Youlgrave is located about three miles south of Bakewell in the Peak District National Park. There is so much to see and do, whether you choose to walk from the village and explore the surrounding countryside or venture a little further afield to visit neighbouring attractions.
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Youlgrave is surrounded by paths and walks to suit almost all ages and abilities. The waterside track beside the River Bradford, just below the village, is flat and wide and runs all the way from Alport via Youlgrave to Middleton by Youlgrave. From Alport another popular walking route accompanies the River Lathkill upstream to Monyash.
From Youlgrave there are field paths south east to the gritstone outcrop of Robin Hood’s Stride; and then on to Birchover and Stanton Moor. Heading west you can follow the waymarked Limestone Way across the fields and dales to Monyash. There are also linking paths to Haddon Hall (across Haddon Fields) and from the head of Bradford Dale you can continue on and up to the villages of Elton and Winster.
For these and other local walks ideas see ‘Walking in Youlgrave’ by Andrew McCloy, available for £4.99 from Youlgrave Post Office on Church Street.
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Just three miles south west of Youlgrave are the High Peak and Tissington Trails, former railway lines that have been converted into popular traffic-free trails. You can hire bikes at Parsley Hay www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/cycle/cycle-hire-centres/parsleyhay and cycle all the way to Ashbourne and Cromford without going on roads. In the other direction is the Monsal Trail, another cycling and walking route which runs from Bakewell along the Wye Valley through recently-opened old railway tunnels. Bikes can be hired at the former Hassop Station www.hassopstation.co.uk/cycle-hire.htm.
Sightseeing and local attractions
Bakewell: There are gift shops, bakeries and tearooms aplenty in this popular Peak District town, famous for its Pudding. Market Day is Monday and there’s also a popular Famers’ Market on the last Saturday of every month (9am to 2pm). For more details contact Bakewell Visitor Centre, tel 01629 816558, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see www.bakewellonline.co.uk.
- Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire, photo © Jim Dixon www.jdpeakscapes.co.uk
Lathkill Dale: You can walk to Lathkill Dale, which is part of the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve, from Youlgrave. It’s a long, narrow dale rich in ancient woodland and wild flowers and there’s a path along its whole length. It was once mined for lead and you can visit the remains of the mine manager’s former dwelling, Bateman’s House. See www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/geodiversity/englands/sites/local_ID16.aspx
Haddon Hall: This stunning medieval fortified manor house is located in the Wye Valley between Youlgrave and Bakewell and is open for visitors on selected dates throughout the year. See www.haddonhall.co.uk
Arbor Low: The huge stone circle of Arbor Low is one of the most important Neolithic remains in the region and is located on the high, open limestone upland south west of Youlgrave (the Long Rake road towards Monyash). For directions see www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/arbor-low-stone-circle-and-gib-hill-barrow
Caudwell’s Mill: This unique, grade II* listed roller mill at Rowsley has been running for over 400 years and is powered by water from the river Wye. It still produces flour which is sold in the shop. See www.caudwellsmill.co.uk
Chatsworth: The Peak District’s premier stately homes is open year-round, including extensive parkland, special events, farm shop and garden centre. See www.chatsworth.org
Old House Museum, Bakewell: An enjoyable and slightly eccentric museum for all the family in the heart of Bakewell, with a wide range of displays, open March-November. See www.oldhousemuseum.org.uk
Peak Rail: This restored steam line runs for four miles between Matlock and Rowsley and there are trains on selected dates during the year. See www.peakrail.co.uk