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Breathtaking beauty, views as far as the eye can see and quaint little market towns – the Peak District is the perfect getaway! Take a step back in time as you ride on wonderfully restored vintage trams from all over the world, experience the Derbyshire’s longest heritage railway and enjoy an out of hours visit to explore a magnificent neo-classical mansion with beautiful landscaped parkland.
Thursday We collect you from home to join your tour coach and make our way to the Hallmark Mickleover Court Hotel in Derbyshire with time to settle in before dinner this evening.
Friday Today we start the day at Crich Tramway Village, located in the heart of Derbyshire on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Beautifully restored trams run along cobbled streets, past the former Derbyshire Assembly rooms and under the Bowes-Lyon Bridge before climbing a mile and a half of track that provides breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside and Derwent Valley. Perhaps stop for a drink at The Red Lion Pub and Tearooms, visit the fascinating Workshop Viewing Gallery or wander around the period shops on the authentic village street. We then continue for a lunchtime stop at Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mill. The only Arkwright cotton mill to use the River Derwent as a power source - ten times greater than his first mill at Cromford. The mill now houses a shopping village, a restaurant and a textile museum with historic working machinery. We then continue to Ashbourne, known as 'The Gateway to Dovedale', for time to explore its winding cobbled streets, welcoming Market Place and handsome Tudor and Georgian heritage.
Saturday The Peak District National Park is renowned for its beautiful scenery and quaint towns, and we will take in some of the delightful sights that have inspired authors and artists alike. The tour will take in Chatsworth Park, past the stunning home of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire and onto the quaint village of Baslow. From here we will cross the moors to Hathersage and its historical associations to Robin Hood and the Eyre family. The coach will continue to Hope Valley and then Castleton - home of Blue John Cavern and a great spot for a coffee break. Finally enjoy the picturesque ancient market town of Bakewell, situated on the River Wye in the heart of the Peak District. The town has a long and fascinating history and is famous all over the world for its Bakewell puddings, so be sure to visit the original Bakewell Pudding Shop and perhaps try one for yourself!
Sunday We take a trip back in time with a visit to magnificent Kedleston Hall. Set in historic parkland, this spectacular neo-classical mansion was designed specifically for lavish entertaining. We enjoy a private 90-minute guided tour of the hall before it is opened to the general public, after which you can explore the wonderful grounds designed by the renowned architect Robert Adam. This afternoon, we take a scenic journey via Carsington Water to Wirksworth, known as the Gem of the Peaks. This historic market town is a fascinating place to explore, with its narrow streets and maze of interesting alleyways where little has changed over the last 150 years. We stop at Wirksworth Station to enjoy an afternoon tea in a wonderful converted Pullman carriage, before we relive nostalgic rail travel as we join The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway for a journey through one of Derbyshire's loveliest and unspoilt valleys to Duffield.
Monday After breakfast, we begin our homeward journey to Wiltshire with suitable comfort stops en route where your taxi will be waiting to return you to your home.
Hallmark Mickleover Court Hotel
The 4 star Hallmark Mickleover Court Hotel is set in a convenient location near Derby. All the en suite bedrooms are stylish and contemporary with TV, radio, hairdryer and tea making facilities. There is a heated indoor swimming pool with solarium and gym, restaurant and cocktail bar. Lifts to all floors.
4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Luxury coach travel
Home pick up
Excursions and visits
Entrance to Crich Tramway Village
Ride on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
Entrance to Kedleston Hall and guided tour
Guided coach tour of the Peak District National Park