Holidays in Derbyshire
With a stunning countryside of wild moors, green hills, grey-stone villages and remote farmland, Derbyshire is the ideal place to escape from city life and have a relaxing holiday, walking, cycling, sightseeing and simply enjoying the fresh air.
Other beautiful counties surround Derbyshire. To the north is Yorkshire, while Nottingham and Staffordshire flank it to the east and west. Part of Derbyshire falls within the Peak District National Park, one of the most popular national parks in the whole of Europe, and it’s easy to see why, with its wild and beautiful landscape dotted with picturesque villages.
Things to do in Debryshire
The High Peak area of Derbyshire has Buxton in its midst. The Romans called the town Aquae Arnmetiae due to its warm springs, and Buxton remains popular with visitors to this day. 500 square miles of national park surround the town, amongst which lies Castleton, overlooked by Man Tor. See the Norman ruin of Peveril Castle or go underground to the Treak Cliff Cavern, which showcases Blue John, a mineral only found in Castleton.
Alfreton, once a coal mining town, is in the Amber Valley area of Derbyshire, and has plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants. The historic town of Ripley has the Midland Railway heritage museum to visit, plus pottery tours and a factory shop at Denby Visitor Centre. Belper is a market town in the Derwent Valley. Stroll around the peaceful Belper River Gardens before exploring the town’s shops and restaurants.
The beautiful market town of Bakewell goes back to Saxon times. The town’s church dates back to 920AD, and the River Wye runs through it. Take a look at the Old House Museum and the Old Town Hall. Near to Bakewell is Haddon Hall, an 800 year-old mansion house featuring medieval and Tudor architecture and gardens.
Hathersage in the Hope Valley area is a great base for walkers and climbers as it’s near Stanage Edge. The Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve with its five limestone valleys all within the Peak District National Park is a great place to go walking. Getting outdoors is really what a holiday to Derbyshire is all about. –
- Top Attraction Chatsworth House, a 10-minute drive from Bakewell, is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been in the Cavendish family for 16 generations. With 30 rooms to explore including State Rooms, richly furnished bedrooms and a sculpture gallery, it is worth spending a whole day there.
- When to go: A holiday to Derbyshire is all about getting outdoors and exploring the countryside. The landscape in spring and autumn is stunning, while summer is popular with families. Whatever the season go prepared and make sure to pack raincoats.
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