Only 3 minutes’ walk away, Carsington Water offers water sports, cycling/ cycle hire, cafe & shops, exhibitions and children’s play area. You can either cycle or walk around the picturesque 9 mile perimeter or simply enjoy the shops and visitor centre. Alternately you can hire sail boats, wind surf, kayaking, canoeing or try your hand at craft building.
Tel 01629 540478
For the ultimate excitement and lasting family memories enjoy the day at arguably the best theme park in England. Explore the haunted Towers, discover the enchanting Gardens or even just be pampered at the Spa. Alton Towers is a fantastic day out for all the family.
Tel 0870 458 5003.
Known as `the palace of the Peak District`, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The house and fine gardens have attracted visitors, from all over the world, for many generations.
Climbs,Walking & Cycling
Or if you prefer the open countryside then experience the exhilarating climbs and rambles around the Derbyshire dales and tracks. Try your luck at the stepping stones at Dovedale, near Ashbourne or walk the Tissington Trail. Both offer nearby breath-taking scenery blended with interesting walks taking you along rivers and hills. On trail there are quiet tea rooms or ice cream parlours to tempt you and make the day more enjoyable. Local reclaimed rail tracks provide cycle trails for the energetic as well as walks through the spectacular scenery along the Dove and the Manifold valleys.
Heights of Abraham
Matlock Bath provides a cable car ride across the stunning Derwent Valley to the 60 acre summit. Picnic and play areas are available as well as exciting underground tours.
Tel 01629 582365
Crich Tramway Museum
Nestling high up in the heart of Derbyshire overlooking the famous Derwent Valley and open almost throughout the year, Crich Tramway Village is a lovingly restored period village that is also home to the National Tramway Museum and its world renowned archives
Enjoy the outdoors with a relaxing game of golf at Ashbourne Golf Club, which has been established for over 125 years
Brailsford Golf Club Tel 01335 360096
Step back in time as you stroll down the cobbled main street, flanked by the period buildings and the ever-present rumble and clang of a passing tram.
Tel 0870 75 87267
Derbyshire County Council organises activity events throughout the year, from the shearing of sheep in February to a winter walk in December.
Poole Cavern, Buxton
Derbyshires most spectacular cavern deep beneath the beautiful High Peak hills of Buxton. Famous for `The Flitch of Bacon’ the longest stalactite in Derbyshire.
Tel 01298 26978
Blue John Cavern, Castleton
Home to eight of the fourteen known varieties of Blue-John-Stone. Guided tours conducted through the cave system at short regular intervals.
Tel 01433 620638
A Medieval and Tudor manor house in the heart of the Peak District overlooking the River Wye. Step back in time and experience one of England`s oldest, most romantic houses.
Tel 01629 812855
The Heights of Abraham
Experience the spectacular cable-car ride high above the Derwent Valley and the 17th century led mine.
Tel 01629 582365
Check website for details of race meetings
Late 17th century house, in the nearby village of Sudbury. Enjoy the Museum of childhood or spend time outside in the children’s play area.
National Stone Centre
Give the children a treat by buying a bag of sand from the gift shop. They can go ‘panning’ and sift out their tiny gemstones which they can take home. Children love it! The stone centre is just a bit further on from Carsington Water, at Middleton by Wirksworth – thus can be the perfect ending to a day out.