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Holidays in Tideswell

An ancient village that once mined lead

Tideswell countryside

Tideswell is the second largest village in the Peak District National Park after Bakewell. It sits at 1000ft above sea level on a limestone plateau. A former market town known for lead mining, it is a now a welcoming and picturesque place to base yourself when exploring the region.

Nowadays, the village’s name is associated with a local mark of quality. It’s a regional accolade if your product is stamped with the words ‘Tideswell Made’ so local food producers, retailers, public houses and holiday accommodation can buy into the initiative. Ensuring products are sourced as locally as possible and made in the immediate area, ‘Tideswell Made’ is marketed by Taste Tideswell.

“Tideswell is the ideal base for a Peak District holiday…”

Elsewhere in the village is Tideswell Sports Complex which is one of the Peak District’s main sports hubs, as it has two football pitches, a cricket ground, tennis courts, a skate-park and more. Tideswell also has a history of performing plays to a professional standard. The Tideswell Players is one of the oldest drama groups in the UK, forming in 1929. New and old films are also screened at the George Inn in the village for most of the year. So food, sports and drama are central to Tideswell’s allure and the sense of a good communal atmosphere spreads to the pubs too.

For good evening meals in Tideswell, why not try The Merchant’s Yard for quality local food in a modern and relaxed atmosphere. The place is even open for afternoon teas for some of the year. There’s also the aforementioned George Inn, which has a nice line in traditional English fare sourced locally - it also won an AA Dinner Award in 2015 for their menu! Pubs aren’t in short supply in Tideswell, besides The George Inn, there’s The Star Inn at the centre of the village and The Anchor Inn a short way outside. Fish and chips may well be on your food hit list one evening and Tideswell has not one, but two chippies - Elliott’s and The Corner Chippy. On this occasion, its best to ask a local to help you decide between the two, or go to both (although Elliott’s has battered Mars Bars on its menu!). Tideswell has some shops, including a chemist and a post office. The Nearest Tourist Information Centre is in Bakewell. For a wider choice of shops pay a visit to Buxton, a reasonable drive south.

Nearby Buxton

Tideswell has some great walks that originate in the village – especially the 5.5 mile long Tideswell Circular Walk. It takes in woodland, Tideswell Dale, the infamous Litton Mill from Robert Blincoe’s sad memoirs, Cressbrook Mill, and Miller’s Dale. Sections of this moderate walk can be muddy or even flooded after rainfall.

Tideswell is a great example of a Peak District village and it’s well situated to travel to many of the attractions that the national park has to offer.

We have a lovely selection of holiday cottages in and around the Tideswell region. Why not take a look at our collection to feel inspired?

While you’re there

Tideswell Cinema

See a range of new and old films at this local film club open to the public at the George Inn.


Why not gather some quality ‘Tideswell Made’ local food for the general stores?

Tideswell Walk

Take an atmospheric walk through the Derbyshire woodlands on the Tideswell Walk.

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