Central Peak District
Imagine a place where you are surrounded by stunning countryside, criss-crossed with miles of footpaths; where rivers flow along hidden limestone dales teaming with wild flowers and animal life and where high above, on heather clad moors you can see for miles and miles. This magical place is the Peak District, and the picturesque village of Litton, lies at its centre, almost at the spot where the rugged, brooding moorland of the Dark Peak meets the green, sheep filled fields and dry stone walls, of the White Peak, so called because of its limestone scenery. Close by are unspoilt villages such as Eyam, the famous plague village, Castleton, well known for its caves and unique Blue John gemstone, Edale, start of The Pennine Way, and beautiful Ashford-in-the-Water. Lathkill Dale and Cressbrook dale, both sites of special scientific interest are a few minutes away. Everyone has heard of Bakewell tart, but have you tried Bakewell pudding? The only place to buy the genuine article is in the nearby bustling market town of Bakewell, a fifteen minute drive from Litton and the ideal place to pass a morning browsing in boutique shops, strolling by the river or whiling away time in one of the many cafes and restaurants.
The culture vultures amongst you will love the treasure filled stately homes of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall, both used many times for filming classics such as Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, whilst opera and theatre goers will find a wealth of top notch productions at the Buxton Opera House. Sheffield and Manchester and even Liverpool and York lie within easy reach and offer further cultural and shopping opportunities.
Just about any outside activity you care to name is possible in the area from water sports to fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, pot holing, fell running, flying, bird watching, star gazing and of course hiking. The Peak District is a walkers’ paradise and with over 1600 miles of footpaths and many miles of off road cycle trails, the main difficulty is deciding where to go first. And if all this is not enough, the thrill seekers among you may want to visit the famous theme park of Alton Towers. Whatever your interests, the Peak District offers something for you and by using Candlelight Cottage, Litton as your central base, all the attractions lie within easy reach.