Fritchley is a peaceful village on the eastern edge of the rugged Peak District. If you want to immerse yourself in a traditional Derbyshire community and explore some of northern England’s most spectacular scenery, a holiday cottage in Fritchley could be just what you’re looking for. In the pretty village centre, you’ll find historic cottages, a small green and a graceful church. There’s also an excellent pub, the Red Lion, where a pint of local ale can be enjoyed in front of a roaring fire. Fritchley lies in the heart of the Amber Valley, north of Ambergate. As you explore the wonderfully tranquil countryside surrounding the village, look out for the ruined windmill, to the west. While some of the Peak District’s communities have become developed for tourism, the Amber Valley remains largely untouched and you can expect to walk from miles with only birds singing in the hedgerows for company.
A self-catering cottage in Fritchley is a lovely way to enjoy a holiday in the Peak District at any time of the year. With its ancient woods, streams and rivers, the valley is an enchanting location for long walks, horse-riding and fishing. Don’t miss High Tor, a broad, limestone cliff which rises dramatically above the River Derwent. A series of paths meander around the tor, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Neighbouring Carsington Water offers watersports, fly-fishing, canoeing and windsurfing. With it elegant Victorian architecture, caverns and lovely gardens, the former spa resort of Matlock Bath is well worth a visit.
Follow the A6 northwards and you’ll soon reach the Peak District National Park, where limestone dales, gritstone ‘edges’ and windswept moorland combine in one of England’s most remarkable natural environments. With its 555 square-miles of valleys, gorges and lakes to explore, solitude is easy to find, despite the park’s popularity among walkers and wildlife-watchers. The countryside is dotted with quaint, stone villages and magnificent stately homes, many of which are just a short distance from Fritchley.