Things To See & Do

The Peak District National Park is one of the most visited in the world and the setting for many famous films. There is so much to do and explore in Derbyshire - we have highlighted some ideas here and you can find much more information at and and via the free ‘Peak Explorer’ app.

We have lots of maps and books of walks at the house which you are welcome to borrow and you can head out from the front door down to the banks of the river Derwent, walk over the fields to the pubs at Darley Bridge (30 mins walk), or along the steam railway line.

Why not experience something different during your holiday? We have teamed up with some fantastic local companies to provide exclusive offers for our guests, so please mention that you are a Darley House guest if you book any of our recommended activities. 

Experience Something New

James Grant Photography

James Grant photography courses

Award winning photographer and author of the photography location guidebook "Peak District Through The Lens”, James offers a variety of workshops.  Whether you're a beginner learning the ropes or an advanced amateur looking to expand your sense of adventure, he can run a group or 1-2-1 workshop to suit you.

James: 07535 688969

Hot Air Ballooning

Take a bird's eye view of the beautiful hills and countryside that Derbyshire has to offer with a hot air balloon ride. Wickers World has a site just down the road from us at Rowsley, so all you need is good weather.

Maggie: 01889 882222

Hot Air Balloons

Barry Colenso Master Chocolatier

Chocolate Tasting Workshop

Master chocolatier and designer of Kate and Will's chocolate wedding cake, Barry Colenso will run chocolate tasting and making courses for your family and friends at Darley House (from 2 hrs to a full day - for groups of 8 or more).

Barry: 07836 621932

Get Active

Cyclists on e-bikes

True North Adventures

Get off the beaten track. True North Adventures offer e-mountain bike guided tours and will bring them to Darley House with your dedicated guide.  E-bikes are a great leveller making a group ride accessible to all levels of fitness.  Do read our blog on our exhilarating day with TNA.

Jamie: 01538 300778

Glory Days Bikes

Hire beautiful vintage bikes or take a one day tour, such as the Trails Tea Party - a gentle scenic ride including afternoon tea. Darley House guests get 10% off when you hire 3+ bikes or book a retro ride tour for 3+ people with all levels of experience catered for.

Tel: 07890 274676

Glory Days Bikes

A Photo from Monsal Trail Bike Hire website of the viaduct at Monsal Head and lush green rolling hills in the background

Monsal Trail Bike Hire

Cycle the traffic-free Monsal Trail through spectacular scenery and tunnels. It is suitable for all the family with bicycles, tag-a-longs and kids trailers and there’s no need to book in advance, unless you want to book electric bikes and tandems. Open all year round.

Tel: 01629 810 588

Dolomite Training

The place to go for outdoor adventures - have a go at mountain biking, abseiling, kayaking, or canyoning. Owner Steve Rudge knows the Peak District like the back of his hand and can organise the perfect activity day. Guests get £20 off bookings for groups of 4 or more.  Steve: 07784 005097

Dolomite Training

Peak Walking Adventures

Peak Walking Adventures

Enjoy the spectacular Peak District scenery and leave the navigation to Rachel, a friendly, knowledgeable guide on some of the best walks in the area. All you need is a good pair of walking boots and outdoor clothing. Suitable for individuals and groups. Rachel  07340 163629

Art & Culture

Haddon Hall

Described as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages”. Film-makers flock to Haddon Hall to use it as a location.  15% off entry price is available for Darley House guests.

Currently closed but holding a Winter Mercatum Artisan Markets 9, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29 Nov and 3, 4 , 5 and 6 Dec.  Book in advance.

Tel: 07890 274676

Haddon Hall

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

The house is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality. Today Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4000 years as well as 105 acres of beautiful gardens and a fun farmyard for children, so there’s something for everyone.

All attractions open until end of December. Book in advance.  

Tel: 01246 565300

Markets & Local Producers

For high quality local produce, visit the farmers market in the beautiful town of Bakewell on the last Saturday of every month from 9am - 2pm. It’s a great place to stock up on food and drink made in the area, such as Brock & Morten rapeseed oils.

Kate (Brock & Morten): 07739 188111

Bakewell Farmer's Market

Roper's Honey Bee Farm

Roper's Honey Bee Farm

A fantastic working bee farm and shop.

Shop is open - serving customers at the table outside. Our opening times are still: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10am - 4.30pm. Sundays 10am - 12 noon

Helen and Tim: 01246 854318

Spire Brewing Company

Spire has a selection of eclectic beers and believes "there is a beer for everyone", which they will deliver to Darley House. There is a minimum order of 12 bottles (mixed or same), which must be placed at least one week before your arrival. You can also pre-book a brewery tour for up to 14 people where you can also take advantage of their Snug bar or create your own brew and labels!

Tel: 01246 807940

Spire Brewing Company

Amber Valley Wines

In an area of breathtaking natural beauty, the elements, landscape and passionate hard work have combined to create Amber Valley Wines. Visit the online shop here and get your weekend delivery. The Cellardoor site is open with outdoor stall and pick-up service on Saturday afternoons 1pm to 5pm and on scheduled tour days from 11am to 2pm (dates here). 


Relax in a hot tub on our secluded Paxton patio gazing at the sunset. Arrival and collection must be arranged within your booking dates. However, if we have no guests staying prior to you, Tim will set up the day before so your hot tub is up to temperature for the first evening of your stay at Darley House.

Tim: 07814 584423