Leave the city of Derby and head for historic Ashbourne, gateway to Dovedale. Pause in the village of Hartington before reaching the beauty of Carsington Water. Enjoy the industrial heritage of Belper before arriving back in Derby.
Set on the banks of the River Derwent, Derby, the UK’s most central city has a wealth of attractions for the visitor including The Derby Silk Museum, Gothic Derby Cathedral, Markeaton Park and the Derby Museum & Art Gallery – home to Joseph Wright paintings.
Ashbourne, the Gateway to Dovedale, is a pretty town of cobbled streets and over 200 listed buildings. Enjoy the history of Ashbourne with its tearooms, eateries and independent shops or use the town to explore the surrounding countryside.
Hartington at the northern end of Dovedale is a village that benefits from beautiful surrounding scenery, gifts shops, a market square and some fine historic buildings.
Explore the great outdoors at Carsington Water – take to the water in a kayak or boat, try paddleboarding or windsurfing, or set out for a walk or cycle ride to enjoy the fresh air and scenery.
Explore the industrial past of Belper in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site. Take in the historic buildings of Belper such as the Nail Makers Workshop and St. Johns Chapel, and then browse the shops on the award winning high street.
A great place from which to explore the Peak District, Derby has is home to the Round House, the Derby Arboretum and is a great place for shopping – explore the Cathedral Quarter, markets and a range of independent retailers.