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Darwin Lake Holiday Village

About the Holiday Village

This 4-star holiday village is superbly situated on the outskirts of the Peak District in Derbyshire and provides an ideal holiday destination for anyone looking to stay in comfortable and welcoming accommodation while exploring the stunning landscapes of this amazing national park. With a well-stocked coarse fishing lake sitting at the centre of its 20 acres of grounds, Darwin Lake Holiday Village also boasts a secluded woodland location that's perfect for peaceful walks as well as a lovely, well-kept village green with a large fire pit.

With 16 cosy cottages as well as a stylish modern apartment to pick from, there are plenty of places to stay at Darwin Lake, which is ideal for groups of any size looking to explore the Peak District National Park or just relax in an attractive countryside setting. You'll also find yourself within easy reach of Derbyshire's county town, Matlock, as well as the village of Two Dales.

Fishing Lake

Keen anglers will love taking a break at Darwin Lake, named for the well-stocked coarse fishing lake at the centre of the holiday village. Fish must be returned to the lake after being caught.

Forest Walks

The holiday village's 20-acre grounds are surrounded by the serene and beautiful Darwin Forest, which guests are welcome to explore. Take a peaceful woodland stroll and enjoy the wonderful countryside ambience.

Range of Accommodation

A variety of stone-built cottages are available, named after notable landmarks within Derbyshire and all with stunning interior decor. These 4-star luxury cottages are sure to make you feel at home during your Peak District break.

Peak District Location

Darwin Lake Holiday Village is perfectly located for anyone seeking to set out and explore the Peak District National Park, offering easy access to its wide-open landscapes, perfect for walking or cycling.

Near Villages & Towns

The village of Two Dales is within 2 miles of Darwin Lake Holiday Village, providing handy local amenities including a pub with a restaurant, and you're also not too far from Matlock, which is Derbyshire's county town.

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Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the attractions and amenities shown below may be closed or only offering a limited service. Please check their individual websites or call them ahead of time to avoid disappointment when visiting.

Things to Try

Gulliver's Kingdom

Offering family fun for all ages, Gulliver's Kingdom theme park is perfect for a day out with the kids, with a range of rides and attractions for everyone to enjoy, as well as spectacular views. Ride the exciting log flume, head up high on the Crows Nest Quest, and much more!

Peak Rail Heritage Railway

With steam and heritage diesel services running from the station in nearby Matlock, Peak Rail is a charmingly nostalgic way to journey through the Derbyshire scenery. Running along 4 miles of track all the way to Rowsley South Station, a range of special experiences and events are also available.

Heights of Abraham

This stunning country park is set in 60 acres of woodland and has some superb show caverns, as well as striking views thanks to its unique location. Reached by cable car, it boasts a spectacular hilltop vantage point above a plunging limestone gorge, making for an unforgettable day out.

Chatsworth House

This stately home is famous for its 105 acres of gardens, replete with amazing sculptures, a range of plants, and more besides. The 16th-century house itself also contains a plethora of heritage and art, as well as hosting a variety of events throughout the year - be sure to check what's going on!

Where to Go...

For Food and Drink

A pub with a restaurant can be found within walking distance of Darwin Lake Holiday Village, and the village of Two Dales, just 2 miles away, is also an excellent place to visit to find a range of delicious food options, plus you can explore the towns and villages nearby to find something to your taste.

For Attractions

There are all kinds of things to do nearby, Ride vintage trams and explore the museum at Crich Tramway Village, tour incredible underground caverns at Blue John Cavern or Pooles Cavern & Country Park, or let the kids meet lovely animals, including ducks, llamas, and rabbits, at Matlock Farm Park.

For Activities

The vast Peak District National Park spans 555 square miles of striking landscape dotted with incredible views and perfect for exploring on foot or by bicycle, with many trails crisscrossing it. Mostly in Derbyshire, the national park covers parts of five other counties too - there's so much to see.