The beauty of our National Parks
It is almost impossible to think of the United Kingdom today without any of its outstanding National Parks. However, you do not have to go back too many decades to imagine such a time. The desire for spaces to roam and walk has an interesting history.
Back in the 1880s, the M.P. James Bryce (who initially represented Tower Hamlets and later South Aberdeen) introduced the right to roam Bill. This failed but the idea of open spaces, with free access for all to enjoy, was acknowledged. Another key event was the mass trespass of Kinder Scout in 1932 to petition for the right to roam freely on open access land. In the 1940s the principle of the National Parks was accepted and the first – the Peak District National Park – was established in 1951. National parks now span the UK from the Cairngorms in the north, the Broads in the east, Dartmoor in the south and Pembrokeshire along the west coastline of Wales. And the principle remains strong with the latest National Park designated in 2010 in South Downs.
The Peak District National Park border skirts Matlock and offers wonderful opportunities to walk, cycle and explore the stunning varied landscapes. From heather covered moorland, to meandering rivers, limestone dales or rock edges. A particular favourite of ours is the ‘salt cellar’ rock formation – and as the picture shows no explanation is needs for the name! And perhaps one of the best known is Burbage Edge. Designated walking ways have become popular retreats more recently. The Limestone Way goes through the heart of Derbyshire and the Derbyshire Dales and is accessible in both directions form Matlock. It can be accessed in part of for those wanting a more challenging walk the whole trail covers 45 miles.
The Derwent Valley Heritage Way takes in some wonderful landscape and history. It also offers the opportunity to explore the UNESCO designated Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site. This offers an opportunity to visit Cromford Mill, where event sin the in the 1770s changed the world we live in. I wonder if Bryce ever realised the potential of his ambition to bring awe and wonder to many. Next time you walk in a National Park, think of him and the others who fought for these wonderful spaces we enjoy so much today.
One of the best if not the best guest house I have stayed in rooms were spotlessly clean, location was brilliant, and the owner went the extra mile to make sure everything was ok, booked again for later in the year and the lemon drizzle cake was to die for and a lovely touch
This is such a lovely place to stay - definitely one of the best guest houses I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. My room was gorgeous and had all the essentials, plus lots of added extras. Having a decent sized fridge in there was a great touch! And I loved my evenings sitting in the guest lounge with a glass of complementary port! Breakfast was delicious and Damien and Adrian are so lovely, their attention to detail and friendly service is what makes this place so special. I stayed here as I was attending a local course, but I’m already planning to come back for a leisure stay with my husband to show him how wonderful this place is.
We initially were led to this establishment as it has an electric car charging point (free to use) but Glendon House proved to be a real find for us. The room was both stylish and very comfortable. Nothing was too much trouble. For example, we were welcomed with a pot of green tea and most delicious cake and lovely gluten free alternative. In fact we will officially award them the best gluten-free breakfast ever, in our opinion!
I took my Thai wife (here for 3 months) to the Illuminations at Matlock Bath and they were a total let down in my opinion, however this guest house made up for our disappointment. The greeting we were given was extremely friendly, the room was absolutely stunning and the breakfast was PERFECT!!! We would highly recommend this guest house and would not hesitate in giving this a 10 out of 10. Thank you for making our visit to Matlock a memorable one. Matlock 1 Matlock Bath 0 Brett Simpson
We could not have wished for better - absolutely faultless. Our hosts were incredibly attentive and covered every detail. The room was very clean and just what we wanted for our honeymoon stay. The breakfast was Michelin Star standard with excellent service. We will be visiting again. Roger and Lorraine
This was my third visit at Glendon & I came here with my Daughter for two nights. I told her how good the place was & she was in total agreement with me! Everything is spotless, the breakfast was beautifully cooked. The hosts are always extremely polite & friendly & nothing is too much trouble & the house is gorgeous. I have stayed at many hotels & guest houses from Cornwall to Scotland & Glendon is the best one I have stayed at!
This lived up to our expectations as we had read excellent reviews before booking and we were not disappointed. Very easy to find in a good location overlooking a park. The property has been tastefully refurbished and the rooms were very comfortable and spotlessly clean. The tea at 4 with lemon drizzle cake was a welcoming touch. The owners were very attentive and helpful at all times and the breakfast options were varied and beautifully prepared. We would definitely return if we visit Matlock again. Thank you
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