Church Farm Fritchley

Peak District Self Catering Holiday Accommodation | Sleeping 6-8

Places to Visit

With a wealth of attractions, excellent accommodation, restaurants, fish and chips shops, amusement arcades, classic high-level walks, family adventure parks and even a cable car service - Matlock & Matlock Bath are certain to keep you entertained

Hall Leys Park: currently undergoing restoration, is a popular haven for visitors and locals alike. Strung out along the banks of the Derwent, it was created on fields given to the town in 1898 by local benefactor Henry Knowles.

The park offers traditional recreations such as tennis, a miniature railway, boating lake and bandstand as well as innovations including a skate park and a wet-and-dry playground.

Peak Rail: offering nostalgic steam and diesel train rides along four miles of track between Matlock and Rowsley. Special events take place throughout the year, operated by volunteers. Palatine steam train restaurant also available for Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner.

Whistlestop Countryside Centre: based at Matlock Bath station and run by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. It includes a wildlife garden, learning areas, exhibition, family activities and gift shop.

Matlock Bath Aquarium: fed by a thermal spring, vast tanks display British and tropical freshwater species in what was the Matlock Bath Hydro. Also features the Petrifying Well, where Victorian trippers left objects which were gradually turned to stone’ the Hologram Gallery, a collection of 3D pictures produced by laser technology; and the Gemstone and Fossil Collection.

Farmer’s Markets are held in the Imperial Rooms, Matlock, on the third Saturday of each month, 9am-2pm. An average of 14 stalls offer a range of local foods, produce and crafts.

Belper is a small but lively market town that has its origins as a former Georgian Mill Town. It lies in the Derwent Valley district of Derbyshire, 8 miles north of Derby.

Belper around 1740 had a population of only around 500. With the arrival of Jedediah Strutt and his famous cotton mills, this figure rose to around the 8000 mark by 1830. The cotton mills are the reason behind such a rapid growth. Originally there were 5 water powered cotton mills, of which now only one remains, the North Mill.

This now houses the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre that exhibits the various developments of the Mills and the community that developed around them. Also standing is the East Mill that was built in 1912, a huge 7 storey building of red brick that looms over the town. This stands on the side of the River Derwent alongside a picturesque waterfall. There are other numerous places of interest to visit in Belper including the George Brettle Warehouse from 1834 and the Herbett Strutt school built in 1909. Belpers River gardens too are well worth a visit to drift away from the busy town that houses a modern set of shops and amenities, including a great variety of pub and places to eat and stay.

Cromford in Derbyshire, is a place many people simply pass through on their way to the MatlocksBakewell and other northerly places, but Cromford is very definitely worth taking a closer look at, because it is steeped in industrial history and often called the cradle of the industrial revolution. 

Before 1770, Cromford was little more than a cluster of cottages around an old packhorse bridge and a chapel where travellers gave thanks for a safe journey. All that was soon to change with the arrival of one man, Richard Arkwright.

Richard Arkwright was born in 1732 in Preston, the youngest of 13 children in a poor family. He was apprenticed to a barber in Bolton and acquired a secret method for dyeing hair for the manufacture of wigs and his travels brought him in contact with people who were concerned with weaving and spinning. When the fashion for wigs declined, he looked to mechanical inventions in the field of textiles to make his fortune.

Cromford mill is now a world heritage site. Restoration of the old mill has been carried out by the Arkwright society which purchased the site in 1979. Most of the smaller modern day buildings have been demolished and the huge task of cleaning walls and floors, heavily contaminated with chemicals and paint from the sites more recent users are well under way. The whole restoration project is supported by the Derbyshire county council and the Derbyshire Dales District Council. The mill is open everyday and attracts visitors from all over the world. It has a visitors centre, shops and a cafe and plans are in hand for a major exhibition with working machinery, meeting rooms for schools and other educational groups, a library and a study centre.

Arkwrights Mill - Cromford
Worlds first successful water powered cotton spinning mill, restored by the Arkwright Society. Mill and village tours. Shops and restaurant.

Open daily 9am-5pm.
Tel: 01629 824297

Set in an enviable location on the banks of the Wye, with the river meandering gently through the centre, this beautiful old market town is in the heart of the Peak District, surrounded by stunning countryside views.

Famous for its PuddingsAnnual events and for receiving royal charter as a market town in 1330, markets are still held every Monday in the town centre and there is a thriving livestock market. Bakewell grew up around a cluster of thermal springs and wells that attracted Iron Age settlers and, in Anglo-Saxon times, gave the place its name

Modern Bakewell has something for everyone, and everything for someone, from its many historic buildings and its wonderful riverside walks along the banks of the Wye, to its award-winning newly designed and recently revamped town centre with shopping arcades and numerous emporiums of excellence.

Buxton the Cultural Capital of the Peak District. As a Spa Town, Buxton has been a popular holiday resort for centuries. Based at the heart of the Peak District in the county of Derbyshire, England and blessed with stunning scenery, magnificent architecture, a wealth of shops, and a thriving arts scene. Coupled with its world-famous spa water, Buxton has plenty to offer any visitor.

Whatever the weather, the town offers something for everyone. From the Pavilion Gardens,and Opera House, the Dome and the country park, to the shops in Spring Gardens or on the Market Place, you will find somewhere to eat, drink, swim, ride a miniature train, watch plays listen to music, Go Ape or go down into Poole's Cavern!

Not only that, but situated in the centre of the Peak District, you are never far from a stunning attraction or wonderful walking. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Castleton Caverns, Lyme Park, Crich Tramway Museum, Carsington Water, the Roaches, the Monsal Trail or even Alton Towers are a short distance from Buxton. And more and more people are discovering that the bus can take them to where they want to go.

Since first opening its gates to visitors in 1780 the Heights of Abraham has remained one of the Peak District's most popular destinations. Originally the Heights of Abraham was reached on foot and required visitors to scale the steep slopes of Masson Hill.

Since 1984 a visit begins with a journey on Britain"s first alpine style cable car system. Rising from the valley floor, the observation cars transport you in comfort and safety and allow stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District.

  • The Hilltop Park and Views

Situated on the site of historic lead mining the Heights of Abraham originally opened as a Regency style 'Savage Garden'. Today the paths still follow many of the original routes around the 60 acres of Woodland hillside. Now, 200 years on, the planting scheme has matured, providing homes for a range of birds and wildlife.

  • The cavern tours

It is said that the mining of this area began in Roman times, reaching its heyday in the 17th Century. The miners are now long gone but in emptying the ground of the rich mineral deposits, they left behind a large network of naturally formed caverns and passageways dating back millions of years. Now, regular guided tours allow you to retrace the footsteps of the Miners underground, and experience the spectacular caverns they left behind.

  • Woodlands Walk

Since 1780 the enclosure of 30 acres on Masson Hill led to the development of what was then called a ‘Savage Garden’. This was a reflection of the age when Shelley, Wordsworth and other great names promoted the wonderment of nature and the beauty of the environment. Early visitors to the developing Spa Town of Matlock Bath were encouraged to walk up the hill and enjoy the woodlands. New pathways were carved in to the hillside on circuitous routes and eventually the Victorians built the Prospect Tower. All were designed in such a way as to open up the spectacular views over the Derwent Valley below and the surrounding splendour of the Peak District.

  • Adventure play

Some may say that there is already plenty to see and do here at the Heights but should any children have any energy left they may wish to test their wits on the Explorers Challenge or take the plunge down our giant slide.

An exciting new and larger play area for younger children on the lower play area . An amazing and exciting range of towers,slides climbing wall and rope walks. All this and an Eagles Nest swing, climb in and relax. Our ever popular long woodland slide is still there and the toddlers play equipment has been relocated alongside the Explorers Challenge.

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