Every year millions of tours arrive in the UK and focus on finding discount tours of London and more, but they miss out on some of the other stunning areas of the UK. One such area is Derbyshire where some of the UK’s most stunning scenery can be found.
Derbyshire in the East Midlands acts as an ideal location for exploring the Peak District and Pennine ranges. Long associated with tribal sites, castles and lead ore mining, Derbyshire’s industrial past has given way to commuting to major cities like Derby, as well as to its natural resources and tourist sites. Visitors can explore the Peak District, which crosses between Derbyshire and neighbouring counties like Greater Manchester, the city of Derby, Chatsworth House, the Bluebell Arboretum, and the Dovedale Ravine. More on these attractions can be found below:
1 – Walk the Peak District
The Peak District is a national park that is primarily located within Derbyshire. The landscape is generally flat with sloping hills, and is one of the best places in the UK to see rare flora and fauna, as well as manmade routes lie Jacob’s Ladder. The Peak District is also ideal for viewing rare birds like the Golden Plover, and contains extensive potholing and rock climbing formations. Ambitious walkers can tackle the Pennine Way, a 251 mile walk that stretches from the Peak District up to the border with Scotland.
2 – Visit Derby
The city of Derby can trace its roots back to Roman and Saxon settlements, and to the industry provided along the River Derwent. A key city during the Industrial Revolution, Derby’s 20th century growth was driven by car manufacturing via Rolls Royce and Toyota plants. Visitors can take in Derby Cathedral, the Derby Industrial Museum, art galleries, Pickford’s House Museum, and Derby County Football Club’s Pride Park Stadiums. Cultural attractions include open air events at Darley Park, the QUAD art gallery and cinema, and the Derby Playhouse.
3 – Explore Chatsworth House
A stately home that is open to the public, Chatsworth House is located near to Bakewell and Chesterfield. The home of the Cavendish family, Chatsworth has stood for hundreds of years, and became a national attraction in 1950. While only a small proportion of the stately home’s rooms are open to the public, visitors can take in world class art galleries, drawing rooms, tapestries, and one of the most diverse gardens in the UK.
Over 300,000 visitors come to Chatsworth every year to take in the house, its walled gardens, woodlands, and exhibitions.
4 – Visit the Bluebell Arboretum
Home to rare trees and plant nurseries, the Bluebell Arboretum is near to Smisby, and has been a key conservation site since 1992. The Arboretum is primarily concerned with protecting rare trees and plants, which include Chinese dogwood and giant redwood. Included as part of the National Gardens scheme, the Arboretum holds a wide range of family friendly exhibitions and tours. It’s also a cheap day out, with adults charged £2.50, and children going free.
5 – Dovedale Ravine
A National Trust property, Dovedale Ravine is primarily made up of limestone, and is found along the River Dove. Leading attractions include Victorian Stepping Stones, gift shops and a tea room, and guided tours for the area’s many geological sites of interest. Over a million visitors a year come to this part of the Peak District, which forms part of the South Peak Estate. The nearby village of Milldale also makes for an ideal stop off point for those travelling to the Ravine.