finding beauty in the peaks
I’ve been to the Peak District many times for work, there are some beautiful homes to be found there, and I’ve enjoyed exploring the area by car while driving to the various locations, but I’ve never holidayed there, so I felt I should pack up the family for the half term and have a proper explore…
Here are a few highlights of our week…
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I can’t resist a pretty cow pic
Lillie-Mae picked some wild flowers to create her own bouquet
Give me shelter
A MASSIVE old tree at Bolsover Castle (Lillie-Mae is stood underneath so you get an idea of scale)
Honey, I’m home!
The “little castle” at Bolsover Castle – that’ll do nicely!
Designed to perfection
Bolsover Castle has a real feeling of calm with wonderful natural light
On the rocks
Garden walls become gardens in miniature
Art in action
Lillie-Mae stopped to draw all the animals she spotted on our walks
A rare selfie
Hiding behind my bouquet, inspired by Lillie-Mae’s
A bit of a fixer-upper
We all fell in love with this derelict building in the woods leading up to Stanton Moor
No work required here
A beautiful property nestled in the rolling hills of the High Peaks, taken from our vantage point in Chapel-en-le-Frith
She sells sanctuary
We were all pleasantly surprised by the Chestnut Centre Otter and Owl Wildlife Park – it’s beautifully designed and in a lovely setting
Putting in an appearance
Lillie-Mae loved doing the otter quiz especially when this little family arrived
The great explorer
Daisy posing in the woods (there are eyes in there somewhere…)
…just like “big sis” Lillie-Mae!
We had a lovely week, pretty decent weather and some yummy food thanks to Mr Jones. We stayed in the southern part of the Peaks in a self-catering cottage in the pretty village of Elton but the local pub was only open when the landlord felt like it, and even then only in the evenings so we never made it in there, and ate at home in the cottage every day. The nearby village of Winster (about a mile and a half away) is very beautiful and has a well-stocked local shop for top-ups, but we did our “big shop” in Matlock at a good sized Sainsbury’s. We found walking quite tricky compared to our usual destination (The Lake District) as you have to avoid all the farmers’ fields, and sign-posts are rare beasts, but we made it out many times (and back again!).
Now we’re home, back to work, back to school, and back to planning the next adventure. Hmm… where shall we go next time..?