An incredible variety of historic and cultural attractions, rugged outdoor scenery combined with the relatively compact size of the Peak District provide a fantastic choice of things to do and see within easy drive of Rivendale.
A wide range of local events and festivals are held throughout the year in the Peak District and Derbyshire.
Walking, Cycling, Mountain Biking
Probably the most popular pastimes with our clientele due to the network of cycle ways and footpaths that are accessible directly from Rivendale.
The Tissington Trail lies about 100 metres from Rivendale and now forms one leg of the newly created Trails Triangle. This cycle route runs down the Tissington Trail to the picturesque village of Tissington, across to and around Carsington Reservoir, up to the High Peak Trail – which links back to the Tissington Trail at Parsley Hay.
Numerous other cycle ways and green roads lie within a few miles of Rivendale including the Manifold and Limestone Ways and tracks around the Goyt Valley.
Mountain bike routes in the Peak District may be downloaded from www.ukmountainbiker.com and other web sites or can be found in a variety of printed guides.
There are several suggested walking routes that are available either from The Stables Cafe or from reception.
Fishing, Climbing, Sailing and other Outdoor Pastimes.
The Rivers Dove and Manifold just a few miles from Rivendale were two of the most famous Trout and Grayling rivers, made famous by Izaak Walton in his book “The Complete Angler”. Within the last 10 years the quality of both rivers has recovered much of their former glory and there are a few day ticket opportunities for fly fishing near Rivendale. Fly fishing for trout from bank or boat is also available at Carsington and Tittesworth reservoirs.
Coarse or mixed fishing is available at various small lakes in the locality as well as the lower reaches of the river Derwent and Dove. Our fishing lake at Rivendale is stocked with Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout, and is ideal for beginners or anglers wanting to polish their technique!
Sailing & Other watersports
Excellent sailing is available at Carsington Reservoir – either from the sailing club on open days or on a daily basis from the Watersports Centre – which also offers kayaks, windsurfers, bike hire and a climbing wall. The Visitor Centre at Carsington houses an interactive display explaining how our water supply is provided and an extensive childrens play area that may be used free of charge.
Climbing & Other Outdoor pursuits
Dove Dale - within walking distance" The attractive lakeside footpath and cycleway at Carsington is a real pleasure on a summer’s evening and is one of the best bird-watching venues in the midlands with comfortable enclosed bird hides. The new Trails Triangle cycle way runs from Rivendale to Carsington reservoir and returns in a triangular route. This ride takes a reasonably fit adult approximately 4-5 hours and is a good way for a cyclist to visit Carsington from Rivendale.
Another artificial climbing wall is available at Longnor whilst the real thing is in abundance nearby at The Roaches, Matlock and Dove Dale gorges.
Ballooning, hang-gliding, caving and other adventure sports are offered by various specialist companies across the Peak District, whilst off-roading is available opposite Rivendale on “play-days” when it is possible to pay to go around the challenging off road course.
Take a journey underground with guided tours into the caves at Poole's Cavern, exploring the vast limestone caverns of Derbyshire, located in Buxton.
Go Ape is a very popular Tree Top Adventure Park and offers the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure Days, offering zip wires, 'Tarzan Swigs' and Tree Crossings. GoApe has adventure sites all around the UK, but luckily we have one not very away in Buxton - The perfect day out for the kids!
Tissington and other villages within the Peak District are famous for their well-dressings, which involves the decoration of local springs with beautiful flower displays. Those interested in gardens should also visit the annual Chatsworth Flower show the gardens of the local stately homes and manor houses and Lea Gardens in Matlock Bath.
Buxton and Ashbourne both host arts festivals over several weeks with drama, music and dance focussed (in Buxton) on its famous Opera House. The Peak District is home to various craftsmen making high quality furniture, jewellery, cutlery and so forth, some of whom have open days to demonstrate their craft.
Further information is available on our events and festivals pages.
Theme Parks, Historic and Cultural Venues.
Historical Stately Homes
Derbyshire is home to the greatest variety of, and most impressive, stately homes in the country. The most famous include Chatsworth – the most visited in the country – magnificent in scale and setting, Kedleston with its Robert Adam interior, Haddon with its construction spanning several generations and styles, Sudbury with its Museum of childhood, Hardwick which broke new ground with its extensive use of glass and the smaller local Houses at Tissington, Ilam and so on that permit access to the public on specific days. Most of the above have extensive collections of art, gardens, dining facilities and so forth and can occupy a full day.
Alton Towers – the country’s most popular attraction - has the best array of hair-raising roller coaster rides in the UK, splash-landings indoor water park for rainy days, some beautiful gardens and is only about 30 minutes drive from Rivendale.
Gullivers Kingdom at Matlock Bath does the same thing on a smaller scale and is better-suited to smaller children. Also in Matlock Bath are the Heights of Abraham with it’s cable car ride, Riber Castle and The Peak Mining Museum.
The National Tram museum at Crich is home to one of the best Tram collections in the world, with some working examples running on certain days and the chance to learn how to operate one. The museum grounds have a woodland walk with some interesting sculptures and other attractions.
The ancient Henge at Arbour Low is one of the most important Neolithic sites in the uk after Stone Henge. Every year the summer solstice is celebrated at this enchanting and sometimes eerie location just a few miles from Rivendale. Other notable sites include the Nine Ladies stone circle and those identified on the 10 BESST Heritage walks a few miles from Rivendale.
Mining for lead, tin, copper and stone dates back to pre-Roman times with various workings and museums open to the public such as Temple Mine and the Peak Mining Museum at Matlock Bath, Speedwell Cavern at Edale, The Engine House at Middleton Top to mention a few.
Richard Arkwright’s various Mills in the Derwent Valley were the birth place of mechanised textile production and the factory system. They were the starting point of the transformation of the UK from an agricultural-based society into an industrialised nation – their significance being such that they are now a World Heritage Site, along with the other mills stretching from Cromford to Derby. In Derby itself the old Silk Mill houses an impressive collection of Rolls Royce engines – from Merlin engines to an RB211 jet engine.
Pottery is another industry with local origins. The Gladstone Pottery museum in Stoke is about an hour drive away, whilst Denby Pottery offers you the chance to try and make your own ceramics and Crown Derby in Derby is also open to the public.