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Peak District

Matlock

Greetings! Our next adventure took us to the Peak District. We had heard many wonderful things about the Peak District and we were looking for something local to do for a few days, so this worked out quite well. The Peak District is an upland area in England at the southern end of the Pennines which are a range of mountains and hills in England. The area has been inhabited since the Mesolithic era, and evidence exists from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages, as well. The Peak District was settled by the Romans and Anglo-Saxons and remained largely agricultural until mining grew in importance in the medieval era. The Peak District National Park became the first national park in the United Kingdom in 1951.

Peak District: https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/home

We stayed in Matlock which is a town in Derbyshire, England. It is situated at the southeastern part of the Peak District, with the National Park directly to the west. The town is "twinned" with the French town Eaubonne, which means the two cities are sister cities and promote understanding of different cultures. The "twinned" concept started following following World War II. We stayed in an AirBnb that was dog friendly and our room had an amazing view. Our host was absolutely wonderful. She baked breakfast for us each morning, breads and muffins, and they were delicious. She was extremely thoughtful and gave us some wonderful recommendations. We could walk right outside and start a good walk. Although the weather was terrible leading up to our trip and during a lot of our trip, there were lots of things to do.

AirBnb in Matlock: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/23242661

While we were in Matlock we went to Haddon Hall, Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Early Grey Tower, and Chatsworth House. Since that is quite a lot of ground to cover and quite a few pictures :), I am going to do separate posts on Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House. Nine Ladies Stone Circle and Earl Grey Tower were a short walk from our AirBnb, so we grabbed Penny one morning and started off.

Views from room:
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Haddon Hall in the background:
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Penny enjoying her morning view:
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Penny trying to find the squirrels:
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A few pictures from the hike up:
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Nine Ladies Stone Circle is an English Heritage Site located in Staton Moor which is a small upland area in the Derbyshire Peak District, lying between Matlock and Bakewell near the villages of Birchover and Stanton-in-Peak. The site is free to the public. The stone circle reportedly dates back to the early Bronze Age and depicts nine ladies that were turned to stone as punishment for dancing on Sunday (I am guessing there would be a lot more stones these days, ha!).
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Earl Grey Tower is also located in Staton Moor as well. Earl Grey Tower was constructed in 1832 and dedicated to the Reform Act 1832, which gave every man the right to vote (sorry ladies) and I am guessing before the act was passed only the wealthy could have their say.
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Views on the way down:
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Penny returning from her hike:
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If birdwatching is your thing, my better half enjoys it and found at least 19 different types of birds just outside of our window!

The Peak District is stunning and we definitely have plans to come back. We hope to get to the Mam tor Circular Walk next time. It is a National Trust Site that has stunning view of the Peak District. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and the rain was relentless. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate a bit more on our next visit. We will also stay in the same AirBnb, if it is available. You cannot beat the location. Matlock is a cute village and we enjoyed the amenities and all of the things to do. It is near anything and everything you could want to do in the Peak District.

Onto Haddon Hall...

Posted by LCP 01:46 Archived in England Tagged tower walk national stone sisters district tor peak grey circle early trust mam nine matlock

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