AFTER the festive period, the New Year can be a time to stop and reflect and throughout January and February National Trust places in Derbyshire are often peaceful and starkly beautiful, looking at their best with a sprinkling of Jack Frost.
A spokesman for the National Trust said: "We'll be sharing our reflections on how these special landscapes, gardens and houses have changed over the years, decades and centuries, with new walks and views to discover and exhibitions and houses to see in a new light.
Looking back at photographs is a great way to spark memories and reflect on how times have changed. Enjoy one of our exhibitions and journey with us through the ages as we look at views from yesteryear and see how our places have altered over time, such as these images of Hardwick Hall."
The National Trust's places in Derbyshire are peeling off the layers of their history. At the National Trust's Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall their mini exhibition Be Prepared, in gallery eight, celebrates 100 years of the Brownies and other organisations and children's groups. There is also a fresh look at the houses with Hardwick Hall's Reflective Perspectives; from February 15, which will invite visitors to see the Hall and Gardens from new angles, or see Kedleston Hall as it wakes up from its winter rest. Or visitors can venture out into our glorious gardens and landscapes and see them from new perspectives on walks and trails including at Calke Abbey, where the gardens will be open a week earlier (from February 15) for the first time, giving visitors the chance to see snowdrops at their best.
At Longshaw in the Peak District, volunteers will be leading walks every Wednesday and Sunday.
For further details go online to www.nationaltrust.org.uk.