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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Edale & Hope

Monday, February 7th, 2011
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Edale village lies at the foot of Kinder Scout, in the beautifully scenic Hope valley, through which cuts the main Manchester-Sheffield train line. Though tiny, with only a couple of pubs, the Old Nag’s Head and the aptly-named Rambler, campsites, camping barns and the train station, Edale is eternally popular with visitors of an outdoor inclination. It is the starting point for the famous Pennine Way, England’s first long-distance footpath, but also a great jumping off point for a whole variety of renowned local walks, such as Jacob’s Ladder and Crowden Clough, and an almost infinite number of rambles and cycles both short and long on the moor land around Kinder.

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Hope is similar in size to nearby Castleton, but it less frequented by tourists. The town has a popular well-dressing festival at the end of June each year but is dominated by a large cement works which rather blights the otherwise picturesque landscape. There is a fourteenth century church, several shops and a couple of pubs, but many pass through the town to enjoy the charms of the wider Hope Valley, between Hope and Edale. Ever popular with walkers, this area also attracts pony trekkers, birdwatchers, cavers and pot-holers, whilst the sight of multi-coloured hang gliders launching off from the plateau of Mam Tor, the so-called Shivering Mountain, is a common one on clear days. Many of these activities can be enjoyed by those on a holiday cottage stay in the area, with local outdoor centres and tourist offices able to advise on bookings.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Castleton

Monday, January 17th, 2011
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As any holiday cottage aficionado will know, Castleton is one of the most popular villages in the Peak District. Dominated by Mam Tor, at over five hundred metres, Castleton sits at the natural meeting point of the gritstone area of the northern Peak District known as Dark Peak, and the less harsh limestone area of the southern part of the region referred to as White Peak. (more…)

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The 2 Minute Guide To Hayfield

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
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Lying between Glossop and Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hayfield is a typical Peak District town and the starting point for many walks up onto the desolate moorland that is Kinder Scout. As anyone who has visited one of our holiday cottages there will know, the village was a former woollen centre but is now a thriving town with good local shops and pubs and a lively music scene with a strong jazz tradition. (more…)

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Are You A Glossop Girl?

Friday, October 29th, 2010
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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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Cottage Holidays In The Peak District: Buxton

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
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To see our self catering holiday cottages in Buxton, please click here.

Buxton is an elegant Georgian spa town established in the eighteenth century by the Dukes of Devonshire on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Intended as a genteel health resort to provide an antidote to the grime and disease of the mill towns and industry of the larger conurbations of the region, Buxton is imbued with a rich sense of history, some fine architecture and is enjoying an increasingly fashionable reputation. This is thanks in no small part to the renaissance of the town’s Opera House, built at the turn of the twentieth century and revived in every last sumptuous detail to its former glory following a recent refurbishment programme. Displaying exquisite gold leaf detail, the auditorium now once again plays host to a wide variety of musical and performance arts events, and together with the art gallery and museum, the Opera House has succeeded in establishing itself as one of the country’s leading festival venues. The Buxton Festival and the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festivals are opera festivals held that are held in the town each year, while the Buxton Festival Fringe is a thriving spin-off arts festival held each summer.

The town has much to offer the visitor, and a good place to start is by following the Heritage Tour that showcases the town’s spectacular architecture and provides a history of how it became to be the ‘cultural capital’ of the Peak District. The Romans recognised the importance of the town’s mineral waters, and the Spa enjoyed a heyday in the Edwardian era, when wealthy visitors flocked to take the waters. It is also ideally placed for the visitor to take to the hills and dales either on foot or two wheels. Many of the disused railway lines that criss-cross the region have been converted into marked trails, such as the Tissington Trail, which follows low-level former tracks through the Peak District countryside making them particularly good for cyclists who can tackle as much or as little as they please.

Pool’s Cavern and Grin Low Country Park lie just a mile or so from the centre of Buxton and are a must for visitors to the area. The stalactite and stalagmite-filled caves are two million year old caverns that have attracted visitors since Neolithic tribes first used the chambers for shelter; indeed legend has it that Mary of Queen of Scots visited during a trip to take Buxton’s waters whilst imprisoned in nearby Chatsworth House. Today children will love discovering the illuminated caves, working their way through the ‘Wonderground’ tour in the new exhibition centre and visiting the gift shop, restaurant and café. The country park surrounding the caves extends a trip, with the opportunity to play, picnic, orienteer and walk in the mature woodland which was once a sprawling limestone quarry. A ramble to the top of Grin Low will reveal Solomon’s Temple, a gritstone folly built in the eighteenth century which now provides a splendid vantage point above Buxton.

Close to Buxton, just outside the National Park boundary, is Lyme Hall and Park. The  Hall has become a place of pilgrimage for Jane Austen fans the world over, since it was used as the setting for Pemberley in the successful BBC adaptation of Austen’s famous novel, Pride and Prejudice. They flock to see the very spot where a dashing Mr Darcy threw himself into the lake to cool his ardour. The Hall, which legend has it is haunted by a ghost that roams its long gallery, is open for guided tours, whilst the seventeen acre Victorian gardens feature an orangery, a sunken garden, superb blooms and a spectacular avenue of lime trees which are over 300 years old. The surrounding parkland features an eighteenth century hunting tower and offers some lovely walks in both woodland and open moor land, with beautiful views over the Peak district and the Cheshire plain.

Also near Buxton, at Chapel-en-le-Frith, the Chestnut Centre is highly recommended for those with young children staying in a holiday cottage in the Peak District. A fascinating wildlife and conservation park set in a fifty acre estate on the slopes beneath the Kinder Scout plateau, children will love taking the nature trails and spotting various species of otter, a huge number of breeds of owl at the owl sanctuary together with deer, Scottish wild cats, foxes and birds. An enjoyable and educational day out, children can learn about habitats and the environment through a variety of interactive displays and activities. The Visitor Centre has a tearoom, picnic area and a souvenir shop.

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