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.
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.
This was our first trip away from home following the Covid19 lockdown- it had to be the Glendon. It was the usual high standard, but with subtle, unobtrusive changes which made us feel safe. We know that Adrian and Damien take the situation seriously but still want you to feel welcome- and we really did. Lovely room, delicious breakfast, lovely surroundings. Adrian and Damien made us welcome as did Matlock. Miller's and The Red Lion also took care at the same time as welcoming us. Thank you for a few days of "normal".
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!
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