Wandering around some of our local Peak District towns and villages is a wonderful way to spend time.
Tideswell, just a mile away from Litton is home to the 14th century church known as ‘The Cathedral of the Peak’ and also to Tindalls of Tideswell, the award winning delicatessen where some of the ‘goodies’ in our welcome basket are sourced.
The nearby village of Eyam is known as the “plague village”. In 1665, the plague (Black Death) was brought here in a flea ridden bundle of cloth, delivered to the village tailor from London. Under the leadership of Reverend Mompesson, the village bravely quarantined itself. Many of its inhabitants suffered a dreadful death, but their sacrifice prevented the spread of plague across the Peak District.
Bakewell with its stone cottages, hidden courtyards and interesting boutique shops, enjoys a fabulous setting on the River Wye.
Buxton, famous for its restorative waters, stately architecture and Edwardian opera house has a more sedate feel. Especially beautiful are the Pavilion Gardens, complete with bandstand and plant filled conservatories.
The Georgian town of Ashbourne, home of the gingerbread man, has an abundance of antique shops and an ancient cobbled marketplace.
- Ashbourne – Thursday and Saturday
- Bakewell – Monday (including livestock market)
- Buxton – Tuesday and Saturday
- Leek – Tuesday (livestock only), Wednesday, Friday (indoor only) and Saturday
- Matlock – Tuesday & Friday