Things to do/Places to eat /Travel & Directory
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
|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. www.ottersandowls.co.uk
Explore the moors via the old packhorse trails on horseback from Flash - www.northfieldfarm.co.uk 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 www.peak-tours.com
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 www.cavendishgolfclub.com and at www.bhpgc.co.uk 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 www.peakpracticegolf.co.uk 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! www.dragonballoon.co.uk
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 www.barlowlakes.co.uk 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 www.discoverysafaris.co.uk 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.
Buxton’s Poole’s Cavern www.poolescavern.co.uk has the longest stalactite in Derbyshire and even has stalagmites growing on its original Victorian gaslights. Visit www.visitbuxton.co.uk for further details of the town.
|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.
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 www.thedevonshire-spa.co.uk for full details and prices.
Visit www.arcazantiques.com 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 - www.thefarmersmarketshop.co.uk
The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop - famous for its Bakewell Puddings
Alternatively, The Trafford Centre, Meadowhall Shopping Centre and Manchester City Centre are only an hour’s drive from Buxton.
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. www.chatsworth.org
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. www.haddonhall.co.uk
|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 www.nationaltrust.org.uk 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 www.eyamhall.com and www.tissington-hall.com 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
|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 www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk and www.paviliongardens.co.uk|
Bon apetit, Lorraine.
Simply Thai – Cavendish Circus, Buxton - Excellent food - need to book
Columbine Restaurant, Hall Bank, Buxton - Excellent – need to book
Le Brasserie de la Cour, The Old Courthouse, George St, Buxton (French)
tel : 01298 25333 (need to book in advance) - Excellent (nr. Opera House)
|The Old Hall Hotel, The Square. Excellent Sunday Lunch tel : 01298 22841||
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
|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 www.lonestarcafebar.co.uk
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 www.paviliongardens.co.uk
Barbarellas, 7 The Quadrant, Buxton SK17 6AW : 01298 71392 - Excellent Menu & Food
Ithaca Greek Tavena, 3 Eagle Parade, Buxton tel : 01298 72203
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 www.theknightstable.co.uk : 01298 23695 Excellent, Use local family butcher & Food Hygiene rating of 5.
The Beehive Inn, Combs - Excellent freshly cooked food, need to book - see www.thebeehiveinn.co.uk
tel : 01298 812758
The Merchants Yard, St John's Rd, Tideswell, SK17 8NY - Highly recommended
see https://www.themerchantsyard.com tel : 01298 872442
The Church Inn, Chelmorton, Nr Buxton SK17 9SL - Highly recommended. 10 min drive from Barms Farm
www.thechurchinn.co.uk/restaurant 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 www.carriagesitalianrestaurant.com
tel : 01298 84528 (limited opening hours - check first) Excellent authentic food
The Shady Oak, Fernilee, Whaley Bridge - menu at www.theshadyoakinn.com 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 www.hassophallhotel.co.uk - tel : 01629 640 488
The Walnut Club, Main Road, Hathersage. www.thewalnutclub.com - tel : 01433 651155
Michelin 4 star rated restaurant featuring organic, wild or local produce. Excellent national reviews - not cheap
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
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 www.trentbarton.co.uk 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) - www.traveline.org.uk 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) - www.traveline.org.uk 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 www.derbyshire.gov.uk/buses
442 Bowers bus Buxton Railway station or Market Place through Hartington to Ashbourne daily. Call Bowers on 01298 812204 or visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/buses
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 www.northernrail.org
East Midlands Trains - For further information visit www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
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
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
Jo Royle, 6 Market Place, Buxton. 01298 25824
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
The George Garage, George Street, Buxton. 01298 71685
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
Silverlands, Buxton. (non emergency - 0845 123 3333 )
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