Archive for the ‘Peak District’ Category

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Matlock And Matlock Bath

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
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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…)

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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.

To see our holiday cottages in Glossop, please click here.

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