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Things to do from The Old Vicarage
There are literally dozens of beautiful walks and cycle rides right from the door within the immediate area.
For cyclists we are just a stone's throw away from The Manifold Cycle trail and the Tissington and High Peak cycle trails. There are several cycle hire shops on each trail or you are welcome to bring your own bikes. There are hundreds of quiet country lanes to cycle along and enjoy this beautiful part of the world.
Nearby Milldale is the start of the downstream walk to the stepping stones at Dovedale and the village of Ilam. Upstream, a quieter river side walk takes you to Hartington.
Thor's Cave rising 360ft above the river Manifold has a 60ft entrance and stunning views over the valley. It is just a short walk from the Vicarage and is one of many caves and burial mounds in the area, which have yielded ancient bones and artefacts.
Wetton Mill and the Manifold Valley are again just a short distance away. Wetton Mill is now owned by the National Trust, but once ground corn for the local community. It closed down as a mill in the mid 19th century, but there is a tea room on the site and direct access the cycle track along the Manifold Valley.
About an hours walk will bring you to Ecton Hill, which is dotted with old lead and copper mines. The copper once mined here was so pure that is was used to make the first transatlantic telephone cable. At a small number of times of the year the mines are open to visitors, with booking through the National Trust.
We have a great selection of restaurants and pubs in the local area including The George in Alstonefield, The Devonshire Arms in Hartington and The Manifold Inn at Hulme End. All open 7 days a week and all highy recommened serving excellent homemade food and good beer. There is also a pub in the village just 2 minutes stroll from the house.
A short drive will allow you to visit some of the Peak District's historic gems and market towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Buxton.
We are ideally located to visit some of the country's favourite stately homes where many of our recent period dramas and films have been set. Visit nearby Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Sudbury Hall, Kedleston Hall, Calke Abbey or Hardwick Hall.
We have a great range of other things to see and do including nearby Alton Towers, the many limestone caves including Pooles Cavern in Buxton, as well as the famous cable car in Matlock Bath. We could go on.....
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