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Though Blackclough is 'away from it all', there are some good local amenities worth mentioning nearby!
Flash bar stores - The local shop, Flash Bar Stores and Coffee Shop, 01298 22763 stocks local fresh eggs, oatcakes, veg and more, and will take orders in advance to collect. There is good Wi-Fi and Lyndsey does great breakfasts! See their site; featuring a webcam on the A53.
Knights Table at the Travellers Rest nr Buxton offers some delicious traditional pub food and is highly rated on trip adviser - only 1 mile away.www.theknightstable.co.uk/
The Crag Inn - enjoy a walk, past the old stone quarry, across Axe Edge Moor, down to the Crag Inn at Wildboarclough, and then up Shutlingsloe - highest hill in Cheshire.
Ye Old Rock Inn below the Roaches - ideal for lunch after the walk down the Valley to Gradbach, and up onto the Roaches.
The Old Sun Inn in Buxton - Lonely Planet describes as 'the pick of the town's watering holes, but which retains an Edwardian-era ambience'
The Cat and Fiddle Inn, A great family friendly pub in Derbyshire, the second highest in England, offers panoramic views and is located around 30 minutes walk away.
Blackclough is within easy access of the old spa town of Buxton (4 miles) with its Victorian Opera House, Pavilion Gardens and Poole's Cavern. There are numerous stately homes and National Trust properties Chatsworth House, (home of Duke of Devonshire, film set for Pride and Prejudice and The Duchess,) with a great childrens farm, Haddon Hall, (Jane Eyre), Hardwick Hall (Harry Potter) and Kedleston Hall are within easy reach. Lyme Park in Cheshire is only 8 miles away.
Alton Towers with its roller coasters, white knuckle rides and family water park is only is 17 miles away and fun for all ages! If you visit in November you can celebrate the end of theme park season by watching their fantastic fireworks display.www.altontowers.com/
Matlock Bath is a unique village just south of Matlock in Derbyshire nestled alongside the River Derwent. There is something in Matlock Bath to suit every taste - from museums to amusements. At the Heights of Abraham you can get a cable car across the Derwent with stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District or explore the fantastic woodland and views by foot. www.visitmatlockbath.co.uk/
Blackclough is surrounded by the caves and caverns of the National Park and is an area of renown unique geological structures. There are numerous active quarries for limestone and gritstone and quarries no longer in use such as Hall Dale, West Quarry and nearby Parkhouse Hill - all accessible for fossil hunting.
The Blue John Caves and Caverns are at Castleton, the only source in the world of this rare mineral. The Castleton shops sell Blue John jewellery in silver and gold using this beautiful unique stone. www.bluejohn-cavern.co.uk
At Buxton, Poole's Cavern, there's a vast 2 million year old limestone cavern, and has been designated a site of special scientific interest.
The Peak District is a fantastic area to be to see some clear skies because so much of it is isolated. Set up so high, with the lights of no village or town in sight, Blackclough offers wonderful views, including the falling stars or meteor showers, particularly in August.
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre nr Macclesfield is 22 miles www.jodrellbank.net/
National Space Centre near Leicester www.spacecentre.co.uk/
The museums of the Potteries, including Wedgwood Vistor Centre in Stoke on Trent, offer factory tours, opportunities to throw pots, paint plates etc.
The Lead Mining Museum (Matlock Bath) has vivid demonstrations of lead and fluorspar mining of old. www.leadminingmuseum.co.uk/
The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill in Macclesfield.
The Museum of Childhood and Sudbury Hall are at Ashbourne.
Buxton Festival in July includes the Buxton Carnival, two weeks of operas, musical events and a 5mile running race. The famous Peak Park Well Dressings are featured in a range of villages over the entire summer. Visit Derbyshire Guide or the Peak District Tourist Board websites, with Tissington one of the best known. www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/
The County Shows of Derbyshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire are all within easy reach, and craft fairs feature throughout the year in various towns in the Peak Park.
The history of Stilton Cheese can be traced back to the early 18th century and can only be produced in three Counties, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Leicestershire. If you want to sample locally made cheese you can visit Hartington Cheese Shop where no less than a quarter of the world's supply of Stilton cheese is produced! The creamery in Hartington, is the oldest remaining working cheese factory in England and now owned by Dairy Crest Ltd. You'll even be able to take cheese making courses there in 2013.
Shops and factory outlets - there are many throughout Derbyshire and Staffordshire including the Peak Village Outlet with 30+ shops. Caudwell Mill is a 19th Century flour mill still operational, with visitor centre and café. Leek is renowned for its antiques, and Denby Visitor Centre and Clarks Factory shop are within reach.
Buxton Raceway is close by, amidst the limestone escarpments, with its bombers, lady bombers, stockcars track and you can even have your own drift experience, less than 2 miles away. www.buxtonraceway.com/
Blackclough is within easy reach of many popular large event venues - enjoy the festival/concert but make a weekend of it when going to Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, Derby Live, Buxton Opera House, Buxton Military tattoo.
Are too numerous to list, with something for everyone - at all ages and abilities -
Eyam Plague Village, where in 1665, the villagers isolated themselves rather than allow the bubonic plague to spread, 260 of them died. Also in the graveyard is the tomb of Little John of Robin Hood fame.
Ashborne and nearby Dovedale.
Flash and Three Shires Head or as some are beginning more accurately to call Three Shire Heads. A gentle stroll away down the valley to the four Pack Horse routes and bridges across the River Dane which rises nearby. Three Shire's Head was a place where lawbreakers or coiners evaded capture by crossing into a neighbouring county when it was only possible for police to act within their own county limits. The local settlement of Flash takes its name from the trading in counterfeit money by these coiners, flash money (counterfeit currency) or flashy (not as good as it looks.)2014 Tour de France The second stage of the tour will bepPassing into Derbyshire on the northern tip of the Peak District under the shadow of the Bleaklow plateau it then climbs over the Langsett Moors. http://letour.yorkshire.com/