YOULGRAVE - PLACES TO VISIT IN THE AREA

THE VILLAGE

Youlgrave is a quaint and sleepy little village surrounded by stunning scenery, history and great places to visit. Walkers can enjoy wealth of walks right from our doorstep in the dramaticand varied landscape.  Narrow lanes run off from the Main Street, and drop steeply down the hillside towards the River Bradford in the valley bottom. The walk along the river is easy going and flat but be prepared for a steep climb back into the village.

All Saints, the village church, originally served the villages of Winster, Elton, Birchover, Stanton, Middleton by Youlgrave and Gratton.  It is one of the largest churches in the Peak District and it's history, varying architectural styles and ornamentation are explained in literature available in the church. The painted glass window behind the altar was designed by Edward Burne-Jones and made in the William Morris workshops. 

In the centre of the village is a large round stone edifice which is the original reservoir built in 1829 to provide the village with fresh spring water piped from the hillside behind Mawstone Mine. By 1869 the pipework was corroding and a further ten tap spots were installed around the village.  When the scheme was finished a day of celebration saw the rebirth of the custom of Welldressing and to this day, every June, the five village well dressings are located at, or close to, the original tap sites.

There are many places to visit in the that are close to Youlgrave - here are a few of our favourites:

BAKEWELL

Bakewell is a beautiful market town situated on the River Wye which is crossed by a 13th century 5 arched bridge still open to traffic. The town has a large open air market on a Monday and once a month on a Saturday there is a farmers market where you can purchase a variety of locally grown produce including, meat, cheeses, mushrooms and wines. The town has a wealth of small shops, cafes and restaurants making it well worth a visit.

CHATSWORTH

Probably one of the finest country estates in the UK. Chatsworth is a working estate and receives many thousands of visitors each year. Visitors can enjoy, the spectacular house with it's artworks and treasures, stroll through the beautiful landscaped gardens, take a longer hike through the estate to the hunting tower or just peruse the shops and enjoy a meal in the the restaurant. Numerous events take place each year at Chatsworth including the Horse trials and the highlight of the year, the Chatsworth Country Game Fair. For more details of this amazing day out see the Chatsworth website.

HADDON

The very beautiful Haddon Hall is a fortified medieval manor house dating back to the 12th century, Haddon feels like it has been frozen in time giving you a real view of medieval life. After your tour of the house, relax in the licensed restaurant which is situated in the 17th Century stable block, with views over the River Wye. The Gatehouse gift shop stocks a range of beautiful gifts including items from local artists and craftspeople made exclusively for Haddon Hall as well as books that relate to the history of the Hall and the interests of our visitors.

BUXTON

Buxton is the capital of the Peak District. Famous as a Spa Town it has been a popular holiday resort for centuries. It is set in stunning scenery with magnificent architecture, a wealth of shops, and a thriving arts scene. Coupled with its world-famous spa water, Buxton has plenty to offer any visitor. The Pavilion gardens are beautiful and home to many events and fairs throughout the year.

CASTLETON

Castleton, a pretty village at the head of the lovely Vale of Hope, in the heart of the National Park. Castelton nestles beneath the mighty Mam Tor, which looms high above village. The ancient Peveril Castle has stood on guard over the area since 1086 and is still open to visitors if you can manage the steep ascent to the gates. The town is also home to 4 underground fascinating caves, These are Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern and Peak Cavern.

MATLOCK AND MATLOCK BATH

Matlock bath is built alongside the River Derwent in a steep and beautiful gorge and was extremely fashionable and prosperous in the nineteenth century with its spectacular scenery, shops and spa. Matlock Bath has enjoyed a resurgence over the past few years with cafes, bars, museums and the spectacular scenery sitting comfortably along side each other, encouraging visitors to the area.

Historic Matlock Town is also worth a visit for its shops, quaint café’s and restaurants all flanked by stunning scenery. Hall Leys Park right in the centre of Matlock is a lovely way to while away a few hours on a sunny day. Play mini golf or tennis, or just watch the world go by whilst enjoying a cake and coffee at the Café in the Park. Every Autumn, Matlock Bath comes alive for the annual illuminations, expect to see river decorated with twinkling lights and at weekends, a parade of Venetian gondolas and a magnificent cliff top fireworks display. 

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