Explore the scenic beauty and rich history of the Peak District National Park and its surrounding areas. Based for four nights in Derby, you will discover the charming spa town of Buxton, renowned for its supposedly curative waters and its many historic buildings. Visits to one of England’s finest stately homes, Chatsworth House, and the Grade I listed Calke Abbey, an 18th century mansion in the care of the National Trust, are also included, as is the chance to experience the nostalgic joy of Crich Tramway Village, with its recreated Edwardian street scenes and working trams.
4 nights in Derby (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Derby and the Holiday Inn Derby Riverlights (4T). We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm, where there will be time to settle into your room before dinner this evening.
Day 2 Buxton - Bakewell - Chatsworth House
This morning we enjoy an included excursion to the spa town of Buxton, where we take a guided walking tour exploring the town’s elegant architecture. There will also be a stop in nearby Bakewell, with free time to discover the nooks and crannies of this ancient capital of the Peaks. The Iron Age settlers were drawn here by thermal springs which gave the town its name. Perhaps purchase some Bakewell Pudding and stroll to the picturesque River Wye. This afternoon we visit Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and one of the country’s grandest stately homes. It is most famous for its magnificent art collection, displayed within the ornately decorated rooms, and extensive gardens designed by Capability Brown, an excellent place for a gentle walk.
Please note: Our 31 August departure coincides with the Country Fair which is held annually at Chatsworth House. A host of exciting activities, displays and performances are laid on, ranging from a vintage car parade to a traditional fairground and cavalry parades take place over the weekend, and superb local produce and crafts can be purchased.
Day 3 Calke Abbey
Today we visit Calke Abbey, an unusual Grade I country house in Derbyshire. The site was originally occupied by a medieval priory however the current neoclassical mansion was built in the early 18th century. The house has received minimal restoration since it was acquired by the National Trust in 1985, and the building, complete with peeling paint, illustrates the story of the dramatic decline of a country estate, yet displays many treasures collected by the interestingly eccentric family who resided here, and rejected mod cons. The grounds reflect the Abbey with faded beauty and a 1,200-year old oak tree. There will also be free time to explore Derby independently today, a city with a varied past and variety of attractions.
Please note: 25 May departure, will include a visit to Lea Gardens in place of Calke Abbey. Covering around three and a half acres, the garden features more than 500 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas, as well as other flowering plants and woodland areas.
Day 4 Crich Tramway Village - Peak Railway
We step back in time today, on a visit to the wonderful Crich Tramway Village. Walk along recreated early 20th century streets adorned with reconstructed period buildings, ride the lovingly restored trams and perhaps call in at the tearooms, old-fashioned sweet shop or Edwardian pub. The exhibition takes you through a hundred years of tramway development, from 1860-1960, with trams powered by horse, steam and electricity. Continuing with a theme of vintage transportation, we also enjoy a return steam or diesel train journey on the restored Peak Railway. This nostalgic four mile track between Rowsley South and Matlock is a re-opened a section of the former Midland Railway, which extended from London to Manchester until 1968.
Day 5 Derby
Following breakfast, you will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.