Derbyshire

Dramatic countryside with endless opportunities for outdoor activities, a wonderful legacy of stately homes and gardens and picturesque villages to explore, there’s so much to see and do whilst staying at one of our caravan parks or holiday parks in Derbyshire. Here’s our guide to the Top Ten Things To Do whilst on one of our caravan holidays in Derbyshire.

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1. Cycle the Tissington Trail

The 13-mile long Tissington Trail follows the route of a former railway line through some of the most beautiful countryside in the Derbyshire Dales from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay. It passes through the picturesque village of Tissington and close to Dovedale, a dramatic limestone ravine with stunning scenery.

2. Admire the splendour of Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is one of the true treasure houses of Britain Devonshire and among Britain’s finest stately homes. Standing on the banks of the River Derwent, Chatsworth is set in expansive parkland. Everything is on a massive scale, opulent and designed to impress.

3. Head down the Blue John Mine

The Blue John Mine is one of the four show caves around Castleton. The cavern takes its name from the semi-precious mineral, which is still mined, and made locally into jewellery. Blue John Mine is the deepest of the show caves and its real beauty is in the enormity of the cave system.

4. Explore the new National Forest

The National Forest is one of the most ambitious and imaginative environmental projects in the UK. Stretching across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire 200 square miles of countryside are being transformed, merging ancient woodland with new planting to form a new national forest. The gently undulating landscape is perfect for walking, cycling or horse-riding. Through the creation of new habitats the National Forest is also an ideal location for bird and wildlife watching.

5. Taste some genuine Bakewell pudding

The attractive market town of Bakewell is home to the Bakewell Pudding, one of Britain’s great local delicacies and one which is very hard to find outside the town. It is similar to the ubiquitous Bakewell Tart, which was named after the original pudding, The town has three pudding shops; all claim to possess the original (and supposedly secret) recipe, so the only way to find out which is the best is to try one from each!

6. Climb the Heights of Abraham

The Heights of Abraham is a unique hilltop park set above a dramatic limestone gorge amid great natural beauty. Its cable cars were the first of their kind in the country and provide an easy way to reach the top of the Heights estate. There are stunning views of the Derwent Valley and beyond to Matlock and the wider Peak District as well as acres of beautiful woodland to explore and spectacular show caves.

7. Enjoy a pint in an old-fashioned pub

There are still some unspoilt pubs to be discovered in Derbyshire. One such is the Barley Mow, one of the oldest buildings in the picturesque village of Kirk Ireton and one of the last premises in the country to recognise decimalisation. The pub itself dates from the 17th century and the interior has not changed much since. The beers sit in barrels behind the tiny bar, all from small breweries.

8. Take the stepping stones across the river in beautiful Dovedale

Beautiful Dovedale is one of the highlights of the Peak District and arguably the prettiest of the Derbyshire Dales. This dramatic limestone ravine runs for just over three miles and is famous for its stunning scenery, wildlife and the much-loved stepping stones which cross the River Dove. For the walker, the area holds mile after mile of paths – both alongside the river and over the surrounding countryside, linking villages and hamlets. The most easily accessed section of Dovedale is the three-mile stretch that begins at Milldale in the north and runs through a wooded section where the River Dove meanders slowly through the valley.

9. Discover the cradle of the industrial revolution

The historic village of Cromford lies at the heart of a World Heritage Site stretching 15 miles down the Derwent Valley from Matlock Bath to Derby comprising a fascinating series of historic mill complexes. The village is regarded by some as the birthplace of the modern factory system. Here, water was first harnessed to provide power for the large-scale manufacture of cotton at Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mill.

10. See the pagan art of well dressing

The Peak District is home to the ancient custom of well dressing. The tradition of dressing village wells, where thousands of flower petals are pressed to create elaborate tableaux of some biblical or topographical scene, is something of a mystery. Some believe it dates back to Medieval times when villagers gave thanks for fresh water at the time of the Black Death. Today the well dressing will often involve a procession around the village accompanied by a brass band for a blessing of each well.

If this inspires you, why not browse our selection of holiday parks and caravan parks in Derbyshire, and see what catches your eye?

Holiday Parks in Derbyshire

Lime Tree Park

Ideally placed for discovering the glories of the Derbyshire countryside Lime Tree Park, located next to a thickly wooded limestone gorge with...

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£259 - £629 per week

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Darwin Forest Country Park

Darwin Forest is the perfect woodland setting for you to relax and enjoy your holiday exploring the beautiful Peak District. The park...

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£335 - £2095 per week

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Ashbourne Heights

Commanding breathtaking views of the Peak District National Park from its elevated position, this magnificently situated park offers the perfect place for...

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£349 - £895 per week

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Sandybrook Country Park

Set in the former grounds of an elegant 19th-century manor house, and boasting an old walled garden, historic pinetum and a beautiful...

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£289 - £1541 per week

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Swainswood Leisure Park and Spa

Enjoying a delightful setting in the heart of the English National Park, this small, exclusive collection of holiday homes and luxury lodges...

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£329 - £1135 per week

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Charlesworth Lodges

Charlesworth Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection and offer a real hidden gem! Nestling in peaceful woodland on a...

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£314 - £779 per week

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Longnor Wood

This small, family run select adult only park is ideally situated for exploring the Peak District National Park.Nearby Longnor has pubs and...

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£405 - £810 per week

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Beechwood Park

This peaceful park sits in 30 acres of tranquil grassland and is situated opposite the impressive Elvaston Castle and its beautiful Grade...

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£229 - £799 per week

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Ashby Woulds Lodges

Ashby Woulds Lodges is part of our Evermore Lodge Holiday Collection, an exclusive collection of exceptional boutique lodges in an idyllic waterside...

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£415 - £1295 per week

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Weston Wood Lodges

Beautifully situated amidst the undulating hills of southern Derbyshire, this luxurious rural retreat unites picture-postcard views with a fabulous location for exploring....

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£277 - £963 per week

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