|>Why Tideswell is so special
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|At the heart of the Peak National Park lies Tideswell village. As one of the most ancient settlements in the central Peak District, Tideswell was granted a market charter in 1251. It was the site of the 'Great Courts' of the Royal Forest of the Peak in the time of Edward I. Tideswell was formerly celebrated for its ebbing and flowing well, from which it probably derived its name; but the first recorded account is in the Domesday book. Under the name Tiddeswall, it is mentioned as a royal demesne, having a chapel, which in 1215 was given by King John to the canons of Lichfield.
Tideswell's main feature is the magnificent 14th-century church, known locally as 'The Cathedral of the Peak'. Amazingly, no major external alterations have been made since 1400 and it looks little different today as it did 600 years ago. The village is also noted for its annual well-dressing - an ancient custom of decorating the village wells with flower petals - which take place in July. Tideswell was also an important centre for lead mining from the 14th century until the 19th century, and you can still see former miner's cottages in the streets.
One of Derbyshire's prettiest villages, Tideswell is a convenient centre for walks in the beautiful valleys of Millers Dale, Tideswell Dale, Monks Dale and Chee Dale.
|Typical Tideswell: the village architecture is a mixture of lead-miner's cottages adjacent to 'houses of distinction'.|
|At Courtyard Barn, you're situated towards the edge of the village, so you can walk straight out of the back door across wide-open countryside. (See the picture at the top of this page). Or for stunning scenery, you can try Tideswell Dale, just 1 mile away which looks like this:|
|The walk leads you through into the hidden valley of Miller's Dale and the Monsal Trail. Turn left to follow the spectacular river walk and you'll pass which through the derelict Litton Mill towards Cressbrook. Or go over the bridge at Litton Mill and turn right to head along the disused railway track that leads across the great iron bridge to Chee Dale.|
|Tideswell is blessed with 3 pubs, 1 restaurant and a tea-room. You can also try The Angler's Rest in nearby Millers Dale (2 miles) and The Red Lion at Litton (1 mile).
FURTHER AFIELD: For Indian/Chinese/Italian restaurants, travel to Buxton (marketplace) and expect to pay £20 - £30 per head with wine (takeaways about 20% cheaper). For posh, try the Palace Hotel or any of the larger hotels in town at about £40 per head, a la carte with wine.
For all-day food, (useful if you have kids) try the King's Head in Buxton marketplace. Or, our favourite, the JD Weatherspoon's pub/restaurant in Ashwood Dale (by the railway bridge) with a comprehensive all-day menu and drinks at 1980s prices. (Note: this is one of the few Weatherspoon's pubs that allow children!
|Above: The George. Good for food, pool and big screen satellite TV if you just can't manage a week without Arsenal v Manchester United.|
|Above: The Star. Good for a change. Good beer too.|
|Above: Horse and Jockey. Conveniently closest, if you're gagging for a G&T or a Guinness after your arrival.|
|Above: Tearooms. Just right for cakes or a snack, mid-afternoon.|
|Whether the weather is fine or not, there's always something to do - indoors and out. The Peak National Park has everything. Here is just a sample:
Chatsworth House for a huge adventure playground, and children's working farm. The house itself isn't bad either.
Matlock for a stunning cable car ride and Gulliver's Kingdom - a gentle amusement park for the under 5s. Older kids hould go to the Peak Mining Museum and see how hard life used to be.
Crich for the Tramway Museum - travel on real Victorian trams along several miles of private track. Extensive indoor displays old motor vehicles, trains and trams.
Buxton for Poole's Cavern - the dwelling of a 17th century pirate and cannibal. Also Buxton Museum for an interactive walk through time. Also a swimming pool.
Castleton, with its 900 -year old Norman Castle and a choice of lead mines to tour - including a boat ride along an underground river at Speedwell Cavern
Bakewell for a chance to buy their famous puddings. Also a swimming pool.
Alton Towers - the UK's biggest amusement park.
Jodrell Bank near Macclesfield - see the famous radio telecope before it becomes decommissioned.
Manchester United. It doesn't matter which team you support, a tour of the Old Trafford ground and football museum is well worth a visit.
Be sure to visit our local Tourist Information Centres at Bakewell and Buxton for latest information and much more.
|The Church of St John The Baptist dominates the village now, so what must it have been like 600 years ago? It was built between 1350 and 1399 at the time of the Black Death when Tideswell was a wealthy mining community - with no major additions to the structure since that time! The architecture is representative of the end of the Decorative Gothic period.|
|Of course, the church is open to visitors, tourists and pilgrims. A big notice outside invites you to 'enjoy our monuments, brasses and the superb 19th century wood carvings'.|
|For guests with specific medical needs, or for emergencies, the local doctors' surgery is close by in Parke Road - five minutes walk away in the centre of town, just off the High Street.
Dr P Cox and Dr M Cox
New Surgery, Parke Road
Telephone 01298 871396 (emergency)
Telephone 01298 871 292 (surgery)
|In the village, you'll find the Co-op sells most provisions, open until 6.30 most nights and 8.00pm on Fridays. There's a fresh fruit and vegetables shop, two newsagents (one of which also sells groceries) and the marvellous Tindalls deli, bread and sandwich shop for real old world charm. We also have a post office, and two chip shops.
Out of town, the nearest supermarket is Safeway, 8 miles away in Buxton, which also sells petrol. You can't miss it as it's the first thing you see when you arrive in Buxton from the main A6 road. Or you could try the very large Co-op in Bakewell which is also very useful, and about the same distance away.
If you're used to snappy big-city service, note that business in Tideswell takes place at a rather more leisurely pace. When you find yourself in a queue, with locals chatting to one another as well as the shop assistant, remind yourself that you're on holday and that this is what life should be like - with no place for stress or hurry.
|Left: Stock before your walk with home made soup, rolls and sandwiches at Tindalls, just opposite the Church.|
|Tideswell got it's first ever cash machine in late 2001! It's outside the Nat West Bank in the centre of the village. You can also get CashBack facilities in the Co-op almost opposite if you have a Switch card.
Next nearest cash machine is at Buxton's Safeway supermarket (situated outside, they operate 24-hours; two machines are hidden around the right-hand corner as you approach the store front). Or, of course, the usual list of high street banks in Buxton itself and Bakewell.