From discover the stunning countryside, to visiting National Trust and World Heritage Sites. From strolling around local market towns to enjoying refreshments at a local bar, cafe or restaurant. Whatever you decide to do it is sure to be an adventure.
In the heart of the Derwent Valley, nestled along the River Derwent you will find a wonderful little market town called Belper.
Each point of interest has a number which correlates with the map.
Belper is the only town to win the Great British High Street in England award twice, and for good reason. Here you will find a variety of shops, eateries, and bars, not to mention a warm welcome.
St Johns Chapel dates from about 1250 and was built by William de Ferrers, Earl of Derby. Thought to be the oldest building still standing in Belper. Inside you will find The Heritage Centre, where you can learn about the history of Belper and see old photographs and memorabilia.
Here you will find an early 19th century Nail Makers workshop. This building is a rare survival of this once important industry in Belper. Nails were generally made in small workshops next to the worker’s houses. This is known as a ‘cottage industry’.
This system lasted until machine-made nails were introduced in the early 20th century. The nickname of Belper Town FC is the ‘Nailers’.
The uniquely cobbled Long Row features some 18th- and 19th-century industrial housing (millworkers cottages). The houses are red brick terraced, with slate roofs and are stepped down the hillside in pairs. The lamp posts were originally illuminated by gas and 8 of these were in existence in Belper by 1825.
The River Gardens have been offering visitors a tranquil setting to view the River Derwent for over 100 years. During the summer rowing boats may be hired, to take a trip along nearly three miles of the river. The River Gardens also host band concerts, outdoor theatre, and other special events throughout the year.
Here you can visit the museum and discover how the Strutt family turned Belper into a thriving industrial community. There may also be the opportunity to take part in a heritage walk, ranging from short guided tours around the town centre to longer rambles into the countryside, but all include opportunities to see this area’s heritage as you’ve never seen it before. Visit North Mill museum for more information.
A popular picnic site and local landmark with extensive views of the Derwent and Ecclesbourne valleys.
Alport Stone is the name of the pillar of quarried gritstone, some 20 ft high, which stands at the summit of Alport Heights.
Black Rocks is a weathered outcrop of Ashover grit which can be reached by a short, but steep climb, from the car park.
The climb up onto the gritstone outcrop of Black Rocks is rewarded with superb views. Waymarked walks guide you through the Forestry Commission woodlands of Cromford Moor. You can access beautiful and varied countryside, including the High Peak Trail. A short walk or ride along the trail to Sheep Pasture Top provides an excellent view of the Matlock Gorge, Cromford and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. To the west is Middleton Top Countryside Centre and Cycle Hire.
Carsington Water is a large reservoir surrounded by wildflower meadows and native woodlands, ponds and reedbeds.
There are so many things to do and see including a water sports centre, cycle hire, bird hides, a sailing club and signposted walks. There is also a café, ice cream parlour and a variety of shops on site.
Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, on the banks of the river Derwent.
Home of the Cavendish family since the 1550s, it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations. Explore Chatsworth’s 105 acres of stunning gardens, miles of footpaths, extravagant water features, outdoor art exhibitions, surprises at every turn, rose, cottage, sensory and kitchen gardens, and magnificent views of the park. Chatsworth’s gift shops have a wide selection of beautiful and exclusive products inspired by different aspects of the Chatsworth Estate. The gift shops provide hours of delight and retail therapy.
The northern stretch of the canal lies within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
With five miles to explore along the towpath through woodland where there is a wide range of wildlife, including water voles, ducks, and dragonflies.
Open all year round, Denby Visitor Centre is next to the working pottery, set in a cobbled courtyard with award-winning home, garden, cookery and gift shops.
This Medieval and Tudor manor house is an absolute gem.
Inside, there is a fine example of a medieval kitchen; and an Elizabethan long gallery – the most modern room in the house! The exterior walls are adorned with climbing roses and there is a beautiful terraced garden. Haddon Hall is a popular choice as a film and TV location.
A fascinating historic working windmill located a few minutes’ drive from Swinney Wood Log Cabins.
Built in 1797 and restored in 2002 Heage Windmill, a Grade II listed building, is the only working, stone-towered, six-sailed windmill in England. Guided tours are available during which you will discover the history of Heage Windmill, how the miller controls the mill, how stoneground flour is traditionally milled along with many anecdotes about the life of a miller.
Take a flight across the Derwent Valley in one of the famous cable cars to a unique 60 acre hilltop estate.
Visitors can explore an underground cavern network, historic trails, woodland walks and visit restored heritage structures.
The High Peak Trail runs for 17.5 miles from High Peak Junction, near Cromford, to Dowlow, 6 miles south of Buxton.
At Parsley Hay it is joined from the south by the Tissington Trail, which runs from 13 miles from Ashbourne. The High Peak and Tissington Trails were formerly the Cromford and High Peak and the Ashbourne to Buxton railway lines. You can walk, cycle or ride a horse on the trails all year round.
The ruins of historic industrial mills, set picturesquely by a waterfall & wooded walking paths.
Shining Cliff is ancient woodland which is now designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The wood supports a diverse bird community including warblers, flycatchers and bramblings. In the spring, coppiced sycamore trees provide a canopy for a carpet of bluebells, something that can’t be missed. There is a circular waymarked trail for visitors which pass by the remains of the Betty Kenny Tree which is said to be 2000 years old.
The Ritz is an independent cinema with 99 seats, a choice of luxury, standard or sofas. Offering a range of refreshments such as popcorn, sweets, and cakes as well as hot and cold drinks to take into the film with you.
Booking is advisable as some shows can be extremely popular, this can be done in person or on the phone. The box office open from 4pm on weekdays and 1pm on Saturdays. Sundays and school holidays may vary. Card payment is not accepted. Cash, or cheque only.
Box Office: 01773 822224
Established in 2016, White Peak Distillery is the first full-scale, craft distillery in the Peak District region.
The Distillery is located in the former Johnson & Nephew Wire Works in Ambergate and celebrates the rich riverside and industrial landscape of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The Distillery backs onto the ancient woodland of Shining Cliff, which is a site of special scientific interest. On the Distillery tasting tours you are able to sample Derbyshire style of single malt spirit as well as a range of award-winning Shining Cliff gin.
Poised somewhere between gentle neglect and downright dereliction, Calke Abbey is unlike other great country estates. Entering along the Lime Tree Avenue offers views of the historic parkland, home to ancient oaks, secluded ponds and miles of woodland walks.
The National Nature Reserve awaits discovery, while Calke Explore – a new outdoor recreation area nestled among the woodland – provides the perfect base to begin exploring the wider estate, with a natural play area, refreshment kiosk and access to a wide range of walking and cycling trails.
Peeling paintwork and abandoned rooms tell the story of a country house in decline, whilst a vast collection reveals the varied interests of a loving family who never threw anything away.
The walled garden within the estate offers moments of reflection, including a domed orangery and faded glasshouses, and beds bursting with seasonal produce and colour echo the history of Calke’s working garden.
Hardwick Hall is an Elizabethan country house created by the formidable ‘Bess of Hardwick’ in the 1500s. In the centuries since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiderers and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation.
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Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion, framed by historic parkland. Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam. The Curzon family have lived at the Hall since the 12th century and continue to live here. Lord Curzon’s Eastern Museum is a treasure trove of fascinating objects acquired on his travels in Asia and while Viceroy of India (1899 to 1905). Used as a key location for The Duchess, the recent Hollywood blockbuster.
Sudbury Hall is a most impressive building, built by George Vernon in the second half of the 17th century. Now owned by the National Trust who first opened it to the public in 1972. One of the many features restored by the trust is the small dome, crowned with a golden ball on the roof of the hall, which acts as a beacon for travellers.
Sudbury Hall has many fine rooms, the most interesting being, the Long Gallery and the Main Hall with its beautiful staircase, featured in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice. The formal garden and meadows at the rear of the house lead down to the lakeside.
The Museum of Childhood situated next to Sudbury Hall is a reconstructed Victorian schoolroom and nursery with old toys and games. Here you can explore the childhoods of times gone by.
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