Taddington village guide
...a Peak District high
Taddington is one of the highest villages in the country, standing in a little hollow in the White Peak plateau at well over 1,200 feet (365m) above the sea.
HIGH AND HANDSOME
Taddington is a typical one-street White Peak village, which leads up to the parish church of St Michael.
Above the village near the former Humphrey Gate quarry on the lane called The Jarnett, fine, sweeping views can be enjoyed down Taddington Dale to the flat-topped Iron Age hillfort of Fin Cop above Monsal Dale, and across to the neighbouring hamlet of Priestcliffe.
The close-knit village has a thriving primary school and regained its rural quiet after the construction of the A6 bypass just after the Secod World War.
Before that it was on the main road between Bakewell
, as a cast iron milestone preserved in the main street recalls. In those days, the Queen’s Arms at the eastern end of the village catered for this passing traffic.
The Waterloo Hotel, named after Wellington’s famous battle in 1815, stands on the A6 at the other end of the village and is another popular hostelry.
WHERE IS IT?
Five miles (8km) north west of Bakewell, just off the A6 Buxton road.
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Above the village and to the west on the crest of the escarpment is the Five Wells Neolithic Chambered Tomb
, the highest such monument in the country.
The great limestone slabs of the tomb command a fine view across country to the north. They were originally covered with soil and entered by two low passageways, and can now be reached by a concessionary footpath from Chelmorton
, on the other side of the hill.
PLACES TO GO
The Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels
Taddington's centrepiece is the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels
, a beautifully-kept church boasting a broach spire which dominates the local skyline.
Taddington is a fairly recent addition to the well dressing circuit, only taking up the custom in 1990, to raise money for the parish church and provide an additional attraction to the annual village flower festival. Many of the Taddington dressers learned their skills at nearby Ashford.
Two wells are dressed during the week before the late Summer Bank Holiday, the aptly-named High Well (which is one of the highest in Derbyshire at 1,200 feet above the sea) being entirely constructed by village children.
This well supplied the village with its water supply until the 1950s, with the water flowing down a series of so-called ‘water lanes’.
THINGS TO DO
Taddington claims to have 17 miles of footpaths, so there is a good choice of walks around the village.
A splendid six-mile walk takes you east from the village across Taddington Fields down into Taddington Dale, threaded by the A6, down to White Lodge, then through the trees of Brushfield Hough to Brushfield and along quiet lanes through High Dale to Bull Tor and back to Priestcliffe and Taddington.
FOOD AND DRINK
Both the Queen’s Head
and the Waterloo
in the village provide good, simple pub food, but fine dining can be enjoyed at the Riverside House Hotel
, in nearby Ashford in the Water
Diners can opt for the Riverside Rooms with their inglenook fireplace and formal dining, or enjoy a relaxed three-course lunch or dinner, quick snack or deli-sandwich in the Conservatory Room.
Another good gastro pub is The Bull’s Head
in Church Street, Ashford (01629 812931) which is a cosy and welcoming village pub with beams, open fires, and a well-deserved reputation for excellent, home-made food.
Despite its size, Taddington offers visitors a choice of places to stay. See the full list of Taddington accommodation
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