There's so much to see, do and enjoy in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales & Peak District National Park...
The small village of Two Dales, complete with pub, lies between the popular towns of Matlock and Bakewell, capital town of the UK's oldest national park, the Peak District. Close to Chatsworth House, awarded the title of UK's finest Stately Home by the Times in a recent poll, all five cottages are well-placed for a holiday in the Derbyshire Dales which adjoins the Peak Park itself.
Whether you intend to enjoy lots of walking or perhaps lots of doing absolutely nothing (!) you have the choice of these options and everything in between too. Fancy Sunday lunch on a steam train? You've got it, just 5 minutes up the road. How about an afternoon in England's finest Medieval House followed by sumptuous Bakewell Pudding in Bakewell? No problem, that's all within easy reach.
Matlock Bath or 'Derbyshire-on-Sea', as some choose to call it, is a mecca for motorcyclists at weekends and the range of fish and chip shops, amusement arcades and other entertainment will keep the family happy for hours. If that's not your cup of tea, you can choose to expore the famous Peak District gritstone edges where rock climbing routes abound for climbers of all skill-levels.
Blue John Caven, Castleton - The world famous Blue John Cavern in Castleton in the Peak District has been said to be the finest that can be seen by the general public in Western Europe.
There are great facilities including a new cafe (open at weekends) to enjoy a light snack before or after your tour of the cavern.
Also visit the fabulous shops, one at the Cavern & one in the village, to view some of the stunning Blue John jewellery and gifts available.
Carsington Water is renowned for its variety of activities, shops, places to eat and things to see and do in general, it's also a great place to just come and get away from it all for a while.
Why not go and stretch your legs for a bit, breathe in the natural beauty and soak up the atmosphere here at Carsington Water. Take to the water, hire a bike, do some fishing or go for a walk and taste the outdoors, there is something for everyone of any age. When you get back, come and relax in the Mainsail Restaurant or Watermark Cafe and have a browse through the shops.
Up & coming events
Snowdrop Walk - Hopton Hall
Drifts of delicate snowdrops across 5 acres of woodland
Open each day between Friday 1st February and Sunday 3rd March 2019 open from 10.30am closes at 4.00pm
The current Hopton Hall can trace its roots back to the 1400’s when it boasted an estate of 3,700 acres, some of which now stands under the Carsington Reservoir.
Since 1996, Spencer has gradually cleared and restored the woodland and its walks. This has produced wonderful displays of snowdrops and aconites. The more we clear, so more of them appear.
After much dedicated hard work, we have added a laburnum tunnel and a number of walks, the beech, badger and spring walks: a small arboretum and pinetum have been created as well as the generation of two small ponds and a wildlife lake.
Within the walled garden we have restored the crinkle crankle wall on which the beech hedge at Chatsworth was modelled and created two large Rose gardens consisting of some 2,000 roses and 5,000 box plants!
Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football Game
Each year on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, one of the world's oldest, largest, longest and maddest football games takes place. The two teams consist of around a hundred players, and the playing field is 3 miles long, 2 miles wide and has the town of Ashbourne in the middle!
19th - 26th April - Hardwick Hall at Easter
- This Easter at Hardwick, spend the holidays taking part in the family activities, the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt (19th - 22nd April), a chance to see the 'We are Bess' exhibition in the Hall, walks, wildlife and plenty of fresh air and outdoors to explore.
10th - 12th May 2019
Dobson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials -
A three-day event of thrilling world-class equestrian sport, combined with entertainment for all the family in the beautiful surroundings of Chatsworth Park
30th May - 5th June
Tissington Well Dressings
. Tissington in Derbyshire, is a well managed estate village which has an ideal blend of duckpond, trees, cottages, church, tearooms and an old hall. To many, Tissington seems to be the model village.
5th - 9th June
RHS Flower Show Chatsworth House -
A delightful mix of gardening inspiration, spectacular summer colour, have-a-go workshops and unique shopping within a magnificent setting of Chatsworth House and Gardens
30th August - 1st September
Chatsworth Country Fair
- The Chatsworth Country Fair is one of England's most spectacular annual outdoor events. Held in the Chatsworth Park in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, it attracts visitors from all over the country for a family fun day out.
With a packed programme of grand ring entertainment, a cookery theatre and fine food village, there's lots to see and do. In the showground, you can try your hand at heritage country sports, rural country crafts, and admire the vintage and military vehicles on display.
The Chatsworth Country Fair is a truly memorable day out for all the family, with all the fun of the vintage fairground for the young and young at heart.