Attractions in the area
There's so much to do in the Peak District - here's a small selection of what's on offer
The Great Outdoors
Walking in the Derbyshire Dales is second to none. Many hikers simply consult the OS map, and let their feet do the work. A base at Shallow Grange offers you access to an extensive network of routes from the beautiful dales surrounding the farm. The High Peak, Tissington & Monsal Trails are all very close. There is a great variety of outdoor pursuits within easy reach. The following sites will be able to help you plan your activities:
Buxton is less than ten minutes from Shallow Grange by car. The Romans built a settlement here to take advantage of the "health giving" thermal springs. You can still sample the water from St. Ann's Well. Take a trip around the Cavendish arcade, filled with charming arts, crafts and book shops as well as a delicious chocolate shop. Don't miss Buxton's beautiful Victorian opera house and the surrounding Pavilion and gardens, the newly restored Devonshire building and the Crescent. There's lots of useful information at VisitBuxton.co.uk
Ten minutes from Shallow Grange by car, Bakewell is known for its puddings and tarts. Take tea in one of its many quaint tea shops. Bakewell is full of fine old buildings and is home to the old house museum - an early Tudor house with original wattle and daub screen.
Twenty minutes away by car, Castleton is famous for its caves and the Blue John stone. The huge exposed face of Mam Tor looks down over the valley and the ruins of the 11th Century Peveril Castle dominate the village. Visit Peak Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Blue John Cavern to find out more.
Matlock and Matlock Bath
These towns are 25 minutes away by car. A paddling pool, miniature railway and a boating lake are all found at Matlock. Cable cars at Matlock Bath provide access to the Heights of Abraham.
Just off the A623 and around fifteen minutes from Shallow Grange, Eyam is known as the "plague village" that chose to isolate itself when bubonic plague was found in the village in August 1665, rather than see the infection travel further in the north of England. A stroll around this charming village tells a fascinating story. Eyam Hall is open to the public.
Country Estates and Gardens
Just fifteen minutes away by car, this beautiful stately house is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and is well worth a visit. Visit the Chatsworth website for more details.
Two miles south of Bakewell on the A6, this is one of England's oldest and most romantic houses. Home to Lord & Lady Edward Manners, it featured in the recent film version of "Pride and Prejudice". Visit the Haddon Hall website for more details.
The Derbyshire Dales is dotted with many National Trust sites of interest, both large and small. Visit The National Trust website for more details.