A few of our favourite things to do right on our doorstep
Whether you are looking for gentle country walks, more exposed and challenging excursions, on and off road cycle routes, beautiful countryside to drive through, quiet traditional villages and towns, cultural heritage and stunning grand houses – it is all here on our doorstep.
go caving, sailing, canoeing, ballooning, rock climbing and abseiling! It's all here in the Peak District.
Tideswell Dale, Miller’s Dale + Monsal Trail Walk | 7-Mile Route
Where does it start?
Car parking address: Tidewell Dale Car Park, Tideswell, Buxton, SK17 8QH
This car park has about 60 spaces, the charges apply between 9 am and 6 pm.
Parking Cost (Cash only, no change given)
Up to 1 hour £1.50
1-2 hours £2.50
2-4 hours £4.00
All day £4.75
There is another car park on the route, just before you cross the bridge up to the Monsal Trail (SK 17671 72182) but this only has a few spaces.
Other useful information
When the water levels are high in the Wye Valley, normally in the winter months a small section of the path at Water-cum-Jolly Dale can become flooded, there is an alternative higher route; however, this results in this part of the path being particularly muddy.
The paths on the route above the Monsal Trail are narrow and in places, it takes you along a steep hill which can seem exposed if you’re not used to walking along paths like that. If you’d rather not do then you can skip this section and keep on the Monsal Trail instead. However, the Monsal Trail is very popular so best to avoid if you prefer a quieter walk.
Visit Peakdistrictwalks.net for a full guide to the Monsal Trail.
St John the baptist church 'Cathedral of The Peaks'
Built in the 14th century the church of St John the Baptist in Tideswell is rightly known as the 'Cathedral of the Peak', for it is one of the largest and certainly the most perfect church in the area.
Although it is not actually a cathedral, due to its size and splendour, the church is widely known as the "Cathedral of the Peak". It is one of the most famous churches in Derbyshire, and a Grade I listed building.
Information credited to ' achurchnearyou.com '
St John's Tideswell is open daily for private prayer. Visitors are welcome between 10am and 4pm; please follow the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance on site. A one way route through the building and a careful rotation of the blocks of pews available for use each day will enable us to make your visit as safe as possible. Private prayer might of course include a quiet walk round the church or simply a sit-down for as long as you find helpful. A self service bookstall will be open; sadly the toilets at the Institute will not. Access at the South (main) door is on the level (though the floors are uneven).
Visit 'achurchnearyou.com' for more information.
The Litton Loop
Starting & Ending - Fountain Square, Tideswell.
Distance - 5Miles, 9KM ( Allow 3 hours )
Along country lanes and footpaths. The trail is steep in places and much of it is over rough ground, which can be muddy in the dale. You cross many walls with step stiles. Walking boots and outdoor clothing are recommended. Please take care of traffic on country lanes.
Make sure to take a look round the beautiful village of Litton too.
More information and a map available on
' may cottage-tideswell.co.uk '
We are always working on adding more information for you, please feel free to tell us some of your favourite places too! We would love to share them with the rest of our visitors.