Litton & the surrounding area
With a village green, old stone cross and stocks, Litton is a 'real' Derbyshire village with fabulous walks from the doorstep. Just a few strides up the road is the Red Lion pub, which still retains an old world charm, serving a good range of real ales and tasty pub food. The comunity-run village shop is across the green and sells all your essential food requirements and souvenirs to take home. It is also a post-office, a cafe selling homemade cakes, teas/coffees and a range of local produce, cards and gifts. (Please note, the shop only accepts cash transactions, no cards)
Tideswell is 1 mile away and offers 4 pubs, a Co-op (open till late), a fresh fruit and veg shop, a fish and chip shop and several cafes/delis/sandwich shops. We believe strongly in local area sustainability - after all, it's what helps keep small villages alive - and actively encourage guests to shop/dine locally if possible. There is a cash-dispenser, 2 hair-dressers, a chemist and doctor's surgery and is home to the celebrated Tideswell Male Voice Choir. Pride of place in the centre of the village is Tideswell church, known as the Cathedral of the Peak.
The market town of Bakewell, in a lovely setting by the river Wye, is 7 miles away, famous for it's Bakewell Puddings and Tarts, and has an abundance of shops, bars, pubs, restaurants, takeaways and a swimming pool. The spa town of Buxton is 9 miles away and offers a range of high street shops, lovely bars and restaurants and has several supermarkets if you need to stock up. It even has a Go-Ape tree-top experience to bring out your inner Tarzan! The Devonshire Spa at the Devonshire Dome is an award-winning hidden gem, and offers full spa facilities, treatments and speciality spa days to suit everyone. Buxton Opera House is also truly magnificent, and is one of Britain's leading receiving Edwardian theatres, hosting wonderful shows and performances all year round.
Castleton with its unique Blue John mines and caverns is just 8 miles and the stately homes of Chatsworth House (9 miles) and Haddon Hall (10 miles) are both within easy reach. The plague village of Eyam, with all its fascinating history, is just 4 miles.
Arguably the Peak District's most spectacular ride, the Monsal Trail, with it's newly opened tunnels, mostly follows the path of the river Wye and offers spectacular scenery for the cyclist, walker and horse-rider. With access to the Trail a short 30 min walk away, you can also find cycle hire available at Parsley Hay Cycle Centre, Hassop Station, and at Blackwell Mill (10 mins by car from the Cotton Loft).
Chesterfield (cinema, shops, bars, restaurants etc), with its ‘Crooked Spire’ church and links to the M1, is 16 miles. The city of Sheffield is 18 miles and the Meadowhall shopping mall is 21 miles. Manchester is 32 miles and for thrill-seekers, Alton Towers is just 27 miles.
The nearest petrol station is at Calver (5 miles), nearest Indian takeaways are in Hope Valley (8 miles) and Stoney Middleton (4 miles) and nearest Chinese takeaways are in Chapel-en-le-frith (9 miles) and also in Bakewell. Pizza takeaway is also available at Calver and Tideswell.
For even more information about the beautiful Peak
District National Park and all that it has to offer, visit http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com