Local facilities | Things
feels like a long way from anywhere, it’s actually only
minutes away from the local towns of Macclesfield, Buxton, Congleton
and Leek which, between them, have all the shops and services
you might need.
There is a great selection of eating and drinking places in the
area serving local beers and freshly prepared food. We will be
happy to book tables at local pubs or restaurants, and trout fishing
at the local trout lake. You can let us know if you would like
a delivery of papers and milk.
Groceries can be bought at the Sutton Post Office (4 miles) or
in Macclesfield or Buxton (Tesco, Sainsbury's, M&S etc –
6 miles). Tesco and Waitrose (through Ocado) also deliver locally
– if you have an account already you could set up a delivery
before you leave home.
There are also regular farmers’ markets in the surrounding
area, including Butterlands Farm in Wincle every second Saturday
in the month with a lot of organic and local produce, fresh fish
from the trout farm and home-made ice cream from Blaze Farm just
up the road.
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There is a wide variety of eating places within a walk or short
drive from Clough Brook Cottage.
Ship Inn The Ship Inn in Danebridge, Wincle is the
nearest local, and most definitely the best. It tends to be in
all the major good pub guides and so can be busy, so it’s
worth booking a week in advance for weekends, and 2 or 3 days
for weekdays. It serves a good range of guest beers and excellent
The Cragg Inn Just a mile from the cottage in
the hamlet of Wildboarclough – ideal for lunch after a walk
through the beautiful valley.
Wild Boar Inn On the Congleton to Buxton road less
than five minutes from us, where they serve good food and beers.
The Hanging Gate Inn Beautifully situated high
up on the moors between Wincle and Macclesfield with panoramic
views over the Cheshire Plain - serves great food, wines and beers.
Macclesfield A wide selection of restaurants
including European, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Spanish tapas and Mexican.
Leek A quite special Indian restaurant (Bolaka
Spice) good for vegetarian dishes, No.64 has an excellent reputation
for modern innovative cooking in beautiful surroundings, and also
a coffee shop and wine bar. Café Davide offers modern Mediterranean
food in a stylish setting, and there is also a Belgian beer bar
and restaurant, Den Engel.
The Swan in Leek has regular major folk music acts in the function
room (Dylan Project, Fairport Convention etc.) for afters.
Alderley Edge Our favourite, the Wizard, right
on the Edge, and Est Est Est, a bustling Italian.
Wilmslow A profusion of wine bars and casual
eating places including a Japanese restaurant.
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If it’s fine, you have the whole of the Peak District at
your disposal. And if not, the number of stately homes, museums,
interesting town centres and cosy country pubs should keep you
Close to Clough Brook Cottage
You really are spoilt for choice. There are any number of excellent
walks within a 10 minute drive to suit everyone from long-distance
ramblers to Sunday strollers, including the Wildboarclough Valley,
the Roaches, Lud Church, Shutlingsloe, Macclesfield Forest, Tittesworth
Reservoir, Rudyard Lake, Three Shires Head and many more. Numerous
guide books are available, some based on pubs and tearooms in
case you need sustenance en route.
Danebridge Trout Farm
Serious fishing and ‘catch your own tea’ for children
with rods supplied.
Dairy farm with nature trail, tearooms and home-made ice cream.
Buxton was originally settled by the Romans nearly 2000 years
ago as a Spa town, but most of Buxton's architecture comes from
the Georgian era when Buxton's curative waters came back into
vogue. Buxton hosts various festivals such as International
Festival and the Buxton Jazz Festival in July and
the International Gilbert
and Sullivan Festival in August. Buxton’s cultural
heart is the beautiful Opera
House, designed and built in 1903 by Frank Matcham,
one of Britain's finest theatre architects. It stands in 25 acres
of ornamental gardens in the heart of Buxton, and was fully restored
between 1999 and 2001.
Macclesfield was named in the Doomsday Book as Macklesfeld but
it grew into an important market town providing access from the
North to the Midlands and London, whilst the East-West route allowed
travel between Derbyshire and Chester. Macclesfield has been famous
for silk manufacturing for over 400 years, but it wasn't until
1743 that Charles Roe built the first powered silk mill which
revolutionised the industry in Macclesfield. Two years later,
the town was occupied twice by Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite
army - once on thier way south to Derby, and the second time during
their retreat back to Scotland.
Macclesfield is still a thriving market town with an attractive
centre, a silk museum and wide selection of shops including most
well known High Street names, and many bars, restaurants and tea
and coffee shops.
The nearby village of Bollington has an arts festival every four
years, attracting surprisingly high-profile guests such as Ken
© Gary Rogers
© Universal Pictures, photo by Alec Bailey
House, Park and Gardens
Chatsworth House is reputedly the finest stately home
in Britain, conceived on a grand scale and placed in a stunning
setting in lush green parkland. It was orginally built by Bess
of Hardwick in the late 16th Century, but the existing house was
the work of the first Duke of Devonshire between 1686 and 1707,
with the Library and North Wing added by the 6th Duke between
1790 and 1858.
There are 26 magnificent rooms open to the public in the main
house include the Great Dining Room, where the first meal served
was for the Princess (later Queen) Victoria in 1832. The Scots
Rooms were used to keep Mary Queen of Scots, who was placed in
the custody of the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, Bess of Hardwick's
4th husband, by Queen Elizabeth I. The original chapel was built
between 1688 and 1693, and the 1,000 acre park, open throughout
the year, was designed and landscaped by Capability Brown in the
mid 18th Century. The 105 acre garden with 5 miles of walks with
rare trees and shrubs, and the Emperor Fountain which emits a
jet of water 90 metres into the air.
There is also a children’s farm area with small animals
and rare breeds, gift shops and an excellent restaurant. Just
down the road is Chatsworth Farm Shop owned and run by the estate
– foodie heaven!
And not forgetting, of course, that the house and grounds were
used as one of the locations in the recent film version of Pride
Eyam Village is known as the Plague Village after it put itself
into voluntary quarantine in 1665 after the great plague was imported
from London in a bundle of cloth. The Rector at the time, William
Mompesson, persuaded the villagers to stay rather than flee and
spread the deady disease to surrounding villages. Out of a population
of around 350, 257 died. There is a small exhibition, and Eyam
Hall is also worth a visit, as is the only pub in the village
- The Miner's Arms - which is reputedly one of the most haunted
buildings in Derbyshire.
Haddon Hall has been the home of the Dukes of Rutland and their
forebears since 1153. It is a beautiful medieval Tudor manor house
with Norman and Saxon origins. After the Norman Conquest, William
Peverel, illegitimate son of William the Conqueror, was awarded
the manor. Much of the current building dates from 1370 when Richard
de Vernon started major building work - the Great Hall, the kitchens
and the chapel all date from that period. The gardens at Haddon
Hall date from the early Twentieth Century, and owe their beauty
to Her Grace the 9th Duchess of Rutland, who undertook massive
clearance and renovation work. They are now known as among the
most romantic gardens in the country.
Peveril Castle was named after the same William Peveril, who was
granted the title of bailiff of the Royal Manors of the Peak after
the Norman Conquest. Peveril created Castleton and in 1080 he
fortified the site of the present castle and constructed a wooden
keep. Later, these buildings were converted into stone. However,
Peveril's son (also called William) became too independent for
Henry I, and in 1155 the King confiscated the Peveril estates
and the castle has belonged to the Crown or the Duchy of Lancaster
ever since. The castle fell into disuse in Tudor times, and the
present restoration work dates from the Twentieth Century. The
Castle was the inspiration for the novel "Peveril of the
Peak" by Sir Walter Scott, published in 1822.
Chaplain to the Duke of Buckingham. (Sir Walter Scott: Peveril
of the Peak.)
"Why,' said the duke, 'I had caused my little
Quodling to go through his oration thus: That whatever evil reports
had passed current during the lifetime of the worthy matron whom
they had restored to dust that day, Malice herself could not deny
that she was born well, married well, lived well, and died well;
since she was born in Shadwell, married to Cresswell, lived in
Camberwell and died in Bridewell." - Peveril of the
Peak, chap. xliv.
Hardwick Hall, which dates from 1552 is one of Britain's finest
Elizabethan houses built for Elizabeth, Dowager Countess of Shrewsbury.
Bess of Hardwick, as she has been recorded in history, rose from
humble origins to become on of the most powerful people in the
court of Queen Elizabeth 1st and was for many years responsible,
together with her fourth husband the Earl of Shrewsbury, for the
guardianship of Mary Queen of Scots.
Mam Tor - the Shivering Mountain. It's structure consists of alternating
layers of gritstone and shale which results in the area below
the face shifting whenever there is heavy rain. It is this unusual
geological feature which gives the mountain its evocative nickname.
If the countryside seems too quiet, spend a day at Alton Towers
(about an hour’s drive) and try the famous rides such as
Oblivion, Nemesis and Air - and new for 2005, Rita - Queen of
Speed. There are also beautiful gardens to wander round when it
all gets too much!
Visit the famous telescopes on the Cheshire Plain (clearly visible
from the hills nearby on a good day), the Arboretum and the small
science museum (a little old-fashioned now but still interesting).
Peak district towns
There are many attractive towns throughout the Peak District National
Park, all with attractive historical centres and most close to
good walking and within an hour’s drive.
– William Morris connections, antiques and market days
Ashbourne – Historic market town
Bakewell – Market town with a lot of charm,
and the famous puddings!
Matlock Bath – Britain’s only inland ‘seaside
prom’, industrial revolution connections and funicular railway
Stone – Canal boating centre