We just received a lovely email from our lucky “Spookyshire” prize winners and thought we’d share it with you, so here it is…
We realised that after a two hour drive we wouldn’t fit everything in to get the most out of this amazing prize so with help from Dan we decided to book an extra night in Leek. We drove to Matlock to the The Heights of Abraham on Tuesday for the first part of our prize.
The cable car was a wonderful introduction to the amazing views from the ‘Heights‘, the autumn colours were lovely. We then went underground into the caverns for a totally different experience. There is lots to do there for all ages, for half term there was a witches workshop where children could make broomsticks, lanterns and have their faces painted. Lots of witches, bats and pumpkins around, great atmosphere! The shops, displays, filmshows and visitors centre rounded off the experience.
We then drove to Leek via Buxton through some great countryside and to The White Hart B&B where we spent two nights. Leek is a lovely market town and the B&B was very central, opposite the Tourist Information Office and the market place. It was very warm and comfortable with a good sized room, very friendly staff & owner and a generous breakfast. The rooms are above a lovely tea room serving locally sourced home made fare. For something more substantial there are many restaurants and bars in the town. WW ate at The Primo Piano – a very good Italian restaurant.
The next day was market day so lots of shopping & exploring the town before our Halloween meal at the 17th century Roebuck Inn which is reputedly haunted. We didn’t see the pipe smoking old gentleman but did have an excellent meal, lovely menu better than normal pub grub and all locally sourced and beautifully presented. It has a large range of different beers.
Sadly we had to return home the next day with great memories of ‘Spookyshire‘ and plans to return to the area soon.
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to explore some of this lovely district,
C & D”
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