Each town has different origins which have influenced the individual characteristics you see today. Our tours celebrate the local distinctiveness of each place join us and discovery their stories and special places.
- Leek with its history of silk mills and Arts and Craft Movement influences. Many independent shops following the “Totally Locally” ethos, shops that most places can only dream of having in their high street! In a recent nationwide survey Leek was voted one of the best places to live.
- Beautiful Buxton, cultural capital of the Peak District with its imposing Georgian crescent, opera house, pavilion and gardens and probably one of the best secondhand book shops in Derbyshire!
- Bakewell is famous for its Tart and Pudding but is also extremely picturesque. Stand on the 14thcentury pack horse bridge and watch the trout swimming in the sun dappled waters of the river Wye. Close by is the imposing Chatsworth house and estate and also Haddon Hall and the Thornbridge Brewery (which I consider brews some of the best, most flavoursome and at times quirky beer in the U.K.).
- Matlock was a spa town on the river Derwent which became popular in the Victorian era. Downstream, the imposing cliffs overlooking Matlock Bath mark the geological division between the limestone of the White Peak and the gritstones of the Dark Peak. The promenade by the river Derwent in Matlock Bath looks out of place so far inland. How many fish and chip shops can you count?
- Wonderful Wirksworth, a quirky little town which owes its existence to lead mining. Explore the lovely little shops and see the Moot Hall. The ancient church of St Mary contains some of the best 8thcentury Saxon artefacts in the country. D.H. Lawrence (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Sons and Lovers) once lived in this town in a rather splendid house.
- Ashbourne is known as “the gateway to the Peaks” and lies just outside the southern edge of the Peak District. It is famous for the Shrovetide football match where 2 teams, the Up’ards and the Down’ards, play over 2 days. Each team consists of several hundred players and the “goals” are 3 miles apart. Rules are few and the whole town is boarded up (except the pubs!) on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday each year. The rest of the time Ashbourne is a genteel market town with many exceptional independent artisan shops, beautiful buildings and bags of history.