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Gateway to the Peak District

Lying just off the M1 and towards the glorious Peak District National Park, the Derbyshire town of Alfreton is conveniently placed for those hoping to stop off for some bracing countryside experiences. Not that the town itself doesn't have enough to recommend it, with destinations such as Wingfield Manor, Brierley Forest Park and Hardwick Hall within easy reach.

Pick up a bargain at Alfreton market

With a decent indoor market, an antiques centre and all manner of independent shops, Alfreton has much to offer the discerning bargain hunter. Some rather nice cafes, bars and restaurants are also on hand to provide respite, while younger members of your party will appreciate the Genesis Family Entertainment Centre.

Blow off the cobwebs

When you're so close to the Peak District, it would be remiss not to take in some of the stunning natural vistas the area has to offer - not to mention the wildlife. The Peaks are home to an enviable array of birds of prey, while the wooded areas Near Matlock are home to nightjars in June and July - a very rare find. Looking for accommodation in Alfreton? The Travelodge Alfreton Hotel, just on the outskirts of town, allows easy access to Alfreton itself, as well as both the Peak District and the M1.