Peak District Towns & Villages
The Peak District is home to many charming towns and villages. These are just a few of our favourites.
The tranquil village of Ashford-in-the-Water is just a few minutes drive from Bolehill or alternatively a 45 minute walk across fields from the door.
The village is well worth a visit if nothing else to see the ‘Sheep Wash’ bridge – very pretty. The village shop is still thriving as it the pub and the small tea room. Also, there is a children’s playground for the little ones.
We are located just 2 miles from the centre of the historic market town of Bakewell – the only town within the Peak District National Park. With its rich history and fame stemming from the Bakewell pudding, it is a great place to spend an afternoon, or a whole day – it is the gleaming gem of the Peak District. Idyllically situated on the banks of the river Wye, this is the perfect setting for a river walk. It houses the medieval five arch bridge and several quaint courtyards. If you need a coffee break, you will be spoilt for choice with a wide range of coffee shops or a number of pubs if you fancy something stronger. Scotts Garden is worth checking out.
Castleton is a beautiful village and one of our favourites – especially in the run up to Christmas with its special array of Christmas lights. It is situated at the head of the Hope Valley.
As well as being popular at Christmas, it is also famous for its caves, history, shops, the ancient Peveril Castle and for those wishing to walk on the numerous footpaths in the area. Castleton is surrounded by hillsides and overlooked by Mam Tor – a top spot for walking.
This pretty little village is part of the Chatsworth estate. Originally the village was close to the River Derwent, immediately below Chatsworth. However in the mid 1800’s the 6th Duke of Devonshire had it moved out of sight over a hill, apart from one cottage whose tenant did not want to move (which still stands in Chatsworth Park).
It is a charming little village with every one of its small houses of a different architectural design. There is a tea room there too.
This is another one of the more popular villages in the Peaks, with olde-worlde buildings arranged around a large village green. It can get very busy in the summer months.
There is a lovely cheese shop in Hartington. The village used to have a Stilton cheese factory, which sadly closed, but the shop still sells a good range of local cheeses. It also has a couple of pubs and a range of cafes to choose from.
Over Haddon is our nearest village and can be approached either by a 30-45 minute walk over fields along the footpath or a short drive. The village is perched at the top of Lathkil Dale with terrific views over the dale towards the far hillside and provides easy but steep access to the Dale itself.
There is a friendly pub, ‘The Lathkil Hotel’ which is the perfect place for a drink and to enjoy the view over Lathkill Dale.
Tissington Village is part of the Tissington estate and as such has changed very little over the last 100 or so years. It is regarded as one of the most picturesque English villages and is a popular tourist attraction, particularly during its well dressing week. There are numerous small businesses in the village including an old-fashioned sweet shop. In the centre of the village lies the majestic Tissington Hall.
There is a popular cafe situated next to the Hall, called Herberts. It gets very busy in the summer, especially if the weather is fine. We have enjoyed afternoon tea here a few times!