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Things to do

There's so much to see and do while you're staying at Dewsnaps, here are some suggestions.

Things to do while you’re staying at Dewsnaps

1.  Walk up South Head

Dewsnaps lies on the southern slopes of South Head of Kinder Scout (the site of the famous mass trespass in 1932). There’s a beautiful walk up to the summit of South Head (steep but very rewarding) from the lane which Dewsnaps is on. From the summit you are treated to fantastic panoramic views from Kinder Plateau to Combs Moss

2.   Visit Dewsnaps’ Machine Knitting Studio

From knitted items, designed and made here, to having a go on a knitting machine in a Machine Knitting Taster session. To book, go to www.dewsnapswoollens.co.uk or phone Sally on 07952 741 640.

3.   Meet the Icelandic sheep at Dewsnaps

The fields around Dewsnaps are home to a delightful flock of pedigree Icelandic sheep. They are extremely tame and friendly, and love visitors to pay them a visit. If you’d like to be introduced, ask Sally when you arrive.

4.   Afternoon Tea in historic Buxton

Buxton is both the highest market town in England and also the highest spa town. Must see things in Buxton are the Grade 1 listed Crescent, the Pavilion Gardens, The Opera House (which has a varied programme all year round, from famous comedians, plays, musicians and bands to ballet, opera or a circus - so it’s always worth seeing what’s on while you’re here), Poole’s Cavern and St Anne’s Well – which has water emerging at a constant 27c all year round. For the more energetic and young at heart there is Go Ape, or even a civilised stroll up to see the views from Solomon’s Temple. Recommended stops for afternoon tea are No 6 Tearooms overlooking the Pavilion Gardens, or for something rather different, have a very memorable Thai afternoon tea at Simply Thai (book in advance).

5.   Hayfield

Hayfield village was where the mass trespass started in 1932, where 500 people all walked onto the moors to secure access for everyone to the countryside. Today it is a charming village with a cricket green and annual beer festival, and is frequently used as film or television locations, such as the BBC drama, The Village.

6.   Walk to Chinley village and have a drink at The Old Hall Inn

Depending on whether you want a good walk (in which case, take the Cracken Edge route), or just a pleasant stroll along the lanes and Black Brook, finish up your walk with a drink at The Old Hall Inn, which wins awards for its beers and ciders, has a Beer and Cider Festival, and excellent food, too. Further along Black Brook is the Bugsworth Canal Basin, a scheduled monument site.

7.   Walk Rushup Edge

The walk from the National Trust car park along Rushup Edge down into Hope is regularly voted one of the most beautiful walks in the country. Finish up at one of Hope villages’ tea shops. An optional return route is up Mam Tor, the Shivering Mountain, which crumbles away any road built on it.  

8.   Blue John and Speedwell Caverns and Castleton Village

Just past Rushup Edge, turn left to drop down the dramatic Winnats Pass and into the village of Castleton, with its tea shops and places to buy the rare semi-precious stone, Blue John. There are caverns to visit including one where you can take an underground boat ride.

9.   Chatsworth

Chatsworth House and Gardens is a full day, or more if you are doing the House, Gardens, Parkland, Adventure Playground AND Farmyard. The guided tours around the house and guided are recommended, but book in advance.

10.   Haddon Hall

Combine a visit to Haddon Hall, described as the most romantic medieval house in the UK, with visiting Bakewell, famous for its delicious puddings. Haddon Hall features in films and television productions of Jane Eyre as Thornfield Hall.

11.  Chapel-en-le-Frith and the Chestnut Centre

Chapel-en-le-Frith (the name means Chapel in the forest) was the original Market town and capital of the High Peak area. It still has an historic old town with stocks, a church with a gruesome past from the Civil War era, and a really excellent delicatessen – Foster’s. Mac Burnham, the butcher on the high street, sells impressive quality meat. The nearby Chestnut Centre has a variety of owls, deer and rare otters.

12.   New Mills

New Mills is worth visiting for its Millenium Walkway suspended over The Torrs river gorge, the hydro-electric archimedes screw funded by the community, and the Heritage Centre which overlooks the rivers, Sett and Goyt.

13.   Dovedale Valley and Tissington Village

The Dovedale Valley is a beautiful walk along side the Dove River. A short way from the car park is the stepping stone crossing which is photographed for many pictures of the Peak District. In the carpark at the beginning of the walk is a tourist information kiosk with maps of what to look out for on route, and if you get as far as the end, there is a tiny shop (more an open window) selling cups of tea, soft drinks and chocolate bars or crisps.

14.   Get the local experts’ knowledge with a Guided Walk                                                                                 Whether you’re unsure of the navigation or just want to get the most out of your walk by finding out the local history, geology, wildlife and more that the guide books don’t tell you, try www.peakwalking.com or www.sallymosley.co.uk.

15.  Visit Eyam, the historic plague village

Eyam has historic properties, lovely tea shops and a village trail to follow. 

 

 Of course there are lots and lots of other wonderful things to do - just ask for suggestions!

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Butcher – Mac Burnham on Chapel-en-le-Frith High Street sources local produce and does excellent homemade pies.

Green grocers/Deli – Forster’s in Chapel-en-le-Frith has a huge range of fruit and veg, and  a very good deli, not to mention the flower shop with lots of lovely flowers.

 

Supermarkets

In Chinley we have a very small supermarket selling fruit and veg and some local produce. There is also a great  Indian Restaurant and a very good, very popular Fish and Chip shop which is only open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 – 7:00 (go earlier rather than later as it gets very busy – but the proprietor is likely to entertain you by singing easy listening favourites with his own “fish and chip shop”-related lyrics while you wait).

Chapel-en-le-Frith has an Aldi, a Coop and a Morrisons.

Whaley Bridge has a Tesco.

Buxton has a Morrisons, Sainsburys (small) and a Waitrose.

 



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