Things to do

Local Towns / Villages


Litton Mill is a stones throw away from the village of Tideswell, one of the most ancient settlements in the Peak District, having been granted a charter for a market in 1251. Dominating the village for over 600 years is the magnificent 14th century church, known as 'The Cathedral of the Peak'. The church is well worth a visit.
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The attractive village of Litton is within easy walking distance of the Mill. It features a green complete with ancient wooden stocks, a community shop, and the 17th Century Red Lion pub. The pub is well known in the area for its good food and beer.
More details on Litton can be found at


The town of Buxton is within easy reach of the mill. Buxton is the highest town in England for its size. It is famed for its natural water that filters through a bed of ancient limestone to emerge totally pure and crystal clear. Get a free supply from St. Anne's Well opposite the magnificent crescent. Buxton Opera House has a wide variety of entertainment of offer including Opera, Music Concerts, Comedy, Drama and Ballet. The Pavillion Gardens are 23 acres of restored Victorian gardens with many fairs being held.
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The market town of Bakewell is 15 minutes drive by car. The market is held every Monday when the town is particularly busy. It is home to the famous Bakewell pudding (not 'tart' as many mistakenly call it), and offers quality shopping in cobbled courtyards.
More details on Bakewell can be found at

Eating Out

The local pub is the Anglers Rest, providing traditional pub fare. In Tideswell there is the choice of the Anchor Inn together with several coffee and farm shops providing local produce. Litton has the Red Lion, which has been recommended by many guests. The Bulls Head at Ashford in the Water has been voted as one of the countries top 10 gastropubs (see link). At Foolow, there is the Bulls Head Inn, and close by at Bretton, the Barrel Inn, which claims to be the highest pub in the National Park. Walking along the River Wye will take you to Monsal Head where there is the Monsal Head Restaurant. It is advisable to book ahead. There are many restaurants in Bakewell (listed here), and Buxton (listed here).


One of the best ways to see the Peak District is on foot. There are routes that suit all abilities and age ranges.
Monsal Trail
The mill is situated on the Monsal Trail which is about 8.5 miles (13.7 km) in length and runs from Wye Dale in the north-west (about 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Buxton) to Coombs viaduct, a point about 1 mile (1.6 km) south-east of Bakewell, largely following the valley of the River Wye. More information can be found here and here.

Other walks in the area
There are other walks listed on the which pass very close to the mill. Amongst these are a 3.25 mile walk around Millers Dale, a 5.5 mile walk around Tideswell, and a 4.5 mile walk around Litton.

Other information about walking in the Peak District can be found here.

Well Dressings

Well dressing is mostly unique to the area of Derbyshire, and involves the decorating of springs and wells with pictures made from growing things. It is thought that it originates in Pagan times as offerings to Water Gods. The dressing of the wells is accompanied by festivals, usually lasting for several days.
More information on well dressings can be found at:


The timetable of well dressing events and many pictures can be found at

Places to visit

Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood
Peak District Mining Museum
Pooles Cavern
Chatsworth House and Gardens
Haddon Hall
Go Ape
Heights of Abraham
Bolsover Castle
Peveril Castle
Gullivers Kingdom
Derwent Valley Mills
Crich Tramway Village
Buxton and High Peak Golf club

Weather forecast

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