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Top 10 Must-See Attractions for Spring Bank Holiday in Beautiful Derbyshire

Updated: Mar 14

Sheffield DA and Yorkshire Region CCY are delighted to announce our new Camping and Caravanning Club Temporary Holiday Site for 2024, running from Friday 24th May to Sunday 9th June.

Lees Meadow Farm is a superb base to explore the charming Derbyshire Dales. The Victorian town of Matlock Bath has been likened to an inland seaside resort, complete with arcades, fish & chips and ice cream. The town nestles in a steep sided gorge alongside the fast-running River Derwent, with cable cars running overhead, taking visitors to the Heights Of Abraham, a 60-acre hilltop park, with cavern tours, exhibitions and adventure play. Thrill-seekers can enjoy adrenaline-filled rides and amazing attractions at Gulliver's Kingdom theme park.

Looking across the Derbyshire countryside from Lees Farm Meadow Temporary Holiday Site.
Lees Farm Meadow

Let's take a look at the top 10 must-see attractions for Spring Bank Holiday in beautiful Derbyshire.

Nearby Black Rocks is an imposing rock formation with spectacular views across Derbyshire, popular with walkers and climbers, and accessible from the adjacent car park. Take a traffic-free walk directly to Black Rocks from the holiday site, via the High Peak Trail.

Cromford is a fascinating village, famed as the foundation of the industrial revolution and created by the famous industrialist Sir Richard Arkwright, to provide labour and natural resources for his 18th century cotton mills. Cromford Mills is part of the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO world heritage site, now an interesting visitor attraction. Enjoy tours, a visitor centre and the chance to meet Sir Richard in a visual experience, in his first mill.

Cromford Canal offers a sedate stroll through the valley, within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, with five miles to explore along the towpath. The canal is a designated area of special scientific interest and is ideal for walkers of all ages and abilities, with regular public transport stops. Top off a lovely day canal-side with a spot of lunch or a coffee at Wheatcroft's Wharf cafe.

The High Peak Trail offers a 17.5-mile traffic-free route along the old railway trackbed, stretching from Cromford high into the peaks. Today, the leisure trail is popular with walkers and cyclists, with visitor centres and a bike hire adjacent to the THS. The trail can be accessed directly from the site.

Further afield, the Monsal Trail provides another traffic-free leisure trail that follows the route of the former Midland Railway to Chee Dale via a series of tunnels and viaducts as it cuts a spectacular 8.5 mile route from Bakewell, through the iconic Derbyshire countryside.

Heading along the A6 towards Belper, Crich Tramway Village is always a popular attraction, the visitor will be be transported back in time travelling on vintage trams or soaking up the atmosphere of days gone by in the period street recreation, with a visit to the shops or refreshments from the tearooms and in the Red Lion pub.

The National Stone Centre tells the story of stone. A 40-acre site and another Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on the edge of the Peak District, featuring 330 million-year-old geological formations to engage and inform visitors about the importance and history of stone and its associated industries.

The Great British Car Journey is a nostalgic visitor attraction just long the A6 at Ambergate, Derbyshire, just 15 minutes drive from SDA's Lees Meadow Farm Holiday site. The attraction has carefully curated a selection of vehicles made in Britain which changed the world for good, starting in 1921 and weaving an automotive narrative through to the 1980's. See the exhibits including Ford Cortina, MGB, Ford Capri, Mini, Ford Fiesta, Austin Metro, Triumph TR7 and even Rolls Royce, Elton Johns's Bentley and the McLaren 650s. Take the opportunity to drive a selection of these classic models.

The famous market town of Bakewell sits on the banks of the River Wye, around 30 minutes drives from the site along the A6. Monday is notable for Bakewell's popular outdoor and livestock market. The medieval five-arched bridge over the Wye is one of the oldest of its type in the country, said to date back to the 13th Century. The town offers a wealth of shops and boutiques for the visitor to discover as they enjoy exploring the courtyards and lanes; not forgetting a stop-off at the famous Bakewell Pudding shop to sample this local delicacy.

The county town of Matlock lies just under 5 miles from Lees Meadow Farm and offers shopping and supermarkets with Matlock railway station providing direct connections to Matlock Bath, Derby and beyond. The popular Hall Leys Park has served the town since the late 19th Century and has recently received the Green Flag Award for the eleventh consecutive year. The park boasts a boating lake, skate park, tennis courts, children’s play area, children's splash pad and even a miniature railway!

The ‘resort’ town of Matlock Bath nestles in the Derwent Valley just a short trip from Sheffield DA's Temporary Holiday Site. Developed as a Victorian spa, the town follows the river cut through a narrow gorge, which led the visitor Lord Byron to refer to Matlock Bath as “little Switzerland”. Tourism is still the beating heart of the town with attractions including the Heights of Abraham complete with cable car access and Gulliver's Kingdom theme park or the chance to discover local industrial heritage at the Peak District Lead Mining Museum. Often described as an 'inland seaside resort', complete with amusement arcades and fish and chips, at weekends Matlock Bath is a must for the motorcycle enthusiast as the A6 roars to the sound of engines as bikers flock to the town to hang out and proudly show off their machines.

Onsite entertainment on the final weekend of this holiday site will be Sheffield DA's popular Cheese and Wine weekend, which always provides for a fun evening.

Sheffield DA and Yorkshire Region CCY Temporary Holiday Site at Lees Farm Meadow, runs from Friday 24th May to Sunday 9th June 2024. £12.00 per unit night, £3.00 extra adult night.

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