Hathersage is a popular centre for walkers, and particularly climbers, who are drawn to the gritstone cliffs and overhangs of nearby Stanage Edge. The beauty of Stanage Edge was catapulted onto the global stage recently as the unmistakeable setting for actress Keira Knightley in a pivotal sequence from the film of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice. (more…)
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On a cottage holiday, a visit to Ashbourne is a must. Ashbourne is a delightful market town with a lovely cobbled centre filled with speciality stores, such as the Derwent Crystal and Ashbourne Gingerbread shops, and a high concentration of Antiques houses. (more…)
As anyone visiting one of our holiday cottages in the area may know, Wirksworth is a busy local centre and one of the Peak District towns where ancient traditions are still observed to this day. Well dressing is kept alive during Whit week, whilst each September, the ritual of ‘clypping’ is observed, as townsfolk hold hands forming a chain around the local church. Maintaining such traditions is fitting for Wirksworth, which is one of the oldest of the Peak towns and as such boasts a long history. Its market charter was granted by Edward I in the fourteenth century and it was an important centre for mining and lead production, which brought the prosperity which enabled some of the many fine buildings still visible in the town today to be built. The town’s information and Heritage centre are housed in a former merchant’s yard just off the main square, and this is a useful starting point for the visitor.
On a cottage holiday a visit to Bakewell is a must. The largest town within the Peak District National Park, the pretty village of Bakewell established itself rather unusually by way of a culinary accident. The famous Bakewell tart was originally a Bakewell pudding, when a local chef misread a strawberry tart recipe and folded the egg mixture on top of the jam instead of adding it to into the pastry. Nowadays the town thrives on sales of both, with various establishments claiming the original, but all manner of fine food and drink can be sampled in this delightful town, which hosts a superb, bustling outdoor market each Monday and a Farmer’s market on the last Saturday of every month, and has a good selection of local restaurants and pubs serving the finest local produce.
Many visitors on a cottage holiday head to the south-eastern fringes of the Peak District, where sister towns of Matlock and Matlock Bath jostle alongside each other in the narrow Derwent valley. Of the two, Matlock Bath holds the greater attraction for those holidaying in the area, and, thanks to its history as a genteel Spa town, feels more akin to a seaside holiday resort than rural, land-locked town. Matlock Bath enjoyed a heyday in the nineteenth century when high society brought an aristocratic ambience to this little town set in delightful, dramatic scenery. Mass tourism came with the arrival of the railway some decades later, and nowadays there are many attractions here for those staying in a Peak District holiday cottage. The steep gorge rising on either side of the town provides a good starting point. On the one side, the Heights of Abraham was once a lead mine subsequently developed for those who came to Matlock Bath to sample the waters and now a great place for families to visit. (more…)