A Visit to Monyash
The lovely village of Monyash in the Derbyshire Peak District is a wonderful place to stop for a while and enjoy village life, with pretty stone cottages lining quiet lanes and a country inn overlooking a village green.
Located in the White Peak at the head of the beautiful Lathkill Dale, surrounded by rolling green fields and gentle hills, this is the Derbyshire Dales at its finest. There are footpaths in all directions leading out into the surrounding countryside.
The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘Maneis’. The name comes from the Old English words ‘Mane’ and ‘Eas’, meaning many waters. The name arose because of the unusual band of clay running beneath the village, deposited during the last Ice Age. This clay bed allows pools of water to collect in the area, uncommon in a limestone region.
The villagers used this to their advantage, creating ponds and wells to allow access to fresh water all year round. In the past the village had no less than five ponds and twenty wells. One such pond, Fere Mere, still remains in the centre of the village, and is a picturesque feature.
Monyash is a small, peaceful settlement, with a thriving community spirit. There’s a lovely village pub that serves great food, as well as a café/shop next door.
Just a short walk from the village you’ll find Tagg Lane Dairy, famed for its fabulous ice cream freshly made from their herd of Jersey cows.
How do I get there?
From Bakewell take the B5055 for approximately 5 miles to arrive at the village. From Buxton or Ashbourne approach via the A515 and take the B5055 signed for Monyash.