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Swainsley Farm, Manifold Valley

Swainsley Farm, Manifold Valley

Old Byre lounge - relax and unwind

Old Byre lounge - relax and unwind

Warm and cosy inside

Warm and cosy inside

Old Byre bedroom

Old Byre bedroom

Take a romantic break.

Take a romantic break.

Relax and unwind in the Haybarn

Relax and unwind in the Haybarn

Complimentary bikes

Complimentary bikes

The Coach House

The Coach House

Coach House lounge

Coach House lounge

Deluxe kitchen with granite worktop

Deluxe kitchen with granite worktop

Swainsley Farm, quiet, peaceful loc

Swainsley Farm, quiet, peaceful loc

Cycling along the Manifold Trail

Cycling along the Manifold Trail

Relax and unwind

Relax and unwind

Haybarn, children's room

Haybarn, children's room

The Coach House's new deluxe kitche

The Coach House's new deluxe kitche

Haybarn exterior

Haybarn exterior

View from the Coach House

View from the Coach House

The Manifold Inn (an easy walk)

The Manifold Inn (an easy walk)

Swainsley Farm, misty morning

Swainsley Farm, misty morning

Snowy Swainsley

Snowy Swainsley

Swainsley Farm, Manifold Valley

Swainsley Farm, Manifold Valley

Old Byre lounge - relax and unwind

Old Byre lounge - relax and unwind

Warm and cosy inside

Warm and cosy inside

Old Byre bedroom

Old Byre bedroom

Take a romantic break.

Take a romantic break.

Relax and unwind in the Haybarn

Relax and unwind in the Haybarn

Complimentary bikes

Complimentary bikes

The Coach House

The Coach House

Coach House lounge

Coach House lounge

Deluxe kitchen with granite worktop

Deluxe kitchen with granite worktop

Swainsley Farm, quiet, peaceful loc

Swainsley Farm, quiet, peaceful loc

Cycling along the Manifold Trail

Cycling along the Manifold Trail

Relax and unwind

Relax and unwind

Haybarn, children's room

Haybarn, children's room

The Coach House's new deluxe kitche

The Coach House's new deluxe kitche

Haybarn exterior

Haybarn exterior

View from the Coach House

View from the Coach House

The Manifold Inn (an easy walk)

The Manifold Inn (an easy walk)

Swainsley Farm, misty morning

Swainsley Farm, misty morning

Snowy Swainsley

Snowy Swainsley

Swainsley Farm

Staffordshire, ST13 7SS

A fabulous location, stunning scenery & great walking from the door!

  • Idyllic & private location
  • Amazing views, great walking from the door!
  • Leisure centre pass: for pool, gym etc.
  • Wonderful pubs & places to eat close-by
  • Buxton, Bakewell, Ashbourne all 15 mins drive
  • We have some cycles for guests to use

Awards

VisitEngland Gold award for excellence
VisitEngland 4 star
VisitEngland 5 star

Cottages

From £575

There are 3 cottages at this site

    • Sleeps 6
    • Bedrooms 3
    • Dines 8
    • Child-Friendly
    • Extra baby kit
    • Livestock onsite
    • Babysitting by arrangement
    • Dog Free Cottage
    • Dog Free Site
    • Catering available
    • Supermarket delivery available
    • Spa treatments available
    • Owners/Manager onsite
    • WiFi
    • Dedicated Parking
    • Real fire
    • Extra beds available
    • Barbecue
    • Bike storage
    • Complimentary leisure club access
    • Walkable pub
    • Fine dining within 10 miles
    • Walkable National Trail (within 1 mile)
    • National Trail within 10 miles
From £495

There are 3 cottages at this site

    • Sleeps 4
    • Bedrooms 2
    • Dines 12
    • Child-Friendly
    • Extra baby kit
    • Livestock onsite
    • Babysitting by arrangement
    • Dog Free Cottage
    • Dog Free Site
    • Catering available
    • Supermarket delivery available
    • Spa treatments available
    • Owners/Manager onsite
    • WiFi
    • Dedicated Parking
    • Extra beds available
    • Barbecue
    • Bike storage
    • Complimentary leisure club access
    • Walkable pub
    • Fine dining within 10 miles
    • Walkable National Trail (within 1 mile)
    • National Trail within 10 miles
From £425

There are 3 cottages at this site

    • Sleeps 2
    • Bedrooms 1
    • Dines 4
    • Child-Friendly
    • Extra baby kit
    • Livestock onsite
    • Babysitting by arrangement
    • Matched bathrooms
    • Dog Free Cottage
    • Dog Free Site
    • Catering available
    • Supermarket delivery available
    • Spa treatments available
    • Owners/Manager onsite
    • WiFi
    • Dedicated Parking
    • Real fire
    • Barbecue
    • Bike storage
    • Complimentary leisure club access
    • Walkable pub
    • Fine dining within 10 miles
    • Walkable National Trail (within 1 mile)
    • National Trail within 10 miles

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Child-Friendly

Child-Friendly

Extra baby kit

Extra baby kit

Livestock onsite

Livestock onsite

Babysitting by arrangement

Babysitting by arrangement

Matched bathrooms

Matched bathrooms

Dog Free Cottage

Dog Free Cottage

Dog Free Site

Dog Free Site

Catering available

Catering available

Supermarket delivery available

Supermarket delivery available

Spa treatments available

Spa treatments available

Owners/Manager onsite

Owners/Manager onsite

WiFi

WiFi

Dedicated Parking

Dedicated Parking

Real fire

Real fire

Extra beds available

Extra beds available

Barbecue

Barbecue

Bike storage

Bike storage

Complimentary leisure club access

Complimentary leisure club access

Walkable pub

Walkable pub

Fine dining within 10 miles

Fine dining within 10 miles

Walkable National Trail (within 1 mile)

Walkable National Trail (within 1 mile)

National Trail within 10 miles

National Trail within 10 miles

About & Contact

Member since 2002

A fabulous location, stunning scenery & great walking from the door!


Swainsley Farm is very private with parking well away from the nearest road. The cottages are special – we’re in an idyllic and spectacular location in a wonderful part of the Peak District National Park (the south-western Dales including the beautiful scenery of the Manifold Valley and Dovedale). The cottages have amazing views with great walking straight from the door!

Great care has been taken to convert traditional, 18th Century agricultural buildings into three lovely cottages. Comfy beds with mattress toppers, iPod docks, Nespresso coffee machines and premium quality linen and robes are some of the things you can expect. Why not pamper yourself and book holistic and beauty therapies in your cottage? Larger groups wishing to book two or all three cottages please note that the Coach House has a very spacious lounge and the Haybarn can be arranged to dine upto 12 people.

Guests are able to explore lush, tranquil dales and wild, romantic highlands while the less energetic may wish to simply stroll along the banks of the Manifold into Dovedale. There’s lots of pretty villages with lovely old churches and ancient inns - we are about a mile from the pretty village of Butterton which has a lovely old pub, the Black Lion. The Manifold Inn is just a short walk or bike ride along the Manifold Trail and the Greyhound in Warslow is a 3/4 mile walk through fields. The George Inn in Alstonefield is a ‘gastro-pub’ with many accolades for its food.

There’s a tiny shop at Hulme End (a short walk or bike ride along the Manifold Trail) and the very pretty village of Hartington (a 5 minute drive away) has a duck pond, ancient church, coffee and tea shops, village store, newsagent, post office, garage/fuel, the Devonshire Arms, the Charles Cotton Hotel and a doctors surgery/pharmacy.

We are located directly above the Manifold Trail (a disused former narrow-gauge railway line providing 9.5 miles of truly amazing cycling). The trail passes through deep dales where the river occupies a gorge-like valley sliced into a landscape containing some of the UK’s finest ash woodland.

We have a selection of adult road and mountain bikes for our guests to use at no charge and a complimentary pass is available for visitors wanting to use the swimming pool, gym etc. at our local Leisure Centre. Fishing, pony trekking, watersports and golf are all available locally. The Manifold Trail is great for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

The lively market towns of Buxton, Bakewell, Ashbourne, Matlock and Leek are all within a 15-20 minute drive and many attractions including Chatsworth, Alton Towers and National Trust properties are within 10-15 miles.

Visitors should note that mobile reception in the National Park is very patchy and there’s non in the Manifold Valley - but all networks are available in Butterton. Guests are always welcome to use our landline and the cottages have WiFi (our rural broadband is good for emails and web-browsing but it’s not superfast!)

‘We absolutely love it here. So peaceful. We have stayed 3 times and lucky enough to try all 3 cottages – all beautifully presented. Perfect holiday destination for relaxing, cycling & walking'.

Annabelle and Mathew Flack, Cambridgeshire, May 2016

Meet the owner

Liz or Chris Snook

Working overseas and looking for a home in the UK, we fell in love with Swainsley Farm one day in November 1979. The sun was shining brightly, there was a little snow on the ground and we were amazed by the beauty of the Manifold Valley - everything was so incredibly peaceful and pristine! It’s the only home we have ever had and it’s been a wonderful place to bring up three daughters. 18th C. farm buildings were not viable in terms of modern agriculture and holiday cottages seemed the best way of preserving them. We’ve been members of Premier Cottages almost from its inception and we’ve tried to provide what we would want: quiet, peaceful and luxurious accommodation in surroundings where it’s easy to relax and unwind. The Peak District offers a huge range of activities … we’d love to welcome you to our spectacular home! Chris & Liz.

Location

  • Castle
  • Cycling
  • Festivals
  • Food
  • Heritage
  • Leisure Parks
  • Pub/Restaurant
  • Town
  • Visitors Attraction
  • Walks
  • Wildlife

Castleton and the Hope Valley

Wonderful walking country, a haven for pony trekkers, hang-gliders, rock-climbers, potholers, anglers and birdwatchers. Mam Tor has an Iron Age fort and Castleton is guarded by a prominent Norman keep...

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Monsal Trail

Traffic free route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users through a spectacular limestone dale running between Bakewell and Blackwell Mill (Nr. Buxton). Cycle hire available.

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Brown Edge Farm, Waterhouses

Located at the southern end of the scenic Manifold Trail. All-terrain and mountain bikes, tandems, children’s bikes, buggies, or trailer-bikes available. Helmets, puncture-kits, pumps, locks, baskets all...

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High Peak and Tissington trails

High Peak Trail (17.5m from Cromford to Dowlow, 6m south of Buxton) joined at Parsley Hay (cycle hire centre) by the Tissington Trail (13m from Ashbourne).

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The Manifold Trail

Former narrow-gauge railway winding through 9.5 miles of amazing scenery (tea shops along the way!). The High Peak and Tissington cycle trails close-by. We have some cycles for guests to use.

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Buxton Opera House

Superb 19th C. theatre complex open all year. Comprehensive program includes plays, opera, rock concerts, classical music and pantomimes. Home to the Buxton Festival (mid-July) and a Family Festival (August).

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Buxton Music Festival

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Hartington Wakes Sports and Country Show

Early September. Annual show supporting all things agricultural: heritage, local produce, rural community, cattle, sheep, dogs, vintage and equestrian sections, handicrafts, food and drink.

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Leek Show

End of July. Traditional agricultural event including farm animal displays and competitions, trade and craft stands, food, drinks and competitions.

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Bakewell Show

First Wednesday & Thursday in August. Displays of horses, livestock, rabbits, dogs and more. Artisan food producers, crafts and horticulture displays. Food, drink, many attractions, traders and competitions. .

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Ashbourne Show

Mid-August. Traditional country and agricultural show. Shire horses, cattle, sheep, goat and light horse classes, 150 quality trade stands, crafts tent and food hall.

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Chatsworth Country Fair

Early September. Showground events, hundreds of trade and craft stands, Fine Food Village, clay pigeon shooting, archery, dog agility, highland dancing, pony rides, fairground rides, fly-fishing, vintage vehicles displays etc

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Eroica Britannia

A 3-day family adventure, mid-June. Music, vintage shopping, food, drink. Includes a 3 route tour of outstanding scenery on ancient bikes. Live music, bands, theatre, sing-alongs, stories, games, competitions.

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Red Lion, Thorncliffe

Former 18th century farmhouse and coaching inn. Homemade food, local produce and real ales.

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Cottage Kitchen Country Cafe

Countryside café and farm shop selling products from Cottage Delight and other local suppliers.

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Sera Cafe Bistro

Owned and run by an Italian family. Wonderful menu, everything freshly prepared. Simple and uncomplicated cooking giving a genuine taste of Italy.

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Cloves

Indian restaurant, contemporary Indian cuisine, interesting menu, friendly atmosphere.

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Stanedge Grange Butchery, Newhaven

Farm butchery selling home reared beef, lamb, pork and turkey. Meat is hung and allowed to mature to give tender, succulent and flavorsome cuts.

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Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Cafe

Award-winning, family run farm shop and café on the Staffordshire and Derbyshire border selling their own meat and high quality local produce with provenance. Butchery, deli, café and gift shop.

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Chatsworth Farm Shop, Pilsley

Quality produce fresh from the estate: vast array of Chatsworth meat, poultry and game. Freshly baked breads & cakes, delicatessen, fruit, vegetable and fish counters.

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Hartington Cheese Shop

Quaint old shop overlooking the duck pond selling quality local and national cheeses. Part of the team operating Hartington Creamery, producing Peakland Blue, Peakland White and Hartington Stilton.

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Hartington Village

Beautiful, ancient village adjacent to the River Dove and centered around the former market square and duck pond. Shops, cafes, pubs, garage/fuel, doctor/pharmacy. Only 5 mins drive from Swainsley Farm.

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Haddon Hall

“The most perfect house to survive the middle ages”. Atmospheric and beautiful, parts date from the 12th C. Elizabethan terraced gardens overlook the River Wye. A location in many films.

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Chatsworth House

Spectacular stately home with a collection of priceless paintings, furniture, Old Master drawings and sculptures. Childrens playground and farmyard set in extensive parkland on the banks of the River Derwent, –

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Frogall and Caldon Canal

Boat, walk or cycle through the Churnet Valley. Outstanding scenery. Dine out on a canal boat. The pub at Consall Forge only accessible by boat or by the preserved steam

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Pilsbury Castle

Scheduled Ancient Monument, originally an Iron Age fortification on high ground overlooking the River Dove. Earthwork remains are of a motte and bailey castle built just after the Norman conquest.

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Tissington Hall and Village

The seat of the FitzHerbert family. Jacobean mansion surrounded by an amazingly pretty estate village. Norman church, pond, tea shop, gift shop. Notable for its well-dressings.

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English Heritage, Arbor Low Stone Circle

An important Neolithic henge (stone circle) atmospherically set amid high moorland.

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National Trust Biddulph Grange

An exciting survivor from the great age of Victorian gardening, the vision of James Bateman, who spent more than twenty years collecting plants from all over the world.

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Alton Towers

One of Britain’s largest theme parks. New for 2016: GALACTICA, the world's first roller coaster dedicated to virtual reality. About 20 mins drive from Swainsley Farm.

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Manifold Inn, Hulme Ends

A 200 year old coaching inn and restaurant in Hulme End offering quality home cooked food (1.5m from Swainsley Farm, just a short walk or bike ride along the Manifold Trail).

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Devonshire Arms, Hartington

Charming 17th century pub in a pretty village. Faces the village square and duck pond. Serves good quality home-cooked food and fine ales. Excellent beer garden to the rear.

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Pack Horse Inn, Crowdecote

Small 16thC. pub in a lovely setting in the upper Dove valley. Welcoming landlord and staff, good reasonably priced homemade food. Garden, real fires, pool table.

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The Black Lion Inn, Butterton

Lovely village setting. Pub grub, open fires, pool room, darts and beer garden.

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Carriages at Newhaven

Restaurant with a railway theme. A ticket booth area at the entrance, a platform bar and dining in two steam-era Orient Express and Pullman railway carriages.

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The Royal Oak, Hurdlow

Award winning and family friendly pub, extensive menu, great homemade dishes, cask-conditioned ales and fine selection of wines.

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The Greyhound, Warslow

An old Coaching Inn dating back to around 1750. Pub grub, wood burning fires. Good range of beers and ciders.

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The George, Alstonefield

Small, historic, family run pub on a beautiful village green close to Dovedale. Locally sourced ingredients served in cosy but elegant surroundings. Recommendations: Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Good Food Guide.

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Leek

Outdoor market (Wednesdays), indoor market (Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays), collectors' market (Saturdays). Monthly fine food market every third Saturday of the month. Numerous independent food shops cafes, tea-rooms and pubs.

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Buxton

Founded by the Romans and famous for its spring water. Georgian architecture provides an impressive backdrop to a wealth of music and theatre festivals. Many independent shops, cafes, bars, restaurants.

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Bakewell

Beautiful old market town on the banks of the River Wye. Markets are held every Monday including a thriving livestock market. Wonderful riverside walks, shopping arcades and numerous cafes.

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Ashbourne

A picturesque, historic market town with a medieval street pattern, ancient buildings and cobbled market place. Many high quality independent shops, restaurants, cafés and family friendly pubs.

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Heights of Abraham

Hilltop park accessed by a Gondola cable car. Attractions include cavern and mine tours, woodland trails, fossil exhibitions and the Vista Bar and Restaurant. Spectacular views across the Derwent Valley.

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Gulivers Kingdom, Matlock

Giant adventures for little people! An amusement park aimed at children aged 3 to 13 with a wide range of rides and attractions. Set on a hillside with great views.

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Churnet Valley Railway

A victim of Beeching’s cuts, now run by enthusiasts. Re-live the classic days of railway travel. A rural line passing through the beautiful Churnet Valley, moorland scenery and picturesque stations.

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Go Ape

Enjoy zip wires, Tarzan swings and rope ladders - tree top adventure amongst woodland over looking Buxton.

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Pooles Cavern

Vast limestone caverns, see how stalactites and stalagmites have lined the chambers over millions of years. Evidence of life from the Neolithic, early Bronze and Romano-British ages. Cafe, gift shop.

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National Trust, Ecton Mines

Mined from Bronze Age times now a Scheduled Monument. The Duke of Devonshire made a fortune here in the 18th century. Tours available. An Area of special scientific Interest (SSSI).

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Edale

The start of the Pennine Way, the village is surrounded by walking country in a beautiful setting below Kinder Scout. There are two pubs serving real ale and food.

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Dovedale

A renowned beauty spot: dramatic limestone ravine, busy with wildlife and rare wild flowers. Impressive rock outcrops, scree slopes, tranquil woodlands and steep cliffs. Surrounded by wonderful walking country.

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Thors Cave

A spectacularly high and massive rock face with 10m wide cave. Occupied 10,000 years ago. Great walk up, through ash woodland with stunning views of the Manifold valley.

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The Roaches

A spectacular, gritstone escarpment marking the south-western edge of the Peak District. A favourite place for walkers and rock-climbers (some of the best gritstone climbing in the country).

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National Trust, Ilam Park

Enchanting oasis of tranquility at the southern end of the Manifold Valley, close to Dovedale. Gardens, parkland, ancient woodland. Saxon tomb of St Bertram in the church. Tea room.

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Carsington Water

Sailing, canoeing, wind surfing and trout fishing available. Cycle hire, plentiful car parking and a Visitor Centre with café, restaurant and children's playground.

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Tittesworth Water

Open all year, stunning views of the Roaches, bird and wildlife watching, walking trails around the waters' edge, picnic area children's play area, visitor centre, restaurant.

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RSPB Coombes Valley Nature Reserve

Walk through delightful oak woodland, lots of migrating birds breed here. On steep valley sides see flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers. In winter: redwings, fieldfares and finches are regular visitors...

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Rudyard Lake

A two and a half mile long lake lying between thickly wooded hillsides. A haven of peace and tranquility offering boating, sailing, fishing and walking. Narrow-gauge steam train trips.

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Peak Wildlife Park

Come face to face with exotic and endangered animals from across three continents: Lemurs, Penguins, Wallabies, Giant Tortoise and many more. An entertaining, exciting and educational day out.

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