dales of the Peaks, the magnificent tunnels that have made up part of the route since the closure of the former Midland Railway Line. Cycle hire is available, along with maps for a variety of routes for all abilities.
Castleton and The Mines
Castleton is just a short drive from Bakewell and is home to the picturesque caverns of the Peaks. Accessible through the dramatic Winnats Pass, you’re sure to appreciate the breath-taking views which this area of the Peaks has to offer. Towering over the town is Mam Tor, a popular climb that is suitable for all abilities. Peveril Castle has a Norman story to discover, while the show caves at Poole’s Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern and Peak Cavern – ‘The Devil’s Arse’ – are equally beautiful (and certainly not as sinister as they sound!).
Froggatt, Curbar & White Edges
This walk visits Curbar, Froggatt and White Edges, which are all gritstone edges in the eastern sector of Peak District National Park. The edges offer good walking and this route is typical of what is on offer in this part of Derbyshire. It is recommended you take a map with you when following a walk route.
OS Grid Ref SK261747
Lat 53.268654 // Long -1.610125
Heights of Abraham
Hilltop Park reached by cable car, with cavern tours, walking trails, fossil exhibitions and cafe.
Dale Rd, Matlock
Late 17th-century house with sumptuous interiors
- Lavish interior featured in the BBC's 'Pride and Prejudice'
- Home to one of the grandest long galleries and staircases in England
- Uncover life 'below stairs' with our Meet the Butler tours
- Encounter the feel and smells of the past in special treasure chests
The National Trust Museum of Childhood
Housed in the 19th-century service wing of Sudbury Hall, the Museum contains fascinating displays about children from the 18th century onwards.
There are chimney climbs for adventurous 'sweep-sized' youngsters, a Victorian schoolroom and a fine collection of toys, games and dolls.
Dovedale is a valley in the Peak District of England. Dovedale is a renowned beauty spot, around 2-3 miles along the river Dove, with stunning scenery and many walks. A dramatic limestone ravine, busy with wildlife and rare wild flowers Impressive rock outcrops, tranquil woodlands and of course the much-loved stepping stones which cross the River Dove.
The land is owned by the National Trust
Bakewell Pudding Parlour
The famous Pudding and Tart has been handmade, on-site, for over thirty years. Popular with tourists and locals alike, our shop stocks a wide variety of cakes, pastries and sandwiches to take away. Hotel guests are invited to make up their lunchbox in the Pudding Parlour to keep them energised for a day of exploration in the Peak District.
You can also visit the Bakewell Pudding Parlour’s website by clicking here!
Restaurant Lovage by Lee Smith
Chef Owner Lee Smith has recently moved closer to his Mansfield hometown to fulfil his dreams of opening his own restaurant. After 16 year of grafting, Lee has worked his way up from a pot washer to head chef,
with achievements such as holding one Michelin star and becoming a finalist for his region in the 2019 Great British Menu. Lee’s passion is cooking food that is sentimental to his upbringing and reflects his growth as a chef. He has a community conscious
mind-set which has planted the seed for his latest endeavour to open restaurant Lovage
- A modern British restaurant with a casual country vibe.
Visit the picturesque home of the Dambusters. Just a short drive from both Castleton and Bakewell, take in the glorious views of Howden, Derwent and Ladybower. During the Second World War, Derwent was used by the brave pilots of 617 Squadron as they made practice runs for low-level flying ahead of Operation Chastise. Visit the Derwent Valley Museum to see the plaques dedicated to the heroes of 1943. Check their website for occasional flypasts featuring the magnificent machines that carried the pilots to war.
Riverside Fish and Chips
Our team at Riverside cannot wait to serve you the freshest fish and chips in Bakewell. With queues to the door, make sure you arrive promptly. Clean white cod and haddock, served in the beautifully light batter, alongside twice-cooked chips. What better snack to accompany your walk by the River Wye?
The canal can be explored from the towpath between Cromford Wharf and Ambergate, a distance of just over five miles. The walk from Cromford Wharf to High Peak Junction is suitable for pushchair's and wheel chairs. Wheatcroft’s Wharf Café is located opposite the cromford mill, Relax and unwind by the water and enjoy a light lunch.
Lea Gardens and Nursery
The nursery specializes in rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmias that will happily grow outdoors in Derbyshire at an altitude of 700 feet. Whilst at the Gardens, be sure to visit the Teashop with its varied menu of light lunches and a delicious selection of home baked cakes, accompanied by tea, coffee or cold drinks. Ice creams are also available.
CLOSED UNTIL 1ST MARCH 2022 (other than for plant sales, which continue throughout the year).
Our in-season opening hours are 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Telephone: 01629 534 380
DE4 5GH (Note that this post code will take you to the junction of Long Lane and Lea Main Road)
Matlock is situated at the south eastern edge of the Peak District. The town is twinned with the French town Eaubonne. The former spa resort Matlock Bath lies immediately south of the town on the A6
Matlock Bath is known as a tourist destination, with attractions including the Heights of Abraham park, Gulliver's Kingdom theme park and Matlock Bath Aquarium .The original railway station also exists and this still brings visitors in their thousands. The village portrays a 'seaside' resort image with plenty of fish and chip shops.
Set on a stunning with fabulous views designed for families with children aged between the years of 2 and 13. The wide range of rides and attractions - from the Western World and pirates play area, to the log flume and Drop Tower – makes Gulliver's Kingdom one of the best theme parks in the UK for children.
Chesterfield is a market town in Derbyshire. Take a day in Chesterfield itself to find out how the ‘Crooked Spire’ got its twist. Or go bargain hunting on Chesterfield Market every Monday, Friday or Saturday. Get a taste of history at Chesterfield Museum or spend an evening at the Theatre. It lies 24 miles north of Derby and 11 miles south of Sheffield.