Longnor and Monyash
Take the A515 Buxton to Ashbourne road and as the B5055 crosses there are two villages, Monyash to the left and Longnor to the right. Longnor lies in the heart of the Peak District on the north bank of the river Manifold, with parking in little cobbled square. There is a great craft centre and coffee shop which occupies the listed old Town Hall and they offer local produce and crafts. Watch you don’t spend to much because they have many fine things .Walk around the cobbled narrow streets off the market place check out the old buildings and church. Before leaving take in the scenic views from the crossroad in the market square and look down the Dove valley. Drive back over the A515 to Monyash and have a walk around and take a look at the nice church. Across the road there are cows that look as if they are in someones front garden.
Back to the A515 Ashbourne Road and look for the signs on the left for Youlgreave, a small hill top village in the Derbyshire Peak District lying on the river Bradford. An ex lead mining centre and probably gets its name from the yellow ore that was mined here. Short walks take you into the scenic views in limestone way and Bradford dales. The village boast the finest eating houses in it 3 pubs, The Farmyard Inn, George Hotel and the Bulls Head. Youlgrave is famous for its well dressing which takes place in Midsummer where 5 wells are dressed with biblical pictures. It is considered to be amongst the finest example of Well dressing in the Peak district. The Old Hall in the village which was built in 1650, and the church with fine Norman work and the a tower with eight pinnacles are worth a look.
Back onto the A515 toward Ashbourne and turn right to Hartington, set in the Derbyshire peak district lying on the river Dove, a small village with a large square and a place to soak up the view relax with a drink, sitting outside the Charles Cotton Hotel. Walk around the square where there is something for everyone and visit the pond to feed the ducks. Pop into the cheese shop look around, sample the vast selection of cheeses liked the Stilton and Dovedale. Visit the Hart of the Country, gift and craft shop with many bargains. There are chocolates at Cocoagrove, antiques at Dauphin, the various buildings and fine church dates back to the 14th century. Before you go, have a cuppa and snack at the Beresford tea rooms.
Ashbourne is a market town with nice shops and contains many historical buildings. It’s claim to fame is the large number of pubs, and local historians recon that 1 in 4 of every building in the town has at one time been an alehouse, pub or inn or the site of one. The most famous pub in the town is The Green Man, home to its annual two-day Royal Shrovetide Football Match. One half of the town plays the other at football, using the town as the pitch and with the goals three miles apart and it has been played for centuries.