I was recently asked by the lovely people over at Chill Car Insurance if I knew of any hidden gems in my local area. And as I’m lucky enough to live on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, I can safely say that there are a lot!
Now, I tend to talk about the things we get up to in the Nottinghamshire area quite a bit, so I thought I’d share 5 hidden gems in Derbyshire with you guys today. I hope you enjoy reading about some of my favourite places in the area.
First up I wanted to talk about Lumsdale Valley in Matlock, which truly is a hidden gem as it can be a little tricky to find! This place is perfect to visit if you enjoy walking as not only is it absolutely beautiful, but it’s steeped in history too. The recommended walking route begins at the top of the valley, in Upper Lumsdale, in the layby opposite the carpark entrance to Highfields Upper School.
The trail takes you past remnants of buildings from a bygone age, and there are information boards at poignant locations telling you all about the valley’s industrial past. These capture the history of the area perfectly and really bring the trail to life.
The trail also takes you past some beautiful natural waterfalls, and the scenery is just so breathtaking that it’s definitely not a place you’ll want to miss visiting if you’re ever in the area. It really is a beautiful place to explore, whatever the weather. I can’t recommend visiting highly enough!
Next up is Peak Rail, which is also situated in the Matlock area. Peak Rail is a beautifully preserved steam railway, which is open to the public throughout the year and operates between Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2 for a distance of 4 miles.
The journey itself takes around 20-25 minutes through the picturesque Derbyshire countryside in beautifully restored carriages. There’s a fully licensed buffet car on the train too, which is open on all Peak Rail operating days and serves a variety of alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks, sweets, chocolate, cakes, biscuits and crisps. And during certain times of the year, you can enjoy things such as Sunday dinner, afternoon tea or Christmas dinner on the train too! There’s nothing else like this in the area as far as I’m aware, so it makes a wonderful little day out.
Oscar is a massive fan of trains, and I’m hoping to take him to Peak Rail in May as a special treat for his 4th birthday. I think he’ll really enjoy it!
If you enjoy visiting places that are steeped in history, then I think you’ll enjoy visiting the Eyam Museum, which tells the story of 260 Eyam villagers who sadly died from the bubonic plague back in 1665.
I remember going to Eyam for the first time when I was at primary school, and I’ve been back several times over the years as I find it such a fascinating place to visit. I think the plague story coupled with the beauty of the village is just amazing, and I would happily spend all day here.
Eyam is a truly magical place, made even more special by the fact that over 40 of the stewards who work at the museum live in or have a family connection to the village. You can see how much they want to keep it thriving and I can’t wait to take Oscar for a visit when he’s a little older.
When thinking of hidden gems in Derbyshire, the Ritz Cinema in Belper instantly comes to mind. You might be wondering what could be so special about a cinema, but once I tell you a little bit about this place I’m sure you’ll understand why I just had to include it.
The Ritz Cinema is a fabulous, independent cinema with a vintage feel. It has nice, big, comfy seats and sofas to sit on. And believe it or not, seeing the latest movies here is actually cheaper than going to one of the big multiplexes! The Ritz Cinema usually shows 2-3 movies per day. And they sell a wide range of hot and cold drinks and homemade cakes and desserts for you to enjoy while you watch too. Yum!
The staff here are super friendly, and if you’re after an enjoyable night out at the movies then the Ritz Cinema is definitely the place for you. You won’t find anywhere better.
And last but certainly not least on my list of hidden gems in Derbyshire is a bar and restaurant called The Devonshire, which is situated in Upper Langwith – not too far from Bolsover.
I love this place as not only is it really close to where I live, but the meals they serve are freshly prepared to order, made with local produce, and taste absolutely delicious. I’ve never had a bad meal here!
The Devonshire had a major refurb last year when the new management took over, and the decor is absolutely beautiful inside. During the winter months, they have a real fire burning in the bar area, which gives it a real homely feel, and the eating area is lovely and spacious. I’ve tried quite a few different dishes from the main menu, and everything has been just delicious. I can’t fault them at all. I highly recommend eating here if you’re ever in the area. You won’t regret it.
And there you have it, 5 hidden gems in Derbyshire that I absolutely love.
Have you ever visited any of these places before? Or do you know of any other hidden gems in Derbyshire?
Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below!
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