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.
A charming b&b sympathetically decorated for the period set by the park in Matlock. Great hosts providing a very warm and friendly welcome to a well maintained property. Particularly enjoyed the breakfasts and central location providing quick access to the local bars and restaurants.
What a wonderful place to stay. Right in the heart of Matlock but tucked back off the main road with plenty of parking space and facing a park in quiet crescent so it felt like you were a million miles away from everything. The town and a multitude of eateries are a very short walk which you can do through the park. The whole house is beautifully decorated, sparkling clean and with original features My bedroom was a haven of comfort with a 4 poster bed and Chesterfield armchairs. I was greeted with a warm smile and offer of refreshments and cake. I was made to feel immediately at home. I have stayed in 5 star hotels with less interesting or delicious breakfast choices and it was nice to see the inventive approach to reducing plastic packaging waste. I was staying for an upholstery course at Peak Upholstery and was refreshed and ready for action each morning I would not concider staying anywhere else if in the area
Our trip to Matlock was made magical by our stay at Glendon. Thank you so much for such a delightful stay. Every single thing was perfect. Comfy beds, great location, spotlessly clean rooms, friendly and helpful hosts, beautiful house and views to the gardens and the most fantastic breakfasts! Thanks for the tea and cake on arrival, we had such a lovely time in the lounge playing board games. You’ve created a tranquil space that allowed my tech mad teenager to return to traditional games and family time. We hope to come back again!
Very nice and good experience with excellent breakfast. Visit to the Red lion pub highly recommended
What a fabulous place. Best B & B I've stayed in. Adrian and Damien are the perfect hosts. Nothing was any trouble to them. Welcomed us with a pot of coffee and homemade lemon cake. The breakfast is delicious. Rooms are spotless and bed so comfy. Definitely will come again.
Absolutely beautiful place and so welcoming from the moment the door is opened. What a gem of a place. We will definitely be back and will highly recommend to all our family and friends x
Absolutely fabulous accommodation and faultless service. The hosts are fastidious and ensure everything is done to make sure your stay is perfect and personal. Best short break ever! Matlock had a wealth of opportunities to suit all ages and tastes from food and drinks to experiences. Don’t miss this gem 💎 of a bed and breakfast in Matlock 👍
We have stayed at Glendon several times over the years because Adrian and Damien always offer a warm and friendly welcome to guests. They set high standards in the quality of their food and the cleanliness of the rooms, whilst the Covid measures they have put in place made us feel very safe and re-assured. Highly recommended.
Glendon offers the perfect base for a visit to Matlock. There is parking at the rear of the property, accessible from the main road running through town (there is also an electric charging point). At the front, it overlooks a lovely quiet section of the park, a perfect spot to eat lunch (weather permitting) or set off on a riverside walk. The house is beautiful - tastefully decorated and furnished and everywhere was spotlessly clean. The breakfast menu was varied and well cooked (along with different scrummy fresh fruit options each day, yoghurts, cereals etc). Our room (the premier room) had a picturesque view of the park and church and was spacious with a good size bathroom and comfy king size bed. We appreciated the touches such as the quality teas and coffees and little bottles of milk in the fridge (instead of those pesky cartons that go nowhere). Owners Adrian and Damien and the lovely lady who served at breakfast were friendly and helpful (and the dog is a cutey!). We followed up some of the suggestions for eating out and enjoyed all of them (Viva, The Remarkable Hare and The Red Lion). We couldn’t have asked for more – a five star stay.
Our 3rd visit to Glendon which didn’t disappoint. Glendon has all the little extras of boutique hotel but with the personal touches of a 1st class bed and breakfast. Complimentary afternoon tea (excellent homemade lemon drizzle cake!) on arrival, stunning new outside seating area, the comfiest beds, 1st class coffee and tea in the rooms with fresh milk in a silent fridge. Big bath towels, an impressive hairdryer and an iron and ironing board in the cupboard, they have clearly thought of everything a guest might need. The breakfasts were simply delicious, and the owners were so friendly and helpful. We look forward to booking again soon!
Very warm welcome, excellent decor in beautiful house in perfect location. Breakfast was delicious. Outside seating area was a bonus and for those who need it, the e-car charging point was a really good idea, every detail has been well thought out. Would definitely recommend this place.
Glendon House is a beautiful place to stay and we would highly recommend it. The rooms were clean and comfortable and all your needs catered for. Covid rules in place to keep you feeling safe but not overbearing. Breakfast was delicious and Damian and Adrian were friendly and helpful. Great location with Matlock town a short walk and a lovely park to wander through on the doorstep. On-site car park too. All in all a great choice if staying in the area.
Fabulous guest house run by 2 amazing friendly helpful guys. Situated in a great location in Matlock. Very clean, fabulous decor, comfy beds and absolutely delicious breakfast. One of the best guest houses we've ever stayed in. Can't rate it highly enough - 5 stars and then some.
Don’t look anywhere else for accommodation in Matlock! The warmest of hospitality awaits you at Glendon. Damien and Adrian are exceptional hosts and every detail of our stay was perfect. The house is Covid compliant without it being restrictive. Our rooms were beautiful, and the gorgeous smelling soaps/shower gels etc.. set this place above the norm. Breakfast was utterly scrumptious, lots of choice, beautifully cooked and served. We will definitely be back.
We highly recommend the Glendon. Everything from the welcome, the service, the rooms and the food was wonderful. I cannot thank Damien, Adrian (and Amanda!) enough. Yet, whilst the standard was very high, the atmosphere in the hotel was incredibly relaxed and friendly. We were welcomed with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake and had handmade chocolates and a bottle of champagne waiting in our room. It made our 20th wedding anniversary all the more special. There is an awful lot to do in Matlock and the surrounding area too ❤
Glendon B&B at Matlock is a very relaxing house with first class facilities, situated in a quiet corner of town next to the park. Breakfasts are plentiful and extremely tasty with a very good choice. The rooms are very well decorated and comfortable. Your every need is catered for. Damien and Adrian could not be more helpful and are extremely good hosts.
Superbly clean and comfortable room with lovely view of the church. Adjoining room for the children. Tasty breakfasts, the blueberry pancakes were awesome. Damien very welcoming and helpful and very organised in relation to COVID procedures and making us feel safe. Will definitely visit again.
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