|The Staffordshire Moorlands area of the Peak District offers a wide range of places of interest including local reclaimed railtracks which provide cycle trails at Tissington and Ashbourne but the Manifold Valley within minutes from Slade House Farm is a spectacular limestone gorge that is perfect for safe cycling especially the Manifold Track which follows old rail links for 8 miles from Waterhouses to Hulme End amid stunning scenery.
The area is also rich in stately homes and gardens notably Chatsworth - Haddon Hall - Kedleston and Biddulph Grange and the close proximity to the Potteries provides the opportunity to visit the home of Wedgwood and Denby.
The family attractions of Alton Towers and the Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath are within easy reach.
The most famous of the Derbyshire Dales and possibly the most beautiful is mostly owned by the National Trust and situated in the Peak National Park. The haunt of the 16th century anglers and writers Charles Cotton and Isaac Walton Be dwarfed by spires and crags of limestone - cross the famous stepping stones or climb Thorpe Cloud a distinctive flat topped hill and also clearly visible from Slade House.
If you visit Dovedale don not miss Ilam where secret grottos nest in the quiet woodland at this National Trust property and mysterious waters bubble from deep underground as well as the Italian Gardens.
This spa town dates from Roman times when the Natural Baths were created for soldiers garrisoned there. Sample the waters at the old thermal spring then see the fascinating architecture of the Opera House and the Pavilion Gardens.
The village is best known for its railway history and its mill. Cheddleton Railway Centre comprises the fine Victorian station building and locomotive display hall with steam trains at weekends and in school holidays.
Queen of the Staffordshire Moorlands with Antique shops and Brindley Mill - which illustrates the history of milling. The market is well worth a visit on Wednesdays and nearby Rudyard Lake is picturesque.
The Elizabethan House, owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, was built in 1555 by Bess of Hardwick. Richly furnished, it boasts a number of world famous exhibits. Over 100 acres of gardens provide many surprises: a maze, a cascade, fountains and tropical greenhouse. The 1,000 acres of surrounding parkland was landscaped by Capability Brown.