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The Area

The Peak District National Park was the first of the national parks being created in 1950, from the wild rugged moorlands of the Dark Peak in the North to the tumbling farmland of the White Peak in the South. The park covers a large area over from Sheffield in the north, to Ashbourne in the south.

Hollinsclough is a conservation village in the upper Dove valley, about eight miles from the spa town of Buxton. The entire hamlet can be listed as eleven dwellings, The Methodist chapel, the village hall, the village school, the old school house, a working dairy farm, a telephone box and a rare Victorian letter box. Originally on the silk route from Macclesfield the then larger village was a centre for silk weaving and button making. Many of the old pack horse trails used by the Jaggermen can still be walked as footpaths and pack horse bridges and fords abound.

A magnificent view of the entire area can be gained by climbing the nearby Chrome Hill, known as the Dragons Back.

Local amenities (three pubs, village shop, Post Office, fish and chip shop and tea rooms) can be found in Longnor, 1 ¾ miles away, where the old Market Hall still displays a list of tariffs outside. Further a field are the market towns of Buxton (famed for its spa baths and mineral waters), Leek (antique shops), Bakewell (where they still make the puddings), Ashbourne (gingerbread) or even Chesterfield, with its crooked spire and larger department stores. Or why not drive over the ‘Cat and Fiddle’ and enjoy the amazing views on the way the Macclesfield.

Local historic houses include Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Hardwick Hall, Lyme Hall and Park and Eyam Hall and village, known as the plague village.

For walkers, there are footpaths from the door. Or within easy travelling distance are Dovedale, Millers Dale, Edale, the Tissington and Monsal trails, the Roaches and the reservoirs of Ladybower, Derwent and Carsington.

The area is famous for its Well Dressings. A local custom where villagers decorated their wells to give thanks for the supply of plentiful clean water. Many villages still uphold the tradition, each lasts for about a week and they continue throughout the summer months, so there’s usually several to visit.

For those seeking excitement, Alton Towers is within travelling distance or the Heights of Abraham with its cable cars and caverns, or the Blue John mines and jewellery shops at Castleton. For the less daring there’s the Tramway Museum at Crich and the Peak Rail steam railway at Matlock. And to finish, there is the famous Buxton Opera House, which plays host to a variety of well-known celebrities, bands and touring plays.

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