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A Saxon market town on the edge of the Peak District

UK | Heart of England | Peak District | Wirksworth
Sunset over Black Rock

At the foothills of the National Park of the Peak District, this pretty market town is listed in the Domesday book of 1086. Originally a mining town and now famous for its limestone industry, it is one of the oldest towns in the Peaks. Packed with beautiful ancient buildings and little craftsmen’s workshops tucked away in cobbled passageways, be sure to take your camera.

A lovely 13th century church is situated in the market place, close to The Dale and Greenhill area. Here you will find some of the cottages and larger houses originally belonging to the lead merchants; Babington House is one of the most notable.

The town is host to a prospering Arts Festival which takes place in September and many of the people in the village join in by decorating their houses. In this month, there is also a traditional ceremony known as ‘Clypping’ where the congregation of the church hold hands and make a large circle around the perimeter.

Local museums worth a visit include the National Stone Centre which has a great display of fossils and offers lots of activities.

Sunrise over Wirksworth church

You can be sure that you will find somewhere to eat out as the town has a variety of restaurants; Le Mistral and the Mercia restaurant and wine bar are popular among locals, and delis such as Huntley Green offer a great selection of local goodies to take home. There are also little cafes and pubs to have a quick coffee and a variety of shops.

There is a sweet little micro bar called The Feather Star which is a popular landmark, and if you want to catch the latest film while you are there, pop into the Northern Light Cinema, one of the new style of cinemas complete with comfortable armchairs and refreshments.

"Take a trip up to the StarDisc, a modern stone circle from which you can see spectacular views."

If you enjoy the outdoors, just out of Wirksworth is Carsington Water, a reservoir with a visitor centre and sailing club where you can also walk, ramble, cycle and fish.

Take a trip up to the StarDisc, a modern stone circle from which you can see spectacular views over Wirksworth and the Ecclesbourne Valley, and if you are tired of walking, hop onto the Steeple Grange Light Railway just off of the High Peak Trail. The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway will allow you to ride all day, jumping off at different stops as and when you like so that you can see the area at your own pace.

If you need a more cosmopolitan vibe, head over to Manchester and spend a day and evening there, sampling a taste of the culture it has to offer.

While you’re there

Carsington Water

One of many large reservoirs where you can try out a whole range of activities.

The National Stone Centre

This museum has an interesting display of fossils and local artefacts.

The StarDisc

A modern stone circle with stunning views of Wirksworth and the surrounding areas.

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