Lathkill Dale ~ by Joe Parker

Peak District

 

Information about our local towns and villages of the Peak District and nearby.

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Alstonefield
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Peak Forest

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Clay Cross

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Whaley Bridge

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Uttoxeter

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Newhaven

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Derby

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Chapel-en-le-Frith

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Dronfield

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Hope Valley

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Oakamoor

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Warslow

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Unknown

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Belper

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Barlow

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Chesterfield

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Sheffield

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Buxton

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Monsal Head

Thousands of people come to Monsal Head each year just to enjoy the view over and beyond an enormous railway viaduct which really upset the Victorian writer and social reformer John Ruskin. These days the trains are no more and the viaduct is a must for an exhilarating stroll, perhaps en route for the Monsal Trail (see Hassop), the glorious Monsal Dale or distant vistas.

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Monyash

A pretty limestone village with the shaft of an old market cross on a banana-shaped green. Monyash, a former lead mining centre, once held a weekly market and twice-yearly fairs. A large pond, Fere Mere, is now the only survivor from five meres which used to provide the village’s drinking water. Monyash has close associations with the Quakers, who have a modest burial ground behind a former Quaker chapel. The village lies close to Lathkill Dale, its scenery hard to beat in all England.

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Over Haddon

Showpiece limestone village it may be, but Over Haddon is also a base for unparalleled walks along and above Lathkill Dale. Perched high above this lovely dale, with its crystal clear river and sequence of weirs, the village looks particularly striking when seen from the fields above Alport near Youlgreave. Over Haddon has a surprising list of past celebrities, not least a fasting maiden and a former head of M16.

Nearby Attractions

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Buxton Museum

Come on a journey with us to shape the future of the museum Terrace Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6DA 01629 533540

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Peak Wildlife Park

​Set on the edge of the Peak District; just 10 minutes from Ashbourne, Peak Wildlife Park offers a truly unique and immersive animal experience. Our large walk-throughs allow you to come face to face with exotic and endangered animals from across three continents. Open 7 days a week 10am till 6pm Tel. 01538 308 880 Email: hello@peakwildlifepark.co.uk

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Bakewell Old House Museum

Five hundred years of History A FUN DAY OUT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Group Visits, Quizzes, Award Winning Rat Trail and Dressing Up Box Cunningham Place, Off North Church Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DD Tel: 01629 813642

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Peak Rail

Steam trains operate throughout the year Sunday Lunches, afternoon and cream teas on the train Group and Coach Tour Discounts Cafe and Shop Disabled Facilities Special Events     All train services have an on-board buffet coach serving a selection of cold refreshments and snacks, and a specially adapted coach for wheelchair users.     Various special events are held throughout the year, perfect for the family or enthusiast to enjoy, or why not get your hands on the controls of a steam locomotive and participate in one of our hugely popular steam experience courses.     For further information and to request a copy of our Visitor Guide and Timetable, please telephone 01629 580381 or email peakrail@peakrail.co.uk     So why not visit us during 2016 and discover within the Derbyshire Dales the magical bygone era of the steam train. Peak Rail, Matlock Station, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NA Telephone 01629 580381 Email peakrail@peakrail.co.uk ​ Find Peak Rail ​

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Matlock Farm Park

Come and hand feed and pet our wide range of animals. 01246 590200 Jaggers Lane, Near Two Dales, Matlock DE4 5LH

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Eyam Hall

Enjoy this summer at Eyam Hall and Craft Centre. Visit the Hall, relax in the walled garden with a picnic blanket and play garden games. 01433 639565

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Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club

See the High Peaks as you've never seen them before... Take an introductory flight from £69 call 01298 871270 to book your experience of a lifetime. Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club at Great Hucklow in the Peak District National Park

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Peak District Lead Mining Museum

Guided tours of Temple Mine available The Peak District Lead Mining Museum in Matlock Bath has been open to visitors since 1978. The Museum cares for a collection of thousands of items relating to the history of the lead mining industry in Derbyshire, which has been vital to the local economy since the Roman period. The largest item in the collection and the centrepiece of the Museum is a unique 1819 water pressure engine, designed by Richard Trevithick. The engine was used to remove water from Wills Founder Mine near Winster, and was rescued from the mine by volunteers from the Peak District Mines Historical Society in the 1970s. To find out more about these sites and other PDMHS projects visit www.pdmhs.com, or ask at the Peak District Lead Mining Museum. The Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3NR 01629 583834

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Caudwell's Mill

CRAFTS • SHOPS • CAFE A unique, grade II* listed historic roller flour mill. Powered by water from the river Wye, one or more mills have stood on this site for at least 400 years. The present mill was built in 1874 by John Caudwell and run as a family business for over a century. Rowsley, Matlock, Derbyshire. DE4 2EB TELEPHONE 01629 734374

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Cromford Canal

5.5 miles of historic and idyllic canal to explore Between Cromford Wharf and AMbergate, there are 5.5 miles of historic and idyllic canal to explore. The level and eash to access towpath also provides ideal conditions for walkers, buggies, wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Wildlife is in abundance along the lengh of this once bustling industrial waterway, whichopened in 1794. ​

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Crich Tramway Village

All aboard for a taste of vintage tram travel There's so much to learn and enjoy for all the family at Crich Tramway Village Come and experience a trip back in time, to the home of the National Tramway Museum. Vintage trams transport you along the period street into open countryside with breathtaking views of the Derwent Valley, and you can take as many electric tram rides as you wish during the day.     Crich Tramway Village is open daily until 30th October 2016 from 10.00am – 5.30pm (Last admissions at 4.00pm). It is situated near Matlock, Derbyshire, eight miles from M1 junction 28.     Admission prices: Adult £16. Senior £12. Child (4-15) £.9. Family (2 adults, 3 children) £39.     For further information telephone 01773 854321 or visit: www.tramway.co.uk Crich Tramway Village, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP 01773 854 321 Email enquiry@tramway.co.uk ​

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Cressbrook Hall

​When the Manchester industrialist and art collector Henry McConnel visited Cressbrook to purchase a mill, he didn’t expect to fall in love with the spectacular beauty of its Wye Valley location.     For that matter, when he commissioned ecclesiastical architect, Thomas Johnson of Lichfield, to build a Tudor-style home for him, with stunning views of Water-cum-Jolly and the surrounding countryside, he probably didn’t imagine that hundreds of blushing brides, nervous grooms and wedding guests would be happily roaming his house and gardens in the years to come.     This lovely Derbyshire home and  surrounding cottages have been the subject of a painstaking restoration over many years by their owner Bobby Hull-Bailey since the late 1970’s and the gardens have been recreated following the plans of their original Victorian designer, Edward Kemp.     The gardens are open to visitors from Spring Bank Holiday to August Bank Holiday, with a small entrance fee, which includes light refreshments. Since the gardens must occasionally close for weddings, however, please call or email before setting off. Tel. 01298 871289 Cressbrook Hall, Near Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8SY Email: stay@cressbrookhall.co.uk Fax: 01298 871854

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

A Great Way to Spend a Day With its headquarters in the fine old Peak District market town of Wirksworth, the Ecclesboume Valley line, at nine miles, is Derbyshire’s longest heritage railway. The line runs through some of the most pleasant scenery in the White Peak, from its joint station with the main line at Duffield to its northern terminus at Ravenstor, close to the High Peak Trail and the National Stone Centre. The line provides services mainly operated by heritage diesel railcars, with four trains a day on summer weekends and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the high summer. The timetable is designed to connect with East Midlands Trains’ services to and from Derby and Nottingham. Steam hauled services are also operated at peak periods, please call us to check what is running. If you would prefer to see the line from the driver’s cab or realise a childhood dream by taking the controls of one of our heritage steam or diesel locomotives, then you can book that day to remember direct on our website. We offer a range of experiences to suit any occasion and budget. Wirksworth Station, Station Road, Wirksworth, Derbyshire DE4 4FB Tel: 01629 823076 E: ticketoffice@e-v-r.com www.e-v-r.com Wirksworth to Duffield in Derbyshire 01629 823076

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Eyam Museum

The story of the Eyam Plague Visit us to learn more about the history of our beautiful village and the story of The Plagues 1665 - 1666 Hawkhill Road, Eyam, Derbyshire S32 5QP When local historian and collector Clarence Daniel died in 1987, his collection became the inspiration for Eyam Museum, which opened in 1994 in the old Methodist Chapel. Lottery funding and local enthusiasm allowed it to expand into the success it is today. The central theme is the 1665 outbreak of Bubonic Plague. This tragic story, including accounts of individual families, is illustrated with dramatic paintings, graphics and models. The display includes remedies for the plague which seem bizarre to us today, and the latest research into the nature of the disease is presented. The story continues with the recovery, and the development of industries such as mining and quarrying, cotton, silk, and shoes. This includes a dramatic diorama of an old lead mine, and a display of fine local fossils and minerals. Our Eyam Connections Room opened in 2012. It contains the pre-history of the Eyam area and a rather chilling display on 17th-century medicine. A major new display commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War One opened in Spring 2014, based on the experiences of local servicemen and their families. There is a free car park – come and see us! 01433 631 371 Group Bookings 01142 305 723

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Chatsworth House

​Explore the garden throughout the seasons or visit the farmyard and adventure playground for a fun-filled day out. There's something for everyone at Chatsworth. 2017 is set to be another remarkable year, featuring a host of events and activities. The house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground are open every day. ​

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Haddon Hall

​From artisan summer markets to promenade performances of Jane Eyre, the ever popular Flowers exhibition and a chance to try archery, Haddon Hall, one of the country’s most elegant and timeless stately homes, has a plethora of engaging and inspirational activities to enjoy this summer. Visit www.haddonhall.co.uk for more information and a full event schedule. April & October - Saturday, Sunday & Monday May to September - Daily October half term - 22nd - 30th October Open from 10.30am - 5.00pm +44 (0) 1629 812 855

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Treak Cliff Cavern

​Treak Cliff Cavern is a genuine wonder in the heart of the Peak District. Treak Cliff Hill is the only place in the world where Blue John Stone naturally occurs. The mineral Blue John Stone is a unique banded form of Fluorspar. It is believed it was originally given its name from the French “bleu et jaune” – the “blue and yellow” stone. It was mined in the eighteenth century with the Derbyshire folk coining the name. Treak Cliff Cavern continues to mine, process and manufacture ornamental items and jewellery from Blue John Stone today. We also have some of the finest stalactites in the Peak District. Dogs are welcome at Treak Cliff Cavern at all times. Telephone 01433 621487

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Hathersage Swimming Pool

​This hidden gem in Hathersage is a great place for a family outing or to stop off on a walk or bike ride. An outdoor pleasure - it is the perfect way to enjoy a swim. Oddfellows Road, Hathersage, Hope Valley S32 1DU Tel/Fax: 01433 650843

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Hopton Hall

Hopton Hall, dating back to 1414, lies on the edge of the White Peak region of the Peak District National Park.     Spencer, our manager has virtually restored the formal gardens and created many new and interesting features including the one-acre walled garden in which we have planted over 2000 roses in 40 individual beds surrounded by 5000 neatly trimmed box plants. Follow the 2 km of meandering paths along the croquet lawn and rosewalk, around. Two ornamental ponds lead to the wildlife lake, Arboretum, Laburnum tunnel, Birch Avenue and more, creating a wonderful Summer Spectacular with visual surprises at each corner. Hopton Hall, Hopton, Nr Carsington Water DE4 4DF Tel: 01629 540923

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The Heights of Abraham

A unique place, something for everyone! At the summit there are two famous show caverns with regular guided tours, plus films and exhibitions where you can see and hear all about the estate. Panoramic views can be seen if you climb the Victoria Prospect Tower. The excellent Vista restaurant and Terrace Cafe not only offer great food but have floor to ceiling windows and terraces looking south over the valley below. Derbyshire's oldest visitory attraction... much more than just a cable car Matlock Bath, Derbyshire 01629 582365