Things to do without a car

It’s very easy to get to and from Candlelight Cottage on public transport. There are bus routes through the village linking it to Buxton, Chesterfield and Sheffield, where there are rail links from all over the country. Other buses link Litton with Bakewell and Castleton and numerous pretty villages and walking destinations in between. Even if you arrive by car, you may still like to park up and forget about it for the rest of your stay, so here are a just a few of the things that you can do:

Using Public Transport

Derbyshire boasts one of the best public transport networks in Britain. You can take your time and enjoy some of the area’s loveliest landscapes, proud that you are helping to keep the area green. We provide a bus timetable in the cottage for you to plan your journeys.

To give you some ideas, we have chosen a few destinations below, which lie on two of the bus routes through Litton (Bus numbers 65 and 66).

For full details of timetables, please see:


Litton has an award winning post office / shop run by volunteers which sells all the basics along with local ice cream and delicious home-made cakes. A very pretty 15 minute walk away is Tideswell which has a small supermarket, a newsagent, chemist, delicatessen, bakery, butcher, green grocer and a number of wonderful tearooms, sandwich and cake shops. There is also an ATM, a post office, two excellent fish and chip shops and a choice of pubs and cafes.

Two great new businesses, Shop in Tideswell  and Sauced Here allow you to order all your shopping from local businesses before you arrive and have it delivered to the cottage. These services offer a full basket of products, sourced from the area’s top purveyors (including meats, milk, cheeses, fruit & veg, drinks etc), made available via one flexible delivery. Even items that are not produced here in the Peak District are purchased from the region’s village shops, so you will be doing your bit to support the local economy, whilst enjoying the very best local produce.

Waitrose and Tesco also deliver to the area. For those who enjoy gourmet food, but do not want to be bothered with cooking fiddly meals on holiday, Gourmet Express, a local company has the answer. They will make to order and deliver gourmet quality ready meals to the cottage.


Litton is set amongst stunning scenery and there are countless walks from the front door of the cottage. We provide walking books, maps and a laminated set of walks around Litton, known as Arthur’s walks. Footpaths are well signposted and there are plenty of good local pubs and tea shops to help you on your way!

The Litton Loop and Tideswell Trails are available to download from our website in the Outdoors section under Walking.

Cycling and Mountain Biking

If you bring your own cycles, there is room to store them out of sight in the patio garden to the rear of the cottage. If not, then cycle hire can be arranged via Peak Tours, who will deliver bikes to and from anywhere in the Peak District.

Armed with your cycle, you could explore The Monsal Trail, a disused railway line, which runs through Miller’s Dale, a short ride from Litton and passes through fantastic scenery, or devise your own route through the many picturesque local villages.

Places to visit


Tideswell is a short walk or bus ride away from Litton and is our nearest neighbour. Litton has a small but well stocked village shop run by volunteers, but if you are looking for something bigger or more specialised, you will find it in Tideswell along with a number of pubs, tea rooms and two excellent fish and chip shops! The village is well known for its wonderfully imposing church, “The Cathedral of the Peak” which is one of the largest and most beautiful in the area and well worth a visit.

The Tideswell Cinema have regular showings, including National Theatre Live broadcasts.


Historians among you will know the story of the Eyam plague. A stroll through the village, a visit to the museum, along with a tour of Eyam Hall (NT) and lunch or afternoon tea in one of the tearooms or pub makes a fine day out. There are also many lovely walks in and around the village.


Baslow offers fine dining at Fischer’s Restaurant, The Cavendish Hotel and Rowley’s Restaurant.

Situated on the edge of the Chatsworth estate, Baslow is an ideal place to get off the bus and walk to Chatsworth House (about 30 mins along the river).

Once at Chatsworth, you can visit the house, gardens, farmyard and adventure playground or devise your own walk though the vast estate.


Foolow is a beautiful, unspoilt Peak District village centred on a duck pond, where the ducks have their own bespoke wooden house known locally as Duckingham Palace!

The Bull’s Head Inn serves great food and on the ridge above the village you will find The Barrel Inn at Bretton, also known for excellent food, as well as its spectacular views in one direction over the White Peak and in the other over the Dark Peak.

A visit to Foolow can easily be combined with a trip to Eyam, either by bus or along one of the many quiet footpaths.


Situated in the Dark Peak, Grindleford’s train station has links to Sheffield and Manchester via the Hope Valley line, which includes stations at Edale (start of The Pennine Way), Hathersage and Hope. All these villages are well worth a visit and are excellent walking and cycling areas.

The beautiful and rugged National Trust owned Longshaw Estate is on the doorstep of Grindleford or, if you are feeling lazy and want to avoid the hill, the NT tea shop next to the house can be reached by staying on the bus for a few more stops!


The market town of Chesterfield, with its famous crooked spire. Chesterfield market has been running since at least 1165 and market days are every Monday, Friday and Saturday all year round. There are plenty of shopping and eating possibilities in Chesterfield along with cinemas and nightlife. Use the 173 to Bakewell and the 170 on to Chesterfield.


Buxton is well known for its Opera House which hosts many world famous stars, particularly during the Buxton Festival. In addition, there is a lively Fringe Festival.

It is now possible to see the sights of Buxton by tram. Hourly guided tours take place from 10am each day commencing from the gates of the Pavilion Gardens (next to the Opera House). Tickets can be purchased from the driver and cost £5 per passenger. The tour includes the following highlights: Opera House (also for The Square, Pavilion Gardens and Old Hall Hotel), Turner Memorial (for the Crescent, St. Ann’s Well, Pump Room and shopping at Cavendish Arcade and Spring Gardens), The Dome (for the university and Palace Hotel), Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (also for the Market Place), Scriveners bookshop (for Higher Buxton shops, the Green Man Gallery and St. Anne’s Church) and Poole’s Cavern (also for Grinlow Woods, Buxton Country Park and Go Ape).


The 65 bus takes you to Sheffield where you will be spoilt for choice for things to do. There are shops, restaurants, theatres, concert halls, night clubs, pubs and bars. A further short bus, rail or tram ride takes you to the vast Meadowhall Shopping Centre or Vue complex of cinemas, restaurants and bowling.


Bakewell is serviced by the 173 bus and is full of pretty boutique shops and cafes. On Mondays the famous market takes place, with farmers from far and wide converging on the livestock market and many interesting stalls dotted all over the town centre.

Bakewell has a modern swimming baths and it would be easy to spend the whole day strolling along the River Wye, eating delicious cakes in the numerous tea shops and looking for unusual gifts and local food specialities in the shops.


Castleton‘s spectacular caves and Norman castle can be reached on the 173 or 174 buses directly from Litton. Home of the world famous Blue John stone and surrounded by superb walking country, Castleton is a bustling village with plenty of places to relax after a long day’s sightseeing.

Of course there are many other places that you can get to by changing buses. Changing in Bakewell for example would permit amongst other places a visit to Chatsworth House, Matlock or Matlock Bath.

Further ideas

Photography courses are popular with our guests and can be arranged with Guy Badham.

Local walking guide, Sally Mosley will tailor walks just for you depending on your area of interest. She is full of local knowledge and funny stories, which she shares as you walk along. By her own admission, she can open doors that remain closed to most of us and is especially good at combining a walk with delicious food and drink!

We hope you now have a flavour of the many possibilities of visiting Candlelight Cottage without a car, or by choosing an environmentally friendly way to see the sights once you have arrived. There is also much more information in the cottage itself, but if you have special areas of interest and you are wondering if you can pursue them without a car, do contact us. We are always happy to help.

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