With its weather-beaten limestone crags and rolling green valleys, Derbyshire is the epitome of the British countryside. The wild beauty of the barren moorlands dotted with quaint drystone walls provides a spectacular backdrop for a leisurely country walk, with no shortage of traditional British fayre at the local pubs along the way. This dynamic and striking part of Britain is a must-see for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. If you’re searching for a real taste of England, look no further than Derbyshire. Here are some very British activities you can enjoy when visiting the county.
Stay in a Traditional Cottage
There is no better way to sample a region than to live like a local, so why not get a taste for the quiet life by renting a traditional Derbyshire cottage. Nestled in the picturesque countryside you can find anything from barn conversions and historic stone cottages to Georgian houses and lakeside hideaways. Derbyshire Country Cottages offer a wealth of stunning properties, which can be used as your base from which to explore the wonders of the Peak District National Park.
Sample the Local Ale
Derbyshire is home to a seemingly endless array of local alehouses, offering some of the best bitter in the country. With one of the highest concentrations of microbreweries in the UK, there is no shortage of choice in Derbyshire, so why not attend a tasting session at one of the many local breweries – just don’t forget to drink responsibly!
Partake in Afternoon Tea
With no shortage of quaint teahouses and cafés, what better way to feel truly British than to partake in a spot of afternoon tea. Take it a step further by visiting the small market town of Bakewell, the home of the eponymous Bakewell tart. Here, you can taste the “real original Bakewell pudding” – a truly British treat.
Walk in the Footsteps of Austen
For Jane Austen fans, the scenery of the Peak District will no-doubt evoke memories of her most eminent novel, Pride and Prejudice. A visit to Chatsworth House is a must on the Austen-pilgrimage. Not only is it frequented in the novel by the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, it also comprises the main filming location for the 2005 film adaption of the novel, staring Kiera Knightly. Dovedale is another significant stop on the Pride & Prejudice journey; now owned by the National Trust, this beauty-spot has made its mark upon many a famous poet and writer throughout its history.
Visit the Lead Mining Museum
With heritage tracing back as far as the Roman times, the Peak District Lead Mining Museum offers a look into the county’s industrial past. Interactive exhibits, mineral panning and mock tunnels make for an immersive, hands-on experience, whilst those who are interested in the rock formations of the area are sure to find the museum’s geological specimens fascinating.
If you’re longing for a real taste of England, Derbyshire is the perfect destination. With its wild beauty and stunning landscapes steeped in traditional culture, Derbyshire truly does offer a quintessential taste of Britain.