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Matlock Staycation - Day 4

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Today we decided to go to another National Trust house at Kedleston Hall. We knew that Reggie couldn't go in the house but that was okay. They have a refreshment truck and loads of walking trails.

First stop was coffee and then we set off on the short walk. It turned out very muddy and so we set off on the long walk that is all hard surfaced. Well until about 3 miles into it when we get down to the lake and there was deep mud. At least we had the right walking boots. Could have done with wellies for that section.


After a loo break where I managed to clean most of the mud off my boots, we had a spot of lunch. After the excesses of the last few days, we had a cheese and onion pasty between us. Reggie made do with some of his treats.

Now where? Back to Chatsworth? Why not.

We basically retraced our steps back past the turning to Birchover. The car park was packed. We found a space and togged up. A walk to look at the ornamental gates to the house and then down to get a look at the facade.


From there it was back to the Stables. Reggie to have his dinner and us to have a sit down and rest. The rugby on the TV to end the afternoon.

Tomorrow, we have to drive home. As we passed through Bakewell I stopped to fill the tank to ensure we start off with a full tank in the morning. Stories coming in on social media is that some clowns are panic buying petrol!

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Matlock Staycation - Day 3 Part 2

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After lunch we set off for Chatsworth..it's about 8 miles from the Stables.

The house is closed but there are plenty of walks and for local school half term the children's play area is open.

We had a little walk and then went to the estate farm shop. Some local stuff bought, but no pudding this time.

We had dinner in the cottage including some Staffordshire oatcakes. Lovely.

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Matlock Staycation - Day 3 Part 1

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Today started off pretty well. Ilam Hall and Dovedale to start with.

Nissan Connect was actually able to locate Ilam Hall. We arrived in good
time and parked up. The car park was free as we are National Trust members.

The sun is shining and it was a balmy 8 °C. First stop Manifold Tea Room.
Reggie not allowed in as he isn't an assistance dog. We sat outside and it
would be right not to have a bit of Bakewell Tart....

Paul, one of the volunteers advised us against walking to Dovedale due to
the local flooding of the Dove and the mud. He gave us a short walk along
the river there at Ilam. Plus a bag of treats for Reggie.


Walk acheived we drove to Dovedale. The car park was a vast sea of mud. It
was packed as locally this week is half term. Plus Paul said that the
famous stepping stones may still be submerged as they had been a few days

We aborted. Set Nissan Connect for Chatsworth House. Or so we thought. It
took us through Ashbourne towards Derby!

Chatsworth is near Bakewell!

Another aborted journey. We set the car for the Stables and turned around.
A stop in Ashbourne at Sainsbury's for tonight's and tomorrow night's

So a late lunch and then out to make the most of the day.

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Staycation Matlock - Day 2 P2

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We arrived back at The Stables and parked up. Claire wanted to see Eileen the owner to get the WiFi code. Reggie had other ideas and wanted to check out the natives in the garden.

We had other ideas after his widdle. Bakewell Pudding. Not the icing and glace cherry covered tarts.

The Bakewell Pudding.


Absolutely lovely. Reggie had his dinner and then asked to go out. As we don't have an enclosed garden we have take him on the lead. So after a check on the locals we had a walk down the rapidly roughening and narrowing Main St.


Then back for a tea. Claire and Reggie having a snooze whilst I catch up with emails etc.

Next? Dinner!!!

Last night we booked the same table across at the Druids Inn. It was perfect for us in the corner where Reggie could sit out of the way. It means eating is a little less fraught should another dog make a nuisance of itself.

Tonight Claire had the Chicken Supreme with Dauphinois Potatoes. I had beer battered fish.


Followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding. One between two.

Once filled to the brim we went back to the cottage. Some TV and then bed.

Tomorrow. Dove Dale?

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Staycation Matlock - Day 2 P1

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We had a bit of a broken night. Firstly it was freezing. It was raining
when we got back from across the street at the Druids Inn.

Druids Inn, Birchover

Druids Inn, Birchover

As a side note I can thoroughly recommend the pub for its food, friendly
welcome to us and Reggie.

For half the night we shared the bed with him. Then he went and either
slept on the sofa or the floor in the lounge. Back again about 6.30am.

So as we were up we had breakfast and set off for our first port of call,

We parked on an island in the river Derwent. It's a big island.

The river was a raging torrent and earlier in the week had burst its banks.
The flood barriers in evidence all along the walkways.


Of course, with no great sense of direction we walked the opposite
direction to the town. As I had forgotten gloves on the trip we saw a Farm
and Country shop - Torne Valley Limited, Haddon Road, Bakewell.

A real Alladin's Cave. Anything you might want they seemed to stock. Plenty
of gloves. I bought a pair. They are really good and warm.

From there we retraced our steps into the town centre, and the pedestrian

We had a tour round to check out the Bakewell Pudding shops! There are a
few and we decided on Bloomers of Bakewell. Claire went in and did the
deed. I can blame her for any weight gain! 😁


We also had a couple of small pork pies. Lunch!

After a coffee where we sat out in the freezing cold as we didn't see the
"dogs welcome" sign on the door, we returned to the car but not before
another turn along the river side and the park.

Next stop Matlock.

A short trip down the A6 and into Matlock. A wait on the outskirts of
Bakewell where they are replacing streetlights with eco ones. I wonder how
long they will take to pay for themselves?

Then more roadworks just north of Matlock. These took longer. The reason?
The were digging a layby for the bus to pull into.

Matlock itself is sort of okay. It doesn't have the spa town reputation of
Matlock Bath just a mile or so away down the Derwent.

We parked up in the car park of the railway station. We had run out of cash
and so I used my card. Seemed to work okay.

We ate our pork pies. Lovely.

Then set off for a walk. Firstly across to the station. The building now
saved and used by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust as a café. A coffee between
us and then with only 20 minutes left on the parking we walked down to the
main town.


There are so many fish and chip shops! One part of the main street there
are three next door to one another.

We had time to try and capture the sun glinting off the gondolas of the
cable cars going up to the Heights of Abraham. I assume it was closed
because they didn't move. The photos on the Moto don't look as expected.
Rubbish in fact.


Once back in the car we set off back to The Stables. We took the roundabout
drive to avoid the traffic jams at the roadworks.

It started to snow quite heavily on the way.

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