Things to do/Places to eat /Travel & Directory

Outdoor Activities

From the breathtaking summit of a gritstone crag to a shady place among wild flowers at the river’s edge, the Peak District’s inspirational landscape provides a perfect playground for all kinds of outdoor activities.

Follow gentle riverside footpaths through pretty limestone valleys, where you can admire the scenery and wildlife in detail. More exertion is required to

  Views over Errwood reservoir, Goyt Valley, Nr Buxton, Derbyshire. 5 minute drive from Barms Farm  
  ascend the rugged Roaches and the rocky Stanage and Froggatt Edges, but  
Errwood Reservoir - Goyt Valley
  the far reaching views are well worth it. If you don’t want to put your boots      

on, follow a town trail and explore the many historic market towns and villages. (I personally love to walk in the Goyt Valley which has seven circular routes to follow, all of varying lengths and levels of ease - a ten minute journey by car from Barms Farm – located between Buxton and Fernilee, Whaley Bridge)

A visit to the Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl & Wildlife Park at Chapel-en-le-frith is well worthwhile. An extensive circular nature trail leads you to the otters and the owls through historic wooded parkland. There is a pleasant tearoom where snacks and drinks are served and also a wildlife gift shop. Try to visit first thing or late afternoon as the otters are fed twice daily after which they tend to play and then disappear to sleep!! We have previously timed it very well by arriving as they were being fed and saw every animal much to our delight.

Explore the moors via the old packhorse trails on horseback from Flash - Alternatively, you can cycle through the countryside on traffic-free trails and quiet lanes, from village to village. Bike hire is available for all ages at the many cycle hire centres situated on the trails. Full details of all the trails can be found here. Alternatively please feel free to to contact Peak Tours at Glossop who are a cycling tours company who operate a cycle hire and delivery service for visitors to the the Peak District. Further information to be found at

There are numerous 18 hole golf courses within a few miles of Buxton. Green fees and details of our two local courses are shown at and at If you havn't the time or the energy for 18 holes, call in at Peak Practice Golf Driving Range where you will find top quality 2-piece Srixon balls, quality mats and raised target greens at their 340 yard floodlit range which is open 362 days per year. All ages and levels catered for. Tuition for all ages and levels available with PGA qualified coach using latest video swing analysis coaching system. Tel : 01298 74444 or click or browse their brochure for further details and promotions.

Take to the rivers and reservoirs for canoeing and sailing or experience the exhilarating freedom of hang gliding, ballooning or paragliding for breathtaking views!

For those of you who wish to fish whils't on holiday I have been recommended Barlow Trout & Course Fishery by guests who have been. Their details are available at and they are situated aprox 30 minutes away from Barms Farm.

Door to door chauffered luxury Four wheel drive tours around the Peak District personalised to suit your own requirements are available from Discovery Safaris.Visit for further information or to book.

For comprehensive, up to date information regarding things to do, where to eat & what's happening in BUXTON the Explore Buxton website is worth having a look at.

  Rainy Days      

Go down under to explore the world of the vast Castleton Caverns and see the unique Blue John stone which is only found in the Peak District. The jewellery made from the stone can be found for sale in the shops at Castleton. Further information available at and

Buxton’s Poole’s Cavern has the longest stalactite in Derbyshire and even has stalagmites growing on its original Victorian gaslights. Visit for further details of the town.

  Shopping in Bakewell - home of the Bakewell pudding. 12 miles south of Barms Farm Buxton  
  Ride high over the Derwent Valley in a cable car to the Heights of Abraham to  
Shopping in Bakewell

explore Great Masson and Rutland Caves or descend into the Temple Mine at Matlock Bath.

The local golf driving range Peak Practice Golf is situated north of Buxton, just off the A6. Twenty of the driving bays are covered and the range welcomes all ages and levels from the complete beginner. (club hire and PGA tuition is available)

Discover the wonders of the Peak District including art, geology and Roman exhibitions @ Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. Entrance is free of charge.

Make the most of the beautifully refurbished Devonshire Spa based in Buxton where you can indulge, relax and revitalise. Book your spa experience session on 01332 594408 or visit for full details and prices.

Shop undercover at Masson Mills , Peak Village , Cavendish Arcade, Buxton or the many antique shops found predominantly in Leek, Ashbourne and Buxton.

Visit who are based nearby at Whaley Bridge

Locally produced speciality food can be found at the following shops :

The Original Farmers Market Shop, Bakewell - locally reared produce -

The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop - famous for its Bakewell Puddings
Chatsworth Farm Shop, Pilsley - excellent choice of quality foods
The Old Cheese Shop, Hartington - prize winning stilton cheese
Ashbourne Ginger Bread Shop, Ashbourne
The Oatcake Shop, Leek - Staffordshire oatcakes
Bradwells Ice Cream, Bradwell
Cottage Delight @ No.64 St Edward Street, Leek


Alternatively, The Trafford Centre, Meadowhall Shopping Centre and Manchester City Centre are only an hour’s drive from Buxton.

  Historic Homes      

Chatsworth House, Britain’s favourite stately home with its wealth of artistic treasure and perfect setting is the Palace of the Peak. The extensive parkland hosts many public events throughout the year from horse trials to country and game fairs.

Haddon Hall and its romantic gardens, bordered by castellated walls is a wonderful historic gem. Unaltered since the 1500’s it is a truly authentic medieval manor house.

  Chatsworth House, Peak District, Derbyshire. 35 minute drive from Barms Farm Buxton  
Chatsworth House
  The Peak District has three National Trust properties.      

In the North West is Lyme Hall with its Palladian Hall and 1300 acre deer park. South of Ashbourne can be found Sudbury Hall and its fascinating Museum of Childhood and over in Staffordshire Britain’s most exciting and unusual gardens can be found at Biddulph Grange. See for further details.

Although much smaller, Eyam Hall and Tissington Hall have a special, intimate charm and during the summer months often allow their gardens be used to host outdoor concerts, operas and plays.

  See and for further details.  
Customs, Traditions & Festivals

The customs and traditions of the Peak District have survived and flourished for centuries. The most celebrated of all are the colourful well dressings from May to September. Up to two hundred wells are decorated with flower petals, grasses and many natural materials by local Derbyshire people.

Other traditions and customs include Shrovetide Football at Ashbourne (originated during the reign of Henry 1), Oak Apple Day which is always held on the 29th May at Castleton, World Championship Toe Wrestling, Hen Racing, Sheep Washing at Ashford-in-the-Water, Flower festivals, Agricultural

  Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire. 2 minute drive from Barms Farm Buxton  
  shows, Sheepdog trials and Maypole dancing.  
Buxton Opera House

The beautifully restored Edwardian Opera House in Buxton is famous for its internationally renowned Buxton Festival during July. It also hosts Gilbert & Sullivan, Country & Western plus Jazz, Folk & Blues festivals.

  It sits at the entrance of 23 acres of landscaped gardens and lakes - Further details at  and  

Eating Out

Below are a few eating places I have selected and I would happily eat at any of them. My favourite Italian restaurant has to be Coco’s at Chapel-en-le-frith where you will receive a very warm welcome. Simply Thai and the French restaurant Le Brasserie de la Cour in Buxton are both worth a visit. For a special treat and for a lavish country setting it has to be Hassop Hall near Bakewell or The Riverside at Ashford in the Water. If in the area -  The Samuel Fox Country Inn - Bradwell & The Old Post Restaurant - Chesterfield both worth a visit. I strongly advise booking, to avoid disappointment.

Bon apetit, Lorraine.

  Hassop Hall, Hassop, nr Bakewell, Derbyshire. 35 minute drive from Barms Farm Buxton  

In Buxton

Hassop Hall

Simply Thai – Cavendish Circus, Buxton - Excellent food - need to book
tel : 01298 24471 (open 7 days per week) Nr. Opera House

Columbine Restaurant, Hall Bank, Buxton - Excellent – need to book
tel : 01298 78752   - pre-theatre meals during Festivals

Le Brasserie de la Cour, The Old Courthouse, George St, Buxton (French)

tel : 01298 25333  (need to book in advance) - Excellent (nr. Opera House)


  Monsal Dale near Buxton Derbyshire. 12 minutes from Barms Farm Buxton  
  The Old Hall Hotel, The Square. Excellent Sunday Lunch  tel : 01298 22841  
Monsal Dale


The Indian Palace - 5,Cavendish Circus, Buxton (Very Good)

tel : 01298 77260/23136 (open 7 days)

Buxton Tap House George St, Buxton - selection of local brews

tel : 01298 214085

Taj Mahal – Indian, 35 High Street, Buxton – Very good
tel : 01298 78388  Click here for menu

  Peveril Castle - Castleton. 35 minutes from Barms Farm Buxton  
  Kwei Lin – Chinese , Lower Hardwick St. Buxton - Good  tel: 01298 77822  
Peveril Castle - Castleton



Flamenco – Spanish Tapas, 7 – 9 Concert Place , Buxton – Good (so I have been told on numerous occaisions)

tel: 01298 27392

St Moritz - Italian/Suisse - 7,Cavendish Circus, Buxton  (01298 22225) Very good  -  good menu choice

Lonestar Cafe*Bar*Grill, The Old Courthouse, George St, Buxton - 01298 73301 - see

53 Degrees North, 8a Hall Bank, Buxton.  tel : 01298 79119

The Pavilion Gardens Cafe/Restaurant on St John's Road is very convenient to have an early pre-theatre meal . 01298 23114

Barbarellas, 7 The Quadrant, Buxton SK17 6AW : 01298 71392 - Excellent Menu & Food

Ithaca Greek Tavena, 3 Eagle Parade, Buxton  tel : 01298 72203

Out of Buxton (Pub/restaurants,etc)

The Old Hall Inn, Whitehough, Chinley SK23 6EJ. Serve great home cooked Peak District Produce & locally brewed ales. : 01663 750529

The Riverside, Fennel Street, Ashford-in-the-Water, Bakewell. Excellent Sunday Lunch. Click here for Retaurant details and sample menus : 01629 814275 - Lovely setting

The Packhorse Inn, Crowdicote, Nr Buxton  SK17 ODB - Excellent  : 01298 83618

The Knights Table, Leek Road, Quarnford, Nr Buxton  SK17 OSN - see : 01298 23695 Excellent, Use local family butcher & Food Hygiene rating of 5.

The Beehive Inn, Combs - Excellent freshly cooked food, need to book - see  

tel : 01298 812758

The Merchants Yard, St John's Rd, Tideswell, SK17 8NY - Highly recommended

see      tel : 01298 872442

The Church Inn, Chelmorton, Nr Buxton SK17  9SL - Highly recommended. 10 min drive from Barms Farm  tel : 01298 85319

The Disley Masala, 156 Buxton Road, Disley SK12 2HG tel : 01663 763007 (formerly The Purple Pakora)

aprox 20 min drive from Barms Farm - well worth it

Carriages Restaurant, Newhaven, Near Buxton - see menu at 

tel : 01298 84528 (limited opening hours - check first) Excellent authentic food

The Shady Oak, Fernilee, Whaley Bridge - menu at  tel : 01663 732212

The Cross Keys Inn, Chapel Milton, Chapel tel : 01298 812198

The Lamb Inn, Hayfield Road, (A624) Chinley 01663 750519 

Hassop Hall, Nr Bakewell – spectacular setting - tel : 01629 640 488

The Walnut Club, Main Road, Hathersage. -  tel : 01433 651155

Michelin 4 star rated restaurant featuring organic, wild or local produce. Excellent national reviews - not cheap

Coco’s, 20a Market Street, Chapel-en-le-frith – Excellent Italian food and hospitality.  01298 813180


The Hanging Gate, Chapel-en-le-frith – Serve large portions all day!!!! – Always decorated beautifully for Xmas. Lunchtime reductions for senior citizens.  tel: 01298 812776       Click here for menus


Travel information


Skyline 199 bus Buxton through to Manchester Airport and back up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays & Bank Holidays. (Request stop 300 metres from Barms Farm) visit or ring 0871 200 2233 for bus times or 01773 712 265 for fares & other info

Transpeak bus from Buxton Market Place or train station through to Derby/Nottingham via Bakewell, Darley Dale & Matlock aproximately hourly Monday through to Sunday inclusive. Contact details as for the Skyline 199 shown above.

Peak Connections (Bowers 58) - or 0870 608 2 608 for further details

Buxton Market Place stand A direct to Chatsworth House car park. Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays only

Peak Connections (First South Yorkshire 218) - or 0870 608 2 608

Buxton Market Place stand A to Baslow for walking access to Chatsworth House & park (30 mins pleasant walk goes through the park) Monday - Saturday inclusive (not B.Hol)

177 Hulleys/ Bowers bus Buxton Market Place to Bakewell 7 days a week. Call Hulleys on 01246 582246 or visit

442 Bowers bus Buxton Railway station or Market Place through Hartington to Ashbourne daily. Call Bowers on 01298 812204 or visit


Northern Rail Buxton Railway station via Manchester to Preston & Blackpool daily. Discounted all day parking in station car park when parking ticket purchased at the same time as your travel ticket. Ideal for shopping in Stockport or Manchester City Centre . Further travel info from

East Midlands Trains - For further information visit


Local Directory

Click here to view The 2013 Buxton Town Guide which has details of local shops, sports facilities, eateries and a detailed street map of Buxton with heritage trail

Antique Dealers

Fletcher Antiques, 26 Hardwick Street, Buxton.  01298 214222

Dauphin, The Market Place, Hartington.  01298 687149

Needhams, 8 Cavendish Circus, Buxton.  01298 24546

Nimbus Antiques, 14 Chapel Road, Whaley Bridge. 01663 734248

Car Access & Car Hire

G & T Motors, 16/18 Bridge Street, Buxton.  01298 26554

Climbing/Mount. Specialists

Jo Royle, 6 Market Place, Buxton. 01298 25824

Cycle Shop

Mark Anthony Cycles, 115, Spring Gardens, Buxton.  01298 72114


Lightwood Dental Practice, 8 Hartington Road, Buxton. SK17 6JW  01298 27077

The Buxton Dental Practice  01298 71898


The Green Pavilion, 6 Terrace Road, Buxton (open 7 days) 01298 77309

Garage Services/Exhausts

The George Garage, George Street, Buxton.  01298 71685

General Practitioners

The Stewart Medical Centre, 15 Hartington Road, Buxton.  01298 22338

Elmwood Medical Centre, Burlington Road, Buxton. 01298 23019

Golf Driving Range/Golf Tuition

Peak Practice Golf, Fairfield Common, Off A6 1 mile North of Buxton.  01298 74444


The Cottage Hospital, London Road, Buxton  -  Accident & Emergency only   01298 214000 (open 8am - 10pm)


Five Ways Launderette, 1 West Road, Buxton.  01298 72018


Specsavers  01298 72727

Dolland & Aitchison 01298 22443


Peak Pharmacy, Scarsdale Place, Buxton. 01298 23488

Lloyds Chemist, 2 Temple Road, Buxton. 01298 23411

Burlington Road Pharmacy, 7 Burlington Road, Buxton.  01298 26999

Police Station

Silverlands, Buxton. (non emergency - 0845 123 3333 )

Riding Stables

Buxton Riding School, Fern Farm, Fern Lane, Off London Road, Buxton.  01298 72319

Northfield Farm Riding & Trekking Centre, Flash, Nr Buxton.  01298  22543

Haddon House Stud Riding Centre, Over Haddon, Nr Bakewell.  01629 813723

Buxton Swimming Pool

Pavilion Gardens, St John's Road, Buxton.  01298  26548


A Cabs . 01298 70423

Allied Taxis.  01298 72123

Buxton Radio Taxis.  01298 23457

JAM Taxis.  01298 77733

Pete's Taxi. 01298 25010

Roy's 7 seater & 9 seater taxis.  01298 24657

Tourist Information Centre

The Crescent, Buxton.  01298 25106