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Idyllic and Relaxing

Cruck Barn nestles on an unspoilt hilltop, with wide panoramic views across the hilltops of the Peak District and beyond.

It’s little wonder the Peak District became Britain’s first National Park in 1951.

Breath-taking views around every corner, picture postcard perfect villages, traditional market towns, unspoilt landscapes and wilderness, miles of footpaths and cycle ways, and yet only an hour’s journey from major industrial cities.

The Peak District is also home to imposing stately homes and castles, including romantic Haddon Hall, imposing Hardwick Hall ‘more glass than wall’, stunning Bolsover Castle and of course, the jewel in the crown, Chatsworth House.

“And now I am come to this wonderful place, the Peak …….
Nine things that please us at the Peak we see;
A cave, a den, a hole, the wonder be;
Lead, sheep and pasture, are the useful three.
Chatsworth the castle, and the Bath delight;
Much more you see; all worth the sight.”

Daniel Defoe, A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain, divided into circuits or journies. 1724-27

Derbyshire has long attracted travellers and sightseers, drawn by its wealth of natural beauty, and in the Age of Enlightenment, by its cutting edge industry. Whilst William Wordsworth wrote poems in praise of Thorpe Cloud, Oker Tree Hill and ‘romantic Dove Dale’s spiry rocks’, others were inspired by Cromford Mills. One of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, Sir Richard Arkwright’s 5 storey mill complex was considered a modern Wonder of the Peak, and is now part of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site.

Derbyshire is a land of myths, traditions and legends.

Well Dressing festivals, their pagan origins lost in the mists of time, are held annually in many local towns & villages from May to October, including Tissington, Ashford in the Water, Bakewell and Stoney Middleton.

There are ancient stone circles, pre-historic cave paintings and the bones of sabre tooth tigers. Stalactite ceilinged caves in Castleton are the only place in the world where semi-precious Blue John stone is found, and while walking or journeying over the peaks you might encounter one of the ghostly young WWII airmen on their way home.