64 EVERGREEN Autumn Evergreen’s Favourite Places KEITH AUGUR You have been busy sending in your recommendations for exceptional places of interest and visitor attractions right across the British Isles. We will be including as many of them as possible in forthcoming issues, so do look out for yours! Our second nomination is from Mary Handley, who lives in Skelton, Yorkshire. She wanted to highlight some of the many attractions in Derbyshire. This is a place which The Headstone Viaduct, Monsal Dale, Derbyshire. DOROTHY BURROWS holds cherished memories for Mary as it was where she, her late husband and her son, Andrew, spent many happy family holidays over the years. The family would usually stay at Monsal Head, one of the jewels in the Peak District, which offers glorious views of Monsal Dale. Mary tells us of the “...lovely scenery, which was breathtaking,” and describes the location as “such a peaceful place”. The River Wye flows through the spectacularly steep Dale and the scenic landscape is crossed by the imposing Headstone Viaduct, built in the 1860s as part of the Midland Railway. Mary mentions how her family enjoyed many walks in the area and today’s visitors can do the same on such routes as the Monsal Trail (see www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/ trails/monsaltrail), which follows the original railway route along 8 1 ⁄2 miles from Blackwell Mill to Bakewell. The trail is accessible for walkers, wheelchair users, cyclists, horse riders and enables them to go across the viaduct, and the tunnels are open — and lit — during the day. The views along the route, through this stunning stretch of Britain are marvellous and memorable.
2017 EVERGREEN 65 Another special place of great interest to Mary’s family was “the lovely Chatsworth House”. This majestic stately home (tel: 01246 565300, www.chatsworth.org) at Edensor, near Bakewell, is definitely one of Britain’s most impressive. Dating from the 16th century, it is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been occupied by 16 generations of the Cavendish family. With more than 30 rooms for visitors to explore, exquisite interiors, furniture and important art collections — including Old Masters and contemporary pieces — it is a house filled with history and treasures. Surrounded by a 105-acre garden, with spectacular water features, a grand conservatory designed by Joseph Paxton, dramatic views of the parkland, plus a farmyard and adventure playground, there is something for visitors of all ages. An exciting programme of events take place throughout the year making Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, our award-winning destination. DAVID MUSCROFT Chatsworth House an exceptional place to visit. Following Mrs. Handley’s recommendation, we are delighted that Chatsworth is the latest winner of our Evergreen’s Favourite Places Award and we will be sending the staff there one of our certificates, which we hope they find space to display on the walls of such a magnificent destination! To recommend enjoyable places to visit send details and photographs to: Evergreen’s Favourite Places, The Lypiatts, Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, Glos GL50 2JA. Email: editor@evergreenmagazine. co.uk
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