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Castleton, a village in the Peak District National Park made popular through the mining of a rare stone called Blue John, sits at the western end of the Hope Valley. Castleton village is also located near the mysterious Mam Tor or locally known as the 'Shivering Mountain'. As you approach Castleton you pass through the dramatic limestone gorge Winnats Pass where you have Blue Johns Cavern at the top and Speedwell Cavern at the bottom. 

Famed for rare Blue John stones

You also have Peveril Castle in Castleton which are old Norman ruins completed in 1086 by William Peveril, a favored knight of William the Conqueror. The village itself is beautiful and has a good selection of Tea Rooms and Gift Shops. Christmas is a partical good time of the year to visit with special events, Christmas Tree lightings and Christmas carols. 

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Dovedale is a beautiful valley in the Peak District National Park; 40 minute drive from the Portland Hotel, which is owned and managed by the National Trust. A renowned beauty-spot, Dovedale is best known for its impressive limestone ravines. Once you arrive at the nearby car park its just a short walk across a wooden bridge to get to the River Dove. There you can continue passed Thorpe Cave and carry on up the river which is a great family friendly walk with lots of wildlife and woodlands to explore along the riverside pathway.  

A renowned beauty-spot  

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Edale is a small village in the Peak District National Park and can be found in the Hope Valley just a few miles from Castleton or a short 25 minute drive from the Portland Hotel.

The Start/Finish of the Pennine Way

Edale Village is best known to be the start or finish of the Pennine Way, which is 268 miles of the finest upland walking in England. Found on the Manchester to Sheffield train line the village itself has a cafe, local shop and two pubs popular with tourists and locals alike. Also located in Edale is the Moorlands Visitor Centre which is a tourist information centre and a flagship centre for moorland research which is a inspirational experience.

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Monsal Dale, a valley within the Peak District National Park with spectacular views from the top of the valley and a wonderful example of Derbyshire countryside. Walk along the riverside and take in the landscape. You also have the famous Headstone Viaduct which the Monsal Trail now runs across.

A wonderful example of Derbyshire countryside

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The Tissington Trail is the former London and North Western Railway (LNWR) between Buxton and Ashbourne. Starting from Parsley Hay Cycle Hire; just a short 30 minute drive from the Portland Hotel, you can follow the trail all the way to Ashbourne. Suitable for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair friendly its a great family day out passing through 13 miles of Peak District National Park.

13 miles of Peak District National Park

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Looking for something energetic and family friendly? Visit the Monsal Trail, start from Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire only a 12 minute drive from the Portland Hotel. A traffic free former midland railway line for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users that takes you through some of the Peak Districts most spectacular Dales.

Cycle through the Peak District's most spectacular Dales 

Pass through the Monsal Trail Tunnels which have gone through a £2.25 million repair project with funding from the Department of Transport. Four of the tunnels are lit during daylight hours making them safe to use, however it's advised to take a torch just in case of a power cut!

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Haddon Hall, just outside Bakewell is a country house that dates back to the 12th century and has barley changed since the middle ages. Full of history and romance, Haddon Hall has been popular location for film makers and one of the finest examples of medieval manor houses in existence with fine rooms and banquet hall and gardens with beautiful rose gardens to explore within the grounds. 

One of the finest examples of a Medieval Manor

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Chatsworth is the home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family and with strong links to Buxton Spa town.

Not sure what to do when visiting ? There is lots to see and do. Chatsworth Farm is fun and educational, suited for children of all ages. Take a walk around Chatsworth Park which covers 1,000 acres of designed landscape. The Park itself holds a key position in the history of English landscape design, influenced by some of the greatest designers of their time.

Explore the House, Gardens, farm and Park 

Visit Chatsworth House and Gardens. The House has over 30 rooms to explore with artwork and collectibles collected by the Cavendish family over the years, with each generation adding to the collection. Christmas is a great time of year to visit, with the Christmas decorations spread throughout the House. The Gardens are a product of nearly 500 years of cultivation with stunning water features. 

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Planning on visiting Bakewell? Bakewell, a small market town 20 minutes drive from the Portland Hotel in Buxton or about a 35 minute bus ride. Bakewell; idyllically situated on the banks of the river Wye, is perhaps best known for its unique and delicious Bakewell Pudding.

The famous pudding only found in Bakewell

Take a leisurely stroll along the riverside promenade with a fourteenth-century road bridge. Benches along the riverside provide visitors the chance to just sit and enjoy the scenery with a river full of life, keep an eye-out for the Rainbow Trout! Enjoy a ice cream or fish n chips, however watch-out for the ducks and swans.

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