DERBYSHIRE HOLIDAY – 10th to 14th September.

A very jolly group of 38 MNTA members left Marlow heading for our coffee stop at Canons Ashby. The house was not open but the gardens and church were delightful This was followed by a fascinating tour of the King Richard III Exhibition and Leicester Cathedral where his remains are buried. We arrived at the Ringwood Hall Hotel on the outskirts of Chesterfield in time to unpack and get ready for dinner. The following days took in visits to the little gem Haddon Hall and the mighty Chatsworth.

Everyone made it up in the cable car to the Heights of Abraham where we had spectacular views in glorious sunshine and this was then followed by a cream scone tea on a train. We had time in the plague village of Eyam before driving over the Snake Pass to Buxton for a free afternoon. This most enjoyable holiday ended with a guided tour of Tissington Hall (where the windows had just been cleaned for the princely sum of £700!) and a two-course lunch and a fifty-minute land train tour of the National Memorial Arboretum.

Yet another successful holiday with much laughter at the many jokes, delicious sweets and dreadful answers to the quiz with equally dreadful prizes!

Thank you everyone who shared this Derbyshire delight.

Penny Clarry