Here are what we consider to be some of the classic Peak District experiences. A few you’ll recognise, some you won’t…
Chatsworth House (25 mins by car)
Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house architecture and collection have been evolving for five centuries.
The house has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, newly restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. Chatsworth also has one of Europe’s most significant art collections, stunning gardens to discover, an adventure playground, farm and farm shop plus an incredible events programme.
Haddon Hall (25 mins by car)
Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Present-day Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century, whereupon it lay dormant for over two hundred years from 1700 until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens, and once again made it habitable.
Film-makers flock to Haddon Hall to use it as a location. The house and grounds have played host to no less than three versions of “Jane Eyre”. Screen credits also include Elizabeth”, Pride & Prejudice” and “The Other Boleyn Girl”. This year marks the silver jubilee of “The Princess Bride”, the cult classic movie in which Haddon Hall became Humperdinck’s Castle.
The Roaches (20 mins by car)
The Roaches is a wind-carved outcrop of gritstone rocks 8 miles South of Buxton boasting some of the best climbing in the country. Why not finish off your walk at the Roaches Tea Room, or if you’re heading in the other direction we’d recommend the Ship Inn at Wincle (next to the Wincle Beer Company microbrewery). For the less adventurous or alcoholically inclined you might like to visit Tittesworth Water. Here you can take a leisurely walk, have a barbecue, see some birds, or take to the water in a kayak or canoe.
Ride the Peak District on a vintage bike!
Our friends at Glory Days run reliable retro bike hire. Offering
the very best pre-1987 classic british steel bikes these machines represent the cutting edge technology of the day. They will transport bikes to and from The Servants’ Quarters. They also offer fun retro bicycle tours, which are the best way to discover the splendid and spectacular scenery of the Peak District National Park.
Gorgeous Peak District villages…
Unsurprisingly there are a plethora of those in the Peak District! Castleton, Tideswell, Hathersage, Hartington, Tissington, Ilam, Eyam – you’re spoilt for choice.
Discover some great places to eat, drink and explore – whether they’re a base for the start or finish of a walk or somewhere you’ve seen in a film you’d like to experience in person.
…and pretty Peak District towns
No Peak District experience is complete without a trip to Bakewell to sample a pudding, or maybe a wander round their fantastic Farmers’ Market? (generally held on the last Saturday in every month) (25 mins by car or bus).
At The Servants’ Quarters you have, of course, a wealth of things to do in Buxton right on your doorstep and Ashbourne is a great place to stop off.
Crich Tramway Village (45 mins by car)
A bit further afield but definitely worth the journey is the home of the National Tramway Museum.
Ride up and down the hill on the trams, wander past the sculptures on the woodland walk, let your kids hair around in the indoor play area, find out about the history of lead mining in the area or look round more trams than you’d care to mention.
There’s free admission for drivers of pre-1973 vehicles if you park them in the Museum street for a minimum of 3 hours!
Two visual tours around the area…