Alton Towers Roller Coaster Restaurant Review

Alton Towers Roller Coaster Restaurant Review

Dining With a Twist You may well have been unfortunate enough to see the odd (in many ways) video of people trying to eat and drink on a roller coaster, or the Big Dipper as us oldies used to call it. These things rarely, if ever ended well, usually resulting in the...
A History of Oakamoor & The Churnet Valley

A History of Oakamoor & The Churnet Valley

ARCHAEOLOGICAL INTEREST AND EARLY DEVELOPMENT The Churnet Valley has a long history of industrialisation and exploitation of local minerals. Local supplies of iron ore (mined from the area to the north-west of Oakamoor), charcoal (from the immediate wooded hills and...
Why is There Money in Trees in Dovedale?

Why is There Money in Trees in Dovedale?

Money, they say, doesn’t grow on trees.  I have to tell you, that it most certainly does. Well, around here it does anyway. Before you all jump in your cars and descend on our green and pleasant bit of the country, let us explain. The money, in this case, coins,...
A Walk Around Ilam (9 Miles)

A Walk Around Ilam (9 Miles)

For some reason, we decided it would be a good idea to do a 9-mile circular walk from the beautiful village of Ilam as our starting point. Ilam is pronounced ‘Eye lamb’ by the way and not ‘Ill am’ as I first thought. Such stupidity will get you...
How to Run a Luxury B&B

How to Run a Luxury B&B

Four Tips for Running a Succesful B&B One of the reasons we decided to open a B&B in the first place, apart from a lack of knowing there are a lot of Idiot Builders around, was that we’d been to dozens of them over the years, so we knew how they worked...
Cycling the Tissington Trail

Cycling the Tissington Trail

The Tissington Trail is part of the National Cycle Network. It runs along a disused railway (as all the best do) built in 1899, that goes from Ashbourne to Buxton. We decided to hire a bike from Ashbourne Cycle hire. Our favourite mode of transport is the tandem. This...