Ashford in the Water
Travel south on the A6 and arrive at Ashford in the Water and cross Sheep Wash Bridge where they washed sheep before chemical dipping. Take in the picturesque countryside along the flowing river Wye and take a walk into the village where there are many old cottages, a beautiful church, with relics dating back to the 1200s and a village store and delicatessen, who boasts they have the best home-made pickles in Derbyshire. There are a couple of old pubs, The Bull’s Head with history dating back to the 16th century and the Ashford Arms to the 18th Century. The best time to visit is during Well Dressing Week which falls on Trinity Sunday. A lot of work goes into making pictures out of plants, petals and leaves put onto to a bed of clay. The show is made up of 6 dressed wells.
Continue south on the A6 to Bakewell, a old market town with countryside views, in the heart of the Peak district. Park in the town centre and walk to discover and explore the narrow streets, with a wide variety of shops, pubs, restaurants and many historic timber framed buildings with thatched roofs. Take a small walk across the five arch bridge over the river Wye and continue down the riverside banks to enjoy its full glory. Before leaving treat yourself at Bloomers original Bakewell Pudding Shop.
Continue south on the A6 and follow the signs for Chatsworh House. On arrival at Chatsworth drive through the grounds and over the Derwent which cuts through the countryside. Look to the left for stunning views of the stately home and grounds. Park in the main car park and walk into the courtyard and discover the stables, now a restaurant, shops and craft area, selling high quality goods and gifts but with a equally high price tag. The Farm shop offers a selection of meats, poultry, and game and there are also home made breads, and cakes as well as it’s own, site brewed ale. Visit the famous landscaped gardens and see the waterworks, a cascade 300 years old, waterfall and emperor fountain Take a leisurely walk in the grounds discover the huge maze, coal tunnel, greenhouses, and a vast area of rare trees and shrubs all by streams and ponds. The final place of interest is the house itself where you can explore 30 rooms looking at period furniture and clothes plus a fine art collection.