LOCAL TOWNS & VILLAGES
The Peak District
Eyam is surrounded by a selection of beautiful villages, each with their own distinct personality and plenty to see and do for people visiting the area...
Castleton - One of the most beautifully-situated villages in the White Peak. Whatever the weather, Castleton has something to offer visitors of all ages at any time of year but Christmas is especially beautiful.
Ashford in the Water - A picturesque village on the river Wye north of Bakewell with the medieval Sheepwash Bridge as its focal point. Three bridges cross the beautiful river Wye in this charming village full of character and in an idyllic waterside setting with several pubs including the renowned Riverside Hotel and a perfect English cricket field beside the river.
Bakewell - The only market town within the Peak District National Park boundary and its attractive courtyards, independent shops, cafés and location on the River Wye make it a hugely popular destination for tourists to the Peak District. The agricultural market and produce market take place on Mondays and there's a farmers produce market on the last Saturday of every month. Bakewell also has an indoor swimming pool.
Curbar - A delightful hillside village with fantastic views over the Derwent valley away to the White Peak. A peaceful village closely linked with the adjoining village of Calver, it has some very fine residential properties and lovely walks along Curbar edge and the river. Photo Credit: Roger Temple
Foolow - A very picturesque little village in the limestone uplands set around the duck pond. The fine old buildings grouped around the village green complete with an ancient cross, bull-ring and pond make Foolow one of the prettiest villages in the Peak. There is a tiny church and slightly a grander looking Wesleyan Chapel and, of course, The Bulls Head pub! Photo Credit: Ruth Sharville
Hassop - A small picturesque hamlet with some grand buildings and fine architecture set in beautiful countryside. In spring the snowdrops and daffodils on the roadside through the village are delightful. There is a pub and the wonderful Hassop Hall, a fine English Country House Hotel Photo Credit: Alan Heardman
Grindleford - In a glorious setting in the Derwent valley, Grindleford is surrounded by wooded hillsides, looking up to some classic gritstone edge scenery. Grindleford developed from a group of small agricultural settlements. There are two pubs and a railway station with trains to Manchester and Sheffield.
Froggatt - A small attractive village set below a famed gritstone edge and alongside the scenic wooded banks of the river Derwent. Quaint little cottages with pretty gardens nestle below the rugged crags of Froggatt Edge forming a peaceful scene. Photo Credit: Andrew Tryon
Great Longstone - An attractive limestone village set around a pretty little green with an old cross. The village lies under the ridge of Longstone Edge, 2 miles from Bakewell. It has some charming old cottages along the main street, a shop and couple of good pubs. Photo Credit: Dave Dunford
Hathersage - At the eastern end of the Hope Valley, a large, busy village/ town with rich historical, industrial and literary associations. Hathersage has become a popular place to visit for those in search of legendary heroes and literary heroines. There is a station here for trains to Manchester and Sheffield. A must-visit is the, popular and heated, open air swimming pool. Photo Credit: Andrew Hill
Litton - One of the prettiest villages in the Peak District, oozing charm and character, and set around a large village green with village stocks in front of the pub! Photo Credit: Graham Hogg
Stoney Middleton - Middleton Dale is riddled with former lead mine workings and caves, including Merlins Mine, Carlswark, Lay-by Pot and Eyam Dale House Cave. Exciting rock climbing and caving opportunities here!
Wardlow - A small community of farms and cottages, formally an agricultural and lead mining community and part of the Chatsworth estate, can be found on the road between Monsal Head and Tideswell. The name Wardlow means 'watchhill and slope', with the hill known as Wardlow Hay Cop which is a nature reserve. Before mains water was brought to the village, people had to collect their water from the village pumps. Photo Credit: Dave Bevis