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Sheffield is famous for its industrial past, stunning Winter Garden and close proximity to some of the best countryside in the UK, the Peak District National Park.
This December we’re going to be calling this innovative steel city our home, opening our fourth showroom in Sheffield’s famous family run Ponsford furniture store. With eleven new furniture and staircase designs to explore, from innovative storage solutions to glass staircases you’re bound to be inspired.
In preparation of our opening launch we thought we’d take you on a journey to our favourite places in and around Sheffield. There’s an abundance of beautiful rural villages, fascinating landmarks and rolling hills to explore. If you’re enthusiastic about the National Trust it’s a perfect time of year to take advantage of their wintery days out and festive events.
Below we’ve put together a list of our very favourite places to visit:
Quiet scenery, a kaleidoscope of colour and frosty ground, there’s no better time to experience a country walk than in the winter months. With so many mapped walks to choose from, the Peak District has something for all levels. Kinder Scout is one not to be missed, famous for the mass trespass in 1932 to secure the right for all to access the country, it’s the perfect path to explore. Being the highest point in the Peak District National Park you’re sure to stumble on unforgettable views of the stunning landscape below including, Castleton and Edale.
Located in stunning grounds, and home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is truly a treasure nestled within the wild landscape. Home to the Cavendish family since the 1550’s this stunning ornate home is home to one of Europe’s most significant art collections, ancient artefacts and modern sculpture collections. As well as the architecture itself being magnificent, the grounds, some of which were designed by Capability Brown are beautiful too, with hidden caves and treetop viewpoints. Chatsworth transforms from summer to winter, playing host to special events including its traditional Christmas markets, famous country fair and other music and historical events throughout the year. The house is particularly special at this time of year, with all the lower floors being transformed into magical Christmas displays. This year at Chatsworth you can be transported back in time, walking through scenes from Charles Dickens.
This quaint Derbyshire village is surrounded by the most stunning rolling hills including the former hillfort of Mam Tor and canyon of Winnats Pass. One of the most popular villages within the Peak District, it’s perfect for exploring, home to four magnificent caves including the famous Blue John Mine and Peveril Castle. After a long walk, down WInnats Pass and through the village, stop off at one of many traditional country pubs, all of which are particularly cosy during the festive season with roaring fires and homely food.
Why not hop on a train from Sheffield to Peveril Castle in the Derbyshire village of Castleton. Now protected by English Heritage Peveril Castle is one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses, first being mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. In 1155 Henry II confiscated the castle visiting many times to hunt and drink copious amounts of wine. Once you’ve climbed to the summit of this steep historic castle you won’t be disappointed, with incredible panoramic views over Hope Valley and beyond.
Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors
Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors are the closest National Trust locations to Sheffield. This stunning area has an abundance of wildlife and a variety of terrains to choose from for those seeking adventure. Why not take a walk along a bubbling stream, explore the ancient Padley woodlands or experience the enticing Longshaw meadows full of wild red deer. When you finish your wintery walk head to one of the many cosy tea-rooms nearby. You can follow easy walks around the area by downloading free maps from the National Trust walks website.
For rainy days in the north, Sheffield’s Winter Garden is a welcome tropical escape. One of the Uk’s largest temperate glass houses, it’s home to over 2500 exotic plant species from around the world. Not only does this space satisfy the need for a green oasis but will also delight any architecture enthusiasts. The innovative landmark building incorporates a huge weathered timber frame, with steel cradles and a high curved glass roof, making it a memorable sight when entering the train station into Sheffield.
Image: Neville Johnson, dusted oak inline glass staircase
Come and experience our new Neville Johnson displays in Ponsfords from the 2nd December. You will be able to find us on the middle floor in the Ponsford studio building.
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