Melbourne Walk, the 5 mile relatively flat walk that will take just over 2 hours 45 minutes, sometimes can be muddy in places. It includes the sights of the church of St Michael with St Mary, Thomas Cook Memorial Cottages, Melbourne Hall and Pool and the village of Breedon-on-the-Hill. Starts at Melbourne’s medieval market place and it is free of entry. This walk is on the B587 just off the A514 Derby to Swadlincote Road.
Staunton Harold Reservoir
Staunton Harold Reservoir, 210-acre reservoir built in 1964. Visitors can bird watch, dinghy and sailboarding with the Staunton Harold Sailing Club. This place has a walk linked to Calke Abbey. There is a visitor centre and wildflower meadow. The car park is pay and display and can be found at the end of Calke Road close to the reservoir in Melbourne.
Ashby De La Zouch Castle
Ashby de la Zouch Castle is a colourful and historical castle allows people to still climb the tower even after the damage from the Civil War. There are also underground passages for all the family to discover. Via the B587, it will take people 14 minutes from Harpur’s of Melbourne. It is a very popular attraction and is for everyone for all ages. Although you have to cater for yourself, there are picnic areas for people to eat on the grounds.
Elvaston Castle is a stately home with over 320 acres of open parkland, woodland and historical gardens. Even though the castle is not open much, due to renovations, there are many gardens to explore and bird watching and there is a place for the public to eat and enjoy a nice time to the castle tea room. For the children there is a play area, a wildlife area and a nature trail.
Foremark reservoir is a great day out for all families has many footpaths and trails that allow you to explore the reservoir and the surrounding woodland. There is also a sailing and fishing club, a play area and a kiosk for refreshments. There are areas for the public to bird and wildlife watch, fishing, walking and a chance for water sports. Due to the amount to do at this reservoir, there are picnic areas for families to sit and eat their lunches.