Browse through our blog posts to find out what life is like at Hoe Grange Holidays along with some great ideas for hobbies and days out in the Peak District.
Christmas Green Fact
Can you believe Christmas in the UK can generate as much as 1 billion Christmas cards, 83 sq km of wrapping paper, an extra 750 million bottles and glass containers, an extra 500 million drinks cans and half a million Christmas trees - most of this ends up as waste in landfill.
Every little helps, so why not make a difference by following our
Hoe Grange top ten tips for a greener Christmas
Make your own cards and decorations – rekindle childhood by making paper chains. Or even better send e-cards for Christmas, so you don’t need paper at all.
Think before you wrap presents – buy goods with less packaging and re use wrapping paper. Or use recycled wrapping paper to keep up demand for recycled goods.
If you buy electrical goods, look for models that run off mains electricity and if you do buy batteries – buy rechargeable.
Buy a rooted Christmas tree, plant it out in the garden after Christmas and re-use it each year. Its fun to track its growth over the years. Artificial trees can be used many times but eventually have to be disposed of and are difficult to recycle, as they are made of a number of different materials.
Source your Christmas dinner from local farmers and producers to reduce food miles. Even better, purchase ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY MARK foods, to enhance the Peak District environment see www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/eqm for a list of award holders.
Why not buy ‘Experience Gifts’ to cut down on packaging? Some great ideas are theatre or cinema tickets, a meal in a Peak District pub or restaurant, or membership to a favourite charity. You can even buy a goat, plant some trees or train a teacher in a developing country! (see www.presentaid.org or www.oxfamunwrapped.com)
After the Festive Season is over recycle all you can. Contact Wastewatch to find out what different materials can be recycled or composted locally. www.recyclenow.com has a brilliant map – enter your postcode and it shows you where the local recycling facilities are! You can take cards and wrapping paper to TK Maxx and M&S stores during January. The Woodland Trust will be placing containers at most stores (see www.woodland-trust.org.uk)
Buy handmade local gifts from markets and craft centres. Or keep an eye out for recycled, fair trade, energy efficient or eco-friendly gifts. Try www.recyclenow.com or Natural Collection
Take any unwanted presents or toys to a local charity shop – shops often have campaigns around Christmas time.
If you’re having a party avoid using disposable items such as paper plates, plastic cutlery and cups.
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Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more
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We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more
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Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more
Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more
It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more
We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more
Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more
We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more
We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more
lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more
Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more
For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more
We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more
Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more
Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more
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We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
It was our first trip away with my... read more
Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more
We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more