Category Archives: High Peak Trail

Exploring New Peak District Cycle Routes

What better way to explore the Peak District than by bicycle?

There are new peak district cycle routes for all abilities, from the easy-going gentle gradients along the trails following the old railway routes, to steep challenging off-road tracks for the more energetic and adventurous. You can cycle the quiet back roads passing through picturesque villages and trundle up the rolling hills and zoom down the delightful dales.

Cycling in the Peak District

Although you may whizz down the hills at speed, pedalling along on your bicycle is the best way to take in the breath-taking views of the Derbyshire countryside.

peak district cycle routesAs you cycle along take time to delight in the wildflowers along the verges and spot the wonderful wildlife, from hares streaking across the fields, to birds of prey circling the skies. Farming is also very much in evidence across the Peak District and you will see lambs gambolling in the meadows, highland cattle munching on the moors, scurrying hares and maybe the odd deer in the distance.

New Cycle routes

The Pedal Peak Project has published an exciting new range of route maps for all abilities. Why not download the peak district cycle routes so you can plan your days out before you arrive on holiday?

There are four cycling guides:

New Hoe Grange circular cycle route

David and I have been making the most of the glorious May weather and have had fun creating a lovely circular cycle route which takes in cafes, a castle and Arbor Low stone circle, which is larger than Stonehenge!

Our “Carefree days, cycles, cafes and castles” route is approx. 28 miles long using minor roads and trails. That sounds like a long way to me, but I made it with comparative ease. Although not a regular cyclist I coped well with the few short steep hills, and it was an exhilarating day out.

Do follow our route map the same way round though as going the opposite way involves steeper uphill stretches! Start by cycling up to Parsley Hay along the High Peak Trail, then to Pilsbury, down to Hartington, to Arbor Low and back along the High Peak Trail.

The Peak District also has a wealth of fabulous food stops including artisan ice creams parlours, tea shops and cosy cafes, cheese shops. real ales and pub grub. There is a wonderful choice in Hartington Village to keep hunger at bay!

Cycle Hire

If you have your own bikes you can safely store them in our new secure cycle shed, where there is also a small workbench and wash down hose.

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Don’t worry if you don’t have a bicycle, we can loan you one of our mountain bikes. Guests who haven’t been out cycling for many years find the High Peak Trail which is accessible from the farm fields and has a shallow gradient, a good place to start. The added bonus is that the views over the White Peak limestone landscape are stunning!

There are lots of ways to hire bikes in the area as well, basic E-bikes and normal bikes can be rented from the local cycle hire centres at Ashbourne, Parsley Hay and Middleton Top.

Let the e-bike take the strain!

peak district cycle routesYou don’t have to be super fit to ride off-road trails. Our friends at MTB&B will rent you an up to date E-mountain bike that takes the strain out of even the steepest hills.

They deliver direct to your log-cabin or glamping pod here at Hoe Grange Holidays and even do a great value family package too.

We hope we have inspired you to take to your bicycle and explore all the Peak District has to offer! There is more information on our cycling page.

Felicity 

Eroica Britannia – can you ride a tandem?

Inspired by Eroica Britannia 2016 and as rashly promised in our Eroica blog last year, David and I completed our challenge in style cycling the 25 mile route on our 1930’s tandem!

Having written my blog last year, recklessly thinking it would be fun to take part, even joking about cycling two up on a tandem, David got straight on ebay and within 2 days had purchased our vintage tandem – a real shock and surprise to me!

Eroica Britannia 2017For those who haven’t heard of Eroica Britannia before it is billed as ‘The World’s Most Handsome Bike Ride’ and it certainly lived up to the claim, with over 4,500 riders taking part on vintage bicycles, many dressed in authentic costumes.

Luckily for me this non competitive cycle ride is not a race – it is as much about the fashion, the stunning Peak District scenery and the ice cream pit stops along the way, as it is about the cycling. As you can see we entered into the spirit of the occasion and donned our best bib and tucker!

A firm Festival favourite is the best in show competitions, from stylish outfits to the most impressive moustache – everyone entered into the spirit of the event.

Best in show

 

Penny Farthing To qualify for entry into Eroica Britannia all bikes have to be authentic, manufactured before 1986 and have shift gears on the bicycle frame, not the handlebars. These older bikes tend to have heavy frames and less gears than today’s modern bicycles, so therefore the hills are a little more challenging – one determined chap even completed the 25 mile route on a Penny Farthing which must have been a real bone shaker!

Riding a tandem is a little challenging to start with because you both have to synchronize movements as any wobbles from your partner can throw you off balance. Also the rear rider (often called the stoker!) has no control over speed or direction, which I found disconcerting to start with. David found that going downhill too fast hurt his ears – due to the loud squealing from behind!

Having got over the initial difficulties with many trips over the hill to the pub in Brassington, we soon mastered the tandem technique.

As you will see there were 3 routes to choose from. We thought with the steep Peak District hills that the 25 mile route was enough of a trial for us on our first official tandem outing. A good choice as ride day turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year!

Eroica ride routesAs we live so close to the Friden venue we decided to cycle to and from the Eroica event adding another 8 miles to our total ride. The most challenging section of the whole ride was getting there, dodging the hundreds of cyclists who had already set off along the High Peak Trail on the 55 mile event, going in the opposite direction to us! We also nearly lost our voices as everyone shouted greetings and good morning as they cycled past.

We set off at 9am with a group of other 25 milers, full of enthusiasm, with the sun shining and my red polka dot skirt flapping in the breeze. The great thing about a tandem is that just when one of you is beginning to give up the other one urges you on to keep going. With determination we managed to ride the whole way without having to dismount for the steep hills.  One of the toughest sections was pedaling up the long hill out of Monyash, which was made slightly harder as the climb came immediately after the lunch stop and we hadn’t got back into our rhythm.

cycling Peak District It was so much fun riding the tandem as people waved and cheered you on. It was  a fabulous feeling to cycle through the finish line to cheers and whistles from the gathered crowd.

The atmosphere was amazing with lots of Festival fun, from the fun fair for the children, to evening entertainment from ABC, and a fly past by a Hurricane Spitfire.

after the Eroica rideWould we do it again? YES – definitely a fantastic experience to complete the challenge.

However after our exhausting ride David was eagerly eyeing up an electric bike from Juicy Bikes – you would certainly breeze up the Peak District hills on one of their battery assisted bicycles.Juicy electric bikes

Everyone was so friendly and the festival atmosphere was fabulous with everyone comparing bikes and chatting about their experiences late into the evening. Of course the weather helped – not sure it would be quite so much fun in the rain!

Eroica cyclistWe were delighted to host two sets of guests for the weekend who were also taking part, which created a real Eroica spirit at Hoe Grange.

They were all more ambitious (and not riding tandems) so chose the longer 55 mile Eroica ride – a real challenge in the blistering heat.

If you fancy taking part next year why not book yourself a cabin here at Hoe Grange as a very handy base? I would suggest Daisybank or Pinder log cabins, as they both have hot tubs on the decking for soaking those aching limbs afterwards!

Felicity

 

A trip to Hartington Village

Hartington Village

The quaint village of Hartington is just a 15-20 minute car journey through the rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales. Alternatively you can cycle along the High Peak Trail, cross over the A515 and drop downhill to the village.

We spent a lazy afternoon wandering around Hartington to help you to plan a day out whilst you stay at Hoe Grange Holidays – the things we have to do for our guests!.

The first thing we discovered; Hartington was the first village in Derbyshire to be granted permission to hold a weekly market in 1203, selling locally made goods and farm animals, and we certainly got a sense of that as we walked around the village.

Hartington Village signpostAs it was a weekday, we parked in the Market Place for free, although on a weekend it may be pretty busy, so there’s a larger car park (chargable) too.

Hartington tea roomWe made a beeline for the Beresford Tearooms and Post Office (next to The Devonshire Arms pub) because we’d heard they have home-cooked traditional food. The Pumpkin & Spice soup accompanied with a ½ baguette (£6.50), and the Country Vegetable soup with a cheese scone (£4.95) were hearty and filling. Somehow we resisted the tempting scones with clotted cream and jam!

We took a circular, anti-clockwise route around Hartington, noting the village newsagents, St Giles Church (which dates back to the 1200s) and the Village Hall.

Village stores at HartingtonThe next shop to take our fancy was The Village Stores an old building packed to the rafters with local produce. We always #LoveLocal, and this store sells an amazing selection of local meats, fruit, vegetables, beers, wines and spirits, hot pies and hot drinks to take away.

To make your holiday hassle free you can even pre-order a basket of goodies, or a BBQ pack, from The Village Stores before your stay at Hoe Grange Holidays, and pick them up when convenient.

Hartington Village StoresThe next shop along our trail was Hart of the Country, a real countryside shop with walking sticks, sheepskin rugs, handbags, postcards, sweets, you name it they probably sell it! Ideal for all those little gifts to take home for family and friends.

You simply can’t visit Hartington without calling into The Old Cheese Shop. The cheese factory in the village used to make ¼ of the World’s Stilton cheese until 2009 – luckily this shop still exists, selling English artisan cheeses, including Dovedale Blue and Peakland White which is made at Pikehall, just a few miles from Hoe Grange. You have to cross the threshold and take a big sniff, the aroma is wonderful!

Hartington cheese shopMatilda Bay was calling us from the other side of the village, so we had to obey, and what a lovely shop of treasures, cards, coasters, gifts, jewellery all displayed with care and precision. Next door is the Antique Shop, which on this occasion we didn’t venture into, so we hot footed it down to the Farm Shop around the corner (Public Toilets available here).

Hartington farm shopvisitor informationThere’s a warm welcome at The Farm Shop, plenty of great produce, gifts, handmade crafts and a very sweet tearoom in the rear. There’s also a wall of Tourist Information leaflets by the cafe counter – which was the perfect place to plan our next Peak District National Park adventures!

How can I get to Hartington?

The village lies within a triangle of Buxton (to the north), Leek (to the West) and Ashbourne (to the South East.) You can drive, or catch a bus from Buxton, Ashbourne, Bakewell or Chesterfield. Or you can cycle along the High Peak Trail from Hoe Grange.

What’s on?

Hartington is known for special events, such as the unusual art of Well Dressings, the Hartington Wakes (traditional agricultural show), the Oddfellows March (a local friendly society) Hartington Sports Day (family fun for all ages), a Secret Garden Trail and the Royal British Legion hold annual events too.

So much to do in the Derbyshire Peak District you’ll need to stay with us for at least a week!

Felicity

Six reasons to cycle in the Peak District

Why not enjoy cycling in The Peak District? Here are our top six reasons to get your cycle out and get active.

Stunning views

Monsal Head Peak District Wherever you cycle in the Peak District you have to be prepared for hills!
Whether it’s the undulating hills of the White Peak or the more severe steep inclines of the ragged Dark Peak the ride is always a challenge. However the reward when you reach the top and take in the stunning views is worth the effort.

Off-road action

cycling in Peak District National Park, DerbyshireThere are plenty of off-road action packed cycle routes for keen mountain cyclists who thrive on adrenaline. Speeding down muddy tracks can be tricky but there is help at hand from mountain bike guides if you feel your confidence needs a boost, or you want to improve your skills.

Pubs and picnics

cycling along High Peak trailDon’t despair if you haven’t been on a bike for years, or can’t face the uphill struggle! There are plenty of options for more leisurely routes along the safe traffic free trails so you can take in the stunning scenery.
It’s much more social and the gradual gradients are Ideal for taking the children along too – more fun than a spin class at the gym and with the added bonus that you can take a picnic for some family fun. Alternatively you can stop off at Edward and Vintage sweet shop in Tissington for some delicious fudge, linger at Bassettwood Farm for a cream tea or refresh yourself with a pint at The Old Dog.
You can read more about cycling in the Peak District in this article by journalist Klaus Herzmann – that is if you are fluent in German!

Access for All

The old railway lines throughout Derbyshire are very popular trails for walkers and cyclists.The gradual gradients necessary for the old steam engines make the trails perfect cycling for families with young children and people with access difficulties.
rocky roadIf you haven’t got your own bike there are cycle hire centres at Parsley Hay, Middleton Top and Carsington Water, which also hire a range of adapted bikes.
Or for the ultimate experience you can hire our Hoe Grange Boma 7 off-road wheelchair. The High Peak Trail (route 54) runs along side Hoe Grange farm so you can access the trail directly by trekking across the fields. There are some good circular cycling routes from Middleton Top.

Eroica Britannia

L'Eroica cyclistsDon’t miss Eroica Britannia – a spectacular 3 day race and family festival in Bakewell from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June. The highlight of the event is the cycle race where 3,000 cyclists take to the Derbyshire hills on various routes riding pre-1987 bikes and wearing vintage clothing – an amazing spectacle to behold.
Join in the fun – there is so much to see and do, from a good old fashioned vintage fairground, live music, to acres of vintage sales, amazing shops and the GRAZE specialist Food Festival. You can relax on the beach or join in the vintage style family Sports Day on The Sporting Lawns. Why not get dressed up in your vintage best for Best in Show and impress the judges, including Patrick Grant, British fashion designer and judge from The Great British Sewing Bee?

Derby Velodrome

For those of a more competitive nature Hoe Grange is just 30 minutes travel from the Derby Arena, where there are plenty of opportunities to train and race on the superb velodrome. The Derby velodrome is also used for British cycling’s Rider Route.
This amazing high tech cycle race track is built from 26 miles worth of wood sourced from the Russian spruce forests of Siberia. If all the planks were laid end to end, there would be enough to stretch from Derby to Leicester!

Throughout the six weeks it took to install, over 265,000 nails were hand-driven into the 250m track and aside from the coloured racing lines, there is no other finish on the track.

Cycling on the trailSo make the most of your stay in our self-catering log cabins at Hoe Grange – pack a picnic, grab the map, get into gear on your bike and tackle those Derbyshire hills. You may pant and puff up the hills, but just think of the freedom of freewheeling back down!
Felicity

Boma Challenge Day

If there’s one thing that we’ve learnt over the last 10 years of running our self-catering log cabins at Hoe Grange Holidays it’s that one thing very quickly leads to another. This is definitely the case with our amazing Boma 7 off-road wheelchair!

Following on from the entertaining calendar photo shoot with marauding animals, which was a laugh a minute, we found ourselves working with Chris and the Boma team once again to host the first Boma Owner’s Appreciation Day.

Boma off-road wheelchair challengeMolten Rock was founded by Chris Swift, who became tetraplagic in 1995 following a neurological illness. As a qualified engineer with a mission to get back outdoors with no limits, Chris and his friend Jon Anders developed the incredible Boma all terrain wheelchair. Many of our guests have been able to enjoy exploring our beautiful Peak District countryside using this off-road machine – the smile on their faces says it all! So it was a pleasure to host the first Boma 7 challenge day.

Off-road obstacle challengePeople travelled from far and wide to join us in the hilly Peak District to test the capabilities of their mighty machines. Jon from Molten Rock together with David created a challenging course, including a balance see-saw, slalom and a reversing box, so Boma owners could test their driving skills.

Bomas are easy to operate but these obstacles needed skillful, controlled manoeuvres. It was fantastic to see Boma users with quadriplegia, MS, MND and CP all competing on the same basis.

off-road wheelchair see-sawThe drivers were timed and to make it more fun Jon attached a full glass of water to each Boma frame to see who made it round the bumpy course with the most water. David raced round in record time, but paid the price of speed over skill and received quite a soaking!

Boma off-road fun

Boma off-road course
David taking a quick shower!

After a quick bite of lunch the Bomas headed off over the hill for an off-road adventure. The weather forecast was wild and wet, but fortunately glorious sunshine prevailed and although the wind was a little chilly it didn’t put anyone off.

off-road wheelchair on High Peak Trail

It was a superb site to see the Bomas trekking along the High Peak Trail and heading across the fields to Minninglow, an ancient neo-lithic burial ground, together with a large group of family, and friends.Bomas racing up the hill

Lucy takes the lead

Bomas reach the top of the hill
High on a hill a lonely herd of Bomas!

Canine Partners assistance dogAlso joining us was the Labrador Velo from Canine Partners who is in training to become an assistance dog. As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations we are aiming to raise £5,000 to buy and train a dog like Velo. We have seen first hand what a difference such dogs make to people’s lives and it was great that the Boma challenge day raised over £100 towards our total.

The smiles and spirit of the whole event was creatively captured by professional photographer Ruth Downing from Rural Pictures and her “Sherper” husband Rob who had to carry all the camera bags up hill and down dale! If you would like high resolution versions of any of the photos please contact us.

rocky road The unstoppable Boma – nothing too rocky, nothing too muddy, no hill too steep – just pure family fun with everyone included!  4A2A8526Web

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Meeting other off-roaders enjoying the Peak District

Thanks to Molten Rock for co-ordinating the day and all who helped make it a success; to Accessible Derbyshire and Mount Cook Adventure Centre for their support, to Bowler Motorsport for the loan of their mighty off-road Landrover Defender – another amazing off-road machine and to Derbyshire County Council for the loan of their mobile Changing Places toilet.

Make sure you book a place to join in the Boma action next year!

Felicity

off-road wheelchairs
Heading home

Slow Travel in The Peak District

In today’s fast moving technological world we sometimes forget to slow down and take time to enjoy and explore the world around us.

Bradt SLow Guide to The Peak DistrictHowever help is at hand from the latest Bradt Slow Travel Guide which celebrates our fabulous Peak District.This captivating and extensive guide is the perfect travel companion detailing where to taste the region’s best produce, which accommodation offers character and colour (naturally featuring our Hoe Grange Holidays self-catering log cabins!), travel tips on how to make the most of your stay and some fascinating facts surrounding the quirky traditions and stories of local folks.

Bradt’s Slow Travel Peak District brings a new perspective to this much-loved area. Slow down and let expert local author Helen Moat guide you to not just all the well-known places, but away from the crowds to uncover the hidden corners of the Peak District. The author’s love of interesting and colourful stories is linked to the natural and manmade features of the area, highlighting the quirky and unusual, places and points of interest off the beaten tourist track, from dales to abandoned mills, historical ruins, strange follies and irresistible pubs.

Author Helen MoatHelen moved to the Peak District in 1999 and has over time come to realise that “you could live a lifetime in the Peak District and still not cover every bridleway, packhorse route or public footpath. This book is only a taster – and hopefully an inspiration for your own exploration.

Writing Slow Travel Peak District has allowed me to engage with the Slow philosophy as never before: to look up, look down and catch the detail; to stand and stare and ponder; to wander down hidden dells or jitties. I’ve learned to stop and chat with strangers: National Trust volunteers, foodies, twitchers, ramblers,climbers and river swimmers, to name but a few – and found them eager to share their knowledge of and passion for the Peak District. I’ve learned to read the landscape, from the ruin on the hilltop to the tell-tale rise of an Iron Age hillfort or an abandoned mill. I’ve learned the songs of birds and to scan the hillsides for signs of life. It has been a life-enriching experience.”

As part of her research for the guide Helen visited us at Hoe Grange and loved our cosy log cabins nestled in the undulating limestone hills.

“This pretty, immaculate farm, set in rolling countryside below the High Peak Trail offers four spacious log cabins, three sleeping four and one sleeping six. Owners, Felicity and David, have worked hard to reduce the business’s carbon footprint with solar panels and wind turbine, supplying much of the farm’s energy requirements. The couple are fastidious in their attention to detail and in their care of visitors, personally greeting guests on arrival, and welcoming them with homegrown flowers, home-made biscuits and bread, along with free-range eggs from the farm. The lantern lit barrel-shaped sauna and wood-fuelled hot tub on the edge of the farm also add a nice touch for total relaxation under the stars at the end of a busy day . But it’s the award-winning ‘access for all’ accommodation, along with stabling for horse owners that makes this accommodation special. A few hundred yards up through fields will take walkers, cyclists and horse riders onto the High Peak Trail, with stunning views of the countryside. There’s even a Boma 7 all-terrain wheelchair for guests with limited mobility.”

Whether following Helen’s favourite walks and bike rides, venturing into hidden dales, caves and ravines, ambling through the national park’s charming villages or biting into a freshly baked Bakewell Pudding, you’ll find the Slow Travel The Peak District  goes far beyond conventional guide books in celebrating our special region and is an invaluable source of information – I can’t put my copy down!

Why not order your own copy of Bradt’s new Slow Travel Peak District guidebook?

For an exclusive 20% discount visit www.bradtguides.com and enter the code HOEGRANGE at the checkout.

Happy reading!

Felicity

A walk in the park

Hoe Grange Holidays is situated on the edge of the National Peak District Park and is an ideal location for making the most of the many local trails. Our holiday guests love riding, walking and cycling along these old railway routes – not only are they traffic free but you get the most amazing views of the Peak District hills and delightful dales.

cycling along High Peak trailThose guests who have stayed at Hoe Grange know how lucky we are as you can simply walk across the farm fields from you log cabin and get straight onto the High Peak Trail, which was one of the earliest railways to be built. It was opened in 1831 and was mainly designed to carry minerals and goods between Cromford Canal, where Sir Richard Arkwright built his cotton mills and the Peak Forest Canal.

Whilst enjoying the countryside you might not realise that it costs £5 per metre per year just to cover routine maintenance of the trails in the Peak Park – and that doesn’t include work on the bridges, tunnels and viaducts along the routes.

Peak Walk in the ParkYou can help keep our traffic-free trails useable by joining in the sponsored Peak Walk in the Park along the Monsal Trail over the weekend of August 19th to 21st.  It promises to be a fabulous family-friendly event with exciting activities for all ages including; abseiling, fly-fishing, heritage and wildlife themed guided walks, cycle skills track, chainsaw carving and a even a Big Bedtime Story for young children.

If you want to stay locally and make the most of the event our two new self-catering  glamping pods are currently available!

Felicity

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Fame for Fudge

Out Now! The 2016 Peak District Visitor Guide, A quality lifestyle type brochure featuring the best places to visit and stay in the area.visit Peak District guide coverBut this years edition has the added benefit of a picture of the cutest Jack Russel in the world – our Fudge!VPD visitor guide
Page 40 highlights the best accessible places to eat, visit or stay in the Peak District showing how, not only do we live in the best National park, it is also the most accessible. and what better way to explore than on the Hoe Grange Boma 7

Fudge also says that we must not forget we also have the best walkies in the world with a good number of squirrels to add to the excitement. check out our Dog Friendly page for walks and dog friendly pubs.

Order your copy of this years guide here, but don’t book anywhere else but Hoe Grange!!

David

 

A stroll along Cromford Canal

The Peak District is spectacular in Autumn and there are so many wonderful local walks. One of our favourites is along the Cromford canal to Whatstandwell to grab a bite to eat at the dog friendly Family Tree – they do the most amazing afternoon tea, 3 tiers of sandwiches, delicious home made cakes and cream scones, and a bowl of water for Fudge!

Derbyshire has a diverse rich heritage and the Cromford Canal is part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, which saw the birth of the industrial revolution.

Cromford Canal swinging bridgeThe Cromford Canal was constructed by William Jessop and Benjamin Outram, partners in the Butterley company, to join Cromford with the Erewash Canal at Langley Mill. It created an important link to carry raw materials including coal, lead and iron ore, and enable finished products of the area to be exported widely, such as the Butterley Company’s castings and Arkwright’s spun cotton.

Cromford Canal BridgeThe 14.5 mile stretch was completed in 1794 and was operational until 1944. Today it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a haven for wildlife. As you wander along the towpath you may be lucky enough to see water vole, grass snakes, little grebes, moorhen, coots or dragonflies.

As well as the wildlife you can find out more about the history of the canal. High Peak Junction was a busy freight interchange with the Cromford and High Peak Railway. The old railway workshops now house a small museum and listening to the audio guide transports you back to the age of steam.

Further along the towpath is Leawood Pump House, an impressive monument to Victorian engineering, which stands 45 feet tall, with a 95 foot chimney stack. Built in 1849 the enormous Watt-type beam engine is a gigantic 33 feet long, with a 50 inch diameter piston.

Leawood Pump HouseThe pump draws water from the River Derwent through a 150-yard tunnel to a reservoir in the basement. The water is then lifted 30 feet up into the canal to top up the water levels sufficient for the barges to operate.

water pump at Leawood Pump Cromford Beam Engine

The impressive pump moves four tons of water per stroke and seven strokes a minute, a total of over 39,000 tons of water per 24 hours! The pump was made so large because of the restrictions on removing water from The Derwent River. Due to the water powered cotton mills further upstream water was only allowed to be drawn from the river once a week for a 24 hour period between 8pm on Saturday and 8pm on Sunday!

The pump house was restored in 1979 and is still going strong, the next “steaming” of this amazing beam engine will be on Saturday 31st October, it’s extremely impressive and definitely worth a visit.

Swans at Cromford CanalThe canal is ideal for walkers of all ages and abilities, and with regular public transport stops along the northern stretch you don’t have to walk back to your starting point if you don’t want to. The canal tow path is suitable for pushchairs, and those who use a powered wheelchair. You can also hire a Tramper and there is a Changing Places toilet.

Horse drawn bargeAlternatively you can get a different view from the water aboard the narrow-boat Birdswood, which is operated every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday by Friends of Cromford Canal – on certain days it is horse drawn, which is an extra treat.

Derbyshire has so much to discover and you can find out more about the “Valley that changed the world” by joining in one of the Derwent Valley Discovery Days. 

Have fun!

Felicity

#TheWorldAway

We are extremely lucky to have the Visit Peak District tourist board working hard on our behalf to promote our stunning and much treasured landscape.

Last night David and I were invited to the premiere of the first ever Visit Peak District promotional television advert, #TheWorldAway, which looked fantastic on the big screen – it really makes you want to get out there and explore, and hopefully the advert will enthuse and encourage lots of new visitors to Derbyshire.

The advert will be hitting the screens of Central and Anglia ITV regions from next week, reaching an audience of over 8 million people.  However you don’t have to wait – we love sharing our special Peak District with all our holiday guests and friends, so we thought you might like a sneaky preview!

Felicity

Peak District | The World Away from Visit Peak District on Vimeo.

Discover a whole new world of experiences on a short break in the Peaks, England’s first National Park. Its vast expanse comprises of walking routes across high moorland tops of the Dark Peak and the southern limestone hills of the White Peak. Try your hand at some outdoor activities, explore market towns or visit one of the grand stately homes.

go to http://www.visitpeakdistrict.tv