The Stable is situated on Flash Lane on Darley Moor, an area of historic and natural interest. Each end of Flash Lane opens onto very old roads, once important packhorse routes climbing from the Derwent Valley over the Beeley and Darley moors to Chesterfield and the north. In days gone by many a traveller became lost and perished on these bleak moors in wintertime and many ancient guide stones, now protected ancient relics, still stand by the roadside around the moors. Prior to the mid 19th century an annual cattle and sheep fair was held nearby in the vicinity of the now abandoned hamlet of Darley Flash.
The buildings adjacent to The Stable which include the owner’s property, are currently divided into 3 residences and are, in part, situated on the site of a coaching inn believed to date back to Elizabethan times and originally known as The Quiet Woman. Little of the original inn remains, other than a cellar beneath Darley Forest Grange and tales of highway robbery and hauntings.
The moorlands around The Stable attract a wide and unusual variety of birds with
Darley Moor, Beeley Moor, and Harewood Moor all being within walking distance and
being superb for attracting moorland birds. Between the months of April and July,
Golden Plover, Curlew, Lapwing, Snipe and Ring Ouzel are breeding here. The area
is also good for Birds of Prey and Owls .
Visitors to The Stable can see the Swallows building their nests in the spring and hear the Cuckoo heralding its arrival in May. In June and July the Nightjar ‘churrs” away in the late evening (this area is thought to be the only site in Derbyshire where the Nightjar is present) and throughout the summer a Grasshopper Warbler can be heard in the adjacent field. Permanent feathered residents to the garden include Woodpeckers, Reed Buntings and Siskins and in all over the last year around 30 different species have been spotted on or around the property.
Darley Moor is one of the locations regularly visited by a local Bird Ringing Group which is licenced by the British Ornithological Trust. You can catch up with some of their activities on their website at www.britishringers.co.uk
Adjacent to The Stable, our neighbours have a working farm with sheep, Alpacas and chickens where you can buy your free range eggs for breakfast. Early risers may be lucky enough to spot red deer wandering through the adjoining field.