Beautiful Villages in England’s Peak District
Eyam is also known as the plague village. When an outbreak of the Black Death hit the village, villagers isolated themselves so they would not spread the disease to surrounding areas. There is a small museum in the village that gives more information about the story. The Village Green Café sells delicious homemade foods and The Miners Arms dates back to the 17th century.
Matlock Bath became a tourist destination back in the late 17th century due to its spa waters. Today, it is popular with weekend tourists, especially bikers. The village feels like a seaside town in the middle of the English countryside. Tourists love the fish and chips and fresh doughnuts. Take the cable car and experience the beautiful views at the Heights of Abraham or visit the Peak District Mining Museum to find out about the importance of mining to the local area.
Ashford-in-the-Water as the name says sits on the River Wye. The village is incredibly beautiful and is famous for its maidens’ garlands and black marble.
Hathersage is popular with walkers and climbers, which is visible from the amount of outdoor shops in the small village. It is famous as being the alleged birthplace of Little John, Robin Hood’s companion. If you want cheap eats then head to the café at Outside and for pub food, The Scotsmans Pack does great hearty food. If you are brave, go for a dip in the outdoor swimming pool.
Castleton was founded when William Peveril, son of William the Conqueror built of Peveril Castle in 1086. There is plenty to see and do in Castleton. There are three caverns (Speedwell, Blue John and Treak Cliff) and there visitor centre has a shop, café and exhibitions. Take a hike up Mam Tor or visit Peveril Castle.
Edale dates back to at least the13th Century. It has a small station along the Sheffield to Manchester trainline that opened in 1894. Visit the The Penny Pot Cafe for a spot of lunch or the small visitor centre.
Bakewell is a small agricultural village famous for its pudding, show and one of Britain’s best Farmers’ Markets. There is a lot to see and do in Bakewell. A visit to the The Old House Museum (run by volunteers) is a must. If you want afternoon tea, I recommend the newly refurbished Rutland Arms Hotel.