Screen-Shot-2013-07-12-at-13.28.25The small village of Millers Dale is a beautiful spot in the centre of the Peak District National Park.  The River Wye runs through past The Anglers Rest which prides itself on serving good beer.  Bank Top (as the name suggests) is high on the bank, south facing, with views across the dale over to The Monsal Trail.  It is very quiet with no traffic passing the cottage directly and is a haven for wildlife (rabbits, hares, badgers, birds of all descriptions) and flowers (cowslips, early purple and spotted orchids, water aven).  The small church of St Anne’s is in the centre of the village.

There are a myriad of walks in all directions: along the Limestone Way, across to The Monsal Trail which runs approx 8.5 miles, through the tunnels, from Bakewell towards Buxton and can be cycled, walked (or run?).  Arrangements for cycle storage can be made.

Nearby are Cheedale and Ravensdale, both popular with rock climbers.

Just a few minutes north of Bank Top, 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. 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 at the end of June.

The towns of Bakewell, Buxton and Castleton are within easy reach (each around 7 miles away). Chatsworth House, Hadden Hall and Hardiwck Halls a little further.