We are lucky enough to live on the outskirts of the beautiful Peak District which is full of breath-taking scenery and villages.
Known as the 'gateway to the Peak District' is Buxton, a market town home to absolutely beautiful architecture and the Pavilion Gardens. It’s here where we start our journey today.
The Pavilion Gardens are beautiful, but it’s the conservatory that is my favourite area. Set inside a spectacular glasshouse are an array of tropical plants and is free to visit.
The Buxton Opera House is next door to the gardens and is another wonderful building.
There is quite a bit of resoration work taking place at the moment redeveloping the heritage buildings into a hotel and spa. The Pump Room is currently open which is worth a visit.
Another favourite is The Green Man Gallery which is an Independent Contemporary Gallery and Arts centre set into a beautiful building.
Around a 20-minute drive away is Mam Tor, a 517m hill near the picturesque village of Castleton and has breath taking views. I took these pictures last winter, I wanted to take photographs from the viewpoint at golden hour, so one frosty morning we grabbed our walking boots and chunky knits and joined a few other eager photographers at the top.
Popping back in the car and another 20 minutes later, we arrive at Thornbridge Hall Gardens. The gardens are only open to the public on a Wednesday and Thursday until the end of September and cost £7.00 to enter, but the café and shop are free to visit. The 12 acres of garden surround Thornbridge Hall and feature a kitchen garden, scented terrace, an Orangery and greenhouse.
A few minutes’ drive or short walk away is Ashton-in-the-Water. This village is so picturesque, cottages adorned in wisteria and beautifully-tended gardens. There are many walks around this area, one favourite in particular starts in Ashton-in-the-Water and passes through nearby village Sheldon and we also came across the atmospheric remains of Magpie Mine.
Back in the car and a scenic 15 minutes later we are at Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery. Run by Brian and Gill, who have over 50 years expertise when it comes to Cacti. There is a show greenhouse housing thousands of species, and then a greenhouse full of wonderful species you can purchase. Open Wed-Sun at 1.30- 4pm, It is free to visit but we always pop some money in their donation box.
Abbey Brook is close by to Matlock which is a town on the edge of the Peak District with some gorgeous independent stores and antique shops.
Leaving the Peak District and another 20 minutes later we come to Belper, a beautiful Derbyshire town. With an array of beautiful stores, it's Derwentside Shopping Mill that is a real antique hidden gem. With rooms and rooms of vintage furniture and antique finds, we love to browse the many floors of this mill.
There are so many beautiful walks, drives, villages and scenery to explore around the Peak District and Derbyshire but I hope you enjoyed this road trip with me to some of my favourite areas!