Visit the Gardens of the Peak District, England
Garden Design's Self-Guided Day Trip to the Peak District, England
The Peak District National Park is a delight to all those who love the picturesque countryside, with its rolling hills, sweeping views, ribbons of dry-stacked stone walls, and flocks of bleating sheep. With dozens of quaint villages and market towns to explore, you will want to stay for a few days at least.
To really do justice to all three of these gardens you will want to allow more time, but this day trip will hit the highlights—and entice you to return.
Start your day at Thornbridge Hall, a grade 2 listed country house surrounded by 12 acres of formal gardens, not far from the village of Ashford-in-the-Water. From here it’s just a short drive, passing through the market town of Bakewell to reach Haddon Hall, a fortified medieval manor house that dates back, in part, to the 12th century. The gardens have recently been renovated and redesigned by Chelsea award-winner Arne Maynard. The final stop of the day will be at Chatsworth, the historic gardens famous for the 300-year-old Cascade and impressive gravity-fed Emperor Fountain, although there are so many other areas to explore.
Check out the National Garden Scheme for other public and private gardens that may be open when you are in the area.