Three Villages in the Peak District
There are many picturesque villages dotted throughout the Peak District, some well known, others tucked away and hidden. Without a doubt, they’re all fantastic places to find yourself in.
The village of Castleton is tucked away in the stunningly beautiful Hope Valley. It’s the ideal base for anyone interested in outdoor activities as it’s surrounded by a plethora of hiking and cycling trails, rock climbing locations and natural wonders to explore. The village itself is home to several cafes and old world pubs serving some excellent locally brewed beers and fresh food. Check out the jewelry shops and keep an eye out for Blue John stone, a specialty sourced from the nearby Blue John Cavern. The village shows its age as you gaze upon the old church and cemetery, as well as Peveril Castle, also worth a visit.
The tiny village of Edale, found in the Vale of Edale, near the epic Mam Tor and Hope Valley is another great place for hikers to set up camp. The village boasts the start (or end) point of the long distance Pennine Way walking route, as well as trails up to Kinder Scout, the highest plateau in the Peak District. While it is a tiny village, it has a train station and two excellent pubs. The Nag’s Head serves a fantastic pint – just what you need after a long hike.
Ashford in the Water
Just two miles down the road from the far busier Bakewell, the charming village of Ashford in the Water is located on a sweeping bend of the River Wye. The village is home to several stone cottages and buildings, some of which are almost 400 years old. There are a number of inns, pubs and cafes in the village to serve your every need. Watch trout swim in the gentle, crystal clear river as it passes under the old Sheepwash bridge, where sheep were traditionally dipped before shearing.