Whaley Bridge

 

Whaley Bridge lies on the edge of the Goyt Valley in the Peak District National Park and within the High Peak borough of Derbyshire. It is a popular area for holidays and offers a rich variety of attractions.

 

There are regular trains and buses to the spa town of Buxton, seven miles away, which has many attractions including St. Anne's Well, the Pavilion Gardens, the Opera House, Poole's cavern and Solomon's temple (a folly). 

 

Lyme Hall, a country house belonging to the National Trust, is about ten minutes away and about fifteen minutes away is Castleton, with its caverns and Blue John mine. It is a similar distance to Edale and the rest of the Hope Valley. Chatsworth House, the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with beautiful gardens and splendid architecture is about half an hour away. 

 

In fact all parts of the Dark and White Peak are readily accessible within an hour's drive with attractions including Haddon Hall, Hardwick Hall, Cauldwell's Mill, Cromford Mill and Bakewell (home of the pudding).

 

 

Within an hour's drive in the other (Cheshire) direction are Styal Mill, Tatton Hall, Alderley Edge, Jodrell Bank and many other places worth a visit.

 

The trains and buses make it easy to visit central Manchester , Buxton, Stockport and Sheffield for shopping, cinema, theatres and concerts.

 

Whaley Bridge also provides a wonderful base for walking holidays for people of all abilities. A car is not needed as lots of different circular walks of varying difficulty can be started from our doorstep.

 

As Whaley is fairly compact and surrounded by open country and farmland these walks fan out in all directions providing more than enough variety for one or two weeks holiday. The Goyt valley and Lyme Park, in particular, are surprisingly easy to get to via footpaths with very little road walking being required. There you will find forests, reservoirs, stately homes and ruins to explore.

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