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Chatsworth House, Gardens, Farm, and Playground
  •     Gardens are beautiful and you can take your dog
  •     Our dog loved all the streams and fountains in the grounds
  •     Fab !  Walk in the grounds or gardens; inside the house I cannot describe – just go and see for yourself
  •     Stunning gardens.  Lift in house for disabled access.  Staff were very helpful and all were extremely knowledgeable. 
  •     Worth going for the gardens alone
  •     If weather in nice, take a picnic as your don’t have to ‘keep off the grass’; there are also lots of outside seating for dogs and humans !
  •     I expected great things, but this really surpassed all expectations – expensive but well worth a visit
  •     We only paid entry for the gardens, took a picnic, and spent the full day there
  •     You can get driven in an electric buggy around the garden (a bonus for small people who don’t want to walk far…)
  •     The Cascades in the garden are lovely and our dog loved paddling and cooling off
  •     Excellent playground kept us occupied for a long time
  •     Farm has milking demonstrations, cute piglets and small animals to stroke
  •     Stunning adventure playground - probably the best we've ever seen for a huge age range (2 years +)
  •     Stables restaurant fantastic  - great fod and service.  Good range of meals that were presented beautifully and tasted wonderful
  •     We made use of the electric buggy to take us round the gardens - the driver was worth the extra cost for the great information he provided
  •     Lots of suprises in the gardens for the children - including a 'coal tunnel' used to fuel the greenhouses
Chatsworth Farm Shop
  •     Excellent quality – worth the few pence more than Tesco would charge for greatly inferior produce.
  •     A beef pie in the freezer to take home, perhaps ?  And as for the chocolate cake…

Poole’s Cavern, Buxton
  •     Very good on a rainy day
  •     Very cold in cave so wrap up warm + sturdy footware
  •     Informative guided tour lasts about 45 minutes
  •     Very friendly staff
  •     Add on a stroll up to Solomon's Temple

Masson Mills Museum, Matlock Bath

  •     Impressive working looms plus a 4-storey shopping complex on site

Peak Cavern , Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern

  •     Worth visiting on a wet day !
  •     You can take your dog with you into Treak Cliff Cavern


  •     I’d recommend posting a Bakewell Pudding to family/friends from the Old Pudding Shop – they absolutely loved it   and it arrived the next day
  •     You must sample a Bakewell Pudding – very scrummy
  •     Monday is market day – great if you like the hustle and bustle
  •     Fantastic playpark in the recreation ground - take towels and swimsuits for kids as there is a water-splash play area which our 3 year old loved !

Ilam Park, Ilam

  •     Italian Garden is lovely, also the walks are nice. Visit Ilam Park today for a great day out © National Trust
  •     Good stroll to do with children - don't have to go very far and lots of things for them to explore plus lovely NT tea shop
  •     Walk along the river from the church, see bubbling springs at the river's edge and - in spring - smell the carpets of wild garlic
Pavillion Gardens, Buxton

  •     Well kept park ideal for families and dogs to spend a pleasant Sunday morning – refreshments in the Pavillion
The Quiet Woman, Earl Sterndale

  •     Definitely worth a visit just to see it !  Owners very welcoming.  We sat outside after a long walk and climb up Chrome Hill and had well earned crisps and drink.  Excellent pint of Guinness
  •     Worth stopping in for a pint !  Ken is full of humour

Northfield Farm Pony Trek, Flash

  •     My husband had never been on a horse before and the staff were excellent in providing reassurance and support to ensure he had an enjoyable experience – brilliant !
  •     Good horses and fun with lots of awareness of safety
  •     Book early as seems to be very busy


  •     Visit the cheese shop
  •     The Devonshire Arms is very dog friendly
Flea Market, Chesterfield

  •     A good morning’s rummage
Chestnut Centre, Chapel-en-le-Frith

  •     Lovely nature trail and excellent enclosures for owls and otters
  •     We went on a wet day, but alot of it is amongst the trees so we didn't feel the rain
  •     Loved the friendly, chatty otters and spotting the other animals
  •     Lots of cute otters; also owls, scottish wildcats and deer
  •     Reasonable priced
Haddon Hall, near Bakewell

  •     Very atmospheric and not over cluttered with furniture.  Gardens are beautiful
  •     A must for fans of costume dramas; Jane Eyre was filmed here three times !
  •     Terrific cafe for lunch, especially if the weather is nice and you can sit outdoors by the river
  •     Not suitable for the less mobile
Derbyshire Craft Centre, Calver

  •     An Aladdin’s Cave – good ideas for presents
Go Ape, Buxton

  •     The zip wire and Tarzan swing was fantastic fun; my mum, my sister and I all loved being in the tree tops
  •     An expensive adventure but my husband and son spent more than 3 hours doing things that I wouldn't dare to do, but that memories are made of !

The Bookshop, Brierlow Bar

  •     A must – we always seem to lose a couple of hours in there…
  •     You can take your dog into the shop – most unusual and very welcome

Electric Bikes

  •     Stopped at Ashbourne and recharged the batteries (we walked around, had lunch) then headed home.  In total 35 miles and we didn’t even feel tired
  •     A must !
  •     We cycled (with a little electric help) to Ashbourne and back.  Plan for a full day to allow time for a battery re-charge
  •     Rode to Hartington (via Longnor and Sheen) where the cheese shop was worth the effort - yum !

M & C Motorcycle Collection, Bakewell

  •     Over 50 lovingly restored bikes including two Brough Superiors and a Vincent Rapid.  The two men who run the collection are very friendly and love to chat about bikes.  Check for opening times…

Eyam Church

  •     Walk round the village, visit the museum and church to discover how the Plague came to Eyam with devastating consequences…
  •     Follow the 'Plague Trail'
  •     Play park by the big car park

  •     Sample the water from St. Ann’s Well
  •     There’s a great gift shop in the recently refurbished Pavillion

  •     Busy little town, with great views from Peveril Castle
  •    Good information Centre next to the main car park
  •     Spectacular views from Peveril Castle
  •     Mam Tor offers spectacular views and you must see the road now abandoned because of continual landslides
  •     Highly recommend a drink in Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn
  •     Make sure you drive through Winnats Pass
Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath

  •     30 minutes drive from Wheeldon Trees
  •     Go early to get a parking place close to the entrance
  •     Cable car and mine tour good
  •     Nice walks and views around the tops
  •     More to do at the top if you have smaller kids
  •     2 wonderful play parks
  •     Nice cafés and shops
  •     Dogs allowed on cable cars

Parks with children’s play areas

  •     Lovely park in Buxton with plenty for your and older children plus ducks to feed
  •     There is a lovely park behind the Bulls Head Pub in Monyash
  •     In Bakewell, on the left hand side of the A6 going towards Matlock, there is a fantastic park which also has a ‘water area’ so make sure you take wellies or, even better, all-in-one waterproofs.  Our 3 year old loved it J
  •     Large play park at Tittisworth Reservoir
Arbor Low

  •     20 minutes cycle, 10 minutes drive from Wheeldon Trees
  •     Mysterious pre-historic site !
  •     Much more impressive and atmospheric than appears in photos

Tramway Museum, Crich

  •     It has taken us two visits to do the musem justice
  •     Plenty of trams to ride on, a lovely woodland walk – and dog friendly !
  •     Great play area for children
  •     Free return visits within 12 months
Tittisworth Reservoir

  •     Lovely walks and scenery + dog friendly
  •     Shops and cafés with picnic area
Blaze Farm, Wildboarclough (on the A54)

  •     Home of Hill Billy ice cream - great tea room
  •     Assorted and colourful chickens and bantams roaming around, as well as cats, calves, donkeys and ducks
  •     Attractive nature trails
  •     Recommended for youngsters
  •     No admission fee !
Museum of Childhood, Sudbury Hall (junction of A515 and A50 south of Ashbourne)

  •     40 minutes drive from Wheeldon Trees
  •     Well worth a visit on a rainy afternoon
  •     Lots of things for children to touch and play with including a dressing up area and "theatre" where they can put on a show !  We liked it too as we could see and remember toys from our childhood
  •     Good tea room and shop
Lyme Park, Disbury

  •     Allow plenty of time - we took two hours to go round the house, and there are lovely gardens and walks in the grounds
  •     House open Friday-Tuesday

Churnet Valley Railway, Cheddleton

  •     40 minutes drive from Wheeldon Trees
  •     Beautiful scenery
  •     Stop off at The Black Lion at Consall - by the railway and canal


  •     30 minutes drive from Wheeldon Trees
  •     Worth a mornings visit on Market day (Wednesday)
  •     Traditional food shops + wonderful arts and crafts trail

Tissington Village

  •     12 mile traffic free cycle along Tissington Trail
  •     15 minutes drive
  •     Beautiful village with lovely tea room

  •     15 minute drive via Monyash
  •     Beautiful village with historic bridge on the River Wye
  •     Aisseford Tea Rooms - very dog friendly inside or in lovely garden with free range hens.  Delicious rhubarb and custard ice cream !

Longnor Village

  •     45 minutes walk across the fields
  •     5 minutes by car
  •     10 minutes by electric bike
  •     Top-notch children's play area
  •     Cream teas at the craft centre
Gulliver's Kingdom, Matlock Bath

  •     30 minute drive
  •     Took our 4 year old there twice
  •     Plenty of fun rides, little queuing, plenty of shade
  •     Take a picnic as there's lots of places with great views

Go Karting, Swains Centre, Harpur Hill Industrial Estate

  •     Great for teenagers and adults !

Denby Pottery

  •     A great place for Denby seconds bargain
Arkwright Mills, Cromford

  •     Fascinating site for anyone interested in our heritage
  •     Take one of the guided tours, if possible - well worth it

Carsington Water

  •     Plenty of level walking
  •     Great wild nature reserve
  •     Very good children's play area
  •     Visitors Centre
  •     Cycle and boat hire, fishing and water sports
  •     Dog friendly
Caving at Rock Lea Activity Centre, Hathersage

  •     Day long introduction to caving visiting two caves and getting really hands on experience