With our offices based in Derby city centre, we are well placed to reach many highlights of the beautiful English countryside without having to travel far.
With summer just around the corner, we thought it would be a great time to round up the options for getting out and exploring everything our local area has to offer.
Here are our top 10 suggestions for things to do in Derbyshire this summer
Not quite Downton Abbey, but just as fancy, Darley Abbey is a beautiful gem and is less than two miles from our office! At the heart of the picturesque village is Darley Park with extensive gardens to explore, including the third largest collection of Hydrangeas in the world.
Get on your bike!
One of the best ways to see the countryside is on two wheels. Derbyshire has an abundance of cycle routes but our favourite is Carsington Water. The circular route is 8 miles, but can be extended if you’re up for a bigger challenge as you can easily pick up the High Peak or Tissington Trails.
Set in the heart of the Peak District, Chatsworth House is surrounded by 105 acres of land. The house in itself is a lot to explore with 30 ornate rooms to make your way round before stepping outside into the amazing gardens. An absolute must see is the 84m long glass house, called the Great Conservatory.
Heights of Abraham and Matlock Bath
Derbyshire is the furthest area in the country from any sea so Matlock Bath is Derby’s take on the seaside. Shops selling souvenirs, sticks of rock and fish and chip shops line the “promenade” (aka the riverfront of the Derwent). Then head over to the Heights of Abraham and take the cable cars to the top and take in the stunning views.
Kinder Scout is the highest point of the Peak District – on a clear day you can see parts of Manchester as well as Snowdonia!
Our offices are in the Cathedral quarter of Derby and just around the corner from us is Derby Cathedral, a grade 1 listed cathedral. It has the second highest perpendicular church tower in England, and you can climb the 189 steps to the top. But watch out for the falcons! In 2004, a pair of wild peregrine falcons adopted Derby Cathedral’s tower as their home which sparked the Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project, you can watch the webcam here!
Dovedale is a lovely day for those wanting to explore the great outdoors. Start off with climbing Thorpe Cloud, then follow the footpath and use the famous stepping stones to cross the River Dove. A circular walk takes you Ilam and brings you out at the Izaak Walton for a spot of lunch.
Royal Crown Derby
For those not wanting to get outdoors, or perhaps for when the weather isn’t at its best, then head to the Royal Crown Derby. The famous fine bone china maker opens its doors every week day for factory tours. There’s also a gift shop, museum and tea room.
In the centre of the Peak District are Castleton Caves. Go underground and make your way through Peak Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern.
Round it all off with a good pint!
What better way to round off your days out with a trip to a traditional pub? Our countryside is full of lovely, cosy pubs with beer gardens with spectacular views. Or if you’re closer to Derby city centre, we’ve got some great pubs there too! Round off a summer evening on the sun terrace over looking the river at the Brewery Tab, or al fresco at The Greyhound.