Places to visit
around matlock and the peak district
The Peak District is a beautiful part of the country and a county that isn’t particularly well known. Many guests don’t know the Peak District before they arrive and return many times to discover more.
There is something for everyone here. There are gentle walks, tough hikes, fell running, caving, pot holing, bouldering, gentle kayak trips, cable cars, caverns, meerkat farms and of course the wonderful Chatsworth House and the enchanting Haddon Hall. The bustling town of Bakewell is nearby, famed for the Bakewell Tart and Pudding as well as a market town.
If you need time to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect this really is the place to do it. The fresh air of the Peaks is so pure and clean, it was the first thing I noticed when I visited Derbyshire. The pace of life is much slower here, a much more relaxing pace if you live in a city or have a busy life. Take time out to chill a bit, a good, fresh walk will do wonders. There are ancient stone circles to visit, beautiful gorges with wishing trees and the sound of the river as you walk along are so relaxing and calming.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Sheriff Lodge to set you up for a great day together.
Beautiful national park spanning six counties and home to a diverse scenic landscape including moorlands, valleys, gorges and limestone plateaus. It was the UK’s first National Park and has something for everyone.
Enchanting Chatsworth, with a fabulous interior and beautiful gardens and estate to explore. This inhabited stately home belonging to the Devonshires is a must when in Derbyshire. There are plenty of events on throughout the year including the Chatsworth Christmas Market during November and December.
Walkers are spoilt for choice around Matlock and the Peaks. All on our doorstep and a short drive away, we have the beautiful Dales (incl Dovedale, Lathkill, Beresford), fantastic Trails (Tissington, Monsal, Manifold) and scenic climbs (Mam Tor, Higger Tor, Win Hill).
Bustling Bakewell is a very popular place to visit. Situated on the River Wye, just beyond the enchanting Haddon Hall, it has a farmers market, a fascinating love lock bridge, massive river trout and of course the renowned Bakewell Tart or Pudding.
We have some of the most scenic traffic free cycle trails in the country including the Monsal Trail, Tissington Trail, Manifold Valley Trail and the High Peak Trail. Bike hire is available on all of these trails or bring your own and store them here at Sheriff Lodge.
The very pretty village of Tissington with the Hall, available for weddings and celebrations. Tissington sets off the season of ‘well dressing’ which is a local craft for villages to come together and be grateful for the blessing of fresh and pure water.
Heights of Abraham
Awarded one of the top attractions in the country, The Heights of Abraham is an exhilarating day out. With an alpine cable car, amazing views, caverns with guided tours and a restaurant and hilltop cafe. There are also acres of woodland walks and the dogs can travel too.
Just a short drive away this old market town has an interesting industrial past and a modern artistic present. Don’t miss the Art Festival Weekend, usually in September.
Just a short walk from Sheriff Lodge is the beautifully kept Hall Leys Park. The gardens are so well managed that it’s worth a visit on a regular basis. You drive past the park on the way into Matlock – just lovely.
This is a truly romantic House, currently belonging to the Manners family. It has featured in many films and programmes. There is interest for everyone at Haddon, the chapel, wonderful tapestries, the gardens and views over the Derwent as well as the house and kitchens.
Eyam is a one off. The village cut themselves off from the world in order to stop the 1665 plague spreading. Walk through the village with your map and spot all the affected homes and graves. A very noble and unique place. Humbling too.
A wonderfully, peaceful wildlife conservation reservoir. Carsington offers all sorts of fun to everyone, level paths, paddle boarding, wind surfing, bird watching, boating, fishing, biking and some very pretty picnic areas. The walk/ride around the whole area is 8 miles.
St Helens Church
St. Helens churchyard in Churchtown, Darley Dale hosts a yew tree said to be about 2000 years old. It is 33 ft at the girth and still thriving. Just imagine what it has been through!
Well dressing is a traditional local craft where the frame is made and soaked in the river for two weeks, filled with clay and then decorated with only natural pickings ie petals, lentils, peppercorns, leaves etc. It’s fascinating and a great day out.
Dolomite Training are based in Bakewell and provide a range of fun and exciting adventurous activities. Our expert instructors can offer you the following experiences; Climbing, Caving, Abseiling, Mountain Biking, Weaselling & Ghyll Scrambling. Call 07784 005097 to make an enquiry.
crich tramway village
This is the best fun. There are lots of trams to go on and a great museum. Interesting clear facts about the vehicles and their renovations etc. There is a sweetie shop which takes you back in time and visitors of a certain age will stand and reminisce for a fair while.
historic town and nearby matlock bath
Matlock is a pretty place to visit and if you are spending time away you can easily take up the whole day exploring the town and its environs. Park up in the private car park at Sheriff Lodge and leave the car. There are lots of events in the parks so come and enjoy. Some retail therapy of all kinds in Dale Road too; guitars, antiques, books as well as clothes.
Green spaces are a plenty in Matlock to sit and watch the world go by: Hall Leys Park in the centre, Knowleston Green under the historic St Giles Church and Swan House Gardens, on the edge of the River Derwent – a particularly pretty spot at the foot of High Tor and Pic Tor, plenty of picnic tables to sit and relax.
Matlock has a lot of history – read our blog, admire the old spa buildings from Hall Leys Park whilst sitting watching the ducks on the pond and listening to the small gauge train whistling on the little track by the river, sitting amongst the beautifully manicured gardens by the shelter.
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