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Around  The Hay Barn

A little bit about the area..

Dating from 1870 this detached and comfortably  furnished barn is situated within the beautiful Peak District National Park, and within walking distance from Milldale and Dovedale. Located on the outskirts of Alstonefield, the property  boasts peace and quiet with views of the surrounding hills. There are also several pubs nearby, namely The Geroge and The Watts Russel, offering super food should you fancy a  short stroll .


The Georgian town of Ashbourne is only 8 miles away where you can stock up for your stay at Waitrose, M&S food or Sainsburys. The pretty town of Bakewell is a short drive away along with Chatsworth House and the wonderful Haddon Hall.



A few things to do when you get here..

  • There are many beautiful walks to Dovedale, Milldale, and Wolfscote Dale only a mile or so from the property. Another worthwhile walk is to the quiet village of Ilam with a National Trust tearoom which boasts one of the beautiful views in the area ! We provide a book which covers many of the local walks from the village, but we are always keen to help anyone looking to explore further and discover some of the hidden secrets that this region offers - so do ask !

  • If you enjoy cycling we are lucky to have a couple of cycling trails nearby (which were in fact disused railway lines)  - The Tissington Trail and The Manifold Valley Trail which are ideal for those wishing to relax and not worry about cars, enabling you to just enjoy the views.


  • Horseriding  is available at Tissington Village


  • Sailing at Carsington Water is good fun and can be pre-booked before you arrive.


  • We have several good Golf courses nearby in Ashbourne, Bakewell and Buxton for those wishing to try a more challenging course !


  • Fly Fishing on the rivers is a possibility also.




A view places to visit..

  • There are many stately homes locally, the closest being Chatsworth House, Haddon and Sudbury Hall  which are a short drive away.


  • Buxton boasts a beautiful  Opera House that is over 100 years old and throughout the year hosts festivals, opera, theatre, concerts, comedy, an annual panto and so much more.  


  • Bakewell, famous obviously for its pudding!

  • Leek is another town locally situated across the Moorlands, renowned for its antique shops, it nestles beneath the Roaches, a hugely impressive rock formation famous in the area.


  • Staffordshire is legendary of course for its pottery and the factory shops of Spode, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton are 30 minutes away by car.


  • Churnet Valley  is an outstanding heritage railway, where you can still see a number of historic locomotives, including a number of steam trains!

  • Carsington Water, Tittesworth Reservoir and Rudyard Lake offer sailing, cycling and windsurfing, whilst also being great places for children and dogs, especially Carsington which boasts outdoor adventure playgrounds and bird hydes. Although if you fancy travelling further afield then Ladybower reservoir is well worth a visit to see the famous Damn Busters site and learn about the history behind the reservoir.

  • If you want animal attractions then Peak Wildlife Park is a local zoo, with a variety of animals and opporunies to meet some of the animals face to face and be a keeper for the day.

  •  Matlock Farm Park is another options for small ones exited to meet some farm yard freinds, a short drive away its one of the most popular farms for tourists.


  • Of course if you fancy a thrill Alton Towers is also only 20 minutes away and prices are as low as £35 when booked in advance.

  • Lastly Go Ape at Buxton is another way for a fun thrill, up in the air you can zip line, climb through the trees and get a birds eye view of the area.




Like to see more?


Step into our back garden....

See the Hay Barn on the left? the sheep and their lambs? Stroll up the hill on the footpath and see The Peak District yourself...

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