Derbyshire Peaks,Trams.Trains & Chatsworth

Derbyshire Peaks,Trams.Trains & Chatsworth

Discover Derbyshire with visits to Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Crich Tramway Museum and a ride on the Peak Rail Line

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Discover Derbyshire with visits to Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Crich Tramway Museum and a ride on the Peak Rail Line

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth house offers visitors a treasure trove of modern and historic artifacts. Wander around the three floors where you can see magnificent displays of art, furniture, sculptures and paintings housed in ornately decorated rooms. From the grandeur of the 1st Duke's Painted Hall and State Apartments with their rich decoration and painted ceilings, to the 19th century Library, Great Dining Room and Sculpture Gallery. There is just as much to see outside with 1000 acres of gardens described by Alan Titchmarsh as 'one of the best and most vibrant gardens in Britain'.

 

Bakewell

Bakewell is the only market town within the Peak District National Park boundary and its attractive courtyards, independent shops, cafés and its location on the River Wye make it a hugely popular destination for visitors. Bakewell is best known for a confection made by mistake. In the 19th century a cook at the Rutland Arms was baking a jam tart but misunderstood the recipe and so Bakewell Pudding was created - now almost every visitor to the town samples this culinary delight.

Castleton

Whether you approach through the dramatic limestone gorge of Winnats Pass or from the Hope Valley, you'll appreciate the fabulous views created by its location on the cusp of the Peak District's breathtaking limestone and gritstone landscapes. Whatever the weather, Castleton has something to offer visitors of all ages at any time of year. If it's fine and you're feeling fit, climb the steep steps up to the atmospheric Norman ruins of Peveril Castle, completed in 1086 for William Peverel, a favoured knight of William the Conqueror.

Castleton is the only place in the world where the semi-precious stone Blue John, unique to the Peak District can be found.  You can buy jewellery crafted from Blue John in the village, and Castleton Visitor Centre, with its museum and visitor centre, is a mine of information. You can enjoy a coffee or a drink ithe numerous cafés, tea rooms and pubs in the village.

 

Peak Rail

Peak Rail operates a steam and heritage diesel service for tourists and visitors to both the Peak District and the Derbyshire Dales. The line which has been re-instated mostly by volunteers forms part of the old Midland Railway line between Manchester Central and London St Pancras which was closed in 1968. the trains currently operate for a distance of 4 miles between Rowsley South Station and Matlock Platform 2.

Crich Tramway Museum

Nestling on the edge of the Peak District this award-winning museum takes you on a mile-long scenic journey through a period street to open countryside with panoramic views over the Derwent Valley. Enjoy unlimited vintage tram rides, and explore 30,000 sq ft of indoor attractions. The Exhibition Hall houses the largest collection of vintage electric trams in Britain. Step back in time along the recreated period street where you won't have to wait long for the rumble of a vintage tram. Many of the buildings along the street have been rescued from towns and cities across the UK, such as the Derby Assembly Rooms façade which came to Crich after a tragic fire. The Red Lion Pub and Restaurant came all the way from Stoke and was re-built brick by brick. Also look out for the street furniture which is dotted along the street, including the Bundy Clock at Town End Terminus and The Exhibition Hall windows which were rescued from the Doncaster tram depot. There are lots of places to visit on the Tramway Street such as Rita’s Tearoom, The Red Lion Pub and the Poulson Room, Barnett’s old fashioned sweetshop, Scothern and Williamson gift shop, the Eagle Press and Bluebells Ice Cream Parlour and refreshments.

 

 

 

Day 1

Morning departure from Penrith as we head to Richmond for coffee and then continue south to Harrogate, time at leisure for lunch before we complete our journey towards Derby and the Hallmark Mickleover Hotel. Meals commence with dinner in the restaurant.

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Day 2

Following breakfast we head to Chesterfield, with its famous crooked spire. Time to view St Mary’s church or the traditional market, before we leave and travel to Chatsworth, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, for an included visit to the House and gardens. During our visit we have over 30 rooms to explore, including the magnificent Painted Hall, State Rooms and beautiful Sculpture Gallery along with
100 acres of superb gardens. We return to the Mickleover Court for dinner.

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Day 3

This morning we head to the picturesque market town of Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District, the town is of course home to the famous Bakewell Pudding, or is it a tart? Find out on a visit to the original shop in the village centre, we then head to Castleton, this 17th Century village is known as the 'Gem of the Peaks'. We return to Derby via the fascinating Plague village of Eyam. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 4

This morning we head via Matlock Bath to Rowsley for a nostalgic steam train ride on the Peak Rail line to Matlock, after time for lunch we head to the village of Crich, home of the National Tramway Museum. Take a one mile vintage tram ride with spectacular views of the Derbyshire countryside and through the period village which boasts many interesting restored properties such as shops, tea rooms and a pub.
Dinner on our return to the hotel.

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Day 5

Departing after breakfast we head via Ashbourne to Buxton, where we have time for lunch before returning over the Cat & Fiddle pass towards Macclesfield and then onwards to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Hallmark Mickleover Court Hotel

4-star Hallmark Hotel Derby - Mickleover Court Hotel is just 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Derby. It offers free Wi-Fi, air-conditioned rooms and a leisure club including a swimming pool, sauna and spa bath.

All rooms have modern décor, WiFi, Freeview TV and Sky Sports, tea and coffee-making facilities, iron and ironing board, private bathroom with hairdryer & complimentary toiletries, while some rooms have a balcony.

The hotel offers 24-hour room service, a Starbucks Coffee outlet and the Brasserie Restaurant which serves freshly prepared British and International dishes.

There is an on-site hair and beauty salon providing a range of treatments.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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