Thursday, 24 April 2014

Grand Day Out in Derbyshire

Hello everyone, hope you are having a great week.

Yesterday my bestest friend Sue, our two Darling Daughters and me had ourselves a road trip to Derbyshire, following the route of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.  Our aim was to have a fun day out together, take in some lovely crafting supplies shops, do some small town browsing and have a bite to eat.  Three years ago Sue and I did a similar road trip, which I blogged about here.

Driving along there is much Industrial Architecture (which I love) to admire:

Rowsley -

Matlock Bath -

Belper -

Milford - 

We visited some lovely shops, including this one in Darley Dale, a veritable wonderland of all things related to embroidery, we all bought some lovely things.  The windows made great eye-candy too

I was drooling over this Midwinter coffee set, would look great with my growing collection

The staff are very friendly, it is a lovely place to visit, just be sure to save up some pennies first as there is so much you will want to buy!

We then jumped back in the car, and made our way to the pretty little town of Bakewell, which is only 10 minutes up the road.  We parked up and made our way to the little bridge - it is quite wobbly, rather like the Millenium Bridge in London, but quite safe of course.  And a great place to stand awhile and snap some photos

The river was running really quickly

But nothing could ruffle the feathers of these two stately creatures

We browsed some lovely shops, including the most amazing charity shops I had ever come across!  We stopped off for a bite to eat, and a bit more browsing.  We then decided to head back down the A6 to

it is a lovely little place to wander around, with a craft shop and mill museum.  But the things that took our eye on this visit were these little cuties...

The very essence of spring!

Some more feathered friends were there as well

The countryside was just beautiful, the green was so intense, so hard to replicate in photos...

There were even what I call Marimekko trees!

I think silver birch trees are wonderful, would love one in my garden

Driving back home along the A6 road I snapped some photos of the villages and towns we drove through (please do not worry dear readers, I wasn't driving!!)


Matlock Bath...

and just had to take this photo in Belper, after all it was St Georges day!  And the building dates back to Georgian times too...

Thanks so much to Sue and the girls for a lovely day out, hopefully won't be too long before we can do something similar again!



  1. What a nice outing. I would love to see the industrial architecture, especially. I love old factory and warehouse buildings.

  2. What a coincidence, I was in Belper and Matlock yesterday too, then Wirksworth in the evening! Glad you had a lovely day out :)

  3. Thoroughly enjoyed this photo tour. Spring just wouldn't be spring in the Uk without some lambs bouncing about ...reminds me of my home in Somerset. Yes I'd say that coffee set is definitely an eye catcher. I don't think I'd be able to just walk past lightly either.
    Thanks for visiting my blog too and many thanks for your comments on my recent posts.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  4. Thanks so much for taking us along on such a great day! What I wouldn't give to see those historic places. You're so lucky to live there!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. What a brilliant day out Helen! So much to see and visit, and the perfect mix of countryside, lovely buildings, pretty towns and country craft shops!
    Perfect company too by the sounds of it, I hope you had a great day!
    Gill xx


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