Lathkill Dale ~ by Joe Parker

Peak District

 

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

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Peak Forest

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Hope Valley

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Oakamoor

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Warslow

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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.

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Parwich

Life in this limestone village may well be idyllic, untouched by 21st-century bustle and any hint of unsightly progress. None of the lanes lead to anywhere ‘important’. There is a village shop, a mere, two greens, a church with some rather intriguing headstones and now just one of three remembered pubs. The handsome Parwich Care Centre was built as a hospital at the start of the First World War, while the brick built Parwich Hall dates from the Georgian era.

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Peak Village

Rather remote, and sparsely populated, Peak Forest has many a good tale to tell. It was once a stronghold in the Royal Forest of the Peak, where poachers could be horribly maimed or killed if they were caught stealing the king’s deer or game. Because the village stood on royal land, its church and vicar answered to no bishop. The vicar could conduct marriages on the spot: no banns, no delay and few questions. Peak Forest became a veritable Gretna Green with hundreds of runaway and clandestine marriages to its credit - until the law put a stop to it. A mile from the village is Eldon Hole, the legendary entrance to hell itself!

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Pilsley

This charming hamlet lies on Chatsworth Estate. It has ancient roots and the site was chosen with care; sheltered and yet with immense views rising to the moors and soaring gritstone edges. Neighbouring Edensor may have a church but Pilsley has a school, an 18th-century pub, some discreetly sited businesses and the Chatsworth Farm Shop. Produce from the estate, including fresh fruit and veg, is sold in this former horse stud building which is shared with a number of craft workshops.

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Rowsley

Lying at the confluence of the Rivers Wye and Derwent, Rowsley has a neat and unspoiled appearance which belies its past, enriched through quarrying and the existence of a massive railway centre - the latter lost to the ‘Beeching Axe’. Rowsley’s scenic setting attracted notable 19th-century artists, poets and anglers, while the Paxton-designed station building - still standing at the heart of a large Shopping Village - laid out the red carpet for VIP and royal visitors to Chatsworth.

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Shatton

Shatton lies on a hollow-way, a sunken footpath which was part of the Roman Long Causeway from Brough to Glossop. In medieval times Shatton lay within the Royal Forest of the Peak, a hunting ground exclusive to the king and his nobles, where in 1285 one of the foresters was Peter de Shatton. The extensive Royal Forest - by no means all trees - was home to wolves, wild boar and deer, but the only beasts running free today are likely to be sheep, in their hundreds.

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Sheldon

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).

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South Darley

The oldest quarter of Darley Dale, centred on the lovely church of St Helen, with its famous yew tree and fascinating stonework, such as the weaver’s tomb carved with his tools of trade. The Derwent may not seem far away but in old time winters it used to flood this far, bringing sheets of ice with it. Sir Joseph Whitworth, the brilliant engineer whose inventions changed the face of industry, lies buried here. The lane past the church is known locally as Ghost Lane, the spectre in question being a Scottish pedlar who was murdered hereabouts.

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Stanton in Peak

Stanton in Peak clings to the hillside below the blustery heights of Stanton Moor, whose quarries provided jobs for its menfolk and stone for its houses. But the millstone grit of Stanton Moor served a more mysterious purpose in the Bronze Age, when it became a cemetery of the Beaker People, so called for the pottery vessels found in their barrows, of which at least 70 dot the moor. Here too is the well preserved Nine Ladies Stone Circle (see Birchover). There are splendid views across the Wye Valley from the moor and from Stanton itself, especially at sunset.

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Starkholmes

Looking down into the Derwent Valley and Matlock Bath, Starkholmes stands on the old side of Matlock where a market town existed long before the present day town centre came into being. The road climbs beside the parish church of St Giles and the old town green with its tree-shaded market stone, on past the modern school at the foot of Riber Hill, past hummocky fields pock-marked with lead mining remains, then winds back down to Cromford Bridge. En route are footpaths to Matlock Bath and the unforgettable High Tor.

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Sterndale Moor

On the limestone uplands south of Buxton, Sterndale Moor provides an ideal base for exploring the area and its unspoiled villages, whether by foot or on wheels. Within a radius of 5 miles are many amenities including accommodation, country pubs and cycle hire. The arrow-straight A515 follows the route of a Roman road, passing through a landscape not only carved out by nature, but with massive quarries and associated limeworks carved out by man. It is hard not to be impressed.

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Stoney Middleton

Nestling in the cleft of Middleton Dale, the old cottages of Stoney Middleton cling to foundations embedded deep in stone. The village has an octagonal toll cottage converted into a chip shop, and an octagonal church with an octagonal font. Tradition has it that Roman legionaries bathed in the local sulphurous springs, and the waters still flow through a well preserved bath-house near the church. High on the limestone gorge in the Dale is Lover’s Leap Rock, from which in 1762 a jilted maid took off her bonnet and jumped. But her voluminous skirts billowed out and slowed her fall. She landed with just a few scratches - the Peak’s first parachutist!

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Taddington

The Buxton-Ashford turnpike passed down Taddington’s long main street but fortunately the village is now by-passed by the modern A6. The old road was the route followed by Londoners on their way to take the waters at Buxton. Taddington had a coaching inn which also served the local lead mining community - ale was believed to give some protection from lead poisoning. An ancient stone shaft in Taddington churchyard is carved with Celtic designs and may have stood here for well over a thousand years. The church also has some fine memorial brasses.

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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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

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Blue John Cavern

The World Famous Blue John Cavern is situated at Mam Tor, Castleton in the Hope Valley area of Derbyshire.     It is home to eight of the fourteen known veins of Blue John Stone, a very rare and beautiful ornamental fluorspar.     The mineral was first discovered centuries ago and is still mined to date in the winter months.     The Cavern is over 300 feet deep and its beauty can be explored through its various cave systems.     Come and see the Waterfall Cavern and the Grand Crystallised Cavern with its multi-coloured dome.     Trek deeper into Lord Mulgrave’s Dining Room and learn about where his Lordship entertained miners, and where fine veins of Blue John can be seen in their natural state in the limestone.     Stand in the Variegated Cavern and marvel at its huge 150 feet high chamber.     Travel down 245 steps into the largest cavern in the area and enjoy a whole new underground experience. Blue John Cavern, Mam Tor, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WA Tel: 01433 620638 / 620642 E-mail: info@bluejohn-cavern.com