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Ethel Haythornthwaite

Celebrate International Women’s Day by Walking in the Footsteps of a Peak District Pioneer

Ethel Haythornthwaite, the remarkable conservationist who championed the preservation of the Peak District, will be celebrated by the National Trust this International Women’s Day.

Haythornthwaite’s tireless efforts throughout the 20th century, including founding the Sheffield Association for the Protection of Rural Scenery (now CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire) in 1924, played a pivotal role in safeguarding the Peak District’s natural beauty from development. Her legacy is evident in the stunning landscapes we enjoy today, and even in the names of 95 hills in the Peak District, known collectively as “The Ethels.”

To commemorate her invaluable contributions, the National Trust is hosting a series of events:

Guided walks across some of the “Ethels”

Embark on a journey through the Peak District’s most breathtaking scenery, from March 15th to May 10th. Learn about Ethel’s life and work while enjoying panoramic views. Tickets are £7.50 per person.

Special talk on International Women’s Day

Join Cassa Townsend from CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire on March 8th for a captivating talk exploring Ethel’s pioneering spirit. Discover how she saved the Longshaw Estate and championed the protection of the Peak District’s unique wildlife and landscapes. The talk will be followed by a guided walk to the summit of Higger Tor, offering stunning panoramic views. Tickets are £7.50 per person.

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate a champion of the Peak District and explore its breathtaking beauty. Book your tickets today at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/peak-district-derbyshire.

Easter at Wheeldon Trees

We still have pockets of availability at the Wheeldon Trees retreat this Easter.

Wheeldon Trees Cottages is the perfect location for visitors looking to explore Derbyshire and the Peak District. We offer a sanctuary for all the family and luxury accommodation to soothe tired limbs after a long day out.

Wheeldon Trees offers the perfect escape for your 2024 holiday.

10 stunning cottages

We have 10 stunning cottages in 12 acres of Peak District National Park. Alongside luxury cottages, our rural retreat offers EV charging and an honesty shop packed to the brim with goodies. In addition, we have a fantastic games room where you can play pool, air hockey or ping pong. We have two new electric bikes for you to borrow to explore the local area. What’s more, we have recently added two new hybrid bikes.

The Farmhouse is our flagship property. The cottage underwent a six-figure refurbishment in 2022 and today oozes luxury and style. Nadin, Ollerenshaw, Priestley and Mycock have also been upgraded in the last year.

Our three dog-friendly cottages are Critchlow, Lomas and Ollerenshaw. Sheldon Cottage is our fantastic accessible cottage with the best views in the house.

TripAdvisor recently named Wheeldon Trees in the top 10% of places to stay in the world. Thanks to our visitors’ amazing reviews, we recently received the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2023 for the second year running. To complete the hat trick, we were also the runner-up in best self-catering accommodation at this year’s Visit Peak District and Derbyshire Tourism Awards.

You can view our availability and pick your perfect cottage by following this link – view our availability.