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Plenty to do!

Peak District National Park

Alton Towers is only 8 miles away or a short 10 minute drive by car. A great fun filled day for all the family (or ‘big kids’) Many of our guests choose to visit Alton Towers on their way to us, arriving then in the early evening, the hot meal we provide goes down well at the end of a hectic & tiring day on all those rides!

Leek & Ashbourne, both market towns, with full amenities are 15 minutes drive, you will even find a Waitrose & M&S Simply Food at Ashbourne plus very good local independent shops in both towns.

Ashbourne is a thriving Georgian market town with an annual arts & music festival, home to the famous shrovetide football in the street, & plenty of antique shops to browse. A great place to spend a Saturday afternoon, having many interesting independent boutiques & specialist food shops. There is also excellent restaurants & take aways. Not in Scotland, yet it has it’s very own Highland Games in July.

Half an hour’s drive to visit the monkey forest at Trentham, a unique experience the monkey forest is set in 60 acres of beautiful staffordshire woodland & meadows where 140 monkeys live in total freedom. You are plunged into the Barbary macaques fascinating world as you hear rustling in the trees, chattering in a strange language & see the monkeys crashing through branches or walking across the footpath in front of you!

Dovedale with the famous ‘stepping stones’ is 10 minutes by car, with famous Ilam on the way.

Carsington water with an impressive lake & nature reserve, is 20 minutes drive, the visitor centre offers a full programme including mountain biking, sailing & walking.

There are ‘the big four’ stately homes all within easy reach, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Hardwick Hall & Kedleston Hall. Sudbury Hall & museum of childhood, Tissington Hall, Ilam Country park & Calke Abbey are all within an easy day out from Ford.

Factory shopping at Denby Pottery, Royal Crown Derby, Emma Bridgewater & David Mellor.

Activities close by include:Tennis, Watersports, Waterpark, Horse riding, Golf within 20 minutes drive, Fishing, walking & cycling.