Back Tor Farm looks out across Kinder Scout - the highest point in the Peak District and a National Nature Reserve. There are many natural sites and man made artefacts to explore: Kinder Downfall, The Woolpacks, Aircraft wrecks, Hen harriers, White Hares.....
If you are looking for a more gentle country walk try Dovedale, the Monsal Trail, Ladybower reservoir or the Longshaw Estate.
Cycling can be a great way to explore your surroundings. The Peak District National Park have 3 cycle hire centres: Ashbourne, Parsley Hey and Fairholmes Visitor Centre at Derwent. All three places are by traffic free cycle trails with gentle gradients - perfect for all the family.
For the more adventurous mountain biker you have bridleways right from the door. Try the Kinder Loop or the South Peak loop. For you roadies how about having a go at the iconic Mam Nick and Winnats Pass climbs?
The Peak District has some very challenging and popular climbing routes including the internationally known Stanage Edge and the Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands. At 141.5m the Titan Cave in Castleton is the highest natural cavern in the UK. If you are new to climbing or caving how about an introductory lesson?http://gritstoneadventures.co.uk/courses/
With a diverse range of habitats ranging from high peat bogs, moorlands, grit-stone edges, dales, river valleys and ancient pastures, the Peak District provides a home for a great variety of birds and wildlife. We recommend the Derbyshire Dales NNR which covers the five valleys of Lathkill, Cressbrook, Monk’s, Long and Hay, offering fine examples of White Peak geology and wildlife and supporting several upland birds including the ring ouzel.
Perched on hilltops, nestled in acres of their own land, Derbyshire and the Peak District houses some spectacular stately homes, historic houses and castles: Haddon Hall, Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall, Calke Abbey, Peveril Castle and of course the magnificent Chatsworth are just a selection of our favourites. Chatsworth hosts a varied calendar of events all year round including horse trials, sculpture trails and the wonderful ‘Christmas at Chatsworth’. https://www.chatsworth.org/
Market Towns and Villages
There are so many little picture postcard perfect villages just a short drive from Back Tor Farm:
Ashford-in-the-Water, Foolow, Ilam, Hartington and Tissington. Of great historical interest is Eyam - the plague village. When the bubonic plague was brought to the village in a consignment of cloth, the villagers chose to isolate themselves rather than allow the disease to be spread further.
If you fancy the hustle and bustle of a town on market day, visit Buxton, Bakewell or Ashbourne.
Why not enjoy a round of golf during your stay at Back Tor Farm. Sickleholme Golf Club is a picturesque yet challenging course set in the Hope Valley. Claim your £10.00 'stay & play' discount via your hosts.
There are two pubs in Edale - The Rambler Inn and the Old Nags Head. Both are muddy boot, dog and child friendly, serving rustic pub grub. On the fourth Tuesday of every month The Rambler plays host to the ‘Folk Train’. Starting off in Sheffield the train brings live folk music and music lovers out to Edale for the evening.
Also in the village are two cafes – the Penny Pot café and Newfold Farm café, both handy for a spot of breakfast or a well earned cuppa and cake after a day spent exploring the valley.
Further down the Hope Valley we recommend the Cheshire Cheese in Hope. Quiz nights are Wednesdays at 9pm.
Café Adventure is great place for daytime snacks. They also have bistro nights fortnightly on a Friday. Check out their website and book early!
The relatively new Curry Cabin in Hope offers a great Indian menu and can be ordered as a takeaway or eaten in. You'll have to take your own alcohol though as they are unlicensed.
In nearby Little Hucklow is the newly re-opened pub/restaurant The Blind Bull. We've heard good things about it so far. Monday night is vegetarian night.
The Samuel Fox Country Inn at Bradwell has been awarded 2 rosettes in the AA Guide. The ambitious chef-patron James Duckett provides reasonably priced fine dining.
Part of the Haddon Hall estate and set within a beautiful grade II listed manor house, The Peacock at Rowsley offers a convivial place to meet for lunch, dinner or just a drink. The three rosette award menu uses produce local to the Peak District National Park.
For a very special treat and a much more formal dinner, Fischer’s at Baslow Hall is the place to go. The string of accolades are well deserved so you must be sure to book ahead. Take note of the dress code, but more importantly enjoy and sample as much as you can.
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