Deciding which of the English counties is the most beautiful is a difficult task, but Derbyshire would have to be near the top of the list. This incredible county is home to two stunning areas of natural beauty: the Derbyshire Dales, and the Peak District. If you’re still looking for inspiration for days out with the kids this summer, then Derbyshire has a wealth of options you’ll definitely want to consider.
Matlock, and surrounding area
When it comes to making the most of the Peak District, Matlock really does have it all. You can pan for gold at the Matlock Temple mine, visit Guilliver’s Travels theme park, or head to the Heights of Abraham cable car for an incredible view of the surrounding scenery. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be guaranteed an incredible family day out that will live long in your memories!
If you’re looking for a historical day out set amidst stunning countryside, then look no further than the “plague village” itself. In the 16th century, Eyam’s residents chose to quarantine themselves to try and prevent the infection from spreading. Many sites, such as Mompesson’s Well, from that time are still standing today, and the museum dedicated to the history of the village is well worth a visit.
Buxton is famed for its incredible water, so you’ll definitely want to head to St. Ann’s Well to sample a drop or two direct from the source. However, the water is just the start of the incredible things to do and see in the area. From the awe-inspiring Poole’s Cavern to the natural beauty of Goyt Valley, it’s no wonder so many people have chosen the nearby Porthaven as their retirement home— this is a part of the Peaks that delivers time and time again. A stunning part of the world that has plenty to offer family members of all ages.
No visit to Derbyshire would be complete without a stop at Bakewell. This charming town is, as you have probably guessed, famed for its eponymous tarts. Set amidst stunning countryside and full of bakeries and other shopping opportunities, Bakewell makes for a truly special place to visit.
Chatsworth House is one of the most beautiful and well-known stately homes in England, and its gardens receive particular praise. The house itself is wonderful to explore, but the surrounding area is particularly entrancing. Whether you wish to relax and watch the fountains or spend time exploring the on-site farmyard and adventure playground, you’ll always be guaranteed a wonderful day out at Chatsworth.
If you’re a family that loves an outdoor adventure, then you can’t go wrong with a climb of Mam Tor. This family-friendly climb is a great way to spend an afternoon, and rewards you with truly spectacular views once you reach the summit.
The above are just a few of the highlights awaiting you should you choose Derbyshire for your next day out with the kids. Whichever you select, you can be sure that this stunning, invigorating area will never disappoint. Enjoy!
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