Derbyshire Peaks, Trams & Tarts

Derbyshire Peaks, Trams & Tarts

Discover Derbyshire with visits to Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Crich Tramway Museum and a ride on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway


Discover Derbyshire with visits to Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Crich Tramway Museum and a ride on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth house offers visitors a treasure trove of modern and historic artifacts. Wander around the three floors where you can see magnificent displays of art, furniture, sculptures and paintings housed in ornately decorated rooms. From the grandeur of the 1st Duke's Painted Hall and State Apartments with their rich decoration and painted ceilings, to the 19th century Library, Great Dining Room and Sculpture Gallery. There is just as much to see outside with 1000 acres of gardens described by Alan Titchmarsh as 'one of the best and most vibrant gardens in Britain'.



Bakewell is the only market town within the Peak District National Park boundary and its attractive courtyards, independent shops, cafés and its location on the River Wye make it a hugely popular destination for visitors. Bakewell is best known for a confection made by mistake. In the 19th century a cook at the Rutland Arms was baking a jam tart but misunderstood the recipe and so Bakewell Pudding was created - now almost every visitor to the town samples this culinary delight.


Crich Tramway Museum

Nestling on the edge of the Peak District this award-winning museum takes you on a mile-long scenic journey through a period street to open countryside with panoramic views over the Derwent Valley. Enjoy unlimited vintage tram rides, and explore 30,000 sq ft of indoor attractions. The Exhibition Hall houses the largest collection of vintage electric trams in Britain. Step back in time along the recreated period street where you won't have to wait long for the rumble of a vintage tram. Many of the buildings along the street have been rescued from towns and cities across the UK, such as the Derby Assembly Rooms façade which came to Crich after a tragic fire. The Red Lion Pub and Restaurant came all the way from Stoke and was re-built brick by brick. Also look out for the street furniture which is dotted along the street, including the Bundy Clock at Town End Terminus and The Exhibition Hall windows which were rescued from the Doncaster tram depot. There are lots of places to visit on the Tramway Street such as Rita’s Tearoom, The Red Lion Pub and the Poulson Room, Barnett’s old fashioned sweetshop, Scothern and Williamson gift shop, the Eagle Press and Bluebells Ice Cream Parlour and refreshments.


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is a 9-mile long heritage railway which operates passenger services on the line between Wirksworth and Duffield mainly using heritage diesel railcars. The Ecclesbourne Valley is one of Derbyshire’s most lovely and unspoilt valleys, stretching from the northern outskirts of Derby at Duffield, to Wirksworth, an ancient market town with a maze of interesting alleyways and narrow streets.

Day 1

Morning departure from Penrith as we head to Richmond for coffee and then continue south to Harrogate, time at leisure for lunch before we complete our journey to Derby and the Hallmark hotel, tea and coffee is served on arrival before we settle in and meals commence with dinner in the restaurant.


Day 2

Following breakfast we head to Chesterfield, with its famous crooked spire, time to view St Mary’s church or the traditional market, before we leave and travel to Chatsworth, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, for an included visit to the House and gardens. During our visit we have over 30 rooms to explore, the magnificent Painted Hall, State Rooms and beautiful Sculpture Gallery along with 100 acres of superb gardens. We return to Derby for dinner.

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Day 3

This morning we head to the picturesque market town of Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District, the town is of course home to the famous Bakewell Tart, or is it a pudding? Find out on a visit to the original shop in the village centre, we then head to Castleton, this 17th Century village is known as the 'Gem of the Peaks' - we return to Derby via the fascinating Plague village of Eyam. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 4

This morning we head to Carsington Water with its fascinating visitor centre for coffee before travelling to Matlock Bath. Here we have a ride on the cable car taking us to the Heights of Abraham, with spectacular views across the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District. In the afternoon we visit the village of Crich, home of the National Tramway Museum. Take a one mile vintage tram ride with spectacular views of the Derbyshire countryside and through the period village which boasts many interesting restored properties such as shops, tea rooms and a pub. Dinner on our return to Derby.

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Day 5

Departing Derby after breakfast we head via Ashbourne and Leek to Buxton, where we have time for lunch before returning over the Cat & Fiddle pass towards Macclesfield and then onwards to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Hallmark Hotel, Derby


Combining Victorian features with contemporary décor and amenities, the Hallmark Hotel Derby is one of the city’s landmark buildings.


All single, double and twin bedrooms have:


Spacious working desk and chair

Complimentary toiletries

Freeview TV

Tea and coffee-making facilities


Laundry service 



Bar, restaurant and elegant lounge, lift and ground floor rooms available.



Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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