Towns and Villages
Buxton – Buxton is a beautiful old market and spa town in the very heart of the Peak District. It is the highest town in the whole of England. It is a great base to explore the rest of the Peak District National Park and is well known amongst other reasons, for its bottled water. Key parts to visit are the Buxton Opera House, Pavilion Gardens, Market Place, Spring Gardens (Shopping centre and street). There are shops galore, with cafés and bars littered around the town for respite. Spring Gardens is pedestrianised and has a wide range of shops and specialist designer boutiques.
Eyam – Eyam, (pronounced ‘eem’,) is a beautiful, historic village in the Peak National Park in England. Eyam is famous due to the Black Death of 1665. An outbreak of the plague was contained when the villagers decided to isolate from the surrounding communities. It is also known that some of the village population were genetically unique and naturally immune to this very deadly disease. Some of their descendants still live in Eyam. There is plenty to do and see in the village.
Millers Dale and the Monsal Trail – Running from Bakewell to Near Buxton is a former railway line has been converted to a walking and cycling track called the Monsal Trail. Recently all the tunnels have been reopened so you can walk or cycle from Bakewell to near Buxton on the old railway itself, and there are numerous other tracks and country lanes nearby. The old paths are still there that bypassed the tunnels when they were closed off, so you can add variation to the return walk by using these. The nearest bike hire is available at either end of the trail.
Buxton Country Park – Old mine working on the outskirts of Buxton were cleared and covered with a tree plantation by one of the Dukes of Devonshire. This has now developed into country park with footpaths leading to Solomon’s Temple on Grin Low. If you fancy a half mile walk, it provides superb views over beautiful Buxton.
Making The Most Of Your Visit To Derbyshire
Hargate Hall based in wormhill, Buxton, is perfectly situated for anyone looking to explore Derbyshire. No matter what your reason for visiting the area, there’s something for everyone. From romantic breaks away to family trips and everything in between, you’ll find something to enjoy in Derbyshire. From sprawling countryside walks to fantastic local eateries and much more, be sure to book your visit to Derbyshire today and stay at Hargate Hall.
Quad Biking & Paint Balling – Wild Park Derbyshire The Premier UK Activity Centre
Go Ape – Go Ape have a tree based ropes course near Pooles Cavern on the edge of Buxton. This is great fun and well worth a visit goape.co.uk/days-out/buxton
Cycling – Cycling and Walking Holidays in the Peak District www.peak-tours.com
Caves – There are several caves that are open to the public and that are easy to access – i.e. you don’t need full caving gear and no diving under water to get to hidden tunnels! These include Pooles Cavern, Blue John & Treak Cliff Cavern, www.speedwellcavern.co.uk Speedwell cavern, Peak Cavern. Most of these are in and around Castleton with the exception of Pooles cavern which is in Buxton.
Pony Trekking – Ladybooth Equestrian Centre offer Pony Trekking / Escorted Rides which are suitable for the complete beginner to the more experienced rider. All the treks are escorted and are only suitable for people aged 12 or over, and range from 1 Hour to a Full Day. For children under the age of 12 we offer the Farm Ride – a chance to experience the thrill of riding out – whilst still remaining on our farm land. Buxton Riding School During the school holidays we have “OWN A PONY FOR A DAY!” and also “RIDING HOLIDAY WEEKS” This includes hiring a pony for a week (or bring your own if you have one), learning to look after them and get them ready for a show. For the older more experienced riders this includes cross country riding, dressage and show jumping!
Abseiling – Abseiling Derbyshire Millers Dale Bridge provides the most spectacular Peak District abseil site. Here you can have your Derbyshire abseiling adrenaline rush, jumping off a man-made structure, a redundant one at that, so you are now helping us recycle!
Blackbrook Zoological Park and Peak Wildlife Park – Blackbrook Zoo;Opened in 1991, Blackbrook Zoological Park is the largest bird park in the UK. Set in over 30 acres of Staffordshire countryside, with stunning views from every angle, the park is a haven for over 300 species of birds and animals. The vast collection at Blackbrook attracts visitors every year from all over the world to view the many species and the beautifully landscaped areas that have been lovingly created.
Chestnut Centre – Our Conservation and Wildlife Park, located in scenic Peak District National Park of Derbyshire, is set in 50 acres of landscaped grounds and is home, not only to a unique collection of birds and animals, but to many wild birds and mammals.
Heights of Abraham – Visit the Heights of Abraham in the heart of the Peak District and you’ll soon discover that the spectacular cable car ride high above the Derwent Valley is just the start of a truly unique day out!