If you’re looking for inspiration ahead of visiting the Peak District over the festive season, these scenic villages are among some of the region’s best hidden gems.
The likes of Bakewell, Castleton and Hathersage will be at the top of most people’s lists when they visit the Peak District – but there are many more wonderful spots waiting off the beaten track.
Why not head out to one of these lovely destinations for a winter hike, to shop for Christmas presents at their independent stores, or to spend some time at their lovely country pubs?
1. Peak District villages
These are some of the best hidden gems across the Peaks. Photo: Brian Eyre/Jason Chadwick
Tideswell is one of the Peak District's bigger villages. It is home to the church of St John the Baptist, known as the 'Cathedral of the Peak.’ Photo: jason chadwick
3. Great Longstone
Boasting lovely limestone cottages, this village in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales is said to have origins dating back to Medieval times. The 18th century saw a period of relative prosperity for Great Longstone due to its lead mining and shoe-making industries.Today, the signs of Great Longstone’s history can be seen all around the village. Photo: Jason Chadwick
For those interested in history, Eyam is a perfect place to visit. It is known as the plague village, after residents quarantined themselves to stop the spread of a plague outbreak in the 17th century. Photo: Jason Chadwick