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As the United States began to grow and prosper, the settlers took full advantage of the tall slender hardwood trees that they found growing in profusion in their new homeland. The heart pine was declared the “King’s wood” because of its strength and durability and was used for shipbuilding.

As settlers moved south, the heart pine was steadily logged and was used for log cabins in the 1700s and 1800s, and later for the construction of large Victorian houses, hotels and even palaces.

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Today, pine is used in the heart of Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park, for self-catering Pinelodges that provide the ultimate in quality accommodation for holiday makers at two Country Parks. 

Darwin Forest Country Park: set in 44 acres of stunning woodland in between Matlock and Bakewell, just 5 miles from Chatsworth House and Gardens.

Sandybrook Country Park: situated just outside Ashbourne, the southern gateway to the Peak District and a few minutes drive from Alton Towers theme park.

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Both parks provide the same high quality Pinelodge accommodation, each lodge furnished and equipped to the highest standards to provide an enchanting holiday environment. The lodges are available for short or long breaks.


All facilities are available throughout the year. Reception is open 8.30am to 8pm each day. The swimming pools are open 8.45am to 7.30pm. All lodges have their own parking areas to take two cars. Additional vehicles should be left in the main car park.


For a full colour brochure and further information telephone 01629 732428, or visit the website below.

High Peak Trail - Denis Eardley

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The Peak National Park is the second most visited National Park in the World,  with its breathtaking scenery, pretty towns and villages and attractions to suit all tastes, it is a great place to take a holiday. There is a wide range of reasonably priced accommodation on offer.


This non-commercial web site is the first web site I have ever constructed. It is based on the Discover Derbyshire Supplements published by the Derby Evening Telegraph. The supplements feature towns and villages, with countryside walks and heritage trails.

The site is now being extended to provide features that should be of interest to the visitor and local person alike. Bookmark this site.  For a full up date on what is on offer, click below.



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Details of nearby attractions are listed for all the Town/Village features and walks on this site. You are bound to find plenty to do wherever you stay. For a full list click below.



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