Sorry for the delay in posting about this trip – it’s been about two months since I got back! This was night time view from my bedroom window at Glendon Guest House, the bed and breakfast in Matlock. Lovely, but that clock strikes every fifteen minutes all night…
On the morning of my second day I visited Chatsworth, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. It is, I think, the most beautiful stately home I have ever visited – not just for the house itself and its fabulous interiors but also the absolutely idyllic setting in the Peak District.
A close up of the violin hanging on the door. The violin is not real – it is a trompe l’oeil, or trick of the eye, a two-dimensional painting created by the Dutch artist Jan van der Vaardt in the seventeenth century.
I had lunch at a nearby pub and then drove north to the small village of Eyam. In 1665 the plague came to Eyam and the villagers decided to quarantine themselves completely from the outside world in order to prevent the plague spreading. Their quarantine lasted fourteen months and three quarters of the villagers died.
Not all of the rock formations were natural. This is called Carl Wark and is a man-made structure, probably about 3,500 years old. It is unknown whether it was used as a hill fort or for large ceremonial gatherings.
It was late afternoon so I headed back to Matlock, which was about an hour’s drive. From memory there was a brief heavy rainstorm on my journey.