As we only live an hour from the gorgeous Peak District National Park we have made it our mission to explore as much of the area as possible! I had read about Luds Church when researching day hikes and one weekend during the summer we decided the weather was just right for a lovely hike so off we went to find the geological wonder that is Luds Church. Luds Church…

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We woke up on Easter Sunday having received an very generous visit from the Easter Bunny. We had also been paid a visit by spring! Having had the worse weather over the past few weeks, the sun was finally shining so we decided last minute to make the hours drive to the Peak District National Park. I’m ashamed to admit that even though we have this gorgeous part of the…

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We are fortunate to live just an hour’s drive from the magnificent Peak District National Park. Famed for its outstanding natural beauty, green moors and dales, steep gorges, country estates and quaint pretty villages this truly is a breathtaking part of the world. One of our favourite places to visit is Matlock Bath. Nestled in a steep gorge alongside the River Derwent this spa town is located right on the…

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In May this year we had the pleasure of staying at the Swainswood Leisure Park and Spa. Located in the heart of the National Forest this country retreat is nestled in woodland just outside the market town of Ashby de la Zouch. Accommodation onsite is made up of two and three bedroom lodges. Most of the lodges have private hot tubs that are ready to use the minute you check…

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This summer the gardens at Calke Abbey are alive with colour and activity! The Calke Abbey Estate is one of our favourite National Trust estates and we visit often, particularly in the summer! The gardens at Calke are testament to the hard work that has gone into restoring this once neglected estate. The original walled garden which is made up of 350,000 bricks is home to a grand orangery, exotic…

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