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.
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.
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.
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.
Foremark Reservoir is the local weekend hangout for all outdoor and leisure activities. It provides adventure through sports like sailing, country-side walks, fishing etc and provides for a play area for the children. The nearby National Forest is an attraction for nature enthusiasts to go out and explore. The reservoir was originally created in 1970 to take care of the water demand of the nearby cities. The reservoir is around 230 acres (93 hectares) in area and doesn't fall short of providing you with the perfect outdoor break. It also offers horse riding along with bird watching.
Dovedale forms a part of the fascinating Dove valley and lies between Thorpe Cloud and Milldale. It is home to some spellbinding limestone canyon landscape and attracts countless visitors throughout the year. Dovedale and the river is surrounded by deep reefs and several rock structures and caves. Dovedale's captivating low-lying section can be viewed from Thorpe Cloud's summit. This is a tapered hill offering a getaway to the lovely valley. Dovedale also remains a walker's haven, offering a scenic walk by the riverside.
The Five Pits Trail was created in 1989 and largely follows the route of the Great Central Railway which connected the five coal mines that were once found along the route, giving the trail its name. With car parks located at various points along the way, you can choose to cover the entire 5 1/2 miles from Grassmoor to Tibshelf at a single go or explore smaller sections at a time. As you explore the undulating country side, you may run across some information boards which provide insight in to the heritage and wildlife of the area. Since the path is surfaced, it is perfect for walkers as well as cyclists and horse-back riders.
The small village of Biggin lies in the Derbyshire Dales region of Derbyshire. This English township belongs to the Hartington Nether Quarter parish and is a part of the Peak District National Park. Needless to say the village is a site of astounding natural beauty. Biggin was formerly known as Newbiggin and it was the site of the monastic site which belonged to the ancient Cistercian order. This village was the former hub of a thriving mining industry but at present it is a brimming site of agriculture. Biggin is a beautiful tourist spot for anyone looking forward to spend a serene time amidst nature.
Nestled in the arms of the Colwick Park, the Nottingham Racecourse is a sheer delight for all those interested in racing. Well known riders and owners compete periodically on this course. The course offers special ladies days for some of the races. Children under the age of 16 are allowed free access into the course provided they are accompanied by elders. The gates of the course are open to the viewers two hours prior on race days, so make sure you get there on time.