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!)
Moja Indian Cuisine – another great curry experience. Bring your own alcohol makes this a great inexpensive night! Also deliver curry to caravan!
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 £27! (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…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 Pointing Dog and Duck, Bakewell – A beautiful riverside location with a rustic industrial interior serving great food with heavy Mediterranean influences, fantastic wood-fired pizzas and grilled meat and fish.
There are local pubs but again the walk there is all down hill with uphill return trips we will leave the decision with you but our favoured locals are The Thorn Tree and Barringtons
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