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Rowsley and The Peak District - Things to see and do!

Fern Bank is located in the village of Rowsley on the Haddon Estate in the Peak District National Park, ideally situated for exploring all the area has to offer.
Haddon Hall, ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland, (home today to Lord and Lady Edward Manners and their two sons ) and
Chatsworth House (home of the Dukes of Devonshire) are within walking distance from our door.


Whether you are a serious cyclist, fancy the occasional recreational pedal or just going out for a spin
the Peak District is now the go-to destination for cyclists in the UK
  • Cycle Hire
The Monsal Trail runs along the former Midland Railway line for 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale
and Coombs Road, at Bakewell. The trail can be accessed directly from Fern Bank.
  • Hassop Station is the best place to hire bikes and there is a great cafe with an outside covered area where you can sit with your dog.
You can also hire bikes for the Monsal Trail at
  • Blackwell Mill cycle hire.
  • The Tissington and High Peak Trails are Former railway lines converted to recreational routes for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. The High Peak Trail runs for 17 miles from near Buxton to High Peak Junction, Cromford and the Tissington Trail runs 13 miles from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne.
  • Parsley Hay Bike Hire, You can also hire bikes from Middleton Top Cycle Hire
  • Manifold Trail - The Manifold Trail is a short but very attractive walking/cycle route along the route of the former Leek & Manifold Light Railway. Look out for the impressive Thor’s Cave and interesting rock formations along the way.
  • Carsington Water offers a bike hire service and there are a couple of great routes around the reservoir and some of the routes also join onto the nearby High Peak Trail.
  • Derwent Valley Derwent Cycle Hire located in the Upper Derwent Valley on the shore of the reservoir at Fairholmes. There is a wide range of both easy going and challenging routes around the reservoirs and valley to choose from.
  • Bike Garage in Bamford offers high-quality mountain bike hire. Catering for groups who wish to take on the world famous Peak District trails.

Retro Cycling
  • Glory Days offers reliable retro road bike hire delivered to your door and guided group rides in the Peak District. Join one of the 'Pie Rides' starting at the charming Royal Oak country pub.
  • E-Bikes True North Adventures
A brilliant ebike guiding company that specialise in being able to provide all disciplines, e-biking guides.
  • Peak Ebikes
Want to try an ebike out for size. Make a day of taking an ebike for a test run from Hassop Station near Bakewell.

Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Fox House Clay Sports – for clay pigeon shooting near Sheffield.
  • Yeaveley Estate - for clay pigeon shooting and fishing near Ashbourne
  • Peak District Clay Pigeon Shooting - for clay pigeon shooting in the Hope Valley and surrounding area.

  • Monsal Trail- You can walk for miles on the old railway line which is ideal for the recreational walkers.
The path is mainly mud free which is quite rare in the Peak District!
  • Lathkill Dale - A strenuous 12-mile walk starting from Youlgrave
  • Robin Hoods Stride - A short but exciting 4-mile walk from Birchover.
  • Monsal Dale - A moderate 6-mile walk from Monsal Head
  • Mam Torr - The stone surfaced footpath from the car park to the top of Mam Tor will reward you with one of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Peak District.
  • Dovedale - A moderate 6-mile walk from Dovedale to Milldale
  • Milldale to Hartington - An easy 5 mile walk from Milldale to Hartington.
  • Chrome & Park House Hill - A hard 8-mile walk starting in Longnor
  • Manifold Valley - A strenuous 12-mile walk in the Manifold Valley

Walking Tours
Offering a mix of cultural, heritage and walking based tours.

Dog Walking
With its beautiful country side, from moorlands and woodlands to riverside rambles.

The southern part of the Peak District National Park is known as the Derbyshire Dales.
This is a limestone area and as such its main rivers – the Derbyshire Wye, Derwent and Dove – are fly rich waters delivering superb fly fishing.
  • Trout Fly Fisheries
In Derbyshire there are some excellent still water Trout fishing
  • Yeaveley Estate lakes (near Ashbourne)​
  • Barlow lakes (near Chesterfield)
  • Press Manor Trout Fishery (near Chesterfield).​
  • Danebridge Fisheries.
  • In the picturesque village of village of Wincle you can fish in the well stocked pool, catch your own supper or feed the trout.
  • Cressbrook and Litton Fishers - River Wye
  • The Peacock at Rowsley - The Peacock is the hub for the Haddon Estate fisheries which offers some of the finest and most extensive dry fly fishing in the UK.

Caves and Caverns
Due to the fascinating geological area in the Peak District, visit and learn about these truly amazing natural features. Great activity for when the weather does not cooperate for outdoor activities.​
  • Poole Cavern.
  • Blue John Cavern
  • The Blue John Cavern at Castleton in the Peak District is world famous. It is home to eight of the fourteen known varieties of Blue John stone, a beautiful and ornamental fluor-spar.
  • Speedwell CavernTake an amazing boat trip 450m under the Hills of Castleton to the awesome Bottomless Pit.
  • Peak Cavern
Otherwise known as the 'Devils Arse' this is a great cave which also doubles as a music venue.

Days Out Places to Visit
  • Chatsworth House and Park
No visit to the Peak District would be complete without visiting the fabulous Chatsworth House.
  • Haddon Hall
  • Buxton Pavillion and
  • Cauldwell's Mill Rowsley
A unique grade II* listed historic roller flour mill. Offers tours of the mill, a selection of artisan workshops and gift shops as well as a cafe.
  • Eyam
  • Thorn bridge Brewery Fun day out learning about the heritage of a local brewery
  • Castleton A small village in the Peak District filled with history and beautiful surroundings such as the 'Shivering Mountain' of Mam Tor.

To find out more about events and activities in The Peak District - click the links below

Our wonderful countryside location means that you can step out from our front door and begin discovering the enchanting natural beauty of the Peak District straight away.

Explore some of BBC Countryfile Magazine's favourite Peak District walks


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