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Wayside farm is situated 2.5 miles from Matlock centre on the A632 Matlock to Chesterfield road. It makes an ideal base for touring the beautiful and rugged scenery of North Derbyshire and the Peak district.

The area has many attractions and activities which are within easy reach by car.

Visit the Grand and Gracious Chatsworth House with its 64 foot long Painted Hall and richly furnished and decorated State rooms. After the wonders of the house there are the 100 acres of garden to explore with its remarkable staircase of water flowing down a hillside.

View the romantic mansion of Haddon Hall, one of the best preserved medieval houses of Britain
See the beautiful Elizabethan mansion of Hardwick Hall created by Lady Elizabeth Countess of Shrewsbury otherwise known as “Bess of Hardwick”

Explore the caverns at Caselton. See where they mine the semi precious stone of “Blue John” in the Blue John and Treak Cliff Caverns. Take a trip on a floodlit underground canal at Speedwell Cavern. Walk into Peak Cavern to see the Orchestra chamber and the Devils Staircase.

Travel back in time, to the tram age, at the National Tramway Museum at Crich. See trams dating from the 1870’s to the late 1950’s. Ride on a mile long track all day long on yesterdays state of the art transport.

Picnics at the OK Coral, a safari in the land of dinosaurs or a stroll down an Elizabethan street are some of the many activities possible in the fantasy world of Gullivers Kingdom.
If you are looking for theme parks why not try The American Adventure Theme Park 2 miles North West of Ilkeston or visit the world famous Alton Towers.

Outdoor activities abound. Take a walk by the side of the Upper Derwent Reservoirs, Howden, Derwent and Ladybower (there are 1600 miles of public footpaths in the Peak District). Play Golf (Matlock Golf Club is just down the road). Fly fishing (at Ogston Reservoir). Hire a bike and cycle the Tissington Trail.

Visit Historic towns and villages, Buxton, Bakewell, Ashford-in-the-Water, Ashbourne and the “plague village” of Eyam. Discover ancient customs such as well dressings at Tissington, Hope and Eyam.

Worked up an appetite? Try the tasty local fayre of Hartington’s award winning Stilton cheese, Bakewell pudding or Ashbourne Gingerbread.

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