Alongside all the amazing walks, rides and great leisure activities of Wirksworth itself; what makes this part of the peaks so exciting and rich culture is it’s surrounding. Sitting between Sheffield, Derby and Manchester, the area is blessed with many of the great buildings and sites from the Middle ages and the Industrial Revolution. With the Derwent valley being the seat of the industrial revolution, you can visit some of the mills that brought the areas its wealth. As well a being popular with the industrialists of the 16th & 17th centuries, Derbyshire was also a playground for the Aristocracy and landed gentry of the Middle Ages. The great houses of Chatsworth, Haddon hall, Kedleston hall and Hardwick hall are some of the most elegant and beautiful in the country and open year round to the public.
A quick 20 minutes drive from Wirksworth and you’re into the moors and heather of the High Peak. Using the market towns of Bakewell, Ashbourne and Castleton as your base, you can discover some of the most epic and dramatic walking to be had anywhere in Europe. Accessible through a vast network of public footpaths, we’re lucky enough to be able to wander through quiet forests, wild peat moors and fragrant wildflower meadows enjoying the peace, vistas and beautiful wildlife of one the Uk’s unsung national gems.
….and if you’re more of a fan of two wheels then you’re in for a real treat. For the road biker, hundreds of miles of quiet lanes, awesome speedy changes of scenery and some crazy inclines mean there is something for all fitness levels. For the off-roader, the Sustrans & Uk cycle network provides paths, old railways and mile upon mile of beautiful routes the to keep you pedaling along day after day.