This photograph was taken from Fountain Square, looking up the High Street towards the Church during the Winter of 2006. The scene has changed little over the last hundred or so years. The village has three pubs, all of which serve good food, and a Post Office which doubles up as a General Store with newspapers if you pre-order them. There is also a village store with tea rooms. One of the Pubs, The George, serves take away fish and chips and Peak Feast, hidden away beyond Tweedledee and Tweedledum, a little further up the road, sells a range of cakes, pies and other gourmet food together with teas, coffees and hot chocolate.

 

 

The village boasts many interesting sites and traditions one being the annual Well Dressing which takes place right outside the front door of Thimble Cottage and is an event unique to Derbyshire villages.

The annual tradition of Well Dressing is unique to Derbyshire Villages. Each scene is hand created from flower petals which are individually laid onto clay within wooden boards which have been pre-soaked in the local river. Sadly these master pieces last just one week from start to finish. This is the one that the villagers made in June 2006 and is situated in Fountain Square.

The Cinema is only a few minutes walk from the cottages (it doubles up as the village Hall) and the local people have recently re-formed a club to run it. The intended programme of films for the forthcoming season are published each year.

A short pre-film is shown before the main feature and usually relates to the local area, Icecreams are available at half time and a glass of wine at the end of the session. It's a wonderful sociable evening.

Youlgreave Village - in the beautiful Peak District National park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lathkill Dale - just a few minutes walk from the cottages.

This is one of our favourite walks and you can finish up at Over Haddon (not so far) or Monyash (a whole lot further) where there are great refuelling opportunities. Both destinations can be made into circular walks, details of which are available in each of the Cottages. Alternatively, you can quite easily summon a taxi to return you to the Cottage if you have had enough or the weather turns against you.

 

From the doorsteps of all the cottages there are numerous scenic walks through some of the Peak District's most beautiful countryside and villages. There are walking books and guides in all of the cottages.

 

Thimble Hall is situated in Fountain Square , adjacent to Thimble Cottage and is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest detached house in the world. It was purchased by Bruno Fredericks (local ice cream manufacturer) in 1991 for around £39,000. Having received planning Consent to extend and refurbish, the main structure has been substantially completed and is ready for the next phase.

 

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