The Croft is ideally suited for a romantic break. A thirty minute stroll takes you to a local view point, Alport Heights, from which on a clear day you can see five counties. It is also an easy walk down through the fields to the picturesque and interesting old market town of Wirksworth.Other nearby attractions within driving distance include Matlock Bath, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Kedleston Hall, Carsington Water and the famous Peak district towns of Bakewell, Castleton with its Blue John mines, the Georgian spa town of Buxton, and Chesterfield with its crooked spire. The whole area is a paradise for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, with rock climbing at nearby Black Rocks and mountain bike hire for the HIgh Peak Trail at Middleton Top.
The town of Wirksworth is a charming place on the edge of The Peak District National Park, with literary connections with D H Lawrence and George Eliot. A centre for lead mining since Roman times, it is now populated by artists and craftspeople and has an internationally renowned Arts and Architecture festival every September. The town has shops, pubs, two small supermarkets, take aways and eating places including Mercia ’Le Mistral’ a French style wine bar. There are lots of nice walks and the owner provides OS maps of the area for your use during your stay as well as a local map of Wirksworth and lots of information on events, places to visit and walks in the general area. Other walks and cycle routes include the many miles of the High Peak trail and the 8 mile circuit of Carsington Water with its visit centre, refreshments, water sports and bird hides. The owner has more information available including walks to and around Shining Cliff Woods, Black Rocks, the local farm shop and The Barley Mow. A thoroughly unique property, featured in the Guardian newspaper for its style and good local pubs the Rising Sun, The Bear and the Malt Shovel.