Leave site travel 9 miles towards Melbourne go northeast onto Moria road to first roundabout, continue to the next 3rd exit A514 and into the town. Park in the centre and stroll around the market place and surrounding areas
A Georgian town in south Derbyshire surrounded by beautiful countryside with many Georgian buildings to view in the market place. On the High Street there are the Thomas Cook Memorial Cottages built in 1890/91 and a fine display of 14 stunning cottages. Also worth a visit the Melbourne Parish Church, dating back to 1120 and described as a cathedral in miniature, take in the grounds and see the memorial. Have a stroll around the Melbourne Hall grounds, of great interest and historic importance containing fine examples of iron works, the gardens were originally laid out in 1704 by the Royal gardeners. It has excellent tea rooms, but sadly the Hall is only open to the public in August. Before leaving have a stroll around the pleasant Pool.
Continue journey to Shardlow 9 miles north, turn left B587 onto the Swarkestone Bridge A514 follow for 2 miles, at the roundabout 4th exit A50, at junction 2nd exit A6 towards Derby, at roundabout 3rd exit, go down Aston lane and arrive village canal side.
Just a quick stay, view the 300 moored boats with its pleasant scenery and check out the touring site for future reference, looks great.
Continue the journey to Repton, travel 12 miles southwest at 2nd roundabout 2nd exit next 3rd exit A6 take the right fork A50 follow for 8 miles take the A38 exit ramp at roundabout 1st exit B5008 2nd roundabout 2nd exit A5132 next B5008 follow into Repton. Park in the town centre and have a walk around.
Christianity was reintroduced to the Midlands at Repton, where the Mercian royal family under Peada were baptised in AD 653 and introduced a abbey. St Wystan Church has a Anglo Saxon crypt and was built in the 8th century. Drive on and spot the row of stunning thatched cottages 2 old inns fine looking buildings The Mount Pleasant and The Old Bulls Head or stop for a quickie.