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An old limestone hill village to make the visitor sigh with longing for a cottage in the Peak. But these cottages were built through hard labour, evidenced by traces of lead mining activity in the fields and beside old tracks - now footpaths - leading in all directions and with stunning views. The best preserved lead mine in the country, Magpie Mine, is at Sheldon. Visitors can wander freely amongst the evocative ruins all year round, though the buildings may be closed out of season. Information and opening times from the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath (01629 583834).