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The Peak District National Park, Britain’s first national park which covers 555 square miles in the heart of the UK, with protected landscapes and wildlife. The area is wild and wonderful with spectacular countryside and views. A fantastic setting for out door pursuits, walking, cycling, potholing, climbing and abseiling and yachting. There are plenty of places to eat out; eating locally produced ingredients (See the eating out section).
Chesterfield, famous for the Crooked Spire on St Mary and All Saints Parish Church, the open air market, held on Monday, Friday and Saturday and the Bric à brac market on a Thursday. The Revolution House and Chesterfield Museum are well worth a visit.
Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire of the Cavendish Family. The estate is free to walk/drive in, with ticketed entry to the House, the ornamental gardens, and to the Rare Breeds Farm and adventure playground. Remember to visit the farm shop at Pilsley, for fresh, high quality estate products.
Bakewell, a beautiful market town in the heart of Derbyshire and the Peak District, home of the Bakewell Pudding. There is an open air weekly market in the centre of the town held every Monday, along with the cattle market in the agricultural centre.
Haddon Hall, a medieval manor house belonging to the Manners Family which is open to the public and has an extremely good restaurant for meals and cream teas.
Matlock and Matlock Bath, spa town and interesting place to visit, a haven for motor bikers, with walks along the river Derwent; Arkwright’s Mill at Cromford; Gulliver’s kingdom for the delight of families with young children. The Derwent valley Mills is a world heritage site stretching from Derby to Cromford.
Caudwell’s Mill at Rowsley, a unique working Grade II listed historic roller flour mill powered by the waters of the River Wye.
Eyam, the Plague Village where the residents isolated themselves to stop the disease spreading in the 17th Century.
Tideswell, a picturesque limestone village. The parish church is called “the Cathedral of the Peak”.
Buxton, a magnificent Georgian and Victorian spa town home to Buxton Water.
Castleton, the Blue John Mines and natural caves including Peak Cavern (the Devil’s Arse), Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cavern, whilst on the hillside above is Peveril Castle.
Ashover, is one of the prettiest villages in Derbyshire, with four pubs, a micro brewery, and a friendly country show.
Ashbourne, a Georgian market town, with lots of antique dealers and a good selection of family run shops.
Wirksworth, an old lead mining town, home to the Wirksworth Festival Art and Architecture Trail, in September.
Sheffield, for the theatres the Crucible and the Lyceum, quality museums, galleries, top class shopping, including many boutique and independent shops on Ecclesall Road, sport facilities and parks including the Botanical Gardens.
Creswell Crags Museum and Visitors centre, a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves. Ice age dwellers decorated the cave walls between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago.
Rufford Abbey Country Park, 150 acres of mature parkland, woodland and gardens. Ruins of a medieval monastery; a contemporary craft centre ; children’s play village; sculpture trail; special events – an inexpensive day out.
Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, (since 2002) contains some of the oldest trees in Europe. Veteran oaks five centuries old including the Major Oak, which is estimated 800 years old and still producing acorns. The 450 acre country park is fabled to be Robin Hood country.
Crich Tramway Village situated high up in the heart of Derbyshire, overlooking the Derwent Valley, the tramway village is a restored period village home to the National tramway Museum and Archives.
Alton Towers theme park (special offers on tickets often available in the press etc.)
Bolsover Castle, built on the site of a medieval fortress. Sir Charles Cavendish bought the fortress in 1612 and started his Little Castle project, completed by his son William from 1617 to the 1630’s. There are today lots of events including period re-enactments.
Hardwick Hall, Elizabeth Countess of Shrewsbury, (the richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I), built Hardwick Hall, this was the last and greatest house built by Bess. A beautiful example of Elizabethan architecture, ES written in stone on the towers and “Hardwick Hall, more window than wall”.
Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Britain's last surviving working roundhouse. It houses a considerable number of locomotives. It is run by enthusiasts and there are always a number of locos in states of restoration. Events are hosted through the year, including a very popular beer festival.
And plenty more ……