This is my little highlight of the week. I want to hopefully, start doing this every week to reflect back on my favourite moments. This week my highlight is from a walk at Chatsworth house woods, a peek at the Christmas markets, a stroll into Baslow and the discovery of two fantastic child-friendly pubs! 🙂 Chatsworth House Walk, Markets and Baslow pubs
Highlight from this week:
Chatsworth House Walk, Markets and Baslow pubs
The walk we did at Chatsworth is one we have done before, we were there exactly this time last year and hope make it into a little tradition. Why not, eh?! It’s free to do this walk and it doesn’t require any tickets as it isn’t in the gardens, just through Chatsworth Estate Stand Woods which is free to explore at your own will! It’s pushchair friendly, all on flat path and there’s lots to see along the way. I highly recommend going up to the hunting tower and there is a magnificent view over the peak district and Chatsworth House itself, do step and take all of it in. And don’t forget your camera!
The walk starts through stand wood with an entrance gate situated next to the adventure playground and farm. It’s pretty self explanatory, you just follow the path and don’t turn off. Honestly you can’t get lost if you just follow the path and keep going straight ahead; the path turns and twists so just stay on it. 🙂 Allow a few hours for the whole walk… and because it is quite a long walk and if you do this in winter make sure you dress up warm; it can get very cold!
We did the walk with some friends and whilst it was lovely to get out with them, unfortunately, all the kids were just not happy at all for the majority of the walk! Usually they all love it, so I’m not sure what was up… it was a very cold day… I think it was too cold for them and they were both just crying for hours on end, even though we assumed we had dressed them in enough layers. 🙁
Maybe they were upsetting each other; but we had already reached half way so it would have taken the same time to walk back as it would have been to carry on. Sigh. This was really stressful and at times I just wanted everything to stop… Eric was so, so upset and it was awful to see him like that. Me and my friend still don’t know why both her daughter and Eric were so unhappy the whole time, I am guessing the cold so maybe don’t do the whole walk with toddlers in winter! Or maybe snow suits were needed?! (it did snow a few days later!)
By the time we finished the walk me and Ollie needed warming up, Eric had fallen asleep in the sling, so we treat ourselves to some winter warmers. The atmosphere at the markets really is wonderful, and considering how popular they are, it wasn’t too busy. We walked through the middle of the markets and didn’t have any trouble with crowds and didn’t queue for mulled wine.
The bus to Chatsworth House from Sheffield usually stops right in the car park (bus 218) but when the Christmas markets are on the bus has to stop a little further down due to the stalls being in that car park. We decided instead of walking there and waiting in the cold for a bus which only come once an hour we would walk to Baslow, about 20 minutes away, where buses are more regular and we could warm up in a nice country pub. I’m so glad we did because we found two really lovely child-friendly pubs. WIN!
Baslow is so picturesque, do take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and take photos! How pretty are the autumnal colours?!
One of the pubs in Baslow I have been to before, The Wheatsheaf, but we sat outside in the huge beer garden back when it was summer. It has a totally different atmosphere instead, smaller than I thought, more traditional and very cosy. It’s set in an 18th century coach house and is beautiful. We sat right near a huge Christmas tree and it felt very festive. The staff couldn’t do enough for us, they even looked up bus times and were very helpful with finding out what was vegan on the menu.
The next pub was just across the road, The Devonshire Arms. I have never been inside, but have passed by many times. I didn’t know they had a kids play corner and I will definitely be going back! This play corner is completely separate to the rest of the pub, had a little play kitchen, wooden toy box, soft toys and a car play table.
Eric was more than happy to play there whilst we waited for a bus! Both of these pubs are only around the corner from gates into Chatsworth Estate, so I think in the future, I may go there for a quick walk and explore with Eric and a warm up in the pubs afterwards. There was a beautiful tree all lit up outside, too. That was an added bonus!
Baslow is so pretty, I can’t count the amount of times I have passed through there; I love the area so much and I’m sure if you know me you’ll know I love the Peak District. Highly recommend a little visit there 🙂
What were your highlights from this week? Have you done anything festive?!
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