My Favourite Things to Do

There's so much to do while you're staying with us, it can be a challenge to know where to start... Here's what are our guests' particularly enjoyed in the area !

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

 

Bakewell

  • 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 niceVisit 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

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  • 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…

EyamEyam 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

Buxton

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

Castleton

  • Busy little town, with great views from Peveril Castlegarlandday.jpg
  • 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 Treesgallery thumbnail
  • 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, CrichDog on a tram

  • 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 trals
  • 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

Ladybooth Equestrian Centre, Edale

  • 30 minutes drive from Wheeldon Trees
  • Short farm rides for children - 5 year old and dad enjoyed a 30 minute trek

Freshfields Donkey Sanctuary, Peak ForestPlaying hide and seek

  • 20 minutes drive from Wheeldon Trees
  • Lovely day out if you love donkeys !

Lyme Park, DisburyDistant View of the South Front of Lyme Park

  • 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

 Leek

  • 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

Ashford-in-the-Water

  • 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 rhubard and custard ice cream !

 

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  • 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 Carting, Swains Centre, Harpur Hill Industrial EstateKartSample1

  • Great for teenagers and adults !

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  • A great place for Denby seconds bargains

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, HathersageAbseiling with Peak Activities Ltd in the Peak District National Park Tel 01433-650345 copyright image.

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