Peak District Towns & Villages

 

Peak District Towns and Villages

Tissington

Tissington Village Tissington village is about as perfect a Peak District village as can be imagined.  The prettiest of stone cottages are clustered around a gracious stately home, in a village complete with a duck pond, six ancient wells, a beautiful church and a lovely tea shop. There has been a settlement here since Saxon times, and the village’s recorded history begins in the 11th Century.  It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘Tizinctun’. At the heart of Tissington village stands the magnificent Tissington Hall, a Jacobean house dating from 1609.  It has remained in the hands of the same family, the Fitzherberts, since it was first...
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Wetton and Thor’s Cave

Thor's Cave and Wetton Wetton is a beautiful village in the Staffordshire Peak District, set amidst the stunning scenery of the Manifold Valley.  It has everything you could hope for from a White Peak village: pretty stone cottages on twisty lanes, a cosy country pub, an ancient church, and the most magnificent views. The remains of Anglo-Saxon settlements have been found in the area immediately around Wetton, although the earliest recorded reference to a village here is from the 12th Century. St Margaret’s church is the most obvious landmark in the village of Wetton.  It originally dates from the 14th Century, although much of it was rebuilt in the 19th...
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Whaley Bridge

Whaley Bridge is a pretty little town on the western edge of the Peak District, situated on a crossing of the River Goyt.  Although it sits outside the boundary of the national park, it is an important gateway town to the beautiful Goyt Valley and has much to offer the visitor.  There is plenty to see and do in the area, and Whaley Bridge is surrounded by the most beautiful countryside.  The Goyt Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Whaley Bridge has long attracted tourists and outdoors enthusiasts, drawn to it as a base for hiking, running and cycling. There is evidence of ancient civilisation all...
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Peak District Towns and Villages

Winster

The very pretty village of Winster lies in the Derbyshire Peak District, between Matlock and Bakewell.  Winster is an interesting, ancient village, mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘Winsterne’.  It lies very close to a prehistoric trading route, the Derbyshire Portway, and an 18th Century turnpike road between Newhaven and Nottingham.  Winster was a historic centre for lead mining, for which it has been well known since Roman times.  The boom in the lead mining industry in the late 17th and early 18th Century led to Winster’s population rising to more than 2,000 people.  By 1750 it was one of the largest and most prosperous towns in the...
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Peak District Towns and Villages

Wormhill

The pretty village of Wormhill lies in Derbyshire, surrounded by the most stunning Peak District countryside.  Wormhill is an ancient settlement, mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, at which time it reportedly contained 20 acres of meadow.  The name is originally thought to have derived from Wolfhill, and the village has a rather grisly history of wolf hunting dating back to the 14th Century, when this part of the Peak District was within the Royal Forest of the Peak.  The last wolf in England was reputedly killed at Wormhill Hall in the 15th Century.  An annual display of wolf heads was made in the village.  The village today is...
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