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Sum­mer hol­i­day? Nathan Fearn looks at why the

per­fect lo­ca­tion may be closer than you think

To stay or not to stay, that is the ques­tion. Each year in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies across Der­byshire way up the pros and cons of a far-flung hol­i­day abroad or a well-earned break closer to home.

Such de­ci­sions are ob­vi­ously nice to have, how­ever they have taken on added sig­nif­i­cance given the un­cer­tain times we find our­selves in lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Many will no doubt take up the op­tion of re­main­ing UKbound

for a bit of sum­mer

R&R – and while the sun may be less guar­an­teed than the more ex­otic hol­i­day­ing lo­ca­tions, there are nev­er­the­less many pos­i­tives to re­main­ing on our shores.

And that per­fect UK break could be closer than you think. With its world-renowned landscapes, vi­brant towns and city, quintessen­tially English vil­lages and lim­it­less at­trac­tions to ex­plore, why not choose a Der­byshire bor­ough for your very own ‘Stay­ca­tion’?

AM­BER VAL­LEY

Nes­tled in the heart of Der­byshire, the Am­ber Val­ley is an at­trac­tive propo­si­tion for would-be hol­i­day-mak­ers and a short jour­ney, which­ever part of the county you are set­ting out from.

With a wide va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tion avail­able there’s some­thing for all re­quire­ments and pref­er­ences and with the area boast­ing beau­ti­ful places and renowned at­trac­tions, you’ll never be short of things to do.

Notable op­tions in­clude Al­port

Stone, Belper River Gar­dens, Lea Green, Heage Wind­mill, Crich Tramway Mu­seum, the list goes on...

DERBY

If the hus­tle, bus­tle and vi­brancy of city life is more up your street, Der­byshire’s only city is the ideal stay­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion.

You won’t be short of ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions – with a wide range of ho­tels avail­able no mat­ter what your bud­get is.

Packed with restau­rants, shops, pubs and more, the choices are end­less in this com­pact, friendly and ac­ces­si­ble city. For those with a keen sense of his­tory and her­itage, Derby Silk Mill and Derby Gaol are ex­cel­lent op­tions, while Derby also has a vi­brant cul­ture and arts scene. An ideal cos­mopoli­tan des­ti­na­tion.

DER­BYSHIRE DALES

The Der­byshire Dales re­ally does have some­thing for ev­ery­one. Charm­ing mar­ket towns, beau­ti­ful vil­lages, his­toric coun­try houses and build­ings, her­itage... this area of the county has the lot.

A wide range of ho­tels, nu­mer­ous camp­ing sites with beau­ti­ful views, hol­i­day cot­tages – the Der­byshire Dales lends it­self per­fectly to vis­i­tors look­ing to en­joy a pleas­ant and mem­o­rable stay.

Bakewell, Mat­lock, Mat­lock Bath, Ash­bourne, Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Sud­bury Hall, World Her­itage Sites. Will a short stay be enough?

EREWASH

If you de­cide to make Erewash your des­ti­na­tion for a sum­mer stay­ca­tion you’re not go­ing to be short of op­tions – both in terms of ac­com­mo­da­tion or ac­tiv­i­ties.

With towns and vil­lages such as Ilke­ston, Long Ea­ton, Ock­brook and San­di­acre within its bound­aries, you’re never far from a plethora of op­por­tu­ni­ties and things to ex­plore.

Erewash Mu­seum – Der­byshire Mu­seum of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2019 – is a must visit, so to Wol­la­ton Hall, which is just on the doorstep.

HIGH PEAK

If ex­plor­ing the great out­doors and dis­cov­er­ing breath-tak­ing views are your thing, you’d be hard pushed to travel any­where in the UK that ticks those boxes bet­ter than our very own High Peak.

Famed for its beauty, a quick search will open up a whole host of ap­peal­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions, from quaint, coun­try cot­tages to ru­ral camp­ing sites.

The High Peak Trail, which ex­tends to 17.5 miles, is the per­fect place to blow away any cob­webs while coun­try pubs and cafes pop up reg­u­larly across this beau­ti­ful part of the world.

Mam Tor, Ladybower Reser­voir Kinder Scout... the big­gest de­ci­sion will be know­ing where to start.

NORTH EAST DER­BYSHIRE

North East Der­byshire has an eclec­tic mix of at­trac­tions which lend them­selves per­fectly to the ideal stay­ca­tion.

For a start, you can spend hours – or days – in the dis­tinc­tive, his­toric mar­ket town of Ch­ester­field (worth a visit to the world-fa­mous Crooked Spire while you’re there).

For a step change and some­thing more on the ru­ral side, the likes of Ren­ishaw Hall, Ogston Reser­voir and Wool­ley Moor – with its 200 acres – are just a stone’s throw away.

SOUTH DER­BYSHIRE

If stun­ning build­ings and his­toric, charm­ing English vil­lages are your thing then look no fur­ther than the south of our county.

A land­scape far less rugged than that of the north of the county, open, rolling hills await you as you visit this beau­ti­ful area.

So too do a phe­nom­e­nal col­lec­tion of grand, his­toric build­ings which ooze class, her­itage and his­tory. These in­clude quirky Calke Abbey, Cat­ton Hall and El­vas­ton

Cas­tle, while it’s worth adding Melbourne Hall and Gar­dens, Sharpe’s Pot­tery Mu­seum and the his­toric sites of Rep­ton and Swarke­stone Bridge to the wish list too.

‘Why not choose a Der­byshire bor­ough for your very own

‘Stay­ca­tion’?’

Some of the above may be af­fected by cur­rent Covid-19 re­stric­tions. Please check ahead of travel.

Stone built cot­tage in the High Peak

The vi­brant streets of Derby

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