The area around Throwley is some of the best in the country for walking, cycling and fishing.
There are magnificent walks from the door - a circuit from Throwley Hall down the the Manifoild Valley at Beeston Tor, returning via the village of Wetton and the settlement of Caston on the far side of the Manifold, is an excellent day out.
A little further away lies Dovedale, one of the most famous beauty spots of the Peak District, which inspired Izaak Walton's 'The Compleat Angler' - perhaps the most famous angling book ever. Fishing on the river is possible - licences can be purchased from the Izaak Walton hotel at Thorpe.
There is also excellent cycling. Just to the north of Throwley the Manifold and Hamps Trail is a converted light railway which is excellent for cycling or walking. This runs from Waterhouses to Hulme End - cycle hire is available at Waterhouses.
Further afield,but within easy reach, are many splendid historic houses. Chatsworth House is the spectacular home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire set in a magnificent deer park and boasting activities for all the family.
Haddon Hall is a Medieval hall that has been scarcely altered since its building. Hardwick Hall is one of the finest Elizabethan houses in the country and is preserved by the National Trust. You may also choose to visit Calke Abbey, Lyme Hall or Kedleston - all within easy reach.
Ashbourne is a lovely market town with a good range of shops, art shops, antique shops etc. Buxton has fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings, a large park and a range of collectors fairs in the Pavilion Gardens or entertainment in the newly restored Opera House. Bakewell is, of course, home of the Bakewell Pudding and well worth exploring.
The former spa town of Matlock has a lot to offer and the spectacular location of Matlock Bath is the setting for a mining museum, cablecar rides, showcaves etc.
Last but not least, Alton Towers is only a few miles away!