Riverside House : The Local Area
Also from the holiday cottage there is a pleasant walk along the river to Cressbrook. This walk is very easy and good for young families, older family members and dogs. It can get flooded at Water cum Jolly in the winter though. There are plenty of water birds to see on the way and you may well catch a glimpse of a kingfisher or trout too. Cressbrook Mill, now converted into flats, is a fine monument of industrial archaeology. It was built in 1815 on the site of an earlier mill, owned by Richard Arkwright, which had burnt down in 1785.
The bustling market town of Bakewell in the Peak District is about 15 minutes drive by car from Riverside House holiday cottage. There are plenty of things going in Bakewell over the year including in February a poultry show and food festival; in May a showground spectacular and dog agility; in June a dogs unleashed show and dance festival; in July well dressing and carnival week (including pet shows, raft race, whippet races and a duck race!); and in August the Bakewell agricultural show.
Bakewell has a warren of shops in cobbled courtyards, side streets and the main streets. There is a visitor centre and tourist office and on Mondays a historic market and animal stock auction (fascinating and well worth a trip to watch), as well as the last Saturday of every month the Farmer's market in the Agricultural Centre. This really is well worth a visit and you can stock up on fresh produce for your stay at the holiday cottage.
In terms of eating out there is plenty of choice. Bakewell is home of the famous Bakewell pudding, which is served in local coffee shops, there are hotels, restuarants and pubs and our favourite Felicini for excellent Italian pizzas and food. A lot of visitors like to get fish and chips from the many shops selling them and take them to the riverside and watch the numerous ducks, swans and trout being fed. There's an ice cream vendor near the river too and a walk to the riverside gardens is also worth doing.
Bakewell has plenty of parking either at the Agricultural Centre or the public pay and display areas (simply walk across the river bridge to get to the shops).
This attractive Peak District village nestling on the River Wye is only a few miles drive away. It offers two pubs, a restaurant and a deli. One of the main attractions of Ashford-in-the-water is the Sheep Wash Bridge which is both picturesque and ancient. It was originally a medieval packhorse bridge and it is only until recently, that sheep were washed here prior to shearing.
Hartington is most famous for its former production of Hartington Stilton cheese, which is still on sale in the village cheese shop. There are a couple of pubs with outdoor seating giving a good aspect for the village sqaure and pond.
Just across the A515 at Parsley Hay, north east of Hartington, stands one of the Peak District’s most famous prehistoric monuments. The stone circle of Arbor Low has been called “the Stonehenge of the North”. Pilsbury Castle is a two-mile walk north from the village.
Worth a trip as there is so much to do. Take a cable car ride to the Heights of Abraham over the Derwent Valley, visit Arkwright's Masson Mills and see a working textile museum, with shopping in the retail village adjacent or take the ferry link across the River Derwent to Lover's Walk. For younger visitors don't miss Gullivers Theme Park.