Flagg - tiny village near Buxton
The small village of Flagg lies in a gentle bowl high on the limestone plateau of the White Peak, between Bakewell and Buxton.
nb FLAGG RACES NOW POSTPONED INDEFINITELY.
The village of Flagg is best known for Flagg Races, held every year on Flagg Moor on Easter Tuesday, when thousands of spectators flock to the tiny village to enjoy the thrilling spectacle of thoroughbreds racing across open countryside and leaping over the network of drystone walls which surround the village.
Flagg Races is thought to be unique as a point-to-point course, in that it is the only one in the country still run over natural hunting country.
This traditional point-to-point meet could have disappeared altogether when Flagg Races became a casualty of the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak, but thankfully it returned in 2004 and has gone from strength to strength since then.
WHERE IS IT?
Five miles south of Buxton, just off the A515 Ashbourne road.
The name of Flagg comes from the Middle English and is thought to mean “a sod or turf,” so it is assumed that turf or peat cutting was once practiced here when peat was still found on the limestone plateau. Flagg is mentioned in the Domesday Book as “Flagun” and later as “Flagge” or “Flagh,” and the manor house, now known as Flagg Hall Farm, was occupied by John de Finnes at the time of the Domesday Book.
Mining and quarrying
There are considerable remains of lead mining activity in the area, including the site of the former Hubbadale Mine which yielded rich deposits of lead ore (galena) during the 18th century.
PLACES TO GO
The Parish Church
The Unitarian church built in 1838 is now leased to the Church of England, and there is also a Methodist chapel built a year later in 1839.
THINGS TO DO
A fine six-mile circular walk links Flagg with Chelmorton, visiting the Five Wells Neolithic chambered cairn above Taddington, the summit of Sough Top (1,437ft/438m) and the linear village of Taddington, returning back to Flagg via the former manor house of Flagg Hall Farm.
Holiday accommodation is available in Flagg – see the full list of Flagg places to stay.
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