Contrast the dramatic beauty of Britain's first national park with the exquisite architecture of Chatsworth House on this self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transfers and entry to Chatsworth included. Staying in high-quality accommodation, you can explore heather-clad moorland, green valleys and the town of Bakewell, famed for its tarts.
In an area designated a national park (Britain’s first, no less) in recognition in part of its untamed landscapes, a stately home of such elegant symmetry and beautiful proportions as Chatsworth House seems incongruous. And yet the juxtaposition of its graceful architecture with the wilder landscapes that lie beyond the estate is no more surprising than the contrasts in the scenery itself, where green, fertile valleys yield to heather-clad moorland bordered by gritstone ‘edges’.
It stands to reason, then, that you can expect plenty of variety on this holiday. The walks – gentle yet scenic – explore the pretty banks of the River Derwent, open moors, three moodily magnificent ‘edges’, parkland designed by Capability Brown, and picturesque villages of gritstone cottages. To complement the walks, there’s plenty of cultural interest: the town of Bakewell, synonymous with strawberry-and-almond-filled sweet treats; medieval Haddon Hall; the ‘plague village’ of Eyam, whose story has gained even greater resonance in recent times; and exquisite Chatsworth House itself, family seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Fittingly, four of your six nights are spent in accommodation owned by the Chatsworth Estate, where you’ll find high standards of comfort and service, and be presented with tickets entitling you to free entry to Chatsworth at any point during your stay.