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Pat and Chris Walker
Offcote Grange, Offcote
Ashbourne, Derbyshire
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Activities & Places To Visit Near Hillside Croft

Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park is located in central England amidst some of the most beautiful and varied scenery England has to offer. The landscape varies from lush green pastureland with gently rolling hillsides to rugged and colourful heather covered moorland, the spectacular dales from Ashbourne and northwards provide some beautiful scenery with landscapes and rivers abundant with wildlife. Limestone walls or green hedgerows divide this wonderful patchwork landscape whilst cliffs and rocky outcrops to the north of the county provide stunning panoramic views.

lovely views when travelling canal boats

The historic market town of Ashbourne is close by and is called the gateway to the Peak District. Ashbourne is full of historical buildings with narrow streets and alleyways. Explore the many antique shops, craft shops and galleries or relax and dine in the many cafes and restaurants. St Oswalds Church is worth a visit. Ashbourne is famous worldwide for Royal Shrovetide Football held in February each year on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, held no where else in the world its a site not to be missed.

From May onwards there is a chance to visit the many well dressings to be found in many of our picturesque villages, the privately owned village of Tissington with the beautiful Tissington Hall and well dressings is a lovely place to see. In July each year is the Ashbourne Highland Gathering event where Scotland, its culture, traditions and sports come to Ashbourne. Also in late June and early July and lasting for 3 weeks is the Ashbourne Arts festival, where art and culture of all types is represented, including dancing, music, comedy, plays, opera painting and exhibitions.

plenty of water sports to enjoy

The whole county is covered with a labyrinth of footpaths, making walking and rambling a popular attraction. From gentle walks suitable for all the family to difficult terrain which will challenge even the most experienced walker. There are rocky outcrops giving the chance for climbing and abseiling, caves and potholes are accessible for the experienced with several caves adapted for tourism and family visits, such as the caves at Castleton and Buxton.

The area is excellent for cycling and there are cycle hire centres at Carsington Water, Ashbourne, Tissington and the Manifold Valley with trails adjoining the hire centres. Canoeing is available on several rivers and water sports are available at Carsington Water, just 10 minutes from both cottages.

Activities available close by include paintballing : quad bikes : archery : clay pigeon shooting : fishing : golfing : tennis : pony trekking : rock climbing : caving : hot air ballooning : roller skating. Or you may wish to try the thrills and spills of Alton Towers, Waterworld or Go Ape. For smaller children there is Gullivers Kingdom.

beautiful historic gardens to visit

For lovers of historic buildings and gardens there are many beautiful places to visit, the stately Chatsworth House home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, step back in time at Calke Abbey or explore Kedleston, Hardwick or Sudbury Halls owned by the National Trust. We have also Renishaw Hall, Haddon Hall,Tutbury Castle, Eyam Hall everyone worth a visit.

We are but a short drive from the tourist towns of Ashbourne, Matlock Bath, Wirksworth, Bakewell and Buxton, and between these are many beautiful villages to explore such as Alsop en le dale and the plague village of Eyam

A taste of all the interesting and exciting things to see and do in this beautiful part of England, and an experience not to be missed.

Activities
Paintballing
Karting
Quad Bikes
Archery
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Cycling
Pony Trekking
Swimming

Tennis
Golf

Fishing
Climbing

Hot Air Balloon Flights
Hang Gliding
Land Rover Safaris
Boats- Belper River
Gardens
Narrow Boats
Shrovetide Football
Caving/ Pot Holing
Canoeing
Brailsford
Brailsford
Brailsford, Yeaveley
Yeaveley
Yeaveley
Ashbourne, Carsington
Tissington
Ashbourne, Belper,
Stoke
Ashbourne
Ashbourne, Brailsford,
Matlock
Ashbourne, Brailsford
Cromford, Matlock,
Hathersage
Ambergate
Ashbourne
Buxton
Belper

Foxt
Ashbourne

Activity Centres
Alton Towers
Wild Park Leisure
Go Ape
Carsington Water
Tissington Pony Trek Centre
Waterworld
Gullivers Kingdom
Rollorworld
Nottingham Ice Rink
Ashbourne Leisure Centre
BMX and Skate Park
Alton
Brailsford
Buxton
Carsington
Tissington
Stoke
Matlock Bath
Derby
Nottingham
Ashbourne
Derby

   
Museums and Historic Houses
Chatsworth House
Haddon Hall
Kedleston Hall
Sudbury Hall
Hardwick Hall
Renishaw Hall
Eyam Hall
Tissington Hall
Tutbury Castle
Belper Industrial Museum
Arkwright/Masson Mill Cotton Museum
Crich Tramway Museum
Midland Steam Railway
Peak Steam Railway
Pickfords Museum
Old Silk Mill Industrial Museum
Buxton Museum
Crich Stand Memorial
Chatsworth nr Bakewell
Nr Bakewell
Nr Derby
Sudbury
Off M1 nr Chesterfield
Nr Staveley
Nr Bakewell
Tissington nr Ashbourne
Tutbury nr Burton
Belper

Matlock Bath

Crich
Butterley nr. Ripley
Matlock
Derby
Derby

Buxton
Crich

Places of Interest
Heights of Abraham Cable Cars and caves
Castleton Caves
National Stone Centre
Matlock Bath
Wirksworth
Hartington Village
Buxton- Pavillion Gardens
Bakewell
Tissington Village
Hartington Village
Eyam Village
Allsop en le Dale Village
Robin Hood Centre
Multiplex cinemas
Theatres

Shopping Centres

The Potteries
Denby Pottery and Visitor
Centre
Royal Crown Derby
Lea Rhododendron Gardens
Matlock Bath

Castleton nr Hathersage
Wirksworth









Nottingham
Derby and Nottingham
Buxton, Derby, Nottingham,
Stoke
Belper, Rowsley, Matlock Bath, Cromford, Derby
Stoke
Denby

Derby
Lea nr Matlock

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