The Peacock at Rowsley is a stunning 4-star boutique hotel with restaurant in the heart of Derbyshire.

Located close to the market town of Bakewell and a stone’s throw from Chatsworth House, this hotel offers an excellent base for exploring the Peak District National Park.

Part of the Haddon Estate it enjoys close links with Haddon Hall where the Peacock owners, Lord and Lady Edward Manners, currently reside.

We have visited the Peacock many times because of its superb restaurant which has been awarded three AA rosettes!

But after a long day hiking the Peaks, we prefer the more informal cosy bar with its open fire.

The bar offers its own menu of freshly cooked local food and a selection of local ales and cocktails.

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There are many circular walks directly from the Peacock’s front door taking in some of the best Derbyshire countryside.

We enjoyed a wonderful 9-mile off-road circular on the Haddon Estate. Starting from the Peacock the route takes you towards Haddon Hall and to the top of Coombs Valley.

Derwent Valley Heritage Way

As well as the river Derwent, this spectacular 55-mile walk takes in a reservoir, miles of open countryside much of it within the Peak District National Park, two canals, the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, villages and towns, a stately home, and numerous museums and other sites of interest.

Section 3 starts in Baslow and ends at Rowley. The highlight of this short section of the Way is the impressive Chatsworth Estate.

From Rowsley the Way follows the Derwent closely at first then visits the quiet, attractive settlements of Churchtown, Darley Bridge and Oker before again running alongside the river towards Matlock.

Cool Places to Explore: Haddon Hall | Chatsworth House | Bakewell | Monsal Dale | Stanage Edge.