Walking, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding, Reservoirs, Stately
Homes, Theme Parks and so much more
Near the Peak District
National Park village of
Alstonefield in an area known at the White Peak, at the foot of
Wetton Hill, lies our farmstead Gateham Grange. Located on the
Derbyshire/Staffordshire border you just can't beat the location.
Indeed, it is this perfect
location that brings walkers and cyclists to our farm year after year.
You can set off in any direction for a day of perfect walking in the
Peak District with the Manifold Valley less than two miles to the west
and the Dove only a mile or so eastwards. Walk from the cottage
door following the network of footpaths down to Narrowdale, Beresford
Dale and on to Wolfscote Dale.
There are miles of quiet country lanes
to discover by bike. For experienced mountain bikers, the remote
moorland bridleways can provide more of a challenge.
can't beat the location - mountain biking galore straight out
the back door" (Ben, London)
The Tissington Trail suits
walkers, cyclists and Horseriders.
There is a Horse Riding and Pony Trekking Centre at Northfield Farm,
Flash, England's highest village, 5 miles south of
Nearby Dovedale, annually
attracts a million visitors, it has an abundance of wildlife, rare
wild flowers, amazing rock outcrops , woodlands, and the visit would not
be complete without navigating the famous Stepping Stones which cross
the river Dove.
The Manifold Track
is perfect for walkers, cyclists and horse riders and is just over a
mile away from our farmstead. The track (total distance around 8
miles) is surfaced and fairly level therefore suiting wheelchair
users, those with buggies or prams and people with limited mobility.
There are car parking areas at both ends of the track and at
intermediate locations. For all but 2 miles the track is car free.
Cycles can be hired from Brown End Farm and The Manifold Valley Cycle
Centre, both at Waterhouses. There are several caves in the
Manifold Valley and the best known is Thor's Cave which is 76
metres up from the cycle/walking track. The majority of our guests
enjoy refreshments at Wetton Mill Tearooms, then head for the Cave, it
is a steep walk but the magnificent view makes it worth while.
The Manifold Track follows the old route of the disused Leek and
Manifold Light Railway from Hulme End to Waterhouses.
Moving on from disused
railways, steam and train enthusiasts will be wanting to explore
the several well maintained railways not far away. There is the
Peak Rail at Matlock,
Churnet Valley Steam Railway at Froghall (both have a timetable of
special events throughout the summer) ,
Midland Railway Centre at Butterley and
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway at Wirksworth.
Around 20 minutes away
there is Carsington Water, here there is sailing, windsurfing,
kayak and canoeing, powerboating, mountain biking and fishing, also a
lovely children's playarea. Tittesworth Reservoir
near Leek has a visitor centre, restaurant, shop, play area,
water-saving garden, bird-watching hides, etc and is not too far
away from the Roaches and Ramshaw Rocks which are great for climbers.
In the northern part of the
Peak District you will find the Derwent Dams, the Ladybower,
Derwent and Howden. The Derwent Dam is historically famous being
used by the Dambuster Squadron for bombing practice during the Second
There are an abundance of
fine Country Houses and Gardens close by, such as:,
The list of things to do
goes on, with guided tours into the vast limestone Caverns of
Derbyshire - Poole's
Cavern at Buxton to name one, also
Buxton is the home to the beautiful
and Pavilion Gardens.
The National Tramway Musem at
Crich hosts one of the best Tram collections in
the world. The famous Theme Park at
Alton Towers, the country's
most popular attraction, is less than half an hours drive away, as is
Gullivers Kingdom at Matlock Bath, better suited to smaller
children, also in Matlock Bath is the
Heights of Abraham and the
Peak Mining Museum.
Places to Eat
Gateham Grange lies between
three villages, Alstonefield, Wetton and Hulme End. These villages
all have excellent pubs serving food and are within walking distance (one
and half miles).
The popular village
of Hartington is only 4 miles away with pubs, tearooms and the
Old Cheese Shop and the old market towns of Ashbourne, Bakewell and Leek
and nearby villages all have excellent Restaurants and country inns
serving a wide selection of meals. For places to eat
Farmers Markets -
dates and places - click on the link below
2016 Events Calendar -
Staffordshire Moorlands - What's on