Gateham Grange

Welcome to our Working Farm nr. Alstonefield in the beautiful Peak District on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border

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View of Gateham Grange working peak district farm and self catering holiday cottages taken from the top of Wetton Hill

 

 

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Peak District 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.

"You 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 Buxton.

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.

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Crich Tramway Museum, Calke Abbey - photo by Gillian Day/National Trust, Nearby Dovedale

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, the Churnet Valley Steam Railway at Froghall (both have a timetable of special events throughout the summer) , The 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 World War.

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 Opera House 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 click here.

Farmers Markets - dates and places - click on the link below

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2016 Events Calendar - Staffordshire Moorlands - What's on

 

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