Our backyard – The Peak District
Peak District and local area
Whether you’re seeking hills and valleys with wonderful views, traditional market towns, stunning villages, action-packed adventure, historic houses, or a relaxing day out for all the family – the Peak District has it all.
The Peak District was the first National Park in the UK and incorporates parts of Derbyshire, Cheshire, South Yorkshire, and Staffordshire – which is where Lane Head Barns is.
The network of footpaths, bridle paths and trails provides options for all regardless of experience and ability. There are famous hills to climb such as Mam Tor and Kinder Scout while miles of former railway lines and valley bottoms provide wonderful opportunities for those looking for a more relaxing walk and for those with limited mobility including wheelchair users.
There is also something for everyone in the choice of cycling routes, including miles of leisurely trails as well as more challenging routes and famous climbs such Winnat’s Pass.
If traditional towns and villages with independent shops and cafes appeal, then you have plenty of choice. Leek, ‘Queen of the Moorlands’ is on our doorstep and within half an hour’s drive you can reach the spa town of Buxton, the pretty village of Hartington, the market town of Bakewell and the cobbled streets of Longnor.
There are several high quality pub / restaurants within a few miles of Lane Head and a wide choice of high class dining or pub food if you travel a little further.
Take a 15 minute stroll down Douse Lane to the Jervis Arms– usually #1 or #2 on Trip Advisor for local restaurants (the Jervis is temporarily closed). We also hear good reviews of the restaurants at the Reform Inn at Thorncliffe and the Lazy Trout at Meerbrook.
The market town of Leek is only 10 minutes drive away and has a good and varied selection of places to eat including cosy pubs, Thai food, Indian and a Turkish Bar and Grill. Further excellent options are available in Ashbourne and Buxton.
Outside the towns, there are more excellent pubs and cafes nearby. Just three miles away can be found Cottage Kitchen Country Café at Winkhill and on the beautiful Manifold trail there is the Tea Junction at Hulme End and Wetton Mill Tea rooms further down the valley.
Hartington offers a good choice of cafes and restaurants. Try Hartington Farm Shop and Café for delicious quick bites or the Devonshire Arms for more substantial meals.
If real ale and a traditional pub lunch including Staffordshire Oatcakes appeals, the Black Lion at Consall is a good choice – you can even travel there by steam train from Cheddleton. In the same
direction you will find the excellent Hetty’s Tea Shop at Froghall Wharf.
Hassop Station, near Bakewell provides breakfast, brunch, lunch or tea, combined with a walk or cycle on the Monsal Trail. Bakewell itself has lots of tea shops, cafes and pubs.
Recently voted ‘The Best Farmshop in the country’, why not try Denstone Hall Farmshop and Cafe for quality meats and a delicious cafe.
Jervis Arms – Onecote
The Wetton Mill Tea Rooms
Hetty’s Tea Shop at Froghall Wharf
Denstone Farmshop and Cafe
Close by is Peak Wildlife Park where you can come face to face with exotic and endangered animals from across three continents. The Park has an indoor jungle-themed soft play area so is ideal for the little ones whatever the weather.
Churnet Valley Railway offers a nostalgic steam train ride through Staffordshire’s hidden valley alongside the river Churnet and the Caldon Canal.
Alton Towers Resort offers fun for all the family with over 50 rides and attractions and beautiful gardens to explore.
Ilam Park is ideal for families with gentle riverside walks towards Dovedale and a popular tea-room garden with far reaching views across Italian Gardens.
If members of the party are looking for exhilarating outdoor adventure in the hill tops of the Peak District National Park, then try Go-Ape near Buxton.
Also close to Buxton is Poole’s Cavern and Buxton Country Park where you can explore vast limestone caverns, seeing how crystal stalactites have lined the chambers over millions of years.
Over to the East of us is Heights of Abraham by Cable Car from where you can absorb views of the Peak District as you rise 554 ft to the Heights of Abraham where there is an adventure playground, cavern tours, fossil factory and heritage walks.
To the south is the area known as ‘The Potteries’ where you can visit World of Wedgwood, the Emma Bridgwater factory, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and Middleport Pottery.
Close to the Potteries is the Trentham Estate where there are award winning gardens, monkey forest, tree-top adventures, shopping village, cafes and restaurants.
Heights of Abraham
Many people visit the Peak District to explore on foot and there is a huge range of walks from gentle strolls to adventurous hikes. Close by there are famous spots like Dovedale, the Manifold Valley including Thor’s cave, Three Shires Head, Chrome Hill and the Roaches and further afield there are many more Peak District routes to explore. To the south, and just outside the Peak District, is the beautiful Churnet Valley with walks alongside the Caldon Canal.
Peak District Walks provides a fabulous range of walks searchable by distance, mileage or location. Alternatively go to the Visit Peak District official tourism site for more suggestions.
If you prefer to explore by cycle there are leisurely rides along former railway lines as well as more challenging routes with famous climbs, such as Winnats Pass, Cat & Fiddle and Gun Hill.
If you bring your own bikes we can store them securely or if you prefer to hire try the National Park’s Cycle Hire centres or the Monsal Trail hire centre. Or for more adventurous E-Bike and Mountain Bike hire and guided experiences try True North Adventures.
For climbers there are several well-known rock climbing areas within reach, including the magnificent gritstone crags of the Roaches, Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks, and the classic limestone of Dovedale and the Manifold Valley.
If you prefer to explore from the saddle there are pony rides for the youngsters at Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre and trekking across old pack horse trails from Northfield Farm Riding and Trekking Centre
The Roaches, Peak District
Walks and Dales in the Peak District
Cycling lanes and trails, Peak District
Towns & Villages
Leek ‘Queen of the Moorlands’ is a traditional market town just 5 miles from Lane Head. Leek’s wealth was built in the 19th century through the silk industry and there are still former silk mills in the town.
There are plenty of supermarkets but it’s the wealth of independent shops, cafes, pubs and regular weekly and speciality markets that make Leek really special.
Hartington is a pretty village with independent shops, pubs and cafes set around a beautiful duck pond. The village has footpaths radiating on all sides so it’s a great village to explore before or after a walk to Beresford Dale to the south or the Upper Dove valley to the north.
Alstonefield is a small, picturesque village with limestone cottages set around a pretty village green. The village provides an ideal starting point for fairly steep walks down into Mill Dale and on to Dove Dale.
Buxton is a historic spa town where the architectural gem, Buxton Crescent, has recently been restored to its former glory. The Buxton Crescent Visitor Experience tells the story of Buxton and its crescent and the town’s Pavilion Gardens are beautiful ornamental gardens with good accessibility for all. Buxton offers theatre, cinema and, in July each year, Buxton International Festival.
Ashbourne is a picturesque market town in the Derbyshire Dales with many historical buildings and independent shops. Ashbourne Festival takes place every June / July.
You are sure to have eaten a Bakewell tart but have you ever tasted an authentic Bakewell Pudding bought from the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop? Bakewell is idyllically situated on the banks of the river Wye and has beautiful mellow stone buildings, a medieval five-arched stone bridge and quaint courtyards.
National Trust & Historical Houses
Chatsworth House is one of the most famous historical country houses in England and contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash.
You can also explore the 105 acre Chatsworth Garden and youngsters in the group may enjoy discovering Chatsworth’s working farmyard and woodland playground with a rope park and trampoline, slides, water and sand play.
The National Trust’s Lyme Park nestles on the edge of the Peak District in Cheshire. The 1,400 acre estate with its medieval herd of red deer offers fantastic walks and stunning views. For a more tranquil walk explore the elegant Rose Garden, Ravine Garden or the luxurious herbaceous borders next to the reflecting lake where a certain Mr Darcy met Miss Bennet in the BBC production of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. A visit to the house offers a step back in time to the Regency era and the Timber Yard Cafe offers delicious hot and cold snacks, and a range of cakes.
Hardwick is a spectacular Elizabethan house filled with rich furnishings and tapestries preserved by successive generations of the Devonshire family and now in the care of the National Trust.
It was the formidable ‘Bess of Hardwick’ who first built the house and developed the surrounding estate in the late 1500s. The Hardwick Estate is open every day, for countryside walks with picturesque views, woodland family play trails, locally sourced gifts in the shop and delicious seasonal menus in the restaurant.
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood
Sudbury Hall is a late 17 th century country house with lavish interiors and a stunning grand staircase. The Museum of Childhood is situated in the Hall’s old service wing is a delight for all ages to discover something new or relive nostalgic memories.
Kedleston Hall near Derby is an 18th-century mansion with Adam interiors, colonial history and vast parkland. The Hall was designed for lavish entertaining and includes extensive collections of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings.
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