Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Visit to Derbyshire Towns

Three Derbyshire towns were the destinations on a Coach Trip that I went on as a passenger recently.

It was an excursion run by Woods Coaches of Leicester. This is the company from whom I hire coaches for my own trips.

We made a brief comfort stop at Trowell Services on the M1, but then it started to rain.

However, the rain stopped and the sun came out just before we arrived at the first of the three destinations, which was the delightful little town of Castleton, high up in the Peak District.

I was impressed again with the Visitor Centre, which incorporates the Tourist Information Centre and a museum, and with impressively well looked after toilets. The whole complex is situated at the entrance to the coach park.

I had a really nice coffee and teacake at the Three Roofs tea shop, and strolled along the path beside the stream to the entrance to Peak Cavern, before visiting St. Edmund's Church.

Then it was on to Bakewell, where I had something to eat and visited the splendid All Saints Church. Bakewell is one of my favourite small towns.

Thirdly, we visited Ashbourne, which could also fall into that category. I was disapointed at being unable to get into St. Oswald's church, but had a coffee and toast at Spencers in the Market Place.

I always enjoy these trips, where I can see interesting things but without any responsibility!