Midway between Bakewell and Matlock, Youlgreave makes a good base for exploring the area. It is one of the larger villages in the Derbyshire Dales district and its' narrow streets and assortment of old buildings give it much character. Once a centre for lead mining for over 200 years, its' magnificent church with splendid tower reflect the prosperity of those days. Now a thriving working community with a strong social scene, until quite recently it had a unique private water supply.
Strike off along any of the lanes and paths leading from the Main Street and you will soon find yourself in splendid scenery. Below the village the river Bradford runs through a very attractive dale with fishing weirs and sparklingly clear water. Downstream is the pretty little hamlet of Alport with its' quaint bridge and millponds. A short walk to the north is the lower end of Lathkill Dale and beautiful Conkesbury Bridge. The Limestone Way footpath runs through Youlgreave and on either side of the village it traverses some outstandingly scenic countryside. The village enjoys good facilities with shops, a café and three pubs. Well Dressings are held annually in June and there is a thriving amateur dramatic society that performs regularly in the village hall. There are caravan and campsites nearby a Youth Hostel and guesthouse accommodation is also well catered for.
Getting to Youlgrave
Route 171/172 Monday to Saturday, 2 hourly
Derwent Garage, Calver Road,
Baslow, Bakewell DE45 1RP
T: 01246 582246