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Activities in Parwich

Walking An easy six-mile walk is to take the field paths across the valley of the Blatch Brook south towards Tissington, then follow the Tissington Trail northwards, turning off to the pretty village of Alsop en le Dale, and field paths again back to Parwich.

Activities in Ashbourne

Walking There are dozens of walks to enjoy around the town, ranging from flat paths alongside the High Peak or the Tissington Trails for those who want an easy stroll, to more taxing routes through Dovedale, the Manifold Valley and other surrounding areas.

Biking The Tissington and High Peak Trails offer the perfect route for cyclists of any ability. where the local cycle hire centre is based. Details: Tissington Cycle Hire 01335 343156; Peak Cycle Hire 01335 343156.

Climbing The White Peak is renowned for steep rock faces with fewer cracks than the nearby gritstone edges. Matlock Bath and Black Rocks near Cromford are popular local challenges; for gritstone try Froggatt Edge.

Fishing Plenty of choice on offer, for lakes try the Yeavely Estate, 01335 330247; for coarse fishing call Ashbourne fish pond (day tickets from Fosters of Ashbourne) 01335 343135.

Go-karting / Quad biking / Paintballing Wild Park Leisure, based in the nearby village of Brailsford. Family-run business with a variety of packages on offer, 01335 360485.

Golf Ashbourne Golf Club based at a 158-acre former hunting lodge off Wyaston Road. A designer-built 18-hole course and practice ground with modern clubhouse facilities and professional’s shop. Bookings: 01335 342078

Equestrian The nearest riding centre is Tissington Trekking Centre: 01335 350276

Other Outdoor activities A range of organised activities including abseiling, climbing, potholing and canoeing is available via Perception. Telephone Number: 01733 314924

Ashbourne Leisure Centre in Station Road. Telepone Number: 01335 343712

Activities in Bakewell

Walking Dozens of walks are centred around the town, ranging from flat paths alongside the river or the Monsal Trail, for those who want an easy stroll, to more taxing routes around the surrounding hills and dales if you want a challenge.

Biking There are miles of country lanes and bridleways to explore, as well as four miles of well-surfaced track along the Monsal Trail where the local cycle hire centre is based. Details: Parsley Hay Cycle Hire 01298 84493; Middleton Top Cycle Hire 01629 823204

Climbing The gritstone edges north of Bakewell have become a mecca for rock climbers, offering everything from beginners’ routes to E10 classics. The White Peak provides a different climbing experience, with its steeper rock faces offering fewer cracks.

Golf Bakewell Golf Club, founded in 1899, is a testing 9-hole/18-tee course running along the hillside to the east of the town.Visitors are welcome; £25 at weekends. Tel: 01629 812307

Equestrian The nearest riding centre is Christine Mosley’s Haddon House Stud at Monyash Road, Over Haddon, a couple of miles outside Bakewell. Tel: 01629 813723

Outdoors A full range of activities aimed specifically at groups is available at the Thornbridge Outdoor Centre Tel: 01629 640491

Activities in Buxton

Walking Perched high in the Peaks, between bleak moors, lush woodland and the slopes of the Pennines, Buxton is a perfect centre for walkers. There are plenty of routes to choose from: stroll along flat, well-surfaced paths – like Broad Walk in the Pavilion Gardens, or the riverside Serpentine Walk – or test your stamina with more challenging terrain, from rolling moorland and tranquil dales to steeply climbing of hills and rocky edges. Try a few of our Buxton Walks

Biking Buxton is a biker’s paradise, with hundreds of miles of mountain bike trails, covering all levels of challenge and ability. The best family cycling routes follow the site of former railway lines, like the Tissington, High Peak and Sett Valley trails, all offering traffic-free routes just a few miles from the town. Cycle hire available at Parsley Hay, off the A515, at the junction of the two trails, tel: 01298 84493. Buxton Cycling Club gathers for a 50-mile run each Sunday: www.buxtoncc.org.uk

Climbing The gritstone edges and limestone cliffs of the Peak District make it a honeypot for rock climbers of all abilities, offering everything from beginners’ routes to E10 classics. Stanage Edge, Froggatt Edge and The Roaches are all within a few miles of Buxton.

Swimming Buxton Spa Pool is a 25-metre pool, part of the Pavilion Gardens complex. Special sessions for 50+ and people with disabilities; public swimming most afternoons; crèche; children’s activities. (St Johns Road: 01298 25427)

Parks Cote Heath Recreation Ground in Higher Buxton has two football pitches, a bowling green, a playground and a skate park – a popular local centre for roller skating and skate-boarding. This free facility is open to all, but take your own skates. Ashwood Park, opposite Spring Gardens, is an attractive open space alongside the River Wye. It offers bowling, tennis, a nine-hole putting green and a children’s play area.

Golf Peak Practice Golf at Fairfield Common, off the A6, features a 340yd floodlit driving range suitable for all ages and abilities. (Fairfield: 01298 74444) Buxton & High Peak Golf Club, founded in 1887, is the oldest club in Derbyshire. The well-drained, par 69 course is one of the most consistently playable courses in the area. (Town End: 01298 26263) Cavendish Golf Club, commissioned in 1823 by the Duke of Devonshire, occupies an undulating and partly-wooded site with several marvellous holes and wonderful scenery. (Gadley Lane: 01298 79708).

Equestrian Local riding centres offer lessons, livery, treks and riding breaks. Try Buxton Riding School at Fern Farm: 01298 72319; Foxheys Stud at Grinlow: 01298 213464; Northfield Farm at Flash: 01298 22543.