Winter activities at Ilam Park
Open daily throughout the winter months, Ilam Park is a great place, away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas, to enjoy festive traditions with family and friends. From wintry guided walks, moments of calm, the fun family trail or a tasty treats in the Manifold Tea-room, there is something for everyone to enjoy this season at Ilam Park.
If you would like to ramble with others and explore more of Ilam Park and the local area, join in the free walks offered on a Monday and Friday morning. The walks depart at 11am and are led by a team of friendly volunteers. You can also bring your furry four legged friend- on a lead of course!
Why not try orienteering in Ilam Park this winter. Orienteering is a great activity for all the family and can be as competitive as you would like to make it. You can pick up a map from the Ilam Park shop for £1.50 and then you can orienteer till your hearts content in the stunning surroundings.
Festive treat tasting
Try all the amazing festive treats at the Manifold Tearoom. The tearoom offers indoor and outdoor seating with beautiful views all around. Cosy blankets are available to use if you'd like to sit outside. Mince pies are freshly baked everyday and the usual Derbyshire favourites are available, including Derbyshire oatcakes, Derbyshire tealoaf and cream teas. The tea room is open everyday throughout the winter months (except 24 & 25 December).
Winter Wander Trail
Join in the family festive fun with the Winter Wander Trail that begins on Saturday 30th November till Sunday 5th January 2020. Discover wintry scenes as explore the trail and see if you can spot some of Father Christmas' reindeer. Visitors can pick up a map for £1 and your four legged friends on a lead are also welcome to join too.
Ilam Park is opened all year round. The winter festivities begin on Saturday 30th November 2019 till Sunday 5th January 2020. Visit the National Trust website for more information.
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Other things to do nearby
The stately home and 1000 acre park of the Duke of Devonshire.
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Ashbourne has remained largely unchanged since the 18th century, with it's Medieval street pattern and historic buildings.
Take a trip to Bakewell and discover this charming Derbyshire Dales town. You'll find great shopping, plenty of spaces to relax and the famous Bakewell Pudding confection.
The White Peak offers climbing for all abilities. Popular sites include Dove Dale, the Manifold Valley and the famous Thors Cave - which boasts brilliant crags and bouldering.
There's world famous grit-stone routes and bouldering a short drive away, the nearest crag is just 300 metres from the hostel.
Eyam is a stone's throw from the famous Peak District climbing areas of Stanage, Froggatt, Curbar and Stoney Middleton.
The Peak District offers an ideal landscape for the more experienced climber, with amazing crags and bouldering opportunities just minutes from the hostel door.
Attempt one of the many routes along the famous Stanage, Burbage and Millstone edges. England's finest grit-stone climbing boasts brilliant crags, cracks and bouldering to test your abilities.
Raven's Tor in Dovedale offers superb crack and face climbing on solid rock, all in a beautiful setting above the river.
Nearby Cheedale has a concentration of climbs unmatched anywhere else. Ravenstor Crag is the most ferocious crag in the whole of the Peak.
Cratcliffe Tor provides some of the area's most popular grit-stone climbs.
The Tissington Trail is just 5 minutes drive away and provides links to the beautiful village of Hartington and the market town of Ashbourne.
YHA Eyam is an ideal location for enjoying one of the many circular cycling routes around the lovely Peak District.
YHA Hartington Hall is an ideal base to explore cycling of all natures from family friendly trails to endurance mountain biking routes.