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Visit Amber Valley, the Heart of Derbyshire. Visit
Strutt’s North Mill at Belper, part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
The beauty of the National Heritage Corridor ® by walking the Derwent Valley Heritage Way.
Abounds at Crich Tramway Village and the Midland Railway – Butterley.
In the splendid setting of Belper River Gardens or hire a boat to take up stream throughout the summer.
The tower of a working windmill at Heage Windmill and watch the sails go around on a windy day.
Denby Pottery Visitor Centre and look for bargains on our Individual Factory Shops Trail.
For more information… Tourism, Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3BT [ T ] 01773 841485 [ E ] email@example.com
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Welcome to the 2012 edition of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & the Potteries County Signpost Tourist Guide, your indispensable guide to the best tourist attractions and days out the county has to offer. We hope that you find our guide, a pleasure to read, both interesting and informative, and that you will take it away with you, to use again and again. We offer a taster of the visitor attractions and events within the County, for both locals and those who wish to visit from afar.
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THE NATIONAL TRUST
Clumber Lake landscape - © NT / D.Noton
Clumber Park, nr Worksop Clumber Park is a 1,543 hectare country park which was once the home of the Dukes of Newcastle. The property was acquired by the National Trust in 1946, following a public appeal and has been open to the public all year round ever since. Clumber House was demolished in 1938 by the Pelham-Clinton family who planned to build a smaller, more practical home elsewhere in the grounds. The start of the WW11 in 1939 prevented this happening; the park was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence and became an ammunition sub-depot and training camp. After the war the family decided to sell the estate hence Clumber is now a ducal estate without a ducal home. Today Clumber offers the freedom to explore a ducal park that provides a haven for wildlife within glimpses of its grand past. Many clues to the splendour of the past remain, including the classical bridge, Gothic style chapel (often described as a cathedral in miniature), the longest double avenue of lime trees in Europe and the four acre Walled Kitchen Garden, with at 450ft long, the longest glass house in Trust care. In the spring and summer months, visitors can see the progress being made to bring more areas back under cultivation, visit the glass house and see the museum of garden tools. A number of heritage and rare varieties of fruit and vegetables are grown in the garden, including over 90
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varieties of rhubarb, under the watchful eye of the Head Gardener and his team. The Park has a 40 hectare ‘serpentine’ lake, more than 20 miles of cycle routes, about 800 hectares of woodland and open heathland. Clumber's mosaic of water, heath and woodland is home to a wide variety of animals, birds, insects and plant life, including more than 200 species of spider and a particularly interesting selection of dead wood beetles and fungi. For this reason over 400 hectares of the Park is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Visitors can learn more about the wildlife at the newly opened HLF funded Discovery Centre which opens year round. The Park attracts about 700,000 visitors a year. It has a café, restaurant, plant centre, cycle hire and a huge range of events from guided walks to open air concerts. Many events are aimed at families and children. The Discovery Centre offers visitors a chance to find out more about the park’s amazing array of wildlife with a changing programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year. The award winning Barker’s restaurant has recently opened to great acclaim, a fine dining experience offering morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. Voted in The Times Top Thirty Places for Sunday lunch and winner of the UK Property design award for Best Leisure Interior Barker’s is an ideal venue for a special occasion or celebration.
Christmas at Clumber © NTPL / John William Brown
When Clumber House was home to the Newcastle’s, the Estate would have been run by a staff of hundreds - thirty gardeners worked in the Kitchen Garden alone. Today the property has 57 regular staff running all aspects of work at Clumber, from buildings maintenance to table service. It relies on more than 200 volunteers who help with everything from practical conservation work to historical research, events and office administration. Bike riding is a big attraction and bikes are available for hire at Clumber for all the family. There are numerous trails around the park ranging from a trail around the lake suitable for little legs to demanding off road ones. If you like getting outdoors and closer to nature you can now stay in the heart of Sherwood Forest in one of the park’s camping cabins, yurts or pitch up your own tent enjoy a night under the stars. Clumber Park is open daily throughout the year.
Calke Abbey, nr Melbourne With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story. Discover the tales of an eccentric family who amassed a vast collection of hidden treasures. Visit the beautiful, yet faded, walled gardens and explore the orangery, unique auricula theatre and the kitchen gardens. Take a walk and escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park and its National Nature Reserve. There is lots of fun to be had in Squirt’s Stables every weekend from March – October, come and dress up as characters from centuries ago and make something to remember your day. During your visit make sure to visit our
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Calke Abbey South Front © NT / G.Day
restaurant and gift shop. The restaurant serves freshly prepared local and seasonal produce, including organically reared meat from the estate. Calke Abbey works hard with local suppliers, farmers and producers, so much so that they were awarded Local Food Hero at the 2011 Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards in November. Come and browse through the wonderful shop, where you can find year-round inspiration with seasonal ideas and perfect presents. The Calke Pantry sells the finest local produce, including handmade cheese and meat from the estate. There are lots of family fun events all year
Calke Abbey © NT / G.Day
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round; from kite flying to pumpkin carving there is something for everyone. Check out the events page on the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke and find out what you could get up to. You can also stay in touch : www.facebook.com/NTCalkeAbbey or follow on Twitter at @NTCalkeAbbey for behind the scenes photos and updates.
Sudbury Hall, Ashbourne Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood is two days out in one where there is something for all the family to enjoy. Sudbury Hall is a family home and a stunning example of 17th century fashion and craftsmanship. Created by George Vernon in 1660, Sudbury Hall is a fantastic combination of Jacobean and classical building styles. The lavish, beautifully preserved interiors, including the opulent Great Staircase and the magnificent Long Gallery, are a sharp contrast to life ‘below stairs’ in the modest kitchen and basement. In 2012 visitors will get a chance to explore more of the Hall with our ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ tours throughout the year.
In the Museum of Childhood explore Childhoods through the centuries and share and compare your own childhood experiences. The eight themed galleries celebrate the challenges and delights of childhood. Reminisce with our toy collection, try a lesson in the Victorian Schoolroom and have a go at being a chimney sweep. Spot the mouse worlds and don’t forget to look up at the bedrooms on the ceiling! Gallery 8 is the mini exhibition space in the Museum of Childhood. During the first half of 2012 we will be showing off some unseen items from our collection in the ‘What’s in Store?’ exhibition. 75% of the museum collection is stored away and we will also be taking people up to the attics to see where the collection is kept in our ‘What’s in Store?’ tours. For the second half of the year the mini exhibition will be all about toys and games from around the world. Sudbury Hall featured in the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice and this will be celebrated in connection with ‘The Search for Mr Darcy’ tours in May and June. In September there is a
Sudbury Staircase © NT / A. von Eisendel
Sudbury Hall Garden Elevation © NT / David Slade
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Hardwick Hall, nr Chesterfield The Hardwick estate, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have been created by a cast of thousands. Regency week with historic dancers and talks. This year they are also part of the Outdoor Summer Cinema presented by QUAD in association with Smooth FM with evening showings on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May. Later in May will be holding a Spring Plant Fair and in July a Craft Fair to celebrate local craft skills, as Sudbury Hall is built upon. This year Sudbury Hall will also be joining in with the Jubilee celebrations with the Big Lunch at National Trust properties on Sunday 3 June. Sudbury Hall is the only National Trust mansion to be fully heated by woodchip fuelled Biomass boilers, installed in 2008 and giving Sudbury an almost neutral carbon footprint. Visitors are welcome to walk in the grounds
It was the formidable Bess of Hardwick who first created Hardwick in the late 1500’s. In the centuries since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation. Explore and enjoy Hardwick and in the process discover the lives, loves and adventures of the creators of Hardwick. Wander through the Elizabethan mansion full of architectural and artistic delights, take a stroll around our peaceful gardens or discover the picturesque parkland on one of our circular walks. If you’re visiting with a family, there’s plenty to keep you entertained such as getting closer to nature with the park or garden Tracker packs. There’s always plenty happening at Hardwick so be sure to check the events page on the website or pick up a leaflet. Spring 2012 sees the opening of brand new visitor facilities at Hardwick Stableyard. You’ll be able to enjoy a quick coffee, a long lunch with friends or indulge in a slice of home-made cake in a contemporary and comfy setting. Or why not treat yourself to a bit of retail therapy? The new shops will be stocked with a selection of hand-picked high-quality gifts, a range of gardening gear and we’ll even have a wood burner in the book room to keep you cosy whilst you browse. The Stableyard buildings will become the beating heart of Hardwick.
Hardwick Exterior Elevated © NT / Giraffe Photography
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The Hardwick estate is located 5 minutes from
Hardwick Park Farm © NT
the M1, it’s a convenient and alternative stop off on a long journey as well as a great place to stay all day and explore. Location: [S44 5QJ] Located just off the A617 between Chesterfield and Mansfield. Follow the brown tourist signs from M1, junction 29. Parking: Ample parking. Disabled access: Access to all visitor facilities, shop, restaurant, gardens and ground floor of the Hall. Opening hours: From 2 April 2012, Restaurant, Shop, Garden and Park; 9am – 6pm, daily. Hardwick Hall; 12 noon – 4.30pm, Wed – Sun (Feb – Oct) Telephone: 01246 850430 Email: email@example.com Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick
Hardwick Stone Centre © NT / A.Tryner
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Kedleston south front © NT / M Byron-Peach
Kedleston Hall, nr Derby Kedleston was gifted to the Trust by the Curzon family in 1986 by Francis, 3rd Viscount Scarsdale. The Hall is a fine example of a neoclassical mansion, designed by the famous architect Robert Adam as his first major commission. It was built between 1759 - 65 for the Curzon family, who have lived in the area since the 12th century, and was designed for lavish entertaining and as a showpiece to house the 1st Lord Scarsdale’s art and sculpture collection. The Hall has the most complete and least-altered sequence of Robert Adam interiors in England on the state floor where a series of magnificent state rooms retain their great collections of paintings and original furniture.
The landscape setting of the house is unique in being formed largely to Adam’s designs at the same time as the building of the house. Adam created a pleasure ground of trees and shrubs to complement the Hall including an orangery, summer house and statuary. This was designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding parkland which includes five lakes, three lodges, a three arched bridge and cascades, and a fishing pavilion flanked by a pair of boathouses. There are four marked walks around the park which
On the ground floor, where some alterations took place in the early 20th century, the Eastern Museum houses a fascinating range of objects collected by Lord Curzon during his travels in Asia and whilst Viceroy of India (1899-1905). A virtual tour of the state floor, for visitors who are unable to ascend the staircase, is housed in the adjacent Smoking Room, along with changing displays of objects and information.
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Kedleston © NTPL
www.countysignpost.co.uk provides a habitat for a variety of flora and fauna including veteran trees, rare beetles, fungi, bats, stoats, owls, birds of prey and waterfowl. Kedleston attracts approximately 100,000 visitors annually who are welcomed at Visitor Reception in the main car park. Inside the Hall a further welcome is received from Kedleston’s 18th century Housekeeper, Mrs Garnett (1pm, 2pm, 3pm on most open days). Approximately 20 regular staff and 30 seasonal staff (including gardeners, housekeepers, wardens, visitor services, shop and restaurant staff) help to care for Kedleston and open it to the public. Approximately 200 volunteers also assist at the Hall, carrying out various essential roles such as room stewarding, guided tours, assisting with events, maintaining Kedlestons archives or helping in the gardens and park.
Kedleston Hall was used extensively as a location for the 2008 Oscar winning film ‘The Duchess’ starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes. The Hall, Restaurant and Shop are open daily except Thursday and Friday from the 28 February to 1 November (open Good Friday). The Restaurant and Shop also open on Thursdays and Fridays during the school summer holiday, and on every weekend throughout the winter months.The garden is open daily from 28 February to 1 November, while the park is open on most days throughout the year. A variety of events take place at Kedleston throughout the year and an events leaflet is available. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Kedleston lake and bridge © NT / M Kennedy
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‘By an unlikely miracle,’ wrote the architectural historian Mark Girouard, ‘the keep at Bolsover has survived into this century as an almost untouched expression in stone of the lost world of Elizabethan chivalry and romance.’ Dominating the countryside from its hilltop, Bolsover occupies the site of a medieval castle built by the Peverel family shortly after the Norman Conquest. Sir Charles Cavendish bought the old castle in 1612 and began work on his ‘Little Castle’ project. Despite its embattled appearance, his creation was not designed for defence, but for elegant living. Sir Charles intended the house as a retreat from the world to an imaginary golden age of chivalry and pleasure. His son William, later Duke of
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Bolsover Castle - © English Heritage
Newcastle, inherited the Little Castle in 1616 and set about its completion, assisted by the architect John Smythson. An extraordinary survival, the exquisitely carved fireplaces and recently conserved murals and painted panelling of its interiors take the visitor on an allegorical journey from earthly concerns to heavenly (and erotic) delights. William also added the vast and stately rooms of the Terrace Range, now a dramatic roofless shell. To show off his achievement, in 1634 he invited the Stuart court to ‘Love’s Welcome to Bolsover’, a masque specially written by Ben Jonson for performance in the Fountain Garden.
www.countysignpost.co.uk Finally he constructed the cavernous Riding House with its magnificent roof, perhaps the finest surviving indoor riding school in Britain: here he indulged his passion for training ‘great horses’. There is also a Discovery Centre in the Stables, with audio-visual displays. The castle battlements and the Venus Garden are in the process of being restored, and the fountain, with 23 new statues, plays again for the first time in centuries. A series of ‘Caesar paintings’ depicting Roman Emperors and Empresses has also recently returned to Bolsover. These were commissioned by William Cavendish and copied from originals by the great Venetian artist Titian - which have since been destroyed - making the Bolsover versions uniquely important. Castle Street, Bolsover S44 6PR Telephone 01246 822844 www.english-heritage.org.uk
Hardwick Old Hall The remodelled family home of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most remarkable women of Elizabethan England, stands beside the New Hall she raised later in the 1590s. Though the Old Hall is now roofless, visitors can still ascend four floors to view surviving decorative plasterwork, as well as the kitchen and service rooms. An audio tour tells Bess’s story. A recent exhibition in the West Lodge described Bess’s adventures in architecture, telling how she transformed her birthplace from a medieval manor house into a luxurious Elizabethan mansion: it operated alongside the New Hall as household accommodation for two centuries. New graphic panels focus on the rich interiors Bess created, and a wonderful new audio tour helps to bring the colourful history of this fascinating site to life. Doe Lea, nr Chesterfield Telephone 01246 850431 www.english-heritage.org.uk
Hardwick Old Hall - © English Heritage
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The vast and immensely impressive ruins of a palatial medieval manor house arranged round a pair of courtyards, with a huge undercrofted Great Hall and a defensible High Tower 22 metres (72 feet) tall. This monument to late medieval ‘conspicuous consumption’ was built in the 1440s for the wealthy Ralph, Lord Cromwell, Treasurer of England. Access will be by guided tours only Garner Lane, South Wingfield Telephone 01246 856456 www.english-heritage.org.uk
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Wingfield Manor- © English Heritage
A Selection of Events & Services at Derby Cathedral for details of other services and events see contact details below: THURSDAY 26TH JANUARY SUNDAY 26TH FEBRUARY SATURDAY 24TH MARCH
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Our guides will say the first word they hear from our visitors is almost always “Wow!” On entering Derby Cathedral through the wrought iron gates by Robert Bakewell and the inscribed glass doors, the eye is taken with the light and openness of the interior, even on the dullest of days. There has been a church on this site since Saxon times, but the present interior dates from 1725. The renowned architect James Gibbs captured the very spirit of the Age of Enlightenment with the plain glass and the bold clear lines of the decoration and incorporating the splendid iron screen, also by Bakewell. The tower survives from the earlier church and dates from 1530, at which time it was the second tallest church tower in the country. The views from the top on one of our open days are not to be missed. We also offer the chance to see and hear the oldest peel of 10 bells working
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anywhere in the country. Visitors will get to hear the carillon which plays a selected tune three times each day after the hourly chimes. More fine music is produced by our choirs and organists, who have at their disposal a notable Compton organ dating from 1894. Being the civic church long before becoming the Cathedral of the new diocese in 1927, All Saints Parish Church has a rich history of its own. The
St Katherin’s Chapel
www.countysignpost.co.uk monuments reflect its association with the Cavendish Family dating back to 1592, when Bess of Hardwick (Elizabeth Countess of Shrewsbury) secured the rights to the St Katherineâ€™s Chapel and the burial vaults for succeeding generations of the family. The Cathedral also commemorates the celebrated artist Joseph Wright whose portrait and academic illustration were at the forefront of 18th century study. A wall plaque depicts the day on which the Scottish Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) marched his men into the church for prayer before they abandoned their march on London in 1745, only to retreat north to defeat. Today Derby Cathedral is proud to stand at the centre of public life in Derbyshire. The pomp and ceremony of the major civic and legal services contrasts with the much more informal fundraising occasions for many local charities. The acoustics at the Cathedral guarantee always a full and wide ranging programme of concerts and recitals which are all open to the public. The pair of resident peregrine falcons attract interest from wildlife enthusiasts through the summer breeding season and the sight of these amazing birds in flight is a truly memorable one.
Besides all this the cathedral offers a warm welcome to all visitors both to experience all the building has to offer and also to share in the regular worship. Entry to the Cathedral is free of charge and is open every day of the year. Telephone 01332 341 201 www.derbycathedral.org
Bess of Hardwick
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Melbourne Hall is a delightful house full of history. Originally a rectory for the Norman Parish Church, it became the home of Sir John Coke in 1628. It has been inherited by subsequent members of the family to the present day and is now home to Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr and their family. Melbourne Hall as it stands today shows what Sir Johnâ€™ s descendants have made of it. The family surname has changed three times due to inheritance via the female line, the full history will be told within the tour, as well as being fully documented in the souvenir guide.
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Gardens Melbourne Hall Gardens are the place to visit if you are seeking a relaxing thoughtful stroll. The Gardens were planned by Rt. Hon. Thomas Coke in the early part of the 18th century. The colourful and tranquil garden has been imaginatively updated with some new planting by Lady Ralph Kerr. The gardens are designed with paths allowing easy access, and intersected by streams that flow through the grounds underneath miniature bridges and through the lush flower beds.
www.countysignpost.co.uk There are various statues along the walkways and also the spectacular wrought-iron birdcage by Bakewell. The Gardens are open from April - September 1.30pm - 5.30pm Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays (additional open days possible in August).The Hall is open from August 1st - 31st, (but not the first three Mondays), from 2 pm, last entry at 4.15pm. Excellent food can be enjoyed in the Melbourne Hall Tearooms Browse round the Visitors Centre, open most days throughout the year, where the Gift Shop and Estate Workshops provide a fine selection of unique gift ideas. Enjoy a photographic introduction to Melbourne Hall Gardens by visiting ‘Up the Garden Path’ display in the Visitor Centre.
The ‘Birdcage’ - wrought iron arbour
Telephone: 01332 862502 www.melbournehall.com
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MOORCROFT HERITAGE VISITOR CENTRE Museum
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The Moorcroft Museum enables the visitor to look back in time: you can let your imagination run wild and absorb the fascinating history of this unique company and its hand-crafted pottery. The Moorcroft Museum display sparkles in cabinets made by Liberty of London in 1924, enabling the visitor to look at past examples of the very first pieces designed by William Moorcroft at the end of the 19th century. You move forward into the fascinating renaissance of Moorcroft’s art ten years ago, before passing through the millennium to the present day. Themed exhibitions relating to Moorcroft’s history are an ever-changing feature of this vibrant and colourful Museum display.
Steeped in history, massive yet gracious, the Moorcroft Bottle Oven stands in the centre of the factory shop. Although its final commercial firing took place in 1962, the bottle oven is now one of the few remaining in Stoke-on-Trent. As a Grade Two listed building, shop visitors have the opportunity to step inside, and there experience the mood of a bygone age. Described as the world’s best-kept Moorcroft secret, the shop offers a comprehensive collection of pottery and table lamps. Moorcroft pottery, is displayed to breath-taking effect on oak stands. On hand will be Moorcroft’s highly knowledgeable and friendly sales advisors. You can browse at your leisure without obligation.
Factory Tour Why not book a factory tour and witness the highly skilled craftsmen at work. The method of making Moorcroft has remained virtually unchanged for over 100 years.
Today, Moorcroft is as alive and vibrant as it has been at any time in its long and colourful history. Old pieces now fetch substantial sums in the major salesrooms of the world while many pieces sold less than five years ago have more than doubled in value.
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Christies the international auctioneers, hold two specialist Moorcroft sales each year. Another remarkable fact is that for a hundred years Moorcroft employed only four full-time designers. This changed in early 1997 when the
www.countysignpost.co.uk washed over another to enable them to blend together at high temperatures, firstly with the clay pot then the transparent glaze. It is a second firing which produces the brilliance and depth of colour which has become the unique hallmark of Moorcroft Pottery.
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Moorcroft Design Studio was formed. The Design Studio now comprises of no less than nine designers with Rachel Bishop at the head. Every piece of Moorcroft is individual and made entirely by hand. The method of production of Moorcroft pottery originated by William Moorcroft is almost exactly the same today as it was a hundred years ago.
Monday to Friday - 10am to 5pm Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm (Open some Bank Holidays please call before travelling) Car Park and Admission are Free. Coach Parties are Welcome. Closed Sunday. Closed Christmas to New Year Telephone 01782 820515 www.moorcroft.co.uk email@example.com
Designs are applied by Tubelining or Slip trailing as it is sometimes called, a process by which the raised outline is applied to the pot in the form of a fine extrusion of liquified clay or slip squeezed through bag held in the hand. The colours are based on metallic oxides, and are applied entirely by hand, with one colour gently
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DENBY VISITOR CENTRE 2012 Denby Visitor Centre can be found next to the pottery in a peaceful sun-trap of a cobbled courtyard surrounded by shops. It’s open daily throughout the year, welcoming visitors from all over the world.
Made in England Denby is the home of the famous Derbyshire Stoneware Pottery made for over 200 years using locally sourced clay and traditional skills passed down through generations. Today patterns such as Halo are made using hand applied glazes celebrating the individuality, style and very best of English Craftsmanship. Visitors to Denby can watch the pottery being made in the working factory in small groups with conducted by an experienced guide.
Halo by Denby
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Pottery Tours Tours are available every day through the main season (Feb – Nov). For families with young children, the Craftoom Tour is the best choice (daily 11am – 3pm). This has plenty of hands on interaction and includes making a clay souvenir to take home, and having a go at painting in glaze onto a Denby plate. For a more in depth look at the working factory, choose the Factory Tour (available Monday to Thursday at 10.30 and 1pm). This tour lasts around 90 minutes and also finishes with the opportunity to make a frog and paint a plate.
Events Popular events at Denby include 'Pottery Beach', complete with golden sand, deckchairs, beach shops and free entertainment, (16th July to 9th Sept 2012), and the Christmas Fayre (7th - 9th December 2012). All events are free to enter. For details of all activities see the 'events and offers' page at www.denbyvisitorcentre.co.uk or call 01773 740 799.
Watch a free Cookery Demonstration in the Kitchen Theatre (normally daily at 12.30 and 2.30pm). The demonstrations last around half an hour. There’s a tasting session and a free recipe to take away.
Denby Visitor Centre is just off the A38 north of Derby and a couple of miles south of Ripley. Open daily throughout the year (Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5pm and Sundays 10am – 5pm) and closed 25th and 26th December. Centre entry and parking are free and there is an outdoor play area for children.
Shopping The largest of all the Denby Factory Shops is here – packed full of bargains, many coming direct from the factory and exclusive to this shop. There’s a selection of other award winning shops too including the contemporary Denby Home Store plus the cookery, garden and gift emporia. Pottery Beach
Denby Pottery can be found 8 miles north of Derby just off the A38. Telephone: 01773 740 799 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.denbyvisitorcentre.co.uk Denby, Derbyshire DE5 8NX
Bourne’s Restaurant – named after the Pottery’s founding family Bourne’s is open daily for Derbyshire inspired meals, snacks and drinks.
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DE BRADELEI STORES â€“ BELPER
De Bradelei Stores are housed in a beautiful, historic building with a central courtyard, surrounded by its various shops. De Bradelei Stores, a family based business took over the old textile & hosiery mill building in 1994 to run it as a fashion outlet catering for all the family. It is a unique shopping venue, where customers can browse in peace, miles from the hustle and bustle of the High Street. Leading classic brands such as Windsmoor, Planet, Precis Petite and Jacques Vert, Alex & Co, Kaliko, Ann Harvey, Minuet Petite, Eastex and Dash offer up to 70% discount every day of the year! Everyone loves a bargain and the excellent discounts definitely leave you with the feel good factor!
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www.countysignpost.co.uk Other brands for the young at heart include Joules, Esprit, Seasalt, Weirdfish, Great Plains and Jackpot – all stunning labels that offer everything from great workwear, versatile layers for country walks or party and occasional wear. De Bradelei’s Pavers shoe department has something for everyone, from walking boots to party shoes – all with up to 30% Off RRP’s ensuring very affordable prices. The extensive Menswear department, houses a large range of styles and offers suitable for all ages and pockets whether it’s smart suits and classic casuals from Brook Taverner, Wolsey & Oakman or everything for the Outdoors & British Weather from Regatta & Craghoppers. Great accessories including bags, jewellery, giftware, scarves and toiletries are situated throughout the store. Having finished your shopping you can refresh yourselves with some delicious home cooked food in De Bradelei’s Chevin Coffee Shop. All the food is cooked on the premises by staff who really care about the quality and service they offer. Soups, salads, quiches and pastas plus great scones and cakes that entice customers back again and again. For 2012 there are some exciting changes to the store taking place. A whole new floor of extra retail space is being added early into the year allowing the return of bed linen & soft furnishing departments along with expansion of the current Ladieswear ranges & Seasonal Gift Departments. All in all this family based business offers something for everyone with great savings on big name brands, so make sure you add it to your holiday ‘to visit’ list! Telephone 01773 882442 www.debradelei.com
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HEANOR ANTIQUES & COLLECTOR CENTRE
The Heanor Antiques Centre is the largest antiques centre in the county. The centre has been a family run business since the building was acquired and renovated in 1998. It started with just 35 dealers present, displaying their collections over approximately 8000 square feet, and has now grown to cover about 250 dealers and 15 000 square feet of display space. You will find an Aladdinâ€™s Cave spread over four floors, with a great range of goods on offer in the display cases, (from books at 50p, toys, postcards, stamps, fine China, silverware, glass and memorabilia, to Grandfather Clocks at ÂŁ4,000). The range of antiques and collectibles on display reflects the origins of the dealers -
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they come from all over the UK, Ireland and even as far afield as Japan.
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There is also a Craft Centre catering for around fifteen dealers offering local handmade crafts. The Craft Centre and Art Gallery benefit from a newly extended Stylish Cafe. The Cafe at Heanor Antiques and Craft centre started as a small garage conversion next to the car park: It is now a 80 seat Modernistic designed cafe on the third floor with outside seating and views across D. H. Lawrenceâ€™s birth place. Openly daily, with a large selection of food.
OPENING TIMES: 10:30am to 4:30pm every day of the week and year (except Christmas day and Boxing day) Telephone. 01773 531181 www.heanorantiquescentre.co.uk
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MASSON MILLS SHOPPING VILLAGE
The award winning Masson Mills Shopping Village was re-opened in 1999 and employing over 70 staff, the Shopping village, Museum and Conference centre hosts nearly 400,000 visitors a year and is a shopping location like no other. Built in stunning red brick by Sir Richard Arkwright in 1783, the refurbished Mill is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty looking directly over the banks of the River Derwent at Matlock Bath.
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Masson Mills really is a unique shopping experience presenting 60 different retail concepts set over 5 floors and all under one roof. Looking for a place to meet and treat then the Derwent restaurant is the destination for you. Chat over a cup of Costa coffee with home baked cakes or scones. Fancy something home cooked from the hot plate specials menu ?
Customer service is a real priority offering top quality merchandise at great prices and is the reason that Masson Mills is the proud award winner of retail outlet of the year. Set in 6 beautiful acres, Masson Mills is the gate way to the world heritage site and is joined to the working textile Museum.
There's a different special every day or a lite bite, try a favourite filling in the oven baked Jacket potato, a Panini or plated sandwich or be tempted with the now locally famous Tea for 2, offering a 3 tiered cake stand with a selection of freshly made sandwiches with salad, freshly baked scones with jam and cream , cup cakes and tea or filtered coffee all for only £8.95 see if you can finish it all, there are take away bags for those that can't.
There is safe secure parking for up to 200 cars in the multi storey car park and they are open from 10.00a.m until 5.30 p.m Monday to Saturday inculding bank holidays and open from 11.00a.m to 5.00pm Sunday's only closing Easter Sunday and Christmas day. Now in store the children's play area in the Arkwrigt tea rooms. Free entry includes bouncy castle obstacle course, play house with cooker, DVD's and lot's of other toys and activities. The play area is also available for birthday parties, please enquire within store or visit www.massonmills-shoppingvillage.co.uk
Email: email@example.com Telephone 01629 760208 Directions: It couldn’t be easier to find, just follow the A6 to Matlock Bath, you’ll find Masson Mill just 1 mile South on the A6. Coaches welcome.
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TREAK CLIFF CAVERN
Christmas in the Cavern
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www.countysignpost.co.uk Treak Cliff Cavern, the Wonder Cave of Castleton opened to the public at Easter in 1935. 2010 saw 75 years of operating as a Visitor Attraction, but over 300 years as a working Blue John mine. Illumination for the show cave has always been by electric light from the beginning, the mains electricity arrived on site in 1948, which then allowed developments at the entrance area such as the café and gift shop, and a workshop for turning Blue John Stone items. Previously the stone was taken away from the mine, down the hill using the little railway (still in use) to workshops in Castleton, Bakewell etc Because of the difficult location of the ‘new’ show cave, a big marketing ploy, better than any signage, was the arrangement across the hillside of the words ‘wonder cave’ in 10ft high letters made of large gravel stones painted white. This was highly visible from miles away. The old sepia picture shows the remaining word ‘cave’ on the hillside. When the Second World War began the word ‘wonder’ was taken off to reduce the chance of enemy aircraft pilots being able to locate themselves between Manchester and Sheffield, both major wartime targets. When the Peak District National Park was created the large letters no longer complied with legislation, and the grass was allowed to grow over.
Castleton Gift Shop Castleton Gift Shop opened in 1949 and gives visitors a wide choice of jewellery and Blue John ornaments made at Treak Cliff Cavern. The shop is located on the main street in Castleton and is open every day except Christmas Day. Jewellery can also be seen and purchased through the website www.bluejohnstone.com For any further information about Treak Cliff Cavern and Castleton Gift Shop please contact by any of the following : Telephone : 01433 620571 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Today visitors can take the 40 minute guided tour to see the wonderful formations underground and lots of Blue John Stone, now protected on the visitor route by voluntary agreement with Natural England. Mining for the stone goes on in the winter months to supply the gift shop with stone for jewellery etc. An even larger range is available at Castleton Gift Shop in the village, where there is a display of antique Blue John Stone artefacts. The desire for these large ornaments started the whole Blue John Stone industry over 300 years ago, an industry which still continues to this day.
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BARROW HILL ROUNDHOUSE RAILWAY CENTRE
Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre is Britain’s last surviving operational railway Roundhouse. The site is home to over sixty Steam, Diesel and Electric locomotives, as well as numerous wagons and coaches. 2010 saw further improvements to the Roundhouse’s facilities as part of the ongoing investment in the site’s infrastructure. 2011 will see the completion of the renovation of the site’s latest addition – a Midland Railway signal box. 2010 was also another record-breaking year for events.
Events for 2012 Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April “The Fab Four” Steam Gala Four iconic steam locomotives, probably the most famous in the world – ‘Tornado’, ‘Blue Peter’, ‘Flying Scotsman’ and ‘Mallard’ – will be brought together for the first time ever in what
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promises to be an event of nationwide importance. Supported by a carefully selected cast of at least ten other steam locomotives, including more stars of railway preservation such as ‘Green Arrow’ and ‘The Old Gentleman’s Saloon’ from the film ‘The Railway Children’, Barrow Hill Roundhouse will once again put on a show that is without equal. Tickets can be booked on line at www.theticketfactory.com or by telephone on 0844 581 4939. Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May – 11th Annual “Rail Ale” Festival The most atmospheric beer festival of the year, with over 150 real ales as well as ciders, fruit wines and bottled beers on offer. Live music throughout both days. A wide range of refreshments from hog roasts through to chilli chocolate! Steam train rides (10.00am-5.00pm). Free bus service from Chesterfield Railway Station, free car parking on site.
www.countysignpost.co.uk Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September – “Model Rail Live” Returning for a third year after its successful second year in 2011, this event has something for all the family, with all gauges of locomotives from ‘N’ gauge models right up to standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives represented. This is now a firmly established event, thanks to the unique opportunity of being able to see the intricate detail of a large number of model railway layouts in the Roundhouse and locomotive depots, matched by the sight of modern day diesel traction working alongside their steam era counterparts in the yard and on our Springwell Branch line. Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December – Santa Steam Trains The must-do event of the year for all Father Christmas fans - a great family favourite. An opportunity to meet the man himself, travel on a steam train, enjoy music by a local brass band and indulge in a mince pie or two. Telephone: 01246 472450 Website: www.barrowhill.org
Leander at Barrow Hill Steam Gala
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THE MIDLAND RAILWAY - BUTTERLEY Whilst railway activity in Derby is still present its scope and range has diminished considerably.
The oldest surviving example of a steam locomotive built by the Midland Railway; No. 158A built in 1867 at Derby to the design of Matthew Kirtley and on loan from the National Railway Museum
The Midland Railway – Butterley owes its inception to a plan first conceived by Derby Museum and Art Gallery in the late 1960’s to establish a working museum complimentary to the magnificent O gauge model devoted to the Midland Railway at that time on display in the main museum. The plan was to have a working length of line as well as static museum devoted to the former midland Railway which was formed in 1844 by the amalgamation of three independent companies that converged on Derby in 1839 and 1840. The Midland Railway was to become the major and dominant employer in the town and rapidly grew to become one of the four largest pregrouping railways in the UK prior to grouping in 1923 when it became a constituent of the LMS until 1948 when the railways were nationalised. The railways have always played a dominant role in Derby from 1844 until quite recent times when sadly the former locomotive Works were closed in 1990’s and the former British Rail Research department has also succumbed following the privatisation of the railway industry in the mid 1990’s.
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It is perhaps ever more important that because of recent developments in the town reducing the railways impact on the economy and role in the industrial element of the town the role of the railway in former times needs to be given prominence. The Midland Railway at Butterley is therefore fulfilling an important role in portraying the history and development of the Midland Railway its successors and constuituents. The railways offers a full day out experience taking in the journey as well as the full and diverse range of attractions at the main museum complex. To complement these the railways offers a diverse range of special events during the year and full details are available from the railway as follows; visitor information line 01773-570140, © Stuart Smith
Class 3F No.16410 hauls the vintage train through the country park at the Midland Railway Centre
CRICH TRAMWAY VILLAGE Crich Tramway Village is no ordinary day out. The village setting of lovingly restored buildings is not only the perfect home for the nations collection of vintage trams but gives visitors the opportunity to experience the nostalgia of a time now past. Don’t be fooled however by the relaxed and friendly atmosphere as there’s a lot to see and do. Trams run to and fro all day long carrying visitors down the cobbled street and out into the surrounding countryside to make the most of the breathtaking views across the Derwent Valley. Visitors are welcome to ride the trams as often as they wish though it’s hard not to be distracted by all the other activities going on. The Workshop Gallery gives you the opportunity to watch engineers close up as they go about servicing working vehicles and carrying out restoration work on needy trams. Visit the depots and you will be able to see over fifty vintage trams from all different eras, towns and countries, you may even spot one from your own home town! Across the yard you will find the exhibition hall which tells the story of the tram from its horse drawn origins to the near silent electric vehicles working today. New in 2011 was the opening of the George Stephen Discovery Centre which looks at social history and the need to develop tramways in towns and cities across the UK.
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The buildings that make up the village have come from all parts of the country, many demolished brick by brick before being transported to Crich and lovingly rebuilt and restored. Here within the heart of the village you will find our gift shops and should you be in need of refreshment there are also the Village Tearooms and Red Lion Pub which welcomes all members of the family whatever their age. Children can let off steam in the adventure playground with its Burma bridge, tram tracks, swinging steps, slide and roundabout while younger ones can make the most of the indoor
www.countysignpost.co.uk ball pool and tram themed soft play area; to keep their brains in shape there is also a quiz trail to follow. Over the School Holidays there is an action packed calendar of craft activities and themed week – suitable for all ages! Thanks to funding by the Countryside Agency the new Woodland Walk allows visitors to stretch their legs on a trail that winds its way through native woodland now dotted with sculptures by local artists. You may just catch a glimpse of the stunning views before stumbling across a viewing platform or the picnic area with its panoramic vista across the Derbyshire countryside. The walk is also home to a leaf trail where children can take brass rubbings, a giant wooden ant to climb on and a stone labyrinth to escape from – there is even a troll that lurks in the woods but don’t worry he’s very friendly – especially if you have a camera! Crich really does offer something for everyone whenever you visit but some days there is even more going on. There is a rich and varied calendar of events that runs throughout the year including classic car days, a nostalgia day, the famous 1940’s weekend reliving the war era and the Transport Extravaganza in August.
Location & Opening Times Crich Tramway Village is located in the heart of Derbyshire, 6 miles from Matlock and 8 miles from M1 junction 28, follow the brown signs for “Tramway Museum”. The Village is open daily from April until October. Please phone for details of winter opening. For further information about opening times, admission prices and details of special events: Tel:01773 854321, email@example.com www.tramway.co.uk
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THE GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY (NOTTINGHAM) Nottinghamshire down the Soar Valley in Leicestershire. The Centre is open from 10:45 until 5:00 from Easter through to October. With transport events in May, August and October, Miniature and Model Railway events through the season and Santa Specials in December there is always something happening to make a visit worthwhile.
The Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre, home to the Great Central Railway in Nottinghamshire is set within the confines of Rushcliffe Country Park in the South of Nottinghamshire just outside the village of Ruddington. Home to standard gauge steam & diesel trains, classic buses, model railway and a superb miniature railway the Centre is adjacent to Rushcliffe Country Park which has an adventure playground, wildlife Lake and an extensive network of footpaths. Steam & Diesel Trains run regularly every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays on the 9 miles of the Great Central main line once used by the express trains from Nottingham Victoria to London Marylebone. Travelling the length of the line to Loughborough Junction you can view the countryside and wildlife of South
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The Heritage Centre is signposted off the A60 Nottingham to Loughborough Road in Ruddington just south of the traffic lights. Telephone 0115 9405705 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org www.gcrn.co.uk
Melbourne Hall Gardens & Visitors Centre
Situated 7 miles south of Derby. Telephone 01332 862502 www.melbournehall.com
Heanor Antiques â€œa treasure trove of antiques over 4 floors, ranging from small pieces of jewellery to large items of furniture. Antiques supplied by our 250 individual traders.â€? D.H. Lawrence coffee shop serving lights meals daily. 1-3 Ilkeston Road, Heanor DE75 7AG Telephone 01773 531181 www.heanorantiquescentre.co.uk e-mail email@example.com
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TROPICAL BUTTERFLY HOUSE, WILDLIFE AND FALCONRY CENTRE
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The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre near Sheffield offers a wild day out for all the family! Visitors will discover a real rainforest experience in the Butterfly House with hundreds of freeflying butterflies and birds and meet creepycrawlies and reptiles from around the world. The attraction is renowned for its amazing animal encounters, providing unforgettable experiences meeting the centreâ€™s most popular residents up close; including Meerkats, snakes, birds of prey, the skunk and many more! You may also get the chance to feed many of the animals, including the beautiful lorikeets and friendly free-roaming farm-animals.
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The popular Aerial Antics bird displays have been further improved with the addition of a pair of White Storks who have been joining the other magnificent birds of prey and free-flying Macaws and delighting audiences. The centre is also now training 2 baby Hahnâ€™s Macaws to take part in the shows over the coming weeks. Other new additions this year include the Prairie Dogs in their purpose-built enclosure and a baby boom in Meerkat Mansion has resulted in an increase from just 5 to 13! The centre delivers a fantastic programme of annual themed events and 2011 has seen visitor numbers higher than ever. This December, the Tropical Butterfly House will be getting into the
festive spirit with the Stables & Sleigh Bells event; full details available on the centreâ€™s website, Facebook and Twitter. As well as a great family day out, the centre provides Keeper Experiences and Birthday Parties and also welcomes pre-booked group and School visits, for which it has excellent facilities. With further improvements to the Play Park and Activity Centre planned over the Winter months and some exciting new animal arrivals planned for Spring 2012, the Tropical Butterfly House looks forward to delighting new and returning visitors. Open daily and just 5 minutes from the M1, junction 31. For further information please call 01909 569 416 or visit www.butterflyhouse.co.uk Telephone 01909 569 416 www.butterflyhouse.co.uk www.facebook.com/TropicalButterflyHouse www.twitter.com/Tropbutterfly
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BELPER’S PAST GLORIES CAN STILL BE SEEN Innovations along Derbyshire’s Derwent Valley in the 18th century transformed the way the world works. Richard Arkwright, Jedidiah Strutt and their contemporaries created the factory system, which revolutionised how people lived their lives and created the world’s first industrial communities. Today, a 15 mile stretch of the river valley, from Matlock Bath to Derby, has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, in recognition of that contribution to world history. It contains a fascinating series of historic mill complexes, including one of the world’s first fireproof buildings – Strutt’s North Mill at Belper. The oldest surviving mill in the town, Strutt’s North Mill houses an award-winning independent museum and visitor centre.
When William Strutt built the North Mill in 1804, he used cast iron instead of timber for the internal structure – a major step towards the modern-day skyscraper! The Strutt mill complex in Belper saw the world’s second water-powered cotton-spinning mill built by Jedediah Strutt and his sons, following work with Richard Arkwright at Cromford. Nearby, visitors can still see the impressive horseshoe weir built to create a head of water that is now used for public boating from the Edwardian River Gardens. Created by George Herbert Strutt, a descendent of mill pioneer Jedediah, over a century ago, the gardens are an attractive setting for Sunday summer concerts. The Strutt family provided a complete community for their workers. Much of this 18th and 19th century development still exists today. Guided walks and walk leaflets are available from the visitor centre in Strutt’s North Mill. For more about Belper visit Strutt’s North Mill – while you are there you can enjoy a guided tour to learn about the lives of the mill workers, the development of cotton spinning in Belper and a Strutt invention which transformed the hosiery industry. Admission is: Adults £3.25, concession £2.75, Children (7 to 16) £2, family (2 adults with children) £9. Group rates are available. For more details on having a great day out in Belper and the Derwent Valley ring 0845 521 4347 during opening hours, or visit www.belpernorthmill.org.uk www.derwentvalleymills.org
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Bakewell’s Old House Museum Cunningham Place, Bakewell, DE45 1DD 01629 813642 Opening times - Open daily from 1st April - 5th November - 11am - 4pm Group / school visits by appointment. Contact Anita for further information.
Price freeze for 2012 Adults £3 - Child £1.50 under 5's FREE
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BAKEWELL’S OLD HOUSE MUSEUM
Twice voted Derbyshire Museum of the Year, the Old House Museum nestles away behind Bakewell’s historic church and is the town’s best kept secret. The building tells the history of the last five hundred years in its structure and exhibits. With beamed ceilings and the great fireplace, this enchanting building now provides an atmospheric setting for a large collection of fascinating items. There are specialist displays of toys, costumes, lace, farm tools and wartime relics with information on local history. In 2011 the costume display features historic eveningwear. A new purpose built gallery houses items from Bakewell’s industrial past. The blacksmith’s
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forge, wheelwright and cobbler share this space with the history of Arkwright’s mill, which was more recently the DP Battery works. Part of the great waterwheel from Lumford mill, is situated in the new courtyard and a sculptural interpretation stands testament to a proud period of our engineering history. With costumes to try on, a quiz sheet to do and a dolls house to play with, the Old House appeals to adults and children of all ages. For further information or to book a guided tour please contact Anita Spencer on 01629 813642 e-mail email@example.com or visit the website:www.oldhousemuseum.org.uk
Middleton Top Cycle Hire
Middleton by Wirksworth Quality bikes at reasonable prices on one of Derbyshireâ€™s best trails.
A great way to explore Derbyshire
Tel: 01629 823204
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EVERY OBJECT TELLS A STORY Discover the story of a County in Staffordshire’s museums
County Museum Shugborough
Do you have a favourite object, something that you treasure? Is it old or new? Is it large or small? What is it made from? Did you buy it or was it given to you? Does it hold a special memory of a place, a person or a special time in your life? Does it tell you or other people about the past or the world we live in today? Does it have a story to tell? Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum Johnson’s Dictionaries
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Staffordshire Regiment Museum Grenadier’s Mitre
County Museum Shugborough
Staffordshire’s story is told through thousands of objects housed in museums, galleries, castles, historic houses and heritage centres across the county. Every collection is made up of unique objects waiting to tell you their story. Create your own adventure by following the story of Staffordshire’s steam railways or its industrial power houses; water mills, pumping engines, breweries and the world famous ceramics industry. Travel back in time to explore Roman sites, medieval castles and fortifications and discover the stories of power, trade and battles.
Stories of great families and their country estates sit alongside the story of Staffordshire’s agricultural past and the everyday lives and homes of its working people. Famous individuals, scientists, writers, artists and public figures can tell you their own story and introduce you to their world. You can create your own story by discovering the past through Staffordshire’s museums. For links to the museums and information on places to visit log on to www.staffordshire.gov.uk/leisure/ museumandgalleries and follow the Every Object Tells a Story link.
Image courtesy of The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
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Staffordshire County Museum, Shugborough Estate, Stafford Housed in the Servants' Quarters at the Shugborough Estate, the County Museum features a restored Victorian kitchen, laundry and brewhouse, as well as galleries and temporary exhibitions illustrating Staffordshire life over the past 200 years. The Council's collection holds over 25,000 social history objects, 38,000 photographs and 1,800 items of fine and decorative art. For opening times and admission details visit www.shugborough.org.uk or telephone: 0845 459 8900
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Borough Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle-underLyme
The restored Claymills Pumping Station is Britain’s most complete example of a Victorian sewage pumping station. From 1885 to 1971 the site dealt with the effluent from Burton-uponTrent’s brewing industry. Among its many treasures is the oldest working steam driven dynamo in the country. See the engines, boilers, steam driven workshop, Blacksmith’s forge and a 1930s dynamo house. For opening times and admission details visit www.claymills.org.uk or telephone: 01283 509929
Nicolson Museum, Leek Hidden in Brampton Park less than half a mile from the town centre lies Newcastle-underLyme’s local history museum. Alongside temporary exhibitions the galleries use our amazing collections to depict over 2000 years of the Borough’s rich and diverse history. Highlights include our Victorian Street scene, the toys gallery and the 1930s/40s house. Admission: Free For opening times visit www.newcastle staffs.gov.uk or telephone 01782 619705
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, Burton-upon-Trent The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery is housed in the Nicholson Institute, a Grade II* building. The museum displays items from the Council’s collections, including paintings, costume, embroideries, ceramic and glassware and a selection of items on loan from the Royal Collection. The Gallery provides a diverse programme of exhibitions and events. Admission: Free For opening times visit www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/nicholson or telephone 0345 605 3010
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Museum of Cannock Chase, Hednesford
Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Image courtesy of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
© Museum of Cannock Chase
The Museum tells the fascinating story of Cannock Chase, from its industrial beginnings, to its military role, famous local citizens, social history, domestic life and wildlife. The museum site was once home to the Valley Colliery training pit. In its place today are over 30 acres of green space on the edge of Cannock Chase. Admission: Free For opening times visit www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/museum or telephone 01543 877666
A warm and friendly welcome awaits at one of Britain's leading museums where the unique combination of 'product and place' is celebrated in its outstanding displays. With pottery that will win your heart, galleries that win awards and the Spitfire that won a war, nothing can compare with what awaits you at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Admission: Free, For opening times visit www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag or telephone 01782 232323
Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Lichfield
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Hednesford Mines Rescue Team, c.1940 © Museum of Cannock Chase
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Visitors are taken through the colourful life and major achievements of Lichfield's most famous son, from troubled childhood, through literary obscurity and financial poverty, to world renown and success. Best known for his Dictionary of the English Language, Johnson spent the first 27
years of his life in the house, frequently returning until shortly before his death in 1784. Admission: Free, For opening times visit www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk or telephone 01543 264972
Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield
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Wedgwood Museum Trust, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent © Staffordshire Regiment Museum
The Museum vividly tells the story of the two famous old County Regiments, the North and the South Staffords, and their successor the Staffordshire Regiment, from the 1700s to the present day. Experience our full-scale outdoor World War I trench, recall the memories of World War II and discover the heroic stories of thirteen Victoria Cross winners. For opening times and admission details visit www.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com or telephone 01543 434394
For a unique experience and a very warm welcome, the stunning new Wedgwood Museum is the place to visit. We are the home of one of the most interesting ceramic collections in the world. Our galleries tell the story of Josiah Wedgwood, his family, and the company he founded two-and-a-half centuries ago. For opening times and admission details visit www.wedgwoodmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01782 371919
Tamworth Castle Step back in time and experience life in a Medieval Castle. Explore Tudor and Stuart chambers, grand Victorian reception rooms and the magnificent late Medieval Great Hall. Tamworth Castle promises a brilliant day out for all the family. There is plenty to see and even more to do with hands on displays and costumes. For opening times and admission details visit www.tamworthcastle.co.uk or telephone 01827 709 626
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VISIT CHESTERFIELD every month. Speciality markets and events held throughout the year including the Medieval Market on 24 July and a Christmas Market in November. As well as visiting the market, take a tour up the famous ‘Crooked Spire’ of the Parish Church. No one is certain how and why the 228-foot high tower leans 9 feet 5 from its true centre, but enjoy the extraordinary stories that are told along the way. If you don’t want to climb 144 steps to the top of the tower, then take a stroll around the Church, which is open throughout the year from Monday to Saturday. A visit to Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery will tell the story of Chesterfield from its beginnings as a Roman fort to the building of the ‘Crooked Spire’ Church and its growth as a Market town. Open Monday to Saturday (closed Wednesday) 10am – 4pm, free of charge. Another way of finding out more about Chesterfield is to use the audio trail. This free trail highlights 30 sites of interest in the town centre and provides all sorts of fascinating facts and information. Collect your handset from Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre, next to the Crooked Spire.
Crooked Spire Church, Chesterfield
Chesterfield is home to one of the country’s largest open-air markets. The bustling markets are held every week on Monday, Friday and Saturday with a Flea Market every Thursday and a Farmers’ Market on the second Thursday of
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If time allows, travel out to Revolution House 3 miles north of Chesterfield., This 17th Century cottage, a former alehouse, takes its name from the Revolution of 1688. The House is open Friday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 11 am to 4 pm The ancient Derbyshire tradition of Well Dressing, the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures can also be admired in Chesterfield. See this ancient craft being
demonstrated and displayed on 3 - 7 September. The finished dressing can be viewed from 8 â€“ 15 September at the pump in the Market Place and in the Crooked Spire Church. Grab your boots and take part in the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival from 12 to 20 May. Full programme of walks available from Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre or online at www.chesterfieldwalkingfestival.co.uk
For more information on Chesterfield visit Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre, Rykneld Square, Chesterfield S40 1SB Tel: 01246 345777/8 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.visitchesterfield.info
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BAKEWELL FARMERS MARKET Two local chefs – Simon Bradley and Todd Carroll - took part in a friendly cook-off using ingredients available at Bakewell Farmers' Market. The Bakewell episode is due to be broadcast this autumn. And regular stall holder Angie Cooper, of the Pudding Room near Carsington Water, helped Derbyshire Dales District Council celebrate the big day by baking a special birthday cake.
It was a happy birthday for Bakewell Farmers' Market on Saturday (24 July) as the multi-award winning event celebrated its 10th anniversary in style.
Only Winchester boasts more stallholders than Bakewell’s 75, and Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said: “Saturday was another big day in a continuing success story for Bakewell Farmers’ Market – a monthly event that is brilliant for the town, local people and local traders.”
Operated by Derbyshire Dales District Council, the UK’s second biggest farmers’ market welcomed its half-millionth visitor since the year 2000 as 4,200 people poured into Bakewell’s Agricultural Business Centre (ABC). Amanda Lamb (pictured), presenter of a brand new primetime TV show, was part of the celebrations. She presented an episode of Street Market Chefs, a series of ten programmes for FIVE, from the ABC. Produced in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency, the programme celebrates all the best things about fresh, local produce in markets across the country.
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TV presenter Amanda Lamb congratulates Derbyshire Dales District Council at the 10th anniversary display
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NATIONAL FOREST WALKING FESTIVAL The best way to see the Forest is on foot! More than 80 walks 19th-31st May 2012 Back for a 5th year, our popular Festival really does offer something for everyone. Join us for more than 80 varied walks. Discover rolling English countryside dissected by meandering rivers & canals, dotted with picturesque historic villages. And at its heart The National Forest, Britain’s boldest environmental project where 8 million trees have been planted - a massive “Forest for the nation” being created across 200 square miles of gentle countryside.
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From a gentle stroll, walks for the whole family, walks suitable for wheelchair users, to longer more strenuous rambles for keen walkers, our packed programme has something for you! There are walks for all ages, interests or abilities, with all guided walks led by local experts keen to pass on their knowledge about this special area’s rich & varied history, flora & fauna, geology, myths & legends. And why not try something different, such as Nordic Walking, or a pushchair walk? Exciting additions this year include our first Night Walk, and a Photography Walk on which you can pick up tips that might make yours the masterpiece that wins the photography competition (which is sponsored by the National Trust). You can also:-
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• visit the site of the largest ever explosion in Europe • try one of the newest forms of walking (Geocaching) in a most ancient landscape • or, bringing you bang up to date, explore a grand circuit through the site of the largest wood being created to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee
a Visitor Guide for details of our friendly pubs and B&B’s, timber lodges and cosy campsites, welcoming hotels and the country’s newest YHA. For more information please visit www.thenationalforestwalkingfestival.org.uk or contact Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre on 01283 222848
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THE NATIONAL FOREST AND SOUTH DERBYSHIRE
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There are so many reasons to visit! Why not find out for yourselves what a remarkable place this is? While The National Forest lies at the heart of this fascinating area, there is so much more than trees! Nowhere else will you find forest creation on such a mammoth scale, with eight million trees planted over the last decade and a half to create a huge new “forest for the nation”! Covering more and more of its 200 square miles, The National Forest is creating new habitats for wildlife, and beautiful landscapes abound for people to enjoy. Picture yourself immersed in stunning wildlife meadows, beautiful country parks or swathes of young and mature woodland punctuated with sparkling lakes and babbling brooks – a wonderful experience at any time of year!
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Why not discover places to visit of national repute such as Calke Abbey, frozen in time from when its former eccentric and reclusive owners allowed it to slowly fall into disrepair; the National Brewery Centre, which celebrates the development of brewing; Conkers Discovery Centre, where you are encouraged to touch the hundreds of indoor and outdoor experiences; the National Memorial Arboretum known as the UK’s year-round centre of remembrance; or Twycross Zoo, which cares for nearly 1,000 animals including the largest collection of primates in the western world. New for 2012, the family friendly Hicks Lodge: National Forest Cycle Centre provides 8 miles of brilliant off-road circular trails and now specially adapted bikes for disabled visitors are also
available; the National Forest Adventure Farm still has one of Europe’s largest Maize Mazes but has expanded to provide indoor and outdoor activities guaranteed to entertain the whole family for hours whatever the weather; brand new lodges at Mercia Marina looking down on the tranquil waters of the marina provide a wonderful base to explore the area; while on The Pipeworks at Swadlincote the new multi-screen Odeon Cinema with the latest in digital technology and the Hungry Horse family pub development are a wonderful way to feed and entertain the whole family after a fun-packed day. Having whetted your appetite, this article can only scratch the surface of everything the area has to offer! You could craft a traditional longbow and then learn how to shoot it at the award-winning Rosliston Forestry Centre – a fantastic experience… Here too you will find 154 acres of walks and cycle trails, play areas, laser combat, craft shops, a café, birds of prey displays, and the Glade in the Forest outdoor arena where events are held throughout the year. At the other end of Rosliston, Beehive Farm includes peaceful fishing lakes, and a rare breed animal farm.
Rosliston Forestry Centre in Winter © K Mason
Fireworks and Lodges at Mercia Marine © Mercia Marina
There are a wealth of waterways where you can participate in a wide range of activities from sailing and angling to windsurfing and barge trips. Stunning reservoirs such as Staunton Harold and Foremark are also important habitats for an increasing number of birds and other wildlife. Why not soak up the atmosphere and imagine the busyness of the inland canal port of Shardlow on the Trent & Mersey Canal in its hey-day? Now one of only two such remaining ports in England, it’s a fascinating place to wander around and enjoy the ambiance of the pubs and restaurants. Just a few miles
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County Signpost west the 585-berth Mercia Marina at Willington is the UK’s largest all new canal-based marina – from here you can hire a narrow boat for a relaxing holiday, or take a day trip along the canal. South Derbyshire is also rich in history. Calke Abbey gradually slipped from finery to faded glory as the aristocratic owners became ever more reclusive and eccentric, the estate planted to ensure there were no public views of the house! In 1985 Calke passed to the National Trust in a very dilapidated condition. Now a ‘must see’, Calke is one of the most unusual English country houses you will ever visit, preserved as an estate in decline. The 600 acres of beautiful parkland boast an eighteenth century stable block, Gothic-style church and walled gardens. Much of the park is a National Nature Reserve – look out for the magnificent ancient oaks, some of them more than a thousand years old, making them among the oldest trees in Europe. Calke is also famous for its wildlife, including traditional breeds such as Portland sheep, longhorn cattle and Red and Fallow deer.
Melbourne Hall & Gardens © Louise Galdes
In contrast to hidden Calke, the beautiful Georgian town of Melbourne knows all about travel and tourism. Not only did the Victorian Prime Minister Viscount Melbourne give his name to the Australian city, the famed travel agent Thomas Cook (known as the “father of modern tourism”) was born here in 1808. Explore traditional shops, pubs and restaurants, discover Melbourne Hall including fabulous formal gardens with royal connections and a visitor centre in a picturesque poolside setting, and explore the lavish parish church often described as a ‘miniature Norman cathedral’. Melbourne Festival is held each September, attracting internationally acclaimed artists. One of the most ancient places in England, Repton was an historic capital of Mercia and the site of a fierce battle between the Saxons and marauding Viking invaders. Seek out
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industrial beginnings. Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre isn’t just for skiers and boarders, it also has an exciting alpine Toboggan run, and you can hire Snow-tubes to hurtle down the slope on – brilliant fun! And the best thing is that you can do it all year round!
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the unique Saxon Crypt hidden under the church, which for centuries was a popular place for pilgrims, with miracles ascribed to the remains of St Wystan. At Swarkestone the historic ¾ mile long medieval causeway (the longest stone bridge in England), is where in 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie turned for home: pipers still ‘invade’ in December! According to local legend, the causeway was paid for by 2 women who watched their husbands drown while trying to cross the flooded river valley. During 2012 a new walk is to be published which will tell the history and legends of what was one of England’s most important routes. The main town of South Derbyshire, Swadlincote, is much more recent, founded on the coal and clay industries, and famous for saltglazed pipes which were exported worldwide. Cairo, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City all stand on Swadlincote sewage pipes! Don’t miss Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, housed in a 19th Century pottery where the first rim-flushing toilet was made, which tells the story of the local Pottery Industry; exhibitions and events are held throughout the year. The museum is the start point for a gentle new walk that contrasts modern-day Swadlincote with its dramatic
Friendly staff are happy to provide further details of places to visit, local accommodation, activities and transport, and the many other attractions and events in the area. Why not take a weekend or longer holiday? There are comfortable hotels, friendly guesthouses and cosy village pubs. If you prefer self-catering, please ask about cottages and apartments, or try a log cabin – perfect for a stay in The National Forest! There is a new Youth Hostel too, or get back to nature on one of our camping and caravan sites. A wide range of books, maps, postcards and local walks are on sale to help you make the most of your visit, as well as gifts and souvenirs to take home as a momento. Open six days a week except Bank Holidays, and closed Sundays, the TIC is located in Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, Swadlinote. A 24-hour touch screen kiosk provides information on accommodation, places to visit and events when the TIC is closed. See the advert on page 55. Picnicking © L Galdes
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DERWENT VALLEY HERITAGE WAY There is a wide choice of accommodation in the area if you choose to stay for a while and take a walking break and explore the valley from end to end. Why not spend some time in Belper and discover Strutt’s North Mill to unwind the story of cotton spinning. Home to the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, this gives you the perfect opportunity to learn more about this UNESCO World Heritage Site and the valley’s history. The museum is housed in one of the most important industrial buildings in the world as the ‘fire proof ’ building which influenced the construction of skyscrapers. View across Derwent Valley
Discover the beauty, splendour and heritage of Derbyshire’s River Derwent by following the Derwent Valley Heritage Way. This is a 55 mile walk along the Derwent Valley from Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District National Park via Chatsworth. Then on through the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site down to Shardlow, where the Derwent flows into the River Trent.
For more information on the Heritage Way call Strutt’s North Mill at Belper (0845 521 4347), or view www.nationalheritagecorridor.org.uk
The way-marked Heritage Way can be enjoyed either as a long distance walk or as a series of shorter walks, giving you the opportunity to explore the valley’s rich heritage and numerous visitor attractions. Following the path of the river, there are climbs and descents as the route follows field and woodland paths, tracks and some sections of pavement and road. River at Belper, Derwent Valley Heritage Way
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AUTUMN FOOTPRINTS Have you ever wondered what the green stuff in your garden tasted like but were too afraid to try? Then join this walk, which takes us around the Country Park where wild food in abundance will tempt your taste buds. Email email@example.com with your name and postal address or telephone 01773 841485 to request a copy of the programme – available from July 2012.
The Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival Set in the picturesque heart of Derbyshire, the Autumn Footprints Festival offers a great choice of more than 30 free guided walks over 16 days. The Walking Festival, which runs from September 8th – 23rd 2012, is very popular with both novice and experienced walkers wanting to enjoy the beautiful colours of autumn amid areas known for their natural beauty, superb scenery, industrial heritage and attractive towns and villages.
Booking lines will open in early July. Check www.visitambervalley.com for further information and additional walks. The Peak District & Derbyshire offers walking festivals throughout the year. From village venues to strenuous moorland hikes plus family friendly events take a look at www.visitpeakdistrict.com/avwf
Avoid getting lost and make the most of your walks by attending the “Map Reading for Beginners”. This friendly course encourages you to learn how to read a compass and OS map, or try a gentle introduction to Nordic Walking to improve your fitness. The Bush Craft Introduction Walk – teaches you all you need to know on how to make the most of countryside and will cover basics such as shelter, fire and food. Crich Stand footpath © Michael Fleming
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Nestling in a south-west-facing slope, looking across to one of the 1,000-foot (305m) peaks of the Pennine chain. Lea Gardens is a tiered garden planted with a unique collection of highly acclaimed rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmias and other specimens collected from the far corners of the world.
Bird life has been encouraged in quiet woodland walks below the main gardens. This area, planted with ornamental trees and specie rhododendrons, contains many assorted birdboxes donated by friends of Lea Gardens.
The Gardens are sited on the remains of a medieval millstone quarry and cover an area of approximately 4 acres (1.6ha) on a wooded hillside. The renowned speciality gardens include an excellent rock garden containing a huge variety of alpines with acers, dwarf conifers, heathers and spring bulbs. Come along and enjoy the beautiful colours, scents and natural bird life of the site. Special events including the Lea Garden Music Day add to the ambiance and celebratory mood. The Tea Gardens CafĂŠ offers the perfect tranquil setting to enjoy fair-trade tea, speciality coffee and homemade cakes after your tour around the beautiful gardens. Lea Gardens uses locally sourced ingredients Telephone 01629 534380 www.leagarden.co.uk
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middle of the 19th century to top up the canal from the River Derwent. If engineering is your interest, then you must also visit the winding engine at Middleton Top. Built around 1830 this is the last of 9 engines built to haul wagons up the inclines. This engine is open on the first weekend of the month throughout the summer. Possibly the best way to explore the trail is on a bike and these can be hired at either end of the trail at Middleton Top and Parsley Hay. If you are feeling particularly energetic from Parsley Hay you can join the Tissington Trail, another old railway, which gives you another 13 miles to go at!
Running for 17.5 miles through the southern Pennines; the High Peak Trail is a delightful way of exploring the Derbyshire Dales. This traffic-free route is ideal for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Starting in the Derwent Valley just south of Cromford, now part of a World Heritage Site because of the wealth of its industrial archaeology, the trail quickly climbs the valley side and within a few miles is on the limestone plateaux of the “White Peak”. From here on it is flat! The trail is in fact one of the oldest standard gauge railways in the world, so old in fact that some of its features are those of canals. Long inclines were used to climb up the valley sides instead of flights of locks but once on the level the line hugged the contours giving curves that would not be found on later lines. The line even linked two canals, the Cromford and Peak Forest and for the first thirty years of its life was part of the canal system rather than the railway system.
Middleton Top Visitor Centre has long been a Mecca for the recreational cyclist. One of the earliest cycle hire centres in the country, starts an ideal flat and safe route for families and children - with new bikes arriving for the 2010 season - with access to miles of traffic-free routes through the best scenery the White Peak has to offer you might have thought it couldn’t get better, but it has. The cycle route of the Pennine Bridleway starts at Middleton and provides a challenging route for the more adventurous cyclist. Middleton and the trail is not just about cycling however, and the trail offers something for everyone with industrial heritage, beautiful scenery and walks to suit everyone wither you want a short stroll or a challenging hike. Telephone 01629 823204 www.nationaltrail.co.uk/Penninebridleway
Nowadays you can appreciate the skill and ingenuity of the men who built the line as you walk along the track or enjoy your picnic at one of the many picnic sites. At High Peak Junction you can explore the site and the original railway workshops using the audio tour. If you time your visit you may also be able to see in operation the magnificent Leawood Pumphouse built in the
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Published on Mar 16, 2012
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