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Like Buxton, Glossop lies just beyond the official border of the Peak District National Park but it is one of the larger conurbations in the area and, as such, offers good shopping and services for those staying at a holiday cottage in the area. The town has an interesting Heritage centre with an art gallery and craft centre and some pleasant green spaces; Manor Park is a useful visit for those with small children with its miniature railway and children’s playground plus crazy golf, lake and walks. Visitors can enjoy a history trail around ‘Old Glossop’, site of the original town, with its Norman Church, sundial and houses dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. From here, the ‘Doctor’s Gate’ footpath leads up onto the Pennine Way. Glossop is well located for discovering the northwestern area of the Peak District National Park, and also close enough to visit the attractions of Cheshire and Manchester.
Melandra Castle is the site of a Roman fort just 2km from Glossop. The site has been extensively excavated, uncovering the fort’s headquarters, walls and a shrine and has now been landscaped into a pleasant picnic and recreational site standing above the river Etherow.
Dovestone reservoir is worth a visit and is particularly recommended for those with pushchairs or wheelchairs wanting access to the outdoors. Dovestone is actually a series of three reservoirs set in a bowl surrounded by magnificent peaks. Circular walks or cycles of varying lengths can be enjoyed around the reservoirs amidst lovely Peak District scenery, whilst those looking for something more challenging may extend the walk up onto open moor land. The Peak District has many reservoirs which have been way marked into trails for cycling or rambling; the Derwent Dams and Ladybower reservoirs, along the main A57 Snake Pass, were famously used for shooting practice for the famous Dambusters Squadron.
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