Wildlife Photography: Capturing Badgers

Capturing Badgers by Wildlife Photographer Tesni Ward




European Badgers have been heavily persecuted by man for hundreds of years, dating back to 1566 when a change in law made Badgers a real target. This Act of Parliament meant that it was compulsory for the general population to kill as many creatures on the ‘vermin’ list as possible, with a significant financial incentive for returned carcasses. It wasn’t just ‘official’ activities that threatened Badger populations, badger baiting also played a large part from the 1800s, which still continues to this day despite being outlawed in 1835.


With all this in mind, it’s no wonder that my initial quest to find and photograph badgers was met with numerous failures. They have every reason to avoid humans, but this didn’t deter me, I was on a mission and I’m too stubborn to give up that easily!


It took months, countless hours of research and reading on all aspects of badger ecology, behaviour and speaking with experts and hunt saboteurs until I was successful in locating my first sett; I’ve never been so excited at finding fresh droppings! Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, as it became apparent that these Badgers didn’t come aboveground until long after sunset, which was understandable when I learned it was heavily targeted by baiters! Rather than risk negatively impacting them in any way, I decided to continue the search, but it took several more weeks and a spark of luck to find the sett I now work with.





With over 20 entrances across a steep clay hill, it was apparent that this sett would present it’s own unique challenges, well, where do I start? The first evening I spent there I chose an entrance to watch, nestled back into the bushes and waited silently. Following all the ‘typical’ rules of badger watching, I kept silent and still for about half an hour, balancing my 500mm lens and camera on my knee in the hope that a badger may pop out, before I heard a distinctive snap behind me.

Slowly, I turned to survey the area, finding nothing, but as I turned back, I was confronted by a large male badger, not 3m from me. I was frozen in complete and utter shock; I couldn’t believe it was happening!

All this time searching for these beautiful animals and there’s one right in front of me. I think he was as surprised as me, standing and sniffing the air for about 30 seconds. It felt like hours. Desperately trying and failing to focus the camera, knowing full well I couldn’t frame the shot and that the badger was likely far too close, he waddled into the bushes beside me. My heart was pounding clean out of my chest and I was overwhelmed with what had just happened, but the light was fading and I knew that it was time to leave whilst the coast was clear.




It took several more visits before I was able to ascertain which entrances they were regularly using, but I saw badgers every single time. Using 4 grouped entrances undercover of ferns and foliage, I was forced to sit on the steepest section of the hill in order to keep far back whilst still being in visual contact. To this day, I’m constantly battling to not slip down the bank; my tripod has spiked feet… my shoes do not.

My first night sat observing this area proved to be even more extraordinary than the first, as I watched 7 individuals leave the sett and forage in the area, with the largest boar coming within a few meters but apparently never recognising that I was present…





This would be the beginning of an adventure for me, visiting regularly to see my ‘badger family’. As the summer went on, individuals gradually earned names due to their unique characteristics and personalities. Mr Piggy was a young cub who overnight developed a severe abscess on the side of his face. I was very clearly beyond emotional attachment, being distraught and concerned for his future.

You can imagine how overjoyed I was when 3 days later I saw him again, with an albeit slightly gross burst abscess and his usual, quirky personality beaming through. Monitoring his progress, I watched it heal over time and this, paired with his personality, earned him the name.


It’s hard to know if they’re aware that I’m there or not, never coming ‘too close’ but they undoubtedly seem far more comfortable and less skittish than when I first began to spend time with them. I like to think that they know I’m there, choosing to gift me with a few moments of their day whenever I’m there.


It is because of these extraordinary experiences that any negative opinion of these creatures, even in modern society, baffles me. Timid at first, their charisma quickly shines through. Playing, grooming and being generally clumsy, they could easily be mistaken for our own furry household companions.


If you’d be interested in taking a photography workshop with Tesni, please click here for more details. From British seals, birds, lizards or the Peak District landscape- Tesni can show you the way around photographing them all! 



We went to the Rollercoaster Restaurant at Alton Towers and it was amazing…


Your food gets delivered to you on it’s own MINI-ROLLERCOASTER!


When you first hear the term ‘Roller Coaster Restaurant’, you might be bombarded with visions of someone frantically trying to eat a burger whilst on a loop-de-loop, yes?

And even though this is a fairly entertaining thought, you’ll be relieved to know that it is, in fact, the FOOD that gets a roller coaster ride, not the both of you.


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This instantly filled me with child-like glee as I rushed off to make my order (on a special table-side tablet nonetheless), and watch it have the time of its life on a mini roller coaster.

The atmosphere was brilliant, there were videos of rollercoaster rides projected onto the walls, chips and drinks spinning in all sorts of corkscrew loops overhead and expectant eyes and index fingers flying everywhere.



So, we began with drinks and ordered two cans of fizzy pop. They came down in their own private carriage, tops fastened on with what looked like tiny oven gloves and elastic. Off they went from the kitchen, all the way down to the helter-skelter slide and finally landed onto our table, and voila- our drinks were in front of us.



Of course we immediately dove into ordering our dinners and this time, our mains travelled through their own corkscrew! The food itself was beautiful, you couldn’t taste at all that it had been turned upside down at super quick speed- in fact, having seen its exciting journey probably made it taste even better!

It would be impossible to get bored in this restaurant, the place is full to the brim with pure joy and excitement. No matter what age you are, this would be a fantastic end to a day at Alton Towers!


Book a table here.

6 Things To Do for Halloween this Half Term


October half term and Halloween is a great time to be a kid- there are so many spooky Halloween activities for your little ones to get excited about, in and around the Peak District area…





So, here’s a handful of great Halloween events this October half term:






Enjoy a day jam-packed with Halloween activities- take the tractor and trailer ride to the pumpkin patch and select your perfect pumpkin to take home, attend a class at Scare School, try some Broomstick Training and then brave the Haunted Hotel! There’s also a very exciting mini maize maze.



Fancy going on a Halloween bat-hunt? Elvaston Castle is home to around 7 species of bat, so the grounds are the perfect place for a special bat trail! This Halloween there’s a fun  ‘bat-detective’ puzzle for the whole family to solve, and you’ll even get a Bat Detective certificate at the end.





Have some half term fun one of the oldest and most historic houses in England. Take part in a Halloween Trail around the hall to spot special (and spooky) parts of the hall you may not normally notice! The trail is available for families to enjoy all week.

There will be crafts for children (big and small) from the 29th to 31st October, and face painting on the 30th of October.





Come and enjoy half term fun with daily pumpkin carving, treasure hunts, spooky guided tours (featuring Wanda the Witch) and face painting – all of which comes along with the usual farm fun of Matlock Farm Park!




Prepare to be scared this Halloween at CONKERS Annual Ghostly encounter at our Waterside Centre! Follow in some ghostly footsteps into the haunted woods… along with all the ghostly ghouls, witches, and trolls…

For the fainter of heart, you can take the easier walk with the younger guests.

Later, everyone will be welcome to the Ugly Bugs Disco in the Gallery where there will be a fancy dress competition with prizes for the winners. You can even watch a spooky movie in the Gallery!



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For the first time in the Tropical Butterfly House, there will be two Halloween Fright Nights! Taking place on Saturday 29th and Monday 31st October, from 6:30pm – 10pm; where you will have the rare chance to experience the Butterfly House at night…

Spooky crafts, face painting, pumpkin carving, a fancy dress competition, the Witch’s Cottage AND a super scary Haunted House are all on offer this Halloween- it’s set to be an excellent event full of ghoulish laughter!



The Peak District & Derbyshire is full of great Halloween events,  noted above are just seven of our favourites. Click here for the full list!


Happy Halloween, everyone!

Photographer’s Ultimate Viewpoint: Chrome and Parkhouse Hill

This week will be hearing where photographer James Grant’s ‘ultimate viewpoint’ is in the Peak District…


Photographically, for me, Chrome and Parkhouse Hill are my two favourite Peaks in the Peak District, with their shapely profile rising out of the Dove Valley. They are just so different from anything else the Peak District has to offer. There’s a route I have done quite a few times around these two hills which allow you to capture both hills, world war bunkers and limestone pavements. I am sharing with you this location as it appears in my book, Peak District Through The Lens.


The Peak District is a strange name for a National Park consisting of moors, tors and flat tops. Nestled in the Upper Dove Valley, though, are the two true peaks of Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill. Both hills are reef knolls, once submerged under water in the Carboniferous period. On the way up, some fossils can still be found embedded in the limestone. Chrome Hill is often referred to as ‘The Dragon’s Back’ due to its striking resemblance.



Photo by James Grant


How to get here:


From Buxton railway station head west and take the A53 towards Leek/Flash for 4.5 miles. You will come to a bend in the road with Flash Bar Stores on your left and the Knight’s Table pub dead ahead, take the road left between these. Drive down this narrow and windy road for 3.7 miles and at the bottom you will see a sign for Hollinsclough left, this is a sharp turn in. Carry on up this road for 1.3 miles and you will reach the small village. Park in the laybys across from the chapel or back further down the road. Viewpoint 3 can be quickly accessed by parking near High Edge Racecourse. Both hills can also be accessed from Hollinsclough but also quickly from Glutton Bridge, however parking is very limited.


Key Info:

Access Rating: 4

Map: Explorer OL24 – White Peak

Parking Grid Reference: SK065665

Parking GPS Coordinates: Latitude : 53.195756 Longitude : -1.903966

Parking Postal Code: SK17 0RH

Car Park: Hollinsclough Village

Best Season:All year

Best Time of Day: All Day

Distance: Up To 5 ½ Miles

Time to Location: 2 Hours 40 Minutes


What To Shoot & Viewpoints


Viewpoint 1: In May there are bluebells growing on the steep sides of Hollinsclough Rake. From the parking place, follow the road up the hill heading north. After about 50m there is a gate on your right leading you through a muddy field. Follow the muddy path down to the footbridge over the River Dove and then carry on bearing a left at the top of the steps, taking the right-hand fork. You will reach a small clearing where the bluebells are. Depending on whether or not you choose to do this as part of the walk may determine what kind of shot you get. If in the earlier, brighter light, a portrait or macro lens with a wide aperture will be better. Get a detail shot of the flowers with a smooth bokeh. Manual focus will work best to absolutely nail where you want the point of focus to be.


Viewpoint 2: From the bluebells you have the option to go up Hollins Hill if you like. There are some good views up here towards Chrome Hill, with scenic

drystone walls leading down the hillside but there aren’t a lot of photos to be had. Instead the walk will lead you to High Edge via some limestone outcrops with a few lone hawthorn trees. From the clearing, take the footpath leading up the hillside and turn left on the track for 0.7 miles to Booth Farm. At the farm you will come to a small road, follow the steep road up, at the hairpin turn you can see some limestone outcrops to your left. Walk over to these as there are gnarly hawthorn trees growing out of the limestone fissures. May and June are a good time for these trees because they have leaves on them. You won’t be able to shoot anything in the golden hour because there will be no side lighting. Instead, try and opt for a stormy day where the big clouds will help diffuse some of the strong light.


Viewpoint 3: Head back to the road from viewpoint 2 to visit one of the Peak District’s few limestone pavements. Carry on up the steep road, head over the cattle grid and continue until you get to the junction. Directly ahead of you is a fenced off section with a stile into the field. You can see two World War II bunkers from here, one to your left and one to your right. You can still go inside the bunker on the right, but it is situated on private land. Instead head to the one on the left which is now filled in. This is where the limestone pavement is. It might not be up to the standards of the Yorkshire Dales but it’s impressive nonetheless. If on the walk, a stormy day is best to diffuse some of the light. Sunset in winter is great if you are looking for a golden hour shot.


Viewpoint 4: From High Edge, head back down to the road and turn left, which heads in the direction of Chrome Hill. Walk down the road for 500m and there is a sign turning right to Stoop Farm. From here walk along the track to near the farm. Turn left, you will take the concession path through the three gates. Here there are good views towards Chrome Hill. Please note Tor Rock, the rocky outcrop here, is private land so please respect this. From here head down the hill following the fence line to the stile.


Viewpoint 5: Now it’s time to walk ‘The Dragon’s Back’. Chrome Hill is the higher of the two hills with great views all around. The challenge is to walk up the main ridge of the hill, not deviating from the limestone. However, when wet or if you are less able, it is easy to circumnavigate the ridgeline. From the last stile this will take you along a narrow and muddy track towards Chrome Hill. After the gate you will be at the start of Chrome Hill. There is a narrow mud path on your left which takes you up to the base. Walk from here up the limestone steps to reach the summit. Be sure to keep checking behind you to see the views down the ridge. There are great views from the summit and photographic opportunities to be had. Just down from the summit there is also a limestone pinnacle that looks down the steep sides of Chrome Hill and catches the morning light in winter.


Viewpoint 6: From the summit of Chrome Hill, drop down the ridge, taking care as it’s often slippery. About ⅔ of the way down you will come across a large oak tree next to a wall and stile. This is a picture perfect spot as it frames well with Parkhouse Hill behind. This is best in the summer/autumn months when there is foliage on the tree but all year round can work e.g. in the winter with a dusting of snow. There are also opportunities along the humped ridge line beyond the tree.


Viewpoint 7: From the stile with the tree, walk the rest of the ridge down to the single track road at the bottom. You will be at the foot of both Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill. On the far side of the road, there is a narrow stream and after a high amount of rain gets interesting enough to act as a great foreground interest with Parkhouse Hill behind


Viewpoint 8: Parkhouse Hill is perhaps the closest to a knife-edge ridge you will get in the Peak District. At times it is not for the faint-hearted. The ascent is tricky and sometimes slippery. Please only go up if you are confident. The return route to the car is the same whether you decide to go up Parkhouse or not. From the road head to the

base of Parkhouse Hill, where there is a limestone pinnacle jutting out. Go to the right of this and you will find the path up. Take this narrow path and follow it to just below the summit. The best viewpoint is here, on a grass perch looking down the ridge, with a sheer drop to the right towards Chrome Hill. It’s best here in November as the light will be to your left at sunset. Other times of year the sun will be in your shot; if you like shooting into the sun May is perfect as it tips the top of Chrome Hill.


Return to Car: Parkhouse Hill can be a tricky descent. You can either come off the southern slopes and drop to the road below or carry along the ridge to the east and come off the path which goes around the north side back to the road between Chrome and Parkhouse Hill. Either way, you need to ensure you are on the road between the two hills. From here, head south following the flow of the stream next to the road and turn right onto the track through the gates of Stannery Farm. From here follow the track along, over the footbridge, crossing the ford and carry on. You will come to a public footpath sign pointing left for Hollinsclough. Follow this track all the way to the road and head straight on up to the village and return to your car.


James offers 1-2-1 tuition and themed small group workshops in the Peak District to help you catch the best of the seasons year round including the stunning season of Autumn.



When exploring the Peak District always take the best of care, being careful with your footing and always  bring a map and compass with you- just in case!

The Perfect Autumn Walk (according to the experts)


The Autumn is a beautiful time to experience the Peak District, so why not take the advice of professional walk guide, Matt Dawson of Trekking Skills as to where’s the best place to go and see those wonderful autumnal colours…



As we are now teetering on the edge of Autumn, the Peak District National Park starts to develop its colours. The flora and trees start to get visibly weathered- resulting in a more rustic view of the Peaks, which is glorious!
It is a great time of year to be out and about walking; all the family can enjoy the great outdoors (and the fallen leaves, of course)!  But always remember to take waterproof and warm clothing- we all know what a temperamental time of year this is, so don’t get caught out!

The walk this month shall focus on the landscape around Ladybower reservoir. Accessible to many, with plenty of parking and facilities at Fairholmes, it’s  a popular place to start your Peak District adventure!




The circular walk starts at Ashtontop (on the eastern side of the aqueduct) and ascends in a northerly direction on well trodden marked paths to Whinstone lee tor. A point for your party to catch breath and start to admire the view of Ladybower reservoir. There are many walking paths around the top of Derwent edge as this is a popular accessible viewpoint. Heading further north the path lessens in gradient and keeping Ladybower reservoir on your lefthand side is a good navigational feature. Firstly passing Wheel stones then White tor at 486 metres of height then on to the iconic boulder of Salt Cellar.You can also seek shelter from a blustery wind if the Autumn season is in full swing!




Keeping your height and heading further along Derwent edge you pass Dovestone tor and Cakes of Bread. These rocky outcrops are well known and provide good features of interest for the walk. Once at the high point of Back tor triangulation point (trig point) of 538 metres there are numerous paths descending westwards down to the wooded area of Derwent reservoir dam. The burnt colour of the Autumn leaves will make an ideal photograph- so make sure you pack your camera. Back on flat ground again we head along the eastern side of Ladybower reservoir surrounded by wonderful Autumn trees for three kilometres back to the start of the walk at Ashopton.



An enjoyable day in the Peak District national park with plenty of nature’s autumnal tones, scenic viewpoints and accessible walking terrain to suit most adventures.

So, go on, enjoy this season as much as you can- head out and explore!


Guest blogger: Matt Dawson of Trekking Skills

07792008862 matt@trekkingskills.co.uk

5 Star luxury in the Peak District…


After a long day exploring the vast landscapes and quaint villages of the Peak District & Derbyshire, imagine winding down for the rest of the evening in a luxurious B&B or self-catering apartment… sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it?

So, here’s a handful of our most gorgeous 5 star properties in the area:

Underleigh House




Underleigh house was built in 1873 as a typical Derbyshire longhouse with living accommodation at one end, a cart shed at the other with winter housing for stock in the middle and a hayloft above.  Great walks (such as the Great Ridge between Loose Hill and Mam Tor, Win Hill , Crookstone Moor, and Ladybower) can be undertaken directly from the door- suggested routes/maps are provided. Also nearby are: Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Lyme Park and Hardwick Hall to consider, not forgetting the charms of Castleton (and its caves), Hathersage, Eyam (the ‘Plague Village’), Tideswell, Bakewell, and Buxton-

Bretton Cottage, Eyam


Bretton cottage is a charming 17th Century former Farmhouse situated within the tranquil hamlet of Bretton, surrounded by spectacular panoramic views of the Derbyshire Countryside. Lovely scenic walks across wild flower meadows, woodland areas and moorland are right on your doorstep!

Silver Ridge, near Matlock



Silver Ridge is set over eleven acres of mature gardens, surrounded by fields and woodlands. This is a real high quality place to stay, and offers a little haven of peace and quiet! Its location means you can easily explore the surrounding Peak District and make the most of your trip.


The Smithy



Originally the 17th century ‘Drovers Inn’ and after that a traditional Blacksmiths! Full of character, this centrally located accommodation is situated in the beautiful, rolling landscape of the Peak District National Park. The Smithy, a lovingly restored Grade II listed building provides distinctive, private accommodation in an unforgettable setting.


Bridge Hill House



Bridge Hill House offers modern yet cosy accommodation which is actually on the hillside overlooking the Derwent Valley! There’s also panoramic views of Belper mill town too boot!


The Old Lock-Up



This unusual and quirky historical  guest accommodation is perfect for a romantic break for those wanting to stay somewhere a little bit different. Rooms dripping with character are situated in the Derbyshire Dales, the edge of the Peak District National Park. This idylic location means great walking, Chatsworth, Carsington, the High Peak and Tissington Trails are all very easy to get to!



And here’s some 5 star self-catering


Church Farm Cottage & Barn



Church Farm’s Dovedale Cottages offer two gold award winning self-catering cottages nestling in the grounds of an organic farm in the tranquil and peaceful setting of Dovedale. A great deal of conservation has been taken out on this Grade I listed building, having been tastefully refurbished to retain much of their original charm!

This really is the ultimate countryside cottage; with beamed ceilings, richly coloured rugs and a cosy open fire to warm your toes. There’s also a gorgeous cottage garden with wonderful rambles from door to the dales.


Slade House Farm



Slade House Farm, no longer a working farm, provides 3 luxury and very individual self catering holiday properties in glorious farmland surrounded by outstanding views of the Derbyshire/Staffordshire countryside.

The village of Ilam and the picturesque valleys of Dovedale and the Manifold are spectacular walks right from the doorstep- countryside living at its finest!




Heritage Open Days in the Peak District & Derbyshire- Don’t miss out!





  • Devonshire Dome: Costume Character Guides, Sunday 11th September


  • Mary Queen of Scots with ‘Discover Buxton’ at the Old Hall Hotel, 8th, 9th & 11th of September


  • Hardwick Hall, Saturday 10th of September


  • Ilam Park, Saturday 10th of September


  • Brindley’s Mill, Leek


Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

The countdown is almost over- it’s nearly August Bank Holiday Weekend!

So, what’re you going to do with that glorious extra day off? Here’re a few ideas of what to do in the Peak District & Derbyshire:

Get a taste of 1950s life at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway with special food in the Pullman Buffet and even a fun jazz band to entertain you. There will also be a special themed murder mystery evening on 27th August including a fish and chip supper.
Photo from www.e-v-r.com

You could soak up some culture at Chatsworth…

 Chatsworth has had a long love affair with art, so why not enjoy the house, gardens and some of the Devonshire’s private art collection!

Sat 19 Mar – Sun 23 Oct 2016




Make the most of the Peak District during the Summer months and explore the countless walks on offers, here.


For PDFs with information and maps, click here.

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Enjoy the unique Peak District & Derbyshire traditional of Well Dressing!

Well dressing is a wonderful local tradition, using only natural materials beautiful designs are created for the village wells. Some say this tradition goes back to Pagan times, where the water was celebrated and given thanks to!
Here’re a few that are showing this weekend:

Sat 27 Aug – Sat 3 Sep 2016

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Sat 27 Aug – Sat 3 Sep 2016

And there’s loads going on at the new and improved Cromford Mill…

 As well as having a new fantastic projected tour of the very first mill, Arkwright’s mill at Cromford also has some brilliant activities for all the family over the Bank Holiday:

Sat 27 – Sun 28 Aug 2016

Sat 27 – Sun 28 Aug 2016

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The Ultimate Summer Walk in the Peak District

Guest Blogger: Cath Lee, of Peak Walking Adventures

August is the perfect time to enjoy a walk in the part of the Peak District known as The Dark Peak.  The heather on the moors bursts into flower, and vast swathes of moorland take on the appearance of being carpeted in purple.  As you walk along in the sunshine, a lovely honey scent can be released as your legs brush against flowers at the side of the path.

The Dark Peak extends down the east and west sides of the Peak District and takes in most of the northern part of the National Park, so there is plenty of choice when it comes to moorland walks.

One of my personal favourites is Stanton Moor near to the villages of Birchover and Stanton in Peak.  It’s also not too far from the towns of Matlock and Bakewell.  A lovely network of paths lead around the edges, and across this small area of moorland.  You can enjoy far reaching views down the Derwent Valley from the eastern edge.



Stanton Moor is home to the famous Nine Ladies Stone Circle.  Believed to date back to Bronze Age times, and a place where ceremonies one took place, possibly of a religious nature.  The information board there tells the entertaining story as to how the stone circle got its name.

Other fascinating features scattered around the moor include the Earl Grey Tower which was built to commemorate the passing of The Great Reform Act of 1832, and is named after the Prime Minister at that time.  You can also marvel at a number of impressive gritstone rocks, such as the aptly named Cork Stone.

For a gentle walk of up to 3 miles, you could start and finish in the village of Birchover.  The 172 bus passes through the village from Matlock or Bakewell.  If you have a car, you could even park your car on Birchover Road north of the village at the actual entrance to the moor.

For a longer walk involving a hill, the village of Rowsley on the A6 between Matlock and Bakewell is a good place to start.  You can take the footpath running directly south from Cauldwell’s Mill, passing Stanton Woodhouse Farm, then wind your way up the hillside on footpaths and lanes until you reach the moor.  After exploring the beautiful moorland, a great route back down to Rowsley is to exit the moor at the northern end onto Lees Road, then take the footpath that runs at the side of Sheepwalk Wood onto Pilhough Lane, then on paths over fields and on lanes back to Rowsley.  As you walk down the hillside you can enjoy spectacular views up the Derwent Valley, over the Haddon Estate, and towards the market town of Bakewell.

The Ordnance Survey, White Peak (OL24) Explorer Map is ideal to show you all of the footpaths and to help you find your way.

When walking over the beautiful moorlands, and through the pretty countryside of the Peak District, please follow the Countyside Code to help protect it, and enable others to enjoy a similar experience after you.


Don’t miss out on the Olympic action!


Can’t make it to Rio…? Fear not, for a bit of fun we’ve compiled a list of great things you can do much closer to home, right here in the Peak District and Derbyshire. No medals up for grabs though, so don’t get too competitive!

Walk, scramble or climb up a hill

Breathtaking scenery of Curbar Edge

The area is absolutely jam packed with hills, from a gentle walk to Solomon’s Temple atop of Grin Low in Buxton affording wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, to a challenging walk, scrambling over rock and boulder strewn streams to the summit of Kinder Scout. For the more adventurous, join one of our many activity providers for a day of climbing some of the areas many crags and cliff faces.

Explore our gardens

Renishaw Arch

2016 is a year-long celebration of all things Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. This renowned landscape gardener crafted many gardens in England in his heyday, including our very own Chatsworth. Use this, and the summer weather, as the perfect excuse to get out and explore more of our beautiful gardens such as those at Renishaw Hall, Lyme or Hardwick Hall.

Do as the athletes do


Let’s face it, at some point over the summer we’re bound to have one or two days of inclement weather, it’s inevitable, but don’t let that stop you! There are a number of great leisure centres offering everything from swimming to badminton, indoor climbing and even trampoline courses!

All the fun of the fair

Chatsworth Country Fair 2013

Summer is the time of year when the country show season is in full swing with events showing off all sorts of rural pursuits from sheepdog trials to horsemanship. Highlight events include Hayfield Show, Hope Show and Chatsworth Country Fair.

Pudding eating contest


Okay, so we have made this one up (at least we don’t *think* it exists), but see who amongst your friends and family can eat the most Bakewell Puddings in the home of this quintessentially English delicacy, not to be confused with the Bakewell Tart though!

Cycle the trails

Cycling at Derwent

After eating those puddings on a gorgeous day of the great British summer, there couldn’t be a better time to jump in the saddle and head out on two wheels along beautiful, traffic-free trails! Bring your own, or hire a bike and cycle the Monsal, Tissington or High Peak trails to name but a few.

Well, Well, Well


The Peak District and Derbyshire is home to the unique custom of Wells Dressing, where towns and villages across the region come together to create living art installations from natural materials celebrating everything from biblical scenes to special anniversaries.

Catch a Pokemon

Get on board the very latest craze and catch a Pokemon in the augmented reality hit game, Pokemon Go. We’ve Pokestops everywhere from Chatsworth, to Derby, Croots Farm and many more.

Hassop station POKEMON

Stay a while


We may not have an Olympic Village, but we have many of our own gorgeous, picturesque villages to explore at your leisure as well as more places to stay than you can imagine from cosy cottages, luxurious B&B’s, country hotels, inns, campsites, lodges and much much more. Book your next stay, and unlike the Olympics, don’t wait four years to return!