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Monsal Head
Monsal Head
Monsal Head is arguably the most famous view point in the peak district. With an awe inspiring panorama over Monsal Dale and along the Wye Valley. Here, the river Wye is forced to make a sharp southerly turn, as it cuts its way through the limestone ridges in the dale. The views are breathtaking, with the river far beneath, winding its way though a steep-sided valley. Monsal Dale was once the route of the former Midland Railway , and was carried by a viaduct over the river and into the headstone tunnel which cuts through Monsal Head.

This now disused railway line forms part of the Monsal Trail, a popular route with walkers and cyclists. When built in the 1870s, John Ruskin campaigned against the damage to this unique environment, simply 'so that any fool from Bakewell can be in Buxton by lunchtime'. Despite the controversy over the building of the Monsal Dale Viaduct, it is now considered an important feature of historic and architectural interest. When the railway line closed after 100 years, and plans mooted to demolish the viaduct, there was a widespread protest. The answer came in 1970, with the award of a preservation order.

Ashford in the Water
The picturesque village of ashford in the water nestles on the banks of the river Wye as it meanders south to Bakewell. The medieval sheepwash bridge, overhung by willow trees, was built on the site of an ancient ford. The bridge takes its name from the attatched sheep pen, where sheep were held, before being thrown into the river to be washed prior to shearing. The bridge is a favourite spot for visitors to feed the ducks, or simply view

The scenery and maybe catch a glimpse of a rainbow trout in the clear waters below. The main industry in the village used to be marble polishing, where impure forms of limestone mined locally, when polished turned jet black. The marble was then crafted for
ornamental purposes. On trinity Sunday ashford celebrates the founding of its church. Following the service, there is a blessing of the six wells that are dressed annually.

Ashford in the water


Famous for its bakewell pudding (one of the best mishaps ever!) The old market town of bakewell lies in an eviable location on the banks of the river Wye. The summer months see Bakewell transform into a bustling town, where visitors come to shop and explore its numerous nooks and crannies, admire its architecture, or just relax in the numerous tea rooms and maybe feed the ducks in the clear waters of the Wye. Popular throughout the year, even on a sunny winters day you will find plenty of visitors. Monday is market day, when the stalls and the livestock market do brisk business. The strong connection with agriculture is further emphasised every August, with the annual Bakewell Show, one of the largest in the country. This two day event plays host to some 35000 people.

The Bakewell Pudding Shop is well worth a visit, giving visitors a chance to sample the delicious Bakewell Pudding (not ‘tart’ as some mistakenly call it). The five arched bridge that crosses the river Wye, is another well known landmark in the Peak District. Dating back to 1200, it is among the oldest of its type in the country, and now designated as an ancient monument. With the Olde House Museum close to the town centre, the fascinating old house contains a wonderful collection of items from the Bakewell area, displayed to show aspects of local and social history in this part of Derbyshire. The displays are full of memories and interest for everyone. The 12th century medieval manor of Haddon Hall, home of Lord and Lady Edward Manners is just a mile away, places of interest are close to hand. Bakewell celebrates it well dressing at the end of July every year. There is also a tourist information in the town centre offering information on activities, events, and attractions.

Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House
One of the premier tourist attractions of the area. Chatsworth House, the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire, and one of the finest stately homes in England.

The house was built by Sir William Cavendish in 1549 on land he purchased for the sum of £600. Sir William started construction of the house three years later in 1552, but did not live to see its completion, as he died in 1557. His widow, Bess of Hardwick completed the building work, and bequeathed the house to her son, Henry Cavendish. Henry sold the house to his younger brother William, who became the 1st Earl of Devonshire in 1618. The house was rebuilt by the 4th Earl/1st Duke from 1685-1707.

The House

There are 26 rooms are open to the public within the main house. These include the Library, originally the 1st Duke's Long Gallery which was re-fitted as a library by the 6th Duke, the Painted Hall which was the 1st Duke's ceremonial entrance hall, and the Great Dining Room, where the first meal served was for the Princess (later Queen) Victoria in 1832. The chapel was built between 1688 and 1693 by the 1st Duke, and has remained unaltered ever since.

The Collection

Chatsworth has an impressive private art collection which has been built up by the Cavendish family over 450 years. Much of the collection is on display in the public rooms of the house, and includes paintings by Rembrandt, Lanseer, Gainsborough and Freud, and sculptures by Canova and Frink.

The Garden & Park

The Garden extends to 105 acres, and includes many features such as the giant rockeries(1692), the cascade (1696), the canal (1702) and the gravity-fed emperor fountain (1843) which can emit a jet of water 90 metres into the air. There are 5 miles of walks in the Garden alone, with rare trees, shrubs, the cottage, Kitchen and Rose Gardens, temples, streams and ponds.

Children can get lost in the maze, paddle in the Cascade, see the tallest gravity-fed fountain in the world, find the willow tree that becomes a fountain, the giant foot, the trompe l'oeil violin and the Rolls Royce jet engine fan.

The 1000 acre Park surrounding Chatsworth was landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th Century. The Park is open throughout the year at no charge, a free car park is provided and everyone is welcome to walk, play and picnic in the Park.

For Children

The Farmyard is home to cows, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, chickens and fish. An excellent opportunity for children to get close to animals.
The woodland Adventure Playground has swings, slides, the spiral shute, commando nets and in the sand and water-play areas.
The house, garden, farmyard, adventure playground, shops and restaurant are open every day from the 16th March to 21st December.

The Park is open throughout the year.

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