The Heart of Derbyshire
Set in the Heart of Derbyshire , Amber Valley offers glorious scenery which forms the background for tranquil villages and bustling market towns. Within the green fields and dense woodlands are a range of attractions that will appeal to all ages and interests. The River Derwent flows through Amber Valley, forging the route of the National Heritage Corridor®.
There are excellent transport attractions: at the Midland Railway - Butterley, enjoy the nostalgia of the era of steam and take in the numerous exhibits at the impressive Museum. Just a few miles away, Crich Tramway Village is the home of the National Tramway Museum which offers unlimited journeys along the tramway route with spectacular views across open countryside.
The National Trust's superb Kedleston Hall is stunning with its beautiful paintings, sculpture and fine furniture in a setting of 800 acres of landscaped parkland. When it was built for the Curzon family in the 18th Century, it was known as 'The Glory of Derbyshire'. It boasts a unique collection of eastern artefacts collected by Lord Curzon during his time as Viceroy of India. For those who love gardens, visit Lea in the Spring and early Summer to find one of the largest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas in the Country. Adjacent to the River Gardens at Belper, Strutt's North Mill houses the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Well worth a visit is Shipley Country Park in Heanor with its miles of footpaths and bridleways.
Most people love a bargain and with Amber Valley's Individual Factory Shop Trail to guide you, visitors will be able to find the outlets for household name manufacturers. Amongst these are Denby Pottery with its superb Visitor Centre, where the skills handed down over the years can be witnessed.
The history and heritage of the Amber Valley links it with famous names worldwide. Samuel Slater was a Belper apprentice who travelled to Pawtucket in Rhode Island to establish America's cotton mass production. Another local man, Robert Watchorn became a Commissioner of Immigration at Ellis Island in 1905, whilst Florence Nightingale of Holloway was the daughter of a local landowner and became perhaps the most famous woman in the world.
Easily accessible from National and Regional airports or by rail or road, Amber Valley is well worth including in your visit.
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