My Favourite Things to Do

We've chosen below a selection of activities you might want to consider during your stay at our holiday cottages. As you can imagine, this is by no means an exhaustive list. So, if you'd like to take a look at what's going on within a 5 mile radius of Wheeldon Trees Farm within the next few days, follow your mouse to the Visit Peak District website

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

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  • 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


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


  • 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

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  • 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


  • 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 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