10 lesser-known villages in the Peak District that are breathtakingly beautiful

The Peak District is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty, making it a cherished destination for local daytrippers and holidaymakers from further afield.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 9:29 am
Ashford in the Water, on the River Wye, is home to the Grade II-listed Sheepwash Bridge.

Bakewell, Castleton and Hathersage are classic spots to visit, but there are many wonderful lesser-known places that are well worth seeing.

Here are 10 of the best villages in the National Park that may be less familiar.

This is on the Cheshire side of the Peak District - the village's biggest attraction is the Shrigley Hall Hotel & Spa.

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This quiet village, popular with visitors at weekends, claims to be where the last wild boar in England was killed. It's on the Cheshire side of the Peak Park, too - walkers come to go up Shutlingsloe, the 'Matterhorn of Cheshire', close by.
Eyam is primarily known for being the place where residents quarantined themselves during a plague outbreak in the 17th century. The church of St Lawrence dates back to Saxon times and has an eighth-century Celtic Cross, one of the best preserved examples of its kind in the country.
Many people may have visited Pilsley without knowing it - it's on the Chatsworth Estate and is the location of the Chatsworth Farm Shop. Estate workers live here in cottages and the village green normally hosts an annual fete.
Monyash can be found at the head of Lathkill Dale surrounded by beautiful scenery. A village green, with what is left of an old market cross, forms its centre.
Fenny Bentley is in the southern part of the Peak Park, two miles north of Ashbourne. The church of St Edmund has an unusual monument to Thomas and Agnes Beresford who, together with their 21 children, are shown covered in a shroud. There are pubs, too - The Coach and Horses and the Bentley Brook Inn.
Tideswell near Buxton 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' - this was built entirely in the 14th century.
Sheldon, close to Bakewell, is near Magpie Mine, a lead mine with an engine house built in the Cornish style.
Edale, in the Hope Valley, is chiefly popular with walkers heading to nearby Kinder Scout, and benefits from regular trains to Sheffield and Manchester.
Ashford in the Water, on the River Wye, is home to the Grade II-listed Sheepwash Bridge.