Local Attractions

Middleton Top and the High Peak Trail

The High Peak Trail is a popular and well-maintained path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, which follows the old Cromford and High Peak railway line. It is 17.5 miles long and runs from High Peak Junction at Cromford to Dowlow, near Buxton, and it joins the Tissington Trail at Parsley Hay. It is an excellent walking and riding route, with stunning views across the Peak District.

The High Peak Trail has 3 inclines, which would each have been served originally by a winding house the trains would not have managed the climbs without them. Of the three original winding houses, only Middleton Top survives, and it is open to the public at weekends during the summer. A tourist Information centre and bike hire shop is located nearby

Middleton Top is just around the corner from the Rising Sun: just walk down the hill from the engine house, turn right at the sign and then follow the road.


Wirksworth is a very pretty Derbyshire market town with lots of independent shops, pubs and tea rooms / cafes. The Heritage Centre is located along the alleyway behind the post office and offers a powerful insight into the history of our area. Tourist information leaflets can also be found in the shop.

Steeple Grange Light Railway

Steeple Grange is an 18 gauge railway built on a former branch line of the Cromford and High Peak Railway (now the High Peak Trail), and the station is within easy walking distance along the High Peak Trail from Middleton Top. While not a very long railway, Steeple Grange offers an excellent insight into the history of the High Peak Railway, and is great fun for children. Open Sundays and bank holidays from Easter to September, plus some Saturdays in the summer. See http://www.steeplegrange.co.uk/ for more details.

Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village is home to a huge collection of vintage trams and busses along with a carefully reconstructed early 20th century period street, a museum and indoor and outdoor play areas. It is well worth a visit for a great family day out. http://www.tramway.co.uk

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is a stately home in North Derbyshire 3.5 miles from of Bakewell and 9 miles west of Chesterfield. It is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and has been home to his family, the Cavendish family, since Bess of Hardwick settled at Chatsworth in 1549. With Gardens, a Farm, Farm shop and the Main House to explore there is plenty of Fun for the whole family at this Historic estate. http://www.chatsworth.org/

The Heights of Abraham

The Heights of Abraham are a major tourist attraction in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, England. It consists of a hilltop park on top of Masson Hill, accessed by a Gondola cable car from the village. Amongst the attractions in the park, which has been open since Victorian times, are cavern and mine tours. The cable car was opened in 1984 and is the 1st ever alpine cable car in Britain. The route is 568m long and climbs 169m. Visit http://www.heightsofabraham.com/ to find out more.