Local Attractions


  • Horse Riding - At Darley Dale and Hazelwood

  • Rock Climbing in Cressbrook

  • Fishing - Close by at Alton Manor (Wirksworth), Belper Ponds and Carsington Reservoir. Local tackle shops available in Matlock and Belper.

  • Cycling - for information about cycling in Derbyshire. Local cycle hire at Middleton Top

  • Golfing - Full list of courses in Derbyshire

  • Birdwatching - in Derbyshire. Local parties catered for by prior arrangement

  • Arkwright's Mill

  • High Peak Trail & Cromford Canal and Middleton Top Visitor Centre

  • Matlock Bath

  • Carsington Reservoir - Visitor centre with permanent exhibition. Water Sports Centre.

  • Wirksworth - An ancient Lead Mining town

  • Ashbourne - A colourful and historic town

  • Bakewell - With one of the oldest markets in the area, held every Monday

  • Buxton - natural springs and university town of Derbyshire

  • The National Tramway Museum - See trams in period settings at Crich, Matlock

  • Sally Mosley. Guided walk run regularly in the area

  • Northern Light Cinema at Wirksworth www.thenorthernlightcinema.co.uk.  Booking on line essential.


  • Old Smithy in Monyash, great eating and entertainment

  • The Tavern at Tansley, historic country inn, high quality locally sourced food

  • La Caverna in Matlock Bath. Excellent value. Must book: 01629 55635

  • Stones Restaurant 1a Dale Road Matlock 01629 56061. Book early.

  • Miners Arms Inn at Milltown, Ashover S45 0HA. Excellent value but must book: 01246 590218

  • The 50s American Diner, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire (01283 220050)

  • Vanilla Kitchen at Tideswell 01298 871 519 recently won Peak District awards for their food - Great Taste Awards 2009


Museums, Historic Houses and Gardens

Theme Parks


  • Masson Mills (Matlock Bath)

  • Arkwright Centre (Matlock Bath)

  • McAuthur Glen Designer Outlet (Junction 28 on M1)

  • Sheffield Meadow Hall

  • Nottingham (UK's 5th biggest shopping centre)

  • Denby Pottery

  • Wirksworth Market Day is Tuesday