Poppy fields near Chatsworth House

Our favourite places to visit in Derbyshire and the Peak District

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Now our movements, rightly so, are restricted. Although we can’t travel there are still so many lovely sights all around the world. So, we thought we would share some of our favourite places in Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Dale Road in Matlock

Walking from Derwent House around Matlock offers the opportunity to window shop in some of the wonderful independent shops. Dale Road has a great range of antique and vintage shops. The window displays are varied an interesting. This display offers a real glimpse into the past, from photographs, handwritten notes to some wonderful items from the natural world.

Independent shop window in Matlock

Lumsdale Falls, Matlock

Heading up from the centre of Matlock, along the Chesterfield Road, takes you towards Lumsdale Valley. The valley is a scheduled ancient monument includes several mill ruins. The landscape is punctuated by a range streams and falls. The changing position of the sun always seems to give this area something new to see. The site is the property of the Arkwright society, who provide access to the public. It is a wonderful site for photography.

Lumsdale falls in Matlock

Edensor, part of the Chatsworth Estate

Edensor is a lovely small village, picture perfect at any time of the year. The church, St. Peter’s, stands imposingly in the middle of the village overlooking the green. The church is a grade one listed building and was built in the 1860s, for the seventh Duke of Devonshire, who resided at close by Chatsworth House. The picture, shows the church steeple, towering above the village. This walk around the Chatsworth Estate offers some stunning views.

View of Edensor, part of Chatsworth estate

The Chatsworth Estate

As you enter the Chatworth Estate, just at the side of the garden centre, is our starting place on the walk that takes you back into Edensor, as shown on the image above. This is lovely walk at any time of the year. As you head down the lane, heading towards the woods above Edensor village, there is a paddock that often has two donkeys in. There inquisitiveness is infectious. Jasper, our dog, who lives at Glendon Bed and Breakfast, is fascinated by them, as you can see. If we have a spare apple, it needs to be divided equally between three on this walk!

Donkeys at Edensor village with Jasper the dog

Summer Poppy field near Baslow

Last summer, on a trip out, we discovered this wonderful field of poppies near Baslow. We had not seen such a large field of poppies up so close. Walking around the field on a sunny day, was just wonderful. The poppies were both delicate but imposing. Offing a richness and vivid colour to the landscape. If ever a reminder was needed of the wonderful impact of nature this surely must be it.

Stanton Moor

Stanton Moor managed by the National Trust is situated between Bakewell and Matlock. As well as some wonderful landscape, it is also the home of the Nine Ladies stone circle. The stone circle is a Bronze Age monument, and is meant to depict nine ladies, who were turned to stone, for dancing on a Sunday. As well as the stone circle, there are several tracks providing some great walks across the moorland.

Stone circle at Stanton Moor with dog in the middle

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is one of the great historic houses located in the Peak District. It has been the home of the Cavendish family for the past six centuries. The original mansion was built by Bess of Hardwick. The house has some wonderful architecture and recently the window frames were repainted in gold guilt, which offers a stunning view of the house when looking towards it on a sunny day. As well as the stunning architecture of the house, the formal gardens are a real favourite of gardeners.

Interior of Chatsworth House

The emergence of nature at springtime

As well as some of the lovely sights of Derbyshire and the Peak District many of the natural sights are visible throughout the UK. One of the common sights in spring and the summer are insects. As well as the creepy crawly types, that many people may not be too keen on, there are butterflies and moths. Lepidoptera, the order that butterflies and moths are part of consists of over 150,000 species. One of the early butterflies to emerge each year is the orange-tip butterfly. This picture was captured on one of the dandelions in the garden and are common at this time of year.

Yellow spring butterfly in Derbyshire

The moorland heather

The Peak District National Park, the first national park to be designated in the UK back in the 1950s. The majority of the Peak District is situated in north Derbyshire; however, the park also extends into South Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. Around August the heather starts to emerge and covers large areas of the moorland in a blanket of purple. When you next visit the Peak District, you may be lucky enough to see a mountain hare, and against the heather they can be more easily sighted. But you will still have to look very closely and be very lucky.

Moorland heather in the Peak District

Cromford Canal

The Cromford canal was built to transport products produced at Cromford Mill and marked the beginning of the industrial revolution. In England this was the origin of factories as we know them today as production moved from individual homes and workshops to more formal and larger settings. The canal provides a lovely level walk form Cromford through to Ambergate. Throughout much of the year it is possible to take trip along the canal in a traditional barge. And on certain days the barge is drawn in the traditional style with a horse. This picture was taken last summer when we were coming back along the canal, on a walk with Jasper.

Pub on the Cromford Canal

The Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail formed part of the railway line built by Midland railway in 1863 and remained open until 1968. After this the railway line remained unused for several years. However, the splendid view of the viaduct as captured int this shot, remained a prominent and imposing sight. This shot is taken form Monsal Head and was taken earlier this year as the sun was starting to set.

Bridge along the Monsal Trail at Monsal Head

1981 heralded a new beginning for the disused railway when it reopened as a cycle trail. The trail is over eight miles long and runs from the East of Buxton and to the edge of Bakewell. The trail is a real favourite of cyclists. Along the trail are six tunnels and this makes it ideal for both cycling and walking. Along the trail there are also some great refreshment stops! This picture was taken in early March when walking with friends and again, Jasper.

People in Monsal trail tunnel with their dog

While pictures are not quite the same as experiencing the sights directly, we hope you enjoy our quick tour through Derbyshire. The time when we can meet together again for family gatherings and celebrations will come. And of course, as part of this we all look forward to enjoying the sights and sounds of the outdoors. That time will come and when it does it you decide to pay a visit to Derbyshire it will be lovely to see you at Derwent House or Glendon. Until then stay safe, stay well.

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