Chelmorton - the lofty, linear village near Buxton
...high beneath the Low
'Chelly' - the linear village near Taddington, enjoys a good pub and plenty of lung stretching walks...
The airy, 1,463ft (446m) summit of Chelmorton Low watches over the hillside village of Chelmorton – or ‘Chelly’ as it affectionately known locally. Chelmorton Low dominates what is one of the highest villages not only in the Peak District but the whole country.
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Chelmorton is and always has been a mainly agricultural village, although there are remains of 19th century lead mining activities in the fields to the north. The one main street runs up to the charming 13th century parish church of St John the Baptist. The stream which runs down from Chelmorton Low and through the centre of the village has the charming name of Illy Willy Water.
WHERE IS IT?
On a minor road four miles (6km) south-east of Buxton
Chelmorton must have been a place of considerable importance in prehistoric times, as is evidenced by the two Bronze Age burial mounds on the summit of Chelmorton Low, and the presence of several other prehistoric monuments in the locality.
Reached by a concessionary footpath from the village, the Five Wells Neolithic Chambered Tomb, is the highest such monument in the country. The great limestone slabs of the tomb on the crest of the escarpment command a fine view across country to the north. They were originally covered with soil and entered by two low passageways and filled with the bones of the ancestors, which may have been brought in and out of the tomb for ritual purposes.
During the medieval period, Chelmorton was part of the Royal Forest of the Peak, administered from Castleton. The medieval system of strip cultivation is ‘fossilised’ at Chelmorton by 18th century Enclosure-period drystone walls, which run back from the village crofts (cottages). This feature is a nationally famous historic landscape, and is now protected by the Peak District National Park Authority.
PLACES TO GO
The parish church of St John the Baptist is the highest church in England with a spire and sits in the highest parish in England too. Beautifully located at the top of the linear village the church sits under the watchful eye of Chelmorton Low on top of which stand the Bronze Age burial mounds.
The Church Inn at Chelmorton
Comfortable free house, village pub serves good food and real ales (Pedigree, Thornbridge, Adnams etc) 7 days a week. No pool table, comfortably furnished and friendly landlord and staff. Nice beer garden with good views. Good pub food includes a choice of Sunday roasts at £7.95 (2010) served with home made Yorkshire's, good veg and proper gravy.
The Bookstore at Brierlow Bar on the A515 Buxton-Ashbourne Road near Chelmorton is claimed to be the largest bargain bookshop in the country, with over 20,000 titles in its 5,000 square foot premises. In this booklovers’ paradise you can browse at your leisure in the four large rooms, and enjoy self-service drinks at the same time.
THINGS TO DO
A pleasant five-mile walk from Chelmorton takes you across the fields from the village and into Horseshoe Dale, which leads north by the Priest’s Way into the spectacular Deep Dale Nature Reserve. The route passes the mysterious caves known as Thurst House and Churn Hole, before returning to the village via Chelmorton Flats and Burrs Farm on the Midshires Way.
A 6 mile route across to Taddington, Flagg and back is also an invigorating leg-stretcher across ancient field paths and breezy bridleways.
Buxton, spa town and shopping centre
Bakewell, ancient market town
Chatsworth, the “Palace of the Peak”
Haddon Hall, medieval manor house popular as a film set
Eyam – the Plague village
Tourist Information Centres
Bakewell TIC, The Old Market Hall, Bridge Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DS; Tel: 01629 816558; www.peakdistrict.gov.uk, open daily.
Buxton Tourist Information Centre, The Crescent, Buxton SK17 6BQ; 01298 25106; www.highpeak.gov.uk; open daily
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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015