A Day Out At Hardwick Hall
The National Trust property, Hardwick Hall is a dramatic and stunning architecturally significant Elizabethan country house in Derbyshire, once the home of Bess of Hardwick.
It is best to visit on a fine day as the gardens and estate are beautiful. Only the ground floor of the hall is accessible but the outside of this fine building, set against a bright blue sky (if you’re lucky) and magnificent gardens is really impressive.
The lovely accessible shops and tearoom/cafe/restaurant are fantastic. Take a picnic and some games to play on the lawn and it will give you an outing to remember.
On leaving Harwick, head for the Herb Garden at Hardstoft, Pilsley (www.theherbgarden.co.uk) Fully accessible and with a tearoom, this is a great attraction. It has a huge selection of rare and unusual herbs and this, together with the historical interest of its physic garden and the sweet-scented lavender and pot-pourri gardens have made it a favourite destination , delighting the senses for over 25 years.
Driving back to Chesterfield you can call at the Cineworld cinema which is accessible and to round off the day, the outstanding, award-winning Red Lion at the Peak Edge Hotel, Stonedge on the road out towards Matlock (www.peakedgehotel.co.uk) is an Accessible Derbyshire favourite. Coal fires, candelabras, fine food and drink: you’ll want to stay here for a week!! And with luxurious, fully accessible bedrooms now available you can do just that! – see link video.