Clarion Collection Hotel Makeney Hall
Belper, EN DE56 0RS
Phone: (44) 0844 855-9111
Fax: (44) 0133 284-2777
Constructed in the year 1794, Cromford Canal was built by Benjamin Outram and William Jessop. Today, the site of Cromford Canal is home to abundant industrial history and heritage and is situated in the stunning Derwent Valley Mills. Cromford Canal also supports large populations of water vole, a species highly endangered and on a steady decline. Coots, moorhen, little grebes and grass snakes are also found in this canal. Dragonflies can be spotted at the canal's southern end. A public footpath between Ambergate and Cromford Wharf is the best route to explore Cromford Canal.
A medieval woodland, Shining Cliff Woods belonged to the Duffield Frith hunting region. Marked as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, this enrapturing woodland is home to various bird species including bramblings, flycatchers and warblers. During spring, thick sycamore plantations offer good shade to a lovely blanket of bluebells. Shining Cliff Woods also supports various animal species including voles, stoat, squirrel and fox. A circular marked walking trail lets you explore the woods as well as the ruins of the ancient Betty Kenny Tree.
This fascinating center is set in open countryside with wonderful views and 3,000 square foot of indoor attractions. Admission includes unlimited rides on original vintage trams from all over the world, which will take you through reconstructed vintage townships; or you can learn more about them in a unique exhibition which looks at changes in transport, technology and society. A full events diary includes horse drawn trams, costumed days and children's days. An extensive transport library and archives are also available by appointment for historians, researchers and students, and tram-driving courses can be arranged. The museum also has excellent cafes, shops, picnic areas and playgrounds.
A popular destination for rock climbing enthusiasts, Black Rocks is idyllically located high above the village of Cromford with Cromford Moor behind and the High Peak Trail passing just below. Since 1890s tourists have been attracted to this place's scenery, rock formation and forest trails. Following the trails in the surrounding woods, the visitor is greeted by splendid views of the Derwent valley around Matlock. It has also been designated as a country park and can be accessed through a short but challenging climb.
Featuring a scenic country park and abundant space for picnics and other activities, Carsington Water is a picturesque reservoir. The visitor center at the reservoir's site has been recently remodeled and a play area has also been created. Trout fishery facilities and a sailing club also exist at the reservoir's site and offer an exciting time for all those who wish to indulge in fishing or sailing. Barbecuing facilities are also present at the site, making Carsington Water an ideal location for a family's day out.
Originally built to receive goods brought in by the Cromford canal boats and awaiting onward transport, Cromford Wharf is the historic terminus of Cromford Canal. It was built in the 18th Century and comprises various in house structures like a warehouse, a weighing machine, sawpit, counting houses, stables and a smithy with all serving different purposes. The buildings have been restored and maintained by the Arkwright Society and are leased out. Wheatcroft's Wharf Cafe and conference facilities are set up in the Gothic Warehouse.
A huge 55-mile (89 kilometer) long trail along the length of the River Derwent, the Derwent Valley Heritage Way can be ideally enjoyed as a long-distance walk or as a series of shorter walks. This route explores the beauty and heritage of Derbyshire's River Derwent and offers spectacular views all along the way. With never ending scenery, the Derbyshire Dales and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site can be explored in between the walk. Along the way, visitors can stop and relax at the numerous inns, shops, guesthouses, campsites, bed and breakfasts, youth hostels and hotels. The route takes one through varied habitats as well and it all ends at the historic inland port of Shardlow and Derwent Mouth, where the Derwent flows into the River Trent.
Administered by the Woodland Trust, Oldmoor Wood is a beautiful expanse of woodland close to Strelley. Spread across an area of 15.11 hectares (37.34 acres), Oldmoor Wood is home to a wide range of flora and fauna.
Derbyshire's Peak District is one of many areas of outstanding natural beauty within easy traveling distance of Birmingham. Here, you will find plenty to see above and below ground. The Heights of Abraham Country Park and Caverns is a large complex offering many attractions including audio-visual presentations and displays of what life was like for the lead miners who once worked here. You can see the scenery above ground from the comfort of a cable car ride, and below ground through guided tours of the caverns. The caverns, deep inside Derbyshire Hills, are well-lit and spacious, so everyone but the claustrophobics can enjoy themselves.
Owned and managed by Severn Trent Water and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Ogston Reservoir covers around 200 acres (80.93 hectares) in area and is a popular tourist attraction. It is situated in beautiful Derbyshire countryside between the low-lying hills of the Amber Valley and near the villages of Brackenfield, Ashover and Clay Cross. The number of leisurely activities that can be pursued here are endless with trout fishing, windsurfing and sailing being on the cards. It is also a delight for all bird watchers, as most recently, there have been 200 species of bird life recorded at Ogston. There are two observation hides used by local bird watchers and some of the rare breeds include Long-tailed skuas and Wilson's Phalarope.
Chilwell Olympia is the huge sports center located in the city of Nottingham for recreational, sporting and physical education facilities for local children. Nottinghamshire Badminton Association is also a part of this sporting facility. The Olympia is run by Broxtowe Borough Council and has indoor facilities for badminton, basketball, karate, cricket, netball, volleyball,table tennis, aerobics, etc. It has outdoor facilities for cricket, football, skateboarding, hockey. It also has a well-equipped gym with modern amenities.
One of those structures that just cannot be missed while travelling towards Peak District, Minninglow is the largest and most prominently sited cairn here and is situated on the top of Minninglow Hill at a height of 372 metres (1220.47 feet) above sea level. Dating back to the Bronze Age, the site is surrounded by a serene beech plantation found to the east of The High Peak Trail between the villages of Parwich and Elton. The site measures around 40 metres (131.23 feet) across and contains multiple Neolithic burial chambers. Excavated around the 1840s and 1850s, the site is a prominent landmark here and the adjoining walking trails offer good opportunities to take a relaxing stroll.