Hartington Hall Youth Hostel has a very cute farm, with two standing up sheep, two FAT rabbits, a indifferent cat and a Pepper micro pig (“Pepper” is the name, “micro” is the size).
We visited Buxton on the way back to Newcastle from Hartington Hall. I’ve never been but the name looks familiar, isn’t it? It’s on water bottles in all the supermarkets! It’s a lovely spa town, looks like Bath a lot – they have a Crescent too, which was modelled on Bath’s Royal Crescent.
We had a quiet walk to the top of the Grinlow Hill, while the rest of the family went down to the famous Poole’s Cavern. From ‘Solomon’s Temple’ on the top of the hill, which is one of the town’s landmarks, we saw the impressive Derbyshire Dome – the world’s largest unsupported dome when it was built. Of course all of the research was done after we came back from Buxton. At the time, we just said: “Wow look at that dome! What’s that?” And it was too windy to google anything at the time.
We came back to town. Walking past The Old Hall Hotel, I caught a glimpse of the plaque outside the front door: “Mary Queen of Scots stayed here 1576-1578”. I love this thing about Britain, little plaques on almost all the historic buildings. Either everyone is interested in history and culture, or they think there are enough tourists around to bother with this.
I also loved the botanical conservatory in the Pavilion Garden. I can just imagine putting a sofa in the middle of the plants, sitting there watching the goldfish (hmm, no they were not goldfish). The Victorian style park itself was very nice too – lake with ducks, grassy land with miniature train. I’d love to go back on a sunny summer day, levitating along the lake, having picnic on the bench, listening to the brass band.
I’m not the only one who can levitate. It seems to run in the family! Here is the proof.