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Darley Dale Town Council - Things to do

Visitors can choose from a wide range of accommodation: hotels; bed & breakfast, camping, log cabins, caravans and self-catering cottages.

There is so much to do in Darley Dale that it is impossible to list everything here. What we can do is to give you a taste of what you can discover on foot and by listing some local places of interest. The information is by no means exhaustive and should you require more details then these can be obtained by contacting us on info@darleydale.gov.uk or the local Tourist Information Centre in Crown Square, Matlock, Tel: 01629 583388

There really is something for everyone within easy travelling distance of Darley Dale. Below is just a brief list to give you an idea of what is available. For more details, please contact us on info@darleydale.gov.uk or the local Tourist Information Centre at Crown Square, Matlock, Tel: 01629 593388

There is a wide range of visitor attractions located in and around Darley Dale. They range from theme parks to shopping villages:

Archaeological Sites
The area is rich in interesting ancient sites including the Nine Ladies stone circle on Stanton Moor and Arbour Low.
St Helens Church St Helen's Church - dates back to the Norman period though mainly C14th. It has the Whitworth graves in the churchyard.
Historic Transport
Peak Rail Peak Rail - steam railway running from Matlock to Northwood, which has its HQ in the renovated station at Darley Dale.

Red House Carriage Museum - horse riding, carriage rides and museum
Industrial Archaeology
Caudwells Mill Arkwright Mill and Cromford Canal at Cromford - the birth place of the industrial revolution.

Caudwell's Mill and craft centre at Rowsley - a working, water-powered flour mill.
Whitworth Park Whitworth Park, Darley Dale

Hall Leys Park, Matlock
Peak Village Peak Village, shopping outlets

Masson Mill, museum and shopping outlet

Nearby cities, such as Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield.
Stately Homes

Chatsworth House - the most visited stately home in Britain

Haddon Hall - beautiful and unspoilt medieval home of the Vernon family.

Hardwick Hall - built in 1596 by the famous Bess of Hardwick

Spectacular Scenery
Peak District The Peak District

The Derbyshire Dales: such as Monsal Dale, Dove Dale and Lathkill Dale

The Manifold Valley
Theme Parks
Gullivers Kingdom In Matlock Bath, The Heights of Abraham, Caves, Cable cars and Gulliver's Kingdom Theme park

Alton Towers theme park, the largest in the UK
Walking in Darley Dale
Darley Dale boasts about 20 miles of public footpaths, which take in some beautiful scenery including several woodland walks. The Town Council employs a part-time footpath's person to help keep the paths clear. Other maintenance work is carried out with the kind assistance of the Derbyshire Dales Ramblers' Association. The Association is currently preparing several 'Millennium Walks' leaflets. There is also a printed 'Whitworth Trail' which takes in places of interest associated with Sir Joseph Whitworth.

For further information on walking in Darley Dale, contact Charles Wildgoose, Secretary of the Derbyshire Dales Ramblers' on 01629 733198
Other Nearby Activities

Cycle tracks - The Tissington Trail and High Peak Trail.

Holiday Parks - Darwin Forest - chalets, mobile homes, leisure facilities.

Towns & Villages

Bakewell, market town - home of the famous pudding . Market and Cattle Market take place each Monday.

Buxton - old English spa town

Castleton Caves

Eyam, the 'Plague Village'

Lea Gardens

Winster, Corn Exchange and Morrismen

Nearby Market towns, such as Chesterfield (with the famous crooked spire), Bakewell and Wirksworth.


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