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Former mill town in High Peak with trails and footpaths to roam

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Glossop is a market town situated in the High Peak district in Derbyshire on the edge of the National Park. It was made famous by its appearance as Royston Vasey in TV series The League of Gentlemen and has since become a cultural hive of activity with arts projects and independent shops situated among cool restaurants. It is famous not only for its brilliant location but also for the amazing selection of outdoors pursuits on its doorstep.

Home to the Longendale Trail, which follows the track of the former Woodhead railway for over 10km, this is a perfect walk or cycle ride for beginners. Following a chain of reservoirs up the valley, including the Longendale Reservoir, you will have great views across to Black Hill.

On the western edge of Glossop is the Melandra Roman Fort, the only visible one in the Peak District, and not to be missed is the New Mills Heritage Centre which leads down to the Torrs, a 30m deep sandstone gorge through which the River Goyt flows. Have a peek at the model of the town as it was over a hundred years ago and stop for a quick coffee before heading over to the Torrs Riverside Park. Here you can look at the Gorge and the remnants of the old mills for which this town was once famous.

Millennium Walkway

If you love walking, pioneering infrastructure, or just want to see a famous landmark in the area, make sure that you cross the river on the award-winning steel Millennium Walkway, a fascinating piece of engineering.

Brilliant for the outdoors enthusiast, the area all around the Peak District offers rock climbing, hang gliding and caving as well as walking, cycling and mountain biking. Ramblers and riders will not be stuck for something to do with miles of bridleways and trails to discover.

"This former mill town is the gateway to the beautiful Peak District National Park"

Back in the town, the high street has a mixture of lovely shops; try Dowds or the contemporary Ayubowan for a delicious evening meal. The Pico Lounge café-bar is a great place to relax, and Harvey Leonard’s is one of the new style of wine shops where you can taste and nibble while perusing the shelves. For ice creams, pay a visit to Curly Cornet, a sweet little café that also serves other food all year round.

Live music is popular in Glossop with bands playing at local pubs and you will also find bookshops, studios and theatres in the town.

In the shadow of the National Park, Glossop is not far from lovely Peak District villages and towns such as Matlock and Castleton, as well as the famous spa town of Buxton. If you need a bit of city life, Manchester is only half an hour's drive away.

Whatever you choose to do on your Peak District holiday, take a look at our Glossop cottages to find your perfect base for your next adventure.

While you’re there

The Millenium Walkway

A feat of engineering; cross the River Goyt near to the Torrs.

The Torrs Riverside Park

Home to a deep sandstone gorge, this is a pretty place to spend an afternoon.

Peak District National Park

Lots of beautiful villages to visit and mountains to climb.

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