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Dig into Derbyshire: Foodie Fun and Frolics!

If Kent is the garden of England and London the capital – Derbyshire might lay a claim to being its kitchen. So while you’re staying in one of our lodges, why not take the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the gourmet delights that await you in this most foodie of counties?

One of Derbyshire’s most famous eatery tourist hot stops must surely be the gorgeous Derbyshire town of Bakewell. Just under an hour’s drive away through beautiful countryside, just take a warning from us: whatever you do, don’t ask for a Bakewell tart. As people here will tell you, what Bakewell is in fact famous for is its Bakewell pudding – of which you’ll find some perfect examples at the appropriately named The Old Original Bakewell pudding Shop (http://www.bakewellpuddingshop.co.uk/), a classic British institution which is not to be missed.

And, in the spirit of fairness, you really need to visit the other famous Bakewell pudding place while you’re in the town, Bloomers of Bakewell (http://www.bloomersofbakewell.co.uk/). Whose pudding is the best? You decide.

If you’re visiting us around spring time, we heartily recommend a visit to Tideswell, also in the Peak District. Tideswell was the subject of a BBC programme, Village SOS, after winning lottery funding for a unique project which aimed to sustain the village’s fortunes through its food. Several years on, and the Taste Tideswell project still continues, with an annual food fair to be held in 2016 on Saturday, April 30 (http://tastetideswell.co.uk/cook-it/tideswell-food-festival-2016-save-the-date/).

But even if you’re not staying with this at that time, it’s well worth stopping at Tideswell where you’ll be able to visit the deli Tindalls (http://tastetideswell.co.uk/tideswell-made/tindalls-bakers-and-delicatessen/) and sample one of its famous pies and breads (baked fresh every morning), before popping down to the Peak District Dairy shop on Queen Street (http://www.letsgo-tideswell.co.uk/peak-district-dairy-i17.html) to indulge in an ice cream made from the dairy’s own cows which graze upon the fields above Tideswell.

This is just a small taster of the many culinary delights which await you in this beautiful county. So come on, what are you waiting for? Dig in!

Get set for cycling this Spring!

We all know the Peak District is famous for its beautiful walking country and scenery, but you might not realise that this area also has its own tradition in fantastic, family-friendly cycling.

The good news is that our cosy log cabins provide the perfect base from which to explore this area’s wide range of cycle trails, with plenty on offer for the whole family. The first port of call for cycling families should certainly be The National Forest Cycle Centre, Hicks Lodge, set in a former coal mining site just outside Ashby-de-la-Zouch. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/hickslodge

Here you’ll find bikes to hire (or you can bring your own), with kids’ trailers for little ones, a huge range of cycle paths which take you round the site’s beautiful man-made lake and, for the more adventurous, bumpy tracks through the rapidly growing forest. There’s a lovely natural play area and a café to warm up in afterwards. Also, on windy days, it’s a very good spot for kite-flying! To find out more great cycling spots in this area, check out http://www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/derbyshire-cycle-routes.

The famous Tissington Trail, near Ashbourne, is an absolutely stunning cycle ride with its 13 miles of traffic-free track running from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay. You can hire bikes and grab a warming drink at the Mapleton Lane hire centre, but check the opening hours first since it only operates in season.

For families or single cyclists fancying a more relaxing pedal, we recommend the http://www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk/. Also part of the National Forest, this is an all-round outdoor centre which includes bike hire (only in season) and some very pleasant cycling trails around its beautiful site.

But sometimes you just can’t beat exploring the countryside on your doorstep while on your bike, and for that, it’s well worth checking out the wonderful cycle paths that criss-cross this area. In particular, the Derby Canal Path and Cloud Trail, which runs alongside some beautiful villages such as Melbourne and Wilson, are second to none. You’ll find maps here: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/derby-canal-path-and-the-cloud-trail, and, if you wanted to stop for a cheeky pint or bite to eat en route, there’s The Bull’s Head at Wilson which is conveniently right on the Cloud Trail: http://www.thebullsheadatwilson.com/

Happy pedalling!