Eyam: Pronounced locally as “Eame“, commonly known as ‘The Plague village’. In 1665 the “Black Death”plague was brought to the village by a local tailor returning from a visit to London with cloth containing plague carrying flees.
The village itself hasn’t changed a great deal in the intervening years and many of the beautiful buildings carry blue plaques detailing the previous owners and how they faired in the plague.
Castleton: This small village at the top end of the Hope Valley has something for everyone – a ruined castle; exciting caves; a stunning backdrop and buildings that make the whole village like one from a Brothers Grimm story book.Blue John Stone, a form of Fluorspa, can be seen within two of the caverns – Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern – and a selection of jewellery can be found on sale in the village from the small pieces that are still mined and polished.
The village boast six pubs and numerous cafes scattered amongst it’s winding lanes and footpaths, all of which lead back to the main street, which bustles with activity all year round, whether it be celebrating Garland Day in May, or providing festive entertainment in December.
Litton: Situated 2km East of Tideswell is a picturesque area and a favourite of walkers and cyclists. Originally founded after the Norman Conquest, by Sir Dilbert de Lytton. Originally a lead-mining village Litton comprises mostly of small cottages and old buildings alongside larger more recently built houses.
Tideswell: Tideswell is a large village offering a mix of shopping amenities, cafes and pubs, with quaint cottages and historic buildings.Having hosted a Cattle Market in years gone by, Tideswell has always provided a commercial centre for the surrounding villages – it is said to have had over 80 shops situated in the village in the last one hundred years, many of which have now been renovated into dwellings.
Take a walk around the village and you will notice cottages dating back to centuries – parts of Markey Gate Barn is believed to date to the 14th century. Tideswell is probably best known for the unusually large and impressive St John The Baptist Church otherwise known as “The Cathedral of the Peak” with many unusual medieval wooden and stone carvings of hybrid mythical creatures. If you are feeling more lively, take a walk to Tideswell Dale or to Litton, home of the infamous Peter’s Stone (locally known as Gibbet’s Rock) well worth a visit.