Normally for us a holiday starts early in the morning, after not nearly enough sleep. I will repack my clothes last minute and then we’re off, to start a long long day.
|Derbyshire oatcake with local -devine- bacon, cooked by the farmer|
|The scene of Jane Eyre… “Jane, You, you strange – you almost unearthly thing!” Mr Rochester|
|Haddon Hall, where parts of Jane Eyre were filmed|
Hardwick Hall, although situated just outside the Peak District is well worth a visit. Hardwick old hall, a superb ruin which is situated right next to the ‘new’ hall looks like the roof and windows were removed last year and are impressive. The new hall was build by Bess of Hardwick, the second richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I and one of the first woman who wanted to applaud strong independent woman. It is a curious looking manor and the ruins of the old hall next to it make it quite an interesting place to have a walk around. When you get peckish, there is the National Trust Tearoom to get a sarnie or a slice of cake. Just off the estate is also a working mill where you can buy excellent flour.
- Treak cliff cavern in Castleton- for the Blue John stone
- Several other caverns in Castleton
- Castleton has several walks starting in the village
- Winnats Pass, go early in the morning.
- Mam Tor and Kinder Scout
- Dovedale Valley, several walks starting from Dovedale or Milldale or other sites. Pick up one of the handy maps, they are also sold in the Milldale tea shop. Also this link may come in handy
- Thorpe Cloud, a very steep hill overlooking Dovedale Valley. We climbed it, it was VERY steep but the view was worth it.
- Solomon’s Temple
- Monsal head, walk down to the river and walk to the viaduct
We didn’t want posh restaurants after walking all day so looked for quaint and cosy instead. These are the ones we tried. If you like a special meal, I’ve been recommended The Peacock
Italian restaurant which actually in my opinion Modern British
Lovely village shop with local cheeses, oatcakes and home baked breads and cakes.
for Bakewell tarts, puddings and other sweets.
There are other bakeries for Bakewell tarts but I preferred this one and it was recommended by a local.
|Thorpe Cloud – wear suitable footwear, this is steep.|
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