Local market towns Ashbourne (2 miles) and Leek (13 miles) with their food markets, antique shops, gift shops, shop local ethos and cafes are great to explore. Tissington Village (7 miles) is often called England’s most perfect villages. Ilam is like stepping into a Swiss village and the three Mayfields locally make a history packed local walk. Bakewell, Buxton, Matlock Bath and Cromford are also close by.
Mayfield Hideaway is a perfect base for wildly different walks. From the Peak District’s prettiest valley Dovedale, to wind weathered sculptures along the gritstone ridge of The Roaches. There are myths, legends and fascinating discoveries to be made everywhere you walk: spot fossils hidden in Dovedale Stepping Stones, explore 10,000 year old Thor’s Cave one of the oldest sites of human activity in the Peaks, walk through ‘Lud’s Church’ a chasm in the rocks rumoured to be the meeting place of the Green Knight of Arthurian legend, or visit Doxeys’ Pool, wild swimming spot rumoured to be home to a mermaid.
Nearby Ilam, Dovedale and The Roaches are absolutely brilliant places to let off steam, but there are lots more places to explore. Alton Towers is under 10 miles away and before you reach that is Peak Wildlife Park.
The Peak District is a brilliant place to learn to climb or abseil or try out watersports as a family. We’re less than 10 minutes drive from two excellent traffic free cycle tracks, both with family bike hire. Matlock Bath with Gulliver’s Kingdom and the Heights of Abraham cable cars make a fab family day out.
For rainy days head to one of the Peak District’s four caves and caverns, to Sudbury Museum of Childhood, Alton Towers Splashlandings water park or to The Potteries to throw and decorate pottery in the world’s ceramic capital.
Tea rooms, cafes, country pubs, gastro pubs, pubs for walkers, pubs for dogs, pubs for families and fine dining pubs mentioned in Sawdays and Michelin guides. Curry, Thai, French restaurants. You’re spoilt for choice locally when it comes to great places to eat.
Pictured above – Wetton Mill cafe.