My girlfriend and I stayed at the Old Lock Up over the bank holiday. Lying just a few miles from stately Chatsworth house and the most scenic walks in the area, it was the perfect base from which to explore all the Peaks have to offer.
The manager, Tim, was very helpful in advising us on which walks to take and even sold us tickets to Chatsworth House at a discounted rate. His fantastic fry up was the best fuel for the miles and miles of trekking which are an absolute must when in the Peaks.
We took on the Monsal circuit route - a 10 mile walk with stunning views of some of the best scenery I've seen in England. At times, it felt like we were playing parts in a Lord of the rings spin off. We also indulged in a bakewell tart in the town in which they were invented and visited Chatsworth House with its intricate paintings and unbelievable splendor.
The village of Wirksworth is charming and incredibly peaceful. There seemed to be more pubs than people and only two restaurants to choose from. We ate at the Mistral twice, which served reasonably priced French food. The best things about the pubs are the range of local ales at just £1.50 a pint and the way that the locals turn and look at you as you walk in. It's like something from a Harry Enfield sketch but try and stifle your laugh.
The Old Lock Up was the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of London and my lungs feel like they've been pulled out and scrubbed clean of all the dirt and grime of city living.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1842 as the magistrate's house and later used as a police station The Old Lockup is now a quirky but luxurious guest house boasting four double bedrooms, all en-suite, and fantastic breakfasts. Set in the Derbyshire Dales on the edge of the Peak District National Park and just four miles from Carsington Water there really is something for everyone. Chatsworth House, the Tissington and High Peak trails and more walking than you can shake a stick at are all on the doorstep. Looking for an unusual place to spend that romantic break? Well maybe you just found it! ... more less
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- The Old Lockup Wirksworth, England