Hardwick Hall forms part of the National Trust properties and is located close to Junction 29, M1 between Alfreton and Chesterfield. Sat on top of a hill by the side of Old Hardwick Hall, the property overlooks a series of fishing ponds and has extensive walks all around.
Built by Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury (Bess of Hardwick) in 1590 with building being completed in 1597, it makes a huge impression of the wealth Bess had.
You could easily spend a day wandering around, for us its a fifteen minute drive so we head over for the afternoon quite regularly!
Nearby camping is at the Camping and Caravan Club site at Teversal: http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/nottinghamshire/teversal/teversal
We have just spent the weekend at Lathkill Dale Campsite in Monyash, a small village five miles west of Bakewell. The village has a great look to it, set in stunning scenery forming the head of Lathkill Dale. Historically, Lead Mining was one of the main sources of employment along with farming, Arbor Low, a stone circle lies close by with settlers known to have been in and around the area since possibly 3000BC.
The village pub, The Bulls Head serves very nice food, has an excellent selection of beers and wines in a very friendly atmosphere!
We enjoyed walking The Limestone Way down to Lathkill Dale, some four miles in all through Derbyshire’s finest scenery. What’s not to like!
The campsite itself is set on the outskirts of the village in a wonderful, peaceful spot, we was fortunate in having a pitch up top looking out over endless fields in one direction and the village the other. Met with a warm welcome, I am certain we will return!
In all my years of growing up and living in Derbyshire, I have only ever been to Winster once and that was passing through. So, this past weekend we headed over to The Miners Standard on the edge of the town and camped for the weekend. It was a brilliant weekend, surrounded by great, scenic views.
Winster was once a thriving Lead Mining community having a large number of Lead Mines surrounding the town, most prosperous in the 18th century.
Winster once boasted having 20 public houses, only 2 remain, The Miners Standard and The Bowling Green:
The town is also home to one of the first properties in The Peak District which The National Trust owns, Winster Market House, circa 1906:
As we strolled round and explored, we felt we had missed out – the houses are very quant, mostly stone built, hugging the hillside surrounding the town. We could easily live there as it had a very good feeling, the locals are friendly too!
The surrounding countryside offered some superb views of the Derbyshire countryside, lots of footpaths head off in all directions, making it an ideal base to explore from. We headed off along the Birchover path but stopped short when we found a tranquil pond set in a small orchard, very relaxing!
Ill end with some images showing the views from The Miners Standard and of the camping field, we are glad we stayed and cannot wait to revisit!