- High peak trail
- Monsal trail
- Solomons temple
- Buxton Raceaway
- Peak practice golf driving range
EXCELLENT BASE FOR VISITING
- Peak district National park
Once famed for its hydro and spa treatments, Matlock’s central location, scenic surroundings and public transport links make it a popular base for exploring the best of the Peak District and Derbyshire
Take a cable car flight to the 60-acre hilltop park and experience a day full of history and adventure. Soak in the far-reaching views of the valley below and explore the heritage of Masson Hill and Matlock Bath through historic trails and exhibitions. Head underground on guided tours of two illuminated show caverns and learn tales of the past. Above ground, take a moment to relax in the café and restaurant overlooking the valley. New for 2022, willow sculptures by artist Caroline
Home of Buxton Water, this special thermal spa town is nestled in the centre of the beautiful Peak District. surrounded by the UK’s oldest National Park. Stunning ornamental gardens and world-famous Georgian and Victorian architecture provide an impressive backdrop to a rich and vibrant range of music, theatre and festivals Discover a wealth of independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, natural wonders such as Poole’s Cavernand relaxing spas. With attractions such as Buxton Opera House, Go Ape, Buxton Raceway and two golf courses, there really is something for everyone.
So whether you’re after a Peak District adventure, a relaxing escape or a bit of both, Buxton is the place to be.
Buxton Raceway, set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District just 3 miles from Buxton Town Centre just off the A53 Buxton to Leek road. The track is a 380 metre tarmac oval with steel plate fencing and a figure of 8 circuit.
The circuit has many facilities for spectators, including a covered stand, licenced bar and a limited amount of trackside parking is also available at most meetings (extra charge applies). We have a track shop that you can buy soft drinks from as well as stickers and the popular oval racing magazines etc. There are Oval racing merchandise stalls in regular attendance as well as our own superb range of Buxton Raceway Branded items – available at the Pit Office.Buxton Raceway, formerly known as ‘High Edge’ started in the early seventies, after trying to get more info on this retired promoter Dave Pierce says: “Racing originally started at Buxton in 1974. I have tried to find out the exact date from George Mycock’s widow but she is uncertain. All it was at first was a field with huge tyres around the outside and it has since obviously progressed to what it is today.”, a lot of drivers who remember the racing in those first years also date it to around 1972/3.
The picturesque and historic market town of Bakewell is the largest settlement in the Peak District National Park, and is well known to residents and visitors alike as the `Capital of the Derbyshire Dales. Indeed, Bakewells Aldern House is the headquarters and administrative centre of the Peak District National Park Authority, and the sympathetically
restored seventeenth century Market Hall, with its miniature gables and twin-light mullioned windows is now home to the excellent Peak Park Information and Exhibition Centre. The town has a long and fascinating history; first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1085, `Badequella’, meaning `bath-spring’ has been attracting visitors for two thousand years ever since the Romans discovered it’s warm chalybeate wells, of which there were at least twelve, making it an ideal place for settlement.
Little wonder that the Celts and Romans were followed by the Saxons and Danes to this `little wonder’; this virtual paradise beside the pure crystal waters of the Wye, for throughout the rich tapestry of its history, Bakewell has provided an abundance of lifes pleasures for those who have sought solace and beauty in the heart of the delightful Derbyshire Dales countryside. It still does, and there is `little wonder’ that modern 21st century Bakewell has become the most popular and most visited town in the Peak District of Derbyshire.
Ashbourne’s medieval architecture of yards and alleyways, fine Georgian houses, the old Elizabethan grammar school with its splendid Grade I listed facade, the alms houses and St Oswalds Church all combine to make Ashbourne a notable destination for lovers of architectural history.
There are more than a hundred listed buildings and structures in the town centre and it is well worthwhile setting aside a few hours to explore.
The church is one of Derbyshire’s treasures, named after the Anglo Saxon Saint Oswald, with parts of the building dating back to the 1200s. The magnificent 212ft spire was built in the 14th century and dominates the town’s skyline.
The charming cobbled market place dates back to early medieval times. The building now hosting fish& chip shop has been there since the 1420s and several others are known to herald from that same century.
The timber-framed gingerbread shop – now a cafe and bakery – can be seen in St John Street where the Original Ashbourne Gingerbread can still be bought.