Although the site is peaceful and rural we are only two miles from Matlock Town with its Supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and vibrant vintage shops across the bridge. A link to what’s on locally in Matlock Click Here.
There is also Hall Leys Park with a boating lake, playground and skate park!
Matlock also boasts a fabulous leisure centre with gym, badminton courts and 25m pool with toddler splash pool.
Just a little further Matlock Bath has Amusements, gift shops, Gulliver’s Kingdom Theme Park and the Heights of Abraham with Cable Cars, Caverns and exhibitions for those wanting a little more entertainment during their stay!
The stunning Chatsworth Estate is only a 6 mile drive over the picturesque Moors, with its splendid House and Gardens and sprawling estate teeming with sheep and deer along the riverside…not forgetting an incredible farm shop!
The market town of Bakewell is only 8 miles away and has a lively agricultural centre with livestock auctions most Mondays to coincide with the open market in the town square. There are many independent/local shops and a beautiful riverside walk with an abundance of water wildlife to see. The Monsal Trail (path of the former Midlands Railway) is great for level walking and cycling and begins just outside Bakewell. For what’s on locally in Bakewell click here.
Walking in the Peaks
There are plenty of stunning walks a short drive away with too many to mention. Our favourite is Stanage Edge just outside Hathersage, an impressive grit stone edge where rock climbing, abseiling and paragliding are enjoyed as well as the stunning views!
Entertainment and Days Out
Our nearest Cinema is Cineworld in Chesterfield.
Matlock Farm Park is on our doorstep and a fabulous day out with children!
For a great day out we are lucky to have two great nostalgic railways nearby. Within two miles we have Peak Rail and a bit further afield at Wirksworth we have The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway using heritage diesel railcars, and on selected days steam hauled services.
Crich Tramway Museum is also a great family day out with vintage tram rides, exhibitions, scenic walks and much more.
Places to Eat
We are within reach of many places to dine out (if you can tear yourselves away from the spectacular view outside your caravan!). Here are some of our favourites:
Peak Edge Hotel and Bistro – for beautifully cooked and presented European fusion cuisine. Open for breakfast , lunch , afternoon teas and dinner all in a beautiful bistro restaurant or countryside view terrace. A great place for a real treat!
The Green Way Cafe – for excellent vegetarian and vegan food (even meat eaters are impressed!)
The Maazi – a fabulous ambience in this local Indian restaurant with views over Hall Leys Park. Scattered rose petals, candles and waiters in traditional dress will make this an experience you will remember! (They also do a delivery service and can do curry-to-caravan on request!)
Barringtons – is situated just down in the village of Darley Dale. If you are feeling particularly adventurous you could walk the woodland walk from the farm and into the village…but remember..it’s all uphill back! You would be rewarded with great pub meals, with great grills and steaks and they usually have an offer for two steaks and a bottle of wine for £29! (Could be the decider on that taxi back!)
The Thorn Tree – if you happen to be staying with us on a Wednesday, Pat’s Pie Night is not to be missed! A choice of home-made fillings and pastry ( just hope he has the curried chicken with bhaji pastry on when you are there!-wow!)..with a terrace with views to die for (You could almost be in the Hills of Tuscany!) Also does amazing real ales and bar snacks every night!
The Tipsy Toad This is a great little contemporary bar just down the bottom of the hill on the A6 into Matlock. Often has live music and their ‘happy hour’ (5-7pm)is not one to be missed where you get to call your drinks on the flip of a coin….if you win – your drink is free! Their amazing platters are superb and great value…with beautiful home made soups and melted Camembert our additional favourites. Make sure you are down before they stop serving food at 7pm though! It does get very busy at weekends but if great (sometimes loud!) music, food , a vibrant atmosphere in a contemporary industrial setting is your thing…..you wont be disappointed! And you can take the dog!
Caudwells Crafts and Cafe Why not combine a leisurely shopping trip, a visit to a historic flour mill and delicious home cooked food at this picturesque place just down the A6 at Rowsley. Renowned for their beautiful vegetarian dishes and in house baked cakes the cafe overlooks the pretty river and the craft centre is perfect for that something a little different to take home with you.
We a have a new Marks and Spencer Food Hall.
Highfield House Farm Shop and Tea Rooms do great breakfast and afternoon tea as well as a butchery selling fabulous local produce…perfect for the BBQ!
Chesterfield is our nearest large town with all the big name stores.
The huge shopping experience of Meadowhall Sheffield is only 45 minutes to Junction 34 of the M1