1. Plan your Visit to the Peak District

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    Here are a list of upcoming local events to help make the most of your visit

    Chatsworth House – The Grand Tour 19 March – 23 October

    The Grand Tour returns for a second year following the success of season one last year. The Grand Tour is the formative cultural experience of the 18th century traveller, as seen through the eyes and collection of the Devonshire family.

    Entry included in admission price. See here for full details of events at Chatsworth House this season


    The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud 23 – 25 September 2016

    Inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s passion for art, Art Out Loud is a festival of talks by artists, curators and writers. The 2016 festival will welcome a new line-up of guest speakers, including ceramicist and author, Edmund de Waal; Julia Peyton-Jones (The Serpentine Galleries); Maria Balshaw (The Whitworth Gallery); Peter Frankopan (author); garden designer, Dan Pearson and the Duke of Devonshire. A new addition to the festival is the Peak District Artisans, with 30 artists demonstrating and sharing their best works.

    See here for full details

    Sotheby’s Beyond Limits Sculpture Exhibition 10 September – 30 October 2016

    Sotheby’s Beyond Limits is one of the leading events in the artistic calendar and returns to Chatsworth Gardens this autumn.

    At the heart of this year’s exhibition will be Zaha Hadid’s sculpturally stunning Lilas pavilion, created for the Serpentine summer party in 2007 – the most architecturally ambitious installation to be presented at Chatsworth to date with calligraphic arcs rising to 5.5 metres.

    The show will also spotlight an enchanted installation by Cristina Iglesias, exploring the boundaries between appearance and reality.

    For further information and ticket prices please see here

    Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair 24th & 25th September at Bakewell Showground

    Bakewell Showground is a new addition to the Derbyshire Food & Drink Festival in 2016. The two day festival will be filled with local producers, craft & gift tents, live music, cookery demonstrations, onsite bar and lots more. This year’s celebrity chefs include demonstrations from Frances Quinn (winner of the Great British Bake Off 2013) on Saturday and Ed Baines (Chef & Co-Owner Randall & Aubin, London Judge on Britain’s Best Dish) on Sunday.

    Why not enjoy a luxury stay at Baslow Hall on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rate over the weekend. To check availability please call 01246 583 259. 


    Posted by on 15. June 2016
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  2. RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 7– 11 Jun 2017

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have announced that in June 2017 Chatsworth will be added to their annual shows programme. Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: “We’re thrilled that in 2017 we will be hosting an RHS Flower Show in partnership with Chatsworth on its breathtaking grounds. The amazing estate with its gorgeous surroundings has a rich gardening heritage and we’re honoured and excited to soon be a part of it.

    Its overarching theme is ‘Design Revolutionaries’ and will celebrate both todays creative genius of garden designs and gardeners talent as well as the past, in particular Joseph Paxton who was once the estate gardener at Chatsworth.

    Save the date: the first show will be held 7 – 11 June 2017
    (tickets for the show will be on sale from 7 June 2016, see here for full details)

    Why not explore the show over a couple of days and enjoy an overnight stay and Michelin starred dinner at Baslow Hall. Chatsworth is a 10-15 minute drive away from Baslow Hall or some residents may prefer to walk via Baslow Village and through the beautiful estate.

    Posted by on 28. May 2016
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  3. Buxton Festival 8 – 24 July 2016

    Buxton Festival 

    “A happy marriage of music, opera and books”

    A renowned summer festival celebrating opera, music and literature.

    Buxton Festival is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading arts festival. Over three weeks visitors can enjoy a music series featuring some of the finest musicians in the country and rarely performed operas by major composers in the Buxton Opera House. The successful literary series includes a variety of politicians and speakers and up to 40 authors

    Further information including how to book your tickets can be found here

    Make it a day you will remember; join us for a delicious Michelin Starred lunch before a special evening at the opera. Call reservations on
    01246 583 259 to reserve your table.

    Posted by on 13. March 2016
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  4. Well Dressings in Derbyshire

    Whilst visiting Derbyshire from May to September we suggest you visit one of the hundreds of hand-created well dressings. Well Dressing is unique to the Peak District & Derbyshire and more than 80 towns and villages display their floral masterpieces throughout the spring and summer.

    “It takes 300 hours to make just one well dressing, so it’s understandable why they are such as intriguing draw for visitors” said Sir Richard FitzHerbert of Tissington Hall.

    See our calendar for upcoming dates local to us or click here to see the full list

    Posted by on 8. March 2016
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  5. Haddon Hall 2016

    Haddon Hall will reopen for Easter 25th March to 4th April 

    Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century and was described as  “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages” in “1000 Best Houses” by Simon Jenkins.

    Haddon Hall is conveniently located approximately 20 minute’s journey by car from Baslow Hall. 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 whilst the garden brims with roses, delphiniums and clematis. Haddon Hall is a popular choice as a film and TV location. A restaurant and gift shop complete the visitor’s experience.

    Residents can purchase tickets from Reception at Baslow Hall.

    During this season, Haddon Hall has the following exhibitions taking place (normal admission prices apply):

    26 March – 17 September – Music at Haddon Hall

    Lord and Lady Edward Manners’ will be bring outstanding formal and informal music to Haddon Hall on occasional dates for visitors to enjoy (see website for dates and full information).

    2 May – May Day Celebrations

    3 May – Free Guided Tour

    19 May – Restoration Tour

    Enjoy a tour of the recent restoration work with Lord Edward Manners and master stonemason, Mark Eaton (Pre booking essential £40 pp.)

    4 June – 30 August – Flowers Exhibition

    Using floral displays this exhibition will explore their symbolic significance within their historic, religious, political and social context.

    8 June – Free Guided Tour

    8 July – Free Guided Tour

    17 July – Artisan Floral Market

    Browse outdoor stalls from local botanical florists, artists and crafts people. Entry £2.50 pp

    4 August – Free Guided Tour

    6 & 7 August – Sir John Savile’s Household

    Experience everyday chores to the life of the military with a living history medieval camp

    13 & 14 August – Haddon Hall & Bakewell Baking Festival

    A weekend of food related activities. Make your own bread trencher and discover the important of herbs and flowers in Tudor cookery

    4 September – 31 October – Fire Exhibition

    Fire brought warmth and civility to Haddon hall, but also tragedy. The exhibition will feature fragments of sixty tapestries destroyed by fire in the 1920’s which have been unseen for nearly 100 years.

    4 September – Open Air Forging

    Live demonstrations by Duncan Edwards, an artist-metalworker

    6 September – Free Guided Tour

    29 September – Fire Exhibition Twilight Tours

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Fire Exhibition at twilight. £22 pp, pre booking essential

    Normal admission rates and opening times apply, please check the website for full details before travelling.

    Posted by on 1. March 2016
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  6. Chatsworth House & Gardens 2016

    Chatsworth House will reopen on Saturday 19th March 2016.

    Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. 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 has one of Europe’s most significant art collections and the Devonshire Collection encompasses Old Masters, contemporary ceramics, artefacts from Ancient Egypt, modern sculpture and computer portraits to name but a few.

    In the 105 acre garden, 17th century formal waterworks and sculptures can be seen alongside Capability Brown’s lawns and Joseph Paxton’s rockeries, fountains and greenhouses and more than 5 miles of walks. Families enjoy the farmyard and the woodland adventure playground which thrills and delights children of all ages.

    The 1,000 acre park and the Farm Shop and restaurant are open all year around.

    Guests can purchase discounted tickets for the house and gardens from Reception at Baslow Hall. During this season, Chatsworth has the following exhibitions taking place:

    19 March – 3 January 2017: Never a Bore: Deborah Devonshire and her set by Cecil Beaton

     A selection of intimate and rarely seen photographs of the late Dowager Duchess, Deborah Devonshire taken by photographer and friend Cecil Beaton.

    19 March – 23 October: The Grand Tour

    The Grand Tour returns for a second year following the success of season one last year. The Grand Tour is the formative cultural experience of the 18th century traveller, as seen through the eyes and collection of the Devonshire family.

    28 May – 5 June: Water Spectacular

    Chatsworth will be celebrating the waterworks in the garden, more details to follow

    24 – 28 June: Florabundance

    The house will be transformed by renowned floral designer Jonathan Moseley for the flower festival


    5th November to 3rd January 2017 (closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January):

    Chatsworth’s renowned Christmas decorations are on display in the grand rooms on the two lower floors of the house. During the festive period there are many events and activities including workshops and wreath making demonstrations. There are lots of inspirational gift ideas and Christmas markets during this time. For more information visit their website.

    Chatsworth is a 10-15 minute drive away from Baslow Hall or some residents may prefer to walk via Baslow Village and through the beautiful estate. Take advantage of one of our dinner, bed & breakfast rates throughout the year and visit this stunning House and Gardens.

    Posted by on 1. March 2016
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  7. Historic Houses, Gardens and Local Attractions to Visit 2016


    Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP
    Tel: 01246 565300


    Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is one of the great Treasure Houses of England, set in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Visitors see more than 30 richly decorated rooms. In the 105 acre garden, 17th century formal waterworks and sculptures can be seen alongside Capability Brown’s lawns and Joseph Paxton’s rockeries, fountains and greenhouses and more than 5 miles of walks. Families enjoy the farmyard and the woodland adventure playground which thrills and delights children of all ages.

    Opening Times

    Open 19th March 2016 to 23rd December 2016

    House: 11.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (last admission 4.30 p.m.

    Garden: 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (last admission 5.00 p.m.

    House & Garden open from 10.00 am at weekends

    Farmyard and adventure playground: 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (last admission 4.30 p.m.)

    Haddon Hall

    Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1LA
    Tel: 01629 812855


    Haddon Hall is conveniently situated on the A6 between Bakewell and Matlock, Derbyshire. 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 whilst the garden brims with roses, delphiniums and clematis. Haddon Hall is a popular choice as a film and TV location. A restaurant and gift shop complete the visitor’s experience.

    Opening Seasons/Times

    Closed during January, February, & November

    Open Easter: 25th March to 4th April 2016 (10.30 am until 4.00 pm)          .

    Open: Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays for the remainder of April 2016

    Open daily: Friday 1st May – Wednesday 30th September 2016

    (Closed 21st & 22nd May)

    October:  Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only.

    Opening Times: 12.00 noon – 5.00 p.m. (last admission 4.00 p.m.)

    Christmas: 1st – 18th December 2016

    Hardwick Hall

    Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ
    Tel: 01246 850430


    This large ruined house was completed in 1591 and was one of the greatest Elizabethan mansions of its time. The owner, Bess of Hardwick, built this stately home on the foundations of an earlier building owned by the Hardwick family. It displays her innovative planning which can also be seen in the New Hall at Hardwick nearby. The view over the Country Park and New Hall are spectacular. Enjoy a free audio tour of the Old Hall and hear the story of Bess of Hardwick whose 4 marriages made her one of the richest women in England. A joint ticket to visit the Old and New Halls is available. The ruins of Hardwick Old Hall in the grounds are owned by the National Trust and administered by English Heritage.

    House Opening Seasons/Times

    House open from Saturday 13th February 2016 – Sunday 30th October 2016 (Closed Monday & Tuesday)

    Opening Times 11.00 to 5.00 p.m.

    Open Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday

    Christmas opening: 26th November 2016 to 18th December 2016 (Closed Monday & Tuesday)

    Opening Times: 11.00 noon to 3.00 p.m.

    Garden & Park open daily 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 pm (closed 25th December 2016)

    Kedleston Hall

    Kedleston, Derbyshire DE22 5JH
    Tel: 01332 842191


    A fine example of a neo-classical mansion built between 1759-65 for the Curzon family, who have lived in the area since the 12th Century. The Hall has a series of magnificent state rooms retaining their great collections of paintings and original furniture. The parkland includes five lakes, classical lodges, a three arched bridge and cascades and a fine fishing pavilion. Kedleston Hall is owned by the National Trust.

    Opening Times

    House: 27th February 2016 to 30th October 2016 12.00 noon – 5.00 pm (Closed Friday)

    Park & Pleasure grounds: Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (1st January 2016 – 24th December 2016 10.00 am to 4.00 pm)

    Renishaw Hall

    Renishaw, Sheffield, S21 3WB
    Tel: 01246 432310


    Renishaw Hall has been the family home of the Sitwells for nearly 400 years. The Hall is open by appointment to the public for exclusive and intimate tours with knowledgeable and friendly guides to talk about the family, the artefacts they have collected, the history of Renishaw.

    The Gardens are Italian in design and were laid out over 100 years ago by the present owner’s grandfather, Sir George Sitwell. The garden is divided into ‘rooms’ with yew hedges, flanked with classical statues. These ‘rooms’ have recently been filled with an impressive collection of plants. The garden is set in acres of parkland with lakeside and nature walks. A Sculpture Park was installed in 2002 and features over 20 works by modern sculptors. In the Stable Block are the Sitwell Museum and the Performing Arts Gallery, as well as the John Piper Gallery.

    Opening Times

    23rd March 2016 to 30th September 2016

    House: every Friday during the season by guided tour only 1pm & 2.30 pm             (Friday, Saturday & Sunday throughout August)

    Gardens, Museum and Gallery Café: Wednesday to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays

    10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (last admissions 4.00 p.m.)

    Hopton Hall

    Hopton, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DF
    Tel: 01629 540458


    Dating back to 1414 Hopton Hall sits it 30 acres of ground on the edge of the White Peak National Park. Since 1996 the gardens and woodland walks have been gradually restored producing wonderful displays of Snowdrops and Aconites. New and exciting features include a Laburnun Tunnel, small Arboretum and Pinetum along with a wildlife lake and ornamental ponds. Visitors can enjoy the 1 acre walled gardens which house over 2,000 roses and 5,000 box plants. Browse the plant sales or visit the Tea Room which serves light refreshments including soup, homemade cakes and hot beverages.

    Opening Times

    Snow Drop Gardens: Daily from Sunday 1st February 2016 until

    Sunday 6th March 2016

    10.30 am (Last admission 4.00 pm)

    Summer Gardens: from mid-June until the end of August 2016

    Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (see website for full details)

    Tissington Hall and Gardens

    Tissington, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1RA
    Tel: 01335 352200


    Home of the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years. The Hall stands in a superbly maintained Estate village and contains wonderful paneling, as well as a 10 acre garden and arboretum.

    Tissington is well known for it’s well-dressing and draws large crowds. The Tissington Well Dressings are estimated to attract 50,000 visitors each year in the week that the wells are dressed. This year’s Well Dressings week is 29th May – 4th June 2014.

    Opening Seasons/Times

    12.00 pm to 3.00 p.m. on the following dates:

    28th, 29th, 30th & 31st March 2016

    May Bank Holiday: 2nd May 2016

    Well Dressings: 9th, 10th, & 11th May 2016

    May Bank Holiday week: 30th May 2016

    Summer opening: 1st – 29th August 2016 Monday to Thursday only (closed 18th August).

    Herbert’s Fine English Tearooms are open for coffee, lunch and afternoon cream tea daily until Sunday 3rd January 2016. Then Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays inclusive. Weather conditions can affect opening hours, please call if unsure.

    Sir Richard Arkwrights Cromford Mill

    Mill Road, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3RQ
    Tel: 01629 823256


    Cromford Mill is the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill and acclaimed throughout the world as being the first, complete factory system. Enjoy a guided tour, available every day.

    Opening Times

    Daily 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
    Closed Christmas Day.
    Open New Years Eve and Day.

    Masson Mills (Working Textile Museum)

    Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3PY
    Tel: 01629 581001


    Sir Richard Arkwright’s 1783 showpiece Masson Mills are the finest surviving and best preserved example of an Arkwright cotton spinning mill. A fascinating working textile museum incorporates authentic historic working textile machinery.

    Opening Times

    The museum is open from the first week in January 2016 until 30th November 2016 (closed Easter Sunday and throughout December)

    Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

    Sunday 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

    Speedwell Cavern

    Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WA
    Tel: 01433 620512


    Speedwell Cavern takes an incredible journey by boat through the underground flooded workings of an eighteenth century lead mine.

    Opening Times

    April to October Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (last tour 4.00 pm)

    November to March Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (last tour 3.00 pm)

    Closed Christmas Day

    Peak Cavern

    Castleton, S33 8WS
    Tel: 01433 620285


    Peak Cavern is a spectacular natural cavern containing historic rope works. Discover why it is called The Devil’s Arse!

    Opening Times

    April to October Daily 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (last tour 4.00 p.m.)
    November to March (Weekends and daily during school holidays) 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (last tour 4.00 p.m.)

    Closed Christmas Day.

    Treak Cliff Cavern

    Buxton Road, Castleton, HOPE VALLEY, Derbyshire, S33 8WP
    Tel: 01433 620571


    Visit an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils. Home of the unique mineral Blue John stone, including the largest piece ever found – still in-situ. Events include an Easter Egg Hunt, Carols by Candlelight and Polish Your Own Blue John Stone activity. If you have mobility problems, please ask for their Accessibility Information Leaflet.

    Opening Times

    Daily 10. 00 am until 5.00 pm (1st November – 28th February 10.00 am until 4.00 pm)

    Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December.

    Peak Cycle Hire

    Peak Cycle Hire operates centres at Ashbourne, Derwent and Parsley Hay.

    Opening Times

    Open Daily from March to October: 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (or dusk if earlier)
    Limited opening January, February, November & December.

    Please phone centres for details or see their website

    Ashbourne Cycle Hire. Tel: 01335 343156
    Derwent Cycle Hire. Tel: 01433 651261
    Parsley Hay Cycle Hire. Tel: 01298 84493

    Hassop Station
    Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1NW

    One mile north of Bakewell on the A6020 / B6001 roundabout

    Tel: 01629 815 668

    Café, bookshop and cycle hire centre.

    Café, bookshop and cycle hire centre.

    Open 9am-5pm, seven days a week.

    (Closed 24th, 25th & 26th December)

    To avoid disappointment, please contact the Attraction to check opening times before travelling.

    Posted by on 27. January 2015
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  8. Extend your Stay in Baslow Village

    Baslow is a pretty village on the edge of the Chatsworth Estate just 4 miles from Bakewell. We have a wonderful array of shops, pubs and restaurants on our door-step! Complete your visit to Fischer’s with a wander around Baslow and take a souvenir home. You may fancy walking to Chatsworth House from Baslow Hall – ask our Reception staff for more details or see below for a walk to Chatsworth, Edensor and Pilsley.

    To view an interesting feature on Baslow Village by Derbyshire Life Magazine (edition August 2010) please click here also view a YouTube video featuring Baslow.

    Rowley’s Restaurant and Bar

    Our sister restaurant has contemporary decor in an old village pub offering good cooking using fresh, local ingredients. Ideal for a light lunch or informal dinner. Call in for a glass of wine or a hand crafted beer from one of our selected local breweries. Open daily from 10 am serving fresh coffee (also available as takeaway). A warm welcome awaits…..

    01246 583880 or view the website.

    Avant Garde

    Avant Garde is popular for numerous unusual gifts including mirrors, clocks, French furniture, soft furnishings and jewellery. The shop is open 7 days a week.

    01246 583888 or view the website.

    Five Little Ducks

    There are a wonderful selection of greeting cards and children’s toys for sale.

    01246 583441 or view the website.

    Church Farm Art Gallery

    Church Farm Art Gallery hosts a unique collection of work by many talented professional and amateur artists. Much of the work in this tiny gallery is of Derbyshire landscapes and local views, but you can also find humorous animals, flowers and even seascapes on the walls.

    01246 582334 or view the website.

    Vintage Living

    This lovely shop offers vintage and antique furniture and accessories, including reupholstered antique chairs and sofas.

    07802494814 or view the website.

    Timothy James Henderson Bespoke Tailors and Alterations Specialists

    At Timothy James Henderson, you will step into a world of gentlemanly traditions steeped in history and tailoring excellence.

    01246 582098 or view the website.

    The SPAR

    The shop is open until 8 pm each day and has a ATM. The convenience shop also serves as the local post office.

    01246 582108 or view the website.

    Elliott’s & White’s Sweet Shop

    Located near the main car park in the village, why not call in for a treat whilst on route around the village.


    Popular with the Ladies!! Collections include Marccain, Basler, Joseph Ribkoff, Oska, Michele, La Perla Parfum, Isabel de Pedro and Crea Concept.

    01246 582500 or view the website.

    Baslow Pottery

    This working pottery provides a distinctive showcase of Ray Gridley’s pots and a gallery with work of other local artists. Original oil and watercolour paintings, jewellery, ceramics, turned wood, prints and hand made cards are displayed both to view and to buy.

    We also display several pots in the grounds of Baslow Hall available for sale.

    01246 583838 or view the website.

    Darling Buds Florist

    Pop in and have a bouquet that is truly unique and personal to you made up while you wait to take home with you, or order an arrangement in advance for your bedroom.

    01246 583999 or view the website.

    The Stage Hair Salon

    Arrange to have your hair cut and styled to complete your outfit.

    01246 583322 or view the website.

    Celebration Photography

    Tony Hall specialises in wedding and civil partnership photography. Truly captivating photography – see his website for examples of his work.

    01298 872844 or view the website.


    Posted by on 14. April 2012
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  9. Get Here If You Can!

    Be the first to see the film! Watch the GET HERE film with vocals by Chelsea Redfern. Music under license from Warner / Chapel. Just click on the play button in the centre of the picture below.

    Posted by on 28. January 2012
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  10. Monsal Trail

    The Monsal Trail follows the path of the former Midland Railway from Blackwell Mill cottages to Coombs Viaduct, about 1km past the former Bakewell station – a distance of about 20km. For the most part the trail follows the path of the River Wye, which means it offers some spectacular scenery.

    The Peak District National Park have recently spent £2.5m on re-opening the tunnels so it is possible to walk, cycle or horse-ride right the way along the trail.

    Bakewell, Hassop and Monsal Head are the nearest stations from Baslow Hall. See the Monsal Trail Leaflet for more information.

    Monsal Trail Cycle Hire is available at Hassop Station Cafe, Bookshop and Cycle Hire. Enjoy the traffic free Monsal Trail with their range of bicycles. We recommend this as a great day out in the beautiful Peak District! For those feeling less active, why not relax in the cafe or browse the book shop and gift area. For more information, please call 01629 810 588 or visit their website.

    Posted by on 7. July 2011
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