One of the directors recently returned from The Pines at Darley Bridge on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire. He was accommpanied by the family walking group – four mature but demanding ‘gentlemen’ – for our annual trip. We had a great stay – see below for the text our Dogpeople Says link in The Pines’ directory entry.
“One of the directors stayed four nights with the family walking group in May 2010. Hamish had to stay at home as the distances would have been too much for him (we walked 38 miles with over 7500 feet of ascent in three days and one afternoon). I asked the family to sum things up in two word answers; on the accommodation they said ‘very good’, on breakfast ‘spot on’ and overall ‘nothing skimped’. The accommodation is certainly very good, a beautifully developed house full of character and every convenience with furnishings to match. The breakfasts were fabulous – scrambled eggs and salmon were highly commended by two of us, every combination of ‘full English’ was tried and applauded and the poached eggs were great. On top of this was the usual array of cereals, fruit and juices (most combinations tried), home made bread for the toast (with a toast warmer to keep it perfect for home made marmalade or jam after the main event). The welcome was superb – with advice on all sorts if you need it – the village has a couple of pubs, there’s enough off road parking, pretty gardens and I enjoyed meeting Strider (the house dog). We all liked it!”
The walking was excellent too – two days and one afternoon direct from The Pines and one walk from Baslow (about 38 miles and 7500 feet ascent in all). Those for whom beer is important (it is to some of the group …) there are two pubs in Darley Bridge and Cheryl was able to advise on the relative merits of pubs along our routes (we only stopped in one each day … honest).
None of the group’s routes are in our walks directory but there are several other dog friendly suggestions for Derbyshire.