Dive into the scenic beauty and rich history of the Peak District National Park and its surrounds on this Derby-based short break. Start in the charming town of Buxton, renowned for its curative waters and historic buildings, and end among the Edwardian streets of Crich Tramway Village. In between the two, you’ll explore grand Chatsworth House, tour Grade I-listed Calke Abbey, and perhaps sample a slice of pudding in Bakewell.
4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Derby and the Jurys Inn Derby (3T). 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.
Buxton - Bakewell - Chatsworth House
This morning we enjoy an 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 this ancient capital of the Peaks. 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’s most famous for its magnificent art collection, displayed within the ornately decorated rooms, and the extensive gardens designed by Capability Brown - an excellent place for a stroll.
Please note: Our August departure coincides with the annual Country Fair at Chatsworth House. A host of exciting activities are laid on, ranging from a vintage car parade to a traditional fairground and cavalry parades, and superb local produce and crafts can be purchased.
Today we visit Calke Abbey, an unusual Grade I country house in Derbyshire. The site was originally occupied by a medieval priory; 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 displays many treasures collected by the eccentric family who resided here.
On our return to Derby, you’ll enjoy free time to explore the city’s attractions independently.
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.