Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
Looking at the stunning scenery surrounding this town, you could forget that you’re in the uk. with cable cars ascending the nearby Heights of abraham and matlock’s high street which curves around the cliff, it would be easy to mistake the setting for an alpine village.
What to do
i found the best way to savour the peak district’s beautiful landscapes was on a brisk country walk. stanage edge, with its famous millstones, is one of the most popular spots for hiking and rock climbing. although it’s quite a steep incline up to the cliff face, it’s only a 10-minute walk. once you’ve caught your breath, you’ll enjoy one of the peak district’s best vantage points, with dazzling views of the surrounding moorlands.
the real highlight of our trip, though, was chatsworth House. the epitome of englishness, Jane austen modelled mr darcy’s pemberley on the magnificent stately home. and visitors will immediately understand why she was so inspired. the mansion is a magnificent building that houses an impressive collection of artwork and sculpture, with some pieces dating back 4,000 years. with a further 105 acres of land, the chatsworth gardens are ever-evolving and worth a stroll, combining stunning planting schemes with 18th-century water features and modern art.
Where to stay
we stayed in the new Bath Hotel & spa, which first opened in 1811 and boasts stylish, bright interiors. the hotel’s superb restaurant serves the best of local produce. we also made use of its tranquil spa facilities by enjoying a reviving massage.
What to eat
after scaling the heights of stanage edge, we headed for the nearest pub. we stumbled upon the charming 16th-century plough inn in Hathersage, which serves up hearty British classics. i can highly recommend the fish and chips here, especially after a challenging walk.
if you visit chatsworth House, round off your day with a stop-off at the estate’s cafe, housed in converted stables, for afternoon tea. choose from a selection of exotic brews and tuck into traditional finger sandwiches, macaroons and scones, for a truly indulgent treat.
a standard double room at the new Bath Hotel & spa is priced from £89 per night. trains to matlock Bath are limited, but there are good connections from nearby derby station. driving is the best means of exploring this part of the country, as public transport is infrequent.
This charming town is full of character
Chatsworth House Enjoy amazing views at the Heights of Abraham Stanage Edge