We were incredibly lucky this summer to be able to get out and explore, and one of the places we headed to were the Derbyshire Dales. It’s not somewhere we’ve been before and if I’m totally honest I didn’t even realise that Derbyshire had dales! It’s beautiful though and somewhere we will be back to explore further no doubt.
That weekend, not only did we head up the Heights of Abraham, but we also booked into Hardwick Hall to enjoy running around their gardens for a few hours.
A little bit about Hardwick Hall
Built between 1590 and 1597 for Bess of Hardwick, Hardwick Hall is a stunning piece of renaissance architecture set in the glorious Derbyshire countryside (Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ if you’re interested).
The grounds around Hardwick Hall are enormous and you could easily spend the whole day exploring it so if you have a dog it would be a wonderful way to spend the day.
Playing in the gardens
However, the gardens are where it’s really at as they are absolutely spectacular. A beautiful mix of landscaped grounds, wild boarders and rolling lawns. We spent a fabulous day exploring it all.
Here are a few highlights.