Peak District Towns & Villages

 

Peak District Towns and Villages

Baslow

Baslow The beautiful village of Baslow is on the edge of the Chatsworth Estate, and makes a perfect place to stay when visiting the area.  The village is overlooked by the dramatic gritstone edges of Curbar Edge and Baslow Edge, and the River Derwent runs through it, crossed by a picturesque stone bridge that dates back to 1603. There has been a settlement in this location since Anglo-Saxon times.  Visitors will still find a wealth of ancient buildings lining its maze-like streets, including a distinctive toll house on the stone bridge.  This tiny 17th Century building was once staffed by villagers who took payment from those wanting to cross the...
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Peak District Towns and Villages

Beeley

Beeley Village Beeley is a picturesque little village surrounded by beautiful countryside at the southern end of the Chatsworth House Estate, with pretty stone cottages clustered on quiet lanes.  One of four villages used primarily for employees of the Chatsworth House Estate (the others being Pilsley, Edensor and Calton Lees), Beeley was purchased by the third Duke of Devonshire in the mid-18th Century.  It is still home to many past and present employees of the Dukes of Devonshire.  Its ducal heritage means that it has stayed largely unspoilt, with little in the way of new housing or development.   The village is small but there is plenty of interest for the...
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Birchover, Rowtor Rocks and Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Birchover The pretty village of Birchover lies on the south eastern border of the Peak District National Park.  It is a characterful village, surrounded by the most stunning scenery.  Although only five miles out of the town of Matlock, it stands amid the most magnificent open moorland that is steeped in history.  https://youtu.be/XuT-hKfbWoE Birchover is an ancient village, mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.  It has a collection of beautiful old cottages, many built of the distinctive pink gritstone from the Stanton Moor quarries located above the village.  The village today is small but has a thriving sense of community, with a number of festivals and events held throughout...
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Peak District Towns and Villages

Bollington

Bollington is a small but bustling town on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park in Cheshire.  It is surrounded by beautiful countryside in the western foothills of the Pennines, just above the Cheshire Plains. Bollington boomed in the 18th and 19th Century during the Industrial Revolution, when it developed as a centre for cotton mills, quarries and coal mines.  When the Macclesfield Canal opened in the 1830s this brought further prosperity to the area.  Bollington is still a thriving town, renowned for its lovely independent shops, cafes and pubs.  A number of the historic mills still stand, many now converted to apartments, revealing the town’s industrial past around...
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Bradfield

The village of Bradfield lies just 7 miles out of Sheffield but is surrounded by beautiful, wild moorland countryside, on the border of the South Yorkshire Peak District.  It has the distinction of being the largest civil parish in England, although in fact it is made up of two villages, High Bradfield, which is situated on the hillside, and Low Bradfield, which sits down in the valley alongside the River Loxley.  High Bradfield is a historic place, dominated by a beautiful Grade I listed church, St Nicholas, built in the 1480s in the Gothic Revival style.  It includes parts of an earlier 12th Century church, and is thought to stand...
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Peak District Towns and Villages

Butterton

The picturesque village of Butterton lies in the Staffordshire Peak District, overlooking the beautiful Manifold Valley.  The lanes of the village are lined with pretty sandstone cottages, and a substantial ford (Hoo Brook) runs through the centre along a cobbled street.  Like many villages in the area, Butterton’s history over centuries was linked with copper and lead mining.  There is evidence of extensive mining industry here from at least the 17th Century, at which time the Duke of Devonshire owned the mineral rights to the local copper mines.  A number of packhorse routes pass through the region, particularly around nearby Ecton Hill, once used by horses transporting copper out of...
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