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Local Area & Activities

Throwley Hall Farm is situated in a rural ancient landscape of the Manifold Valley, midway between the towns of Ashbourne and Leek, minutes from the A523.

The cities of Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham are all within an hour’s drive.

The River Manifold is the ‘twin’ to the River Dove and flows a winding course through the limestone plateau southwards to join the Dove just south of the village of Ilam.

Ilam is the nearest village, about 2 miles from Throwley, and also has the remnants of Ilam Hall – now a youth hostel and a National Trust Country Park.

The village is in a picturesque landscape, and the church contains the tomb of St Bertram, a local Saxon saint.

Nearby is the southern entrance to the well-known limestone gorge of Dovedale, popular with walkers, fishermen and Thorpe Cloud, a flat-topped hill offering great views at its summit.

Ashbourne lies about 8 miles from Throwley and is a popular market town offering a variety of independent and high street shopping alongside cafes, bars and restaurants.

Ashbourne has one special tradition – the annual ‘Shrovetide Football’ a medieval ball game which takes place every Shrove Tuesday played by the Up’ards and Down’ards teams of Ashbourne residents.

The village of Waterhouses is 2 miles west of Throwley on the A523 where a convenient store, pub and chip shop can be found. There is also a doctor’s surgery in Waterhouses.

The nearest railway stations are at Stoke and Derby, each about 20 miles away.

The nearest airports are East Midlands, Manchester and Birmingham all approx. 1 hour away.

The area around Throwley is some of the best in the country for walking, cycling and fishing.

There are magnificent walks from the door – a circuit from Throwley Hall down the Manifold Valley at Beeston Tor, returning via the village of Wetton and the settlement of Casterne on the far side of the Manifold, is an excellent day out.

Ilam Country Park has woodland and riverside walks suitable for families with a National Trust tearoom and facilities.

A little further away lies Dovedale, one of the most famous beauty spots of the Peak District, which inspires Izaak Walton’s ‘The Complete Angler’ – perhaps the most famous angling book ever. Fishing on the river is possible – licences can be purchased from the Izaak Walton Hotel at Thorpe.

The southern entrance to Dovedale lies just beyond Ilam and the walk up the valley is one of the best in the area.

There is also excellent cycling for everyone.

Just to the west of Throwley the Manifold and Hamps Valley Trail is a converted light railway which is excellent for cycling or walking. This runs from Waterhouses to Hulme End approx. 9 miles long with tea rooms, footpaths off to local villages and caves for exploring.

Cycle hire is available at Waterhouses.

Further afield, but within easy reach, are many splendid historic houses. Chatsworth House is the spectacular home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, set in a magnificent deer park and offering activities for all the family.

Haddon Hall is a medieval hall that has been scarcely alterd since its building, owned by Lord Manners.

Hardwick Hall is one of the finest Elizabethan houses in the country and is preserved by the National Trust. You may also choose to visit Calke Abbey, Lyme Hall or Kedleston – all within easy reach.

Throwley Hall Farm is well placed for visits to additional market towns including Leek, Buxton, Bakewell and Matlock – each having something special to offer:

Leek – “Queen of the Moorlands” is popular for its cafes and antiques.

Buxton has fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings, a large park and a range of fairs in the Pavilion Gardens or entertainment in the newly restored Opera House.

Bakewell is, of course, home of the Bakewell Pudding and close to Chatsworth and Haddon Hall.

Matlock is situated on the A6 and is a small country town with the River Derwent flowing through the park.

A little further south is Matlock Bath home to the Matlock Bath Illuminations (weekends Sept-Oct).

For the watersport enthusiast, Rudyard Lake near Leek and Carsington Water near Ashbourne have good facilities.

Pony trekking and riding can be done at Tissington, Ashbourne and Flagg, near Buxton.

Family fun can be had at nearby Peak Wildlife Park which is excellent for young children and last but not least, Alton Towers is only a few miles away!

A range of information is provided in the holiday accommodation and also look at for a comprehensive selection of pursuits.