We left Bath feeling rather sad to go. The hospitality of Shelley’s cousin, Susan, had been rather amazing. The homemade caramelised onion and squash soup she had made us was honestly the best soup I have ever had in my life. I really must get the recipe off her. Not to mention she was a lovely and inspiring person to talk to.
We stopped by Bolsover Castle for a bit of break and leg stretch. Plus with both me and Shelley being English Heritage members, we were keen to take advantage of the free admission (entry is usually £9.50 pp).
That fountain was rather amazing up close
A leafy overview
Taken by Shelley Hasseldine. The castle gates
After fully satisfying our castle urges (and our stomachs), it was off to a little village just next the Peak District to stay with another of Shelley’s family. Both nights there I was held hostage and forced to read.
Taken by Shelley Hasseldine. My kidnapper – an eight year old girl named Steph who likes her bedtime stories
And this sweet whippet also participated in the kidnapping
For our full day in the Peak District we just achieved one attraction which was okay because it was the kind of attraction that deserved a whole day dedicated to it alone – Chatsworth House. The most popular country house in the United Kingdom, and possibly the second most visited attraction after Buckingham Palace.
The view coming through the estate driveway
‘Welcome to the House’
Taken by Shelley Hasseldine. The interior was divine
As was the exterior
I managed to convince Shelley not to steal the pretty rocks
A rather disturbing self-skinned man sculpture in the chapel. Very realistically craved. He is holding his scissors in his left hand
The inside of each room continued to be amazing. You can’t tell in this photo, but the violin through the open door is actually a painting
Shelley playing the piano. One of my best memories of the whole trip
One of the many excellent sculptures
The gardens were also very worth spending time in
Taken by Shelley Hasseldine. Another spectacular sculpture
The house with the Emperor Fountain in front
I would highly recommend visiting if you can. It will be an amazing day. Cost of entry is £21 pp. And visit the farmshop if you want to do some drooling to finish off your visit.
Our final night next the Peak District, we had the famous Bakewell Pudding and a walk around the local reservoir in Longdendale Valley. I could tell it was going to be difficult to continue the road trip in the morning.
Steph making an attempt to fill the reservoir