Ultimate Peak District & Derbyshire Bucket List launched

Ultimate Peak District & Derbyshire Bucket List launched - Chesterfield's crooked spire, Bakewell puddings, Derby's real ale hotspots and Shrovetide football in Ashbourne all feature

Nigel Brown, chairman of the Royal Shrovetide Committee, gives a speech before Paul Harrison turns the ball up at Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 2019.

In celebration of English Tourism Week 2019, Visit Peak District and Derbyshire have launched the Ultimate Peak District & Derbyshire Bucket List.

The bucket list highlights “101 great things” to do in the area and challenges adventurers to complete as many as possible. These activities range from ordering a pint in the real ale capital of the world, to exploring the UK’s first National Park and discovering Britain’s oldest Ice Age cave art.

In recent days, Visit Peak District and Derbyshire have been counting down through the bucket list, eventually arriving at number two, Chatsworth House.

Some of the more unusual things for people to try on the list include:

  • Pamper your palate at the birthplace of the Bakewell Pudding
    The town of Bakewell is located at the heart of the Peak District. It is the home of the famous Bakewell Pudding – a mouth-watering sweet treat made from a top-secret recipe.
  • Climb to the top of the Crooked Spire in Chesterfield
    Visitors can climb the 228-ft Crooked Spire at St Mary and All Saints Church. The Spire was either caused by a lack of unskilled craftsmen in the 13th century, or a curse from the Devil. Whatever you believe, climb to the top of the tower for breathtaking views of the town below.
  • Watch an ancient Shrovetide football match                                                        Witness a 16-hour football match in the streets of Ashbourne, an eccentric sporting event that’s been played locally on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday since the 17th century. Unlike a conventional football match, the Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football Match has hundreds of participants, the goals are three miles apart and the only rule is not to murder an opponent!


Shrovetide participants gather before the ball is ‘turned up’. Photo- Alex Chamberlain