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Riverside House : The Local Area

Litton Mill and Millers DaleThe holiday cottage is situated in Litton Mill near Millers Dale in the heart of the Peak District National Park and is an ideal location for walking, cycling, touring and rock climbing. Riverside House is in a beautiful setting and is a superb location for immediate access to many walks. The original nineteenth century mill in Litton Mill became notorious during the Industrial Revolution for its unsavoury practices, but it is now converted into flats.

From the doorstep of the holiday cottage are a number of walks.  One of the most popular is along the Monsal Trail.  Although it is a short steep climb up from the house, once there it is perfectly suitable for pushchairs, bicycles and dogs.  Now the tunnels on the Monsal Trail are open you can hire bikes along the way and cycle or walk for 8 traffic miles and if you are fit enough all the way to Bakewell.  You can alternatively start the walk at the disused Miller's Dale Station to avoid the climb from the back of the holiday cottage. 

Walks along the River Wye


Tideswell is a thriving village in the heart of the beautiful Peak District countryside. It is home to the 'Cathedral in the Peak', which is well worth a visit.  There are plenty of local shops as well as some great places to eat including cafes, delis, pubs and fish and chips.  Click here for more detail on Tideswell.
During the last week of June each year, Tideswell becomes a hive of activity, fun and celebrations, known as Wakes Week, the highlight of which is the second Saturday, or "Big Sat'dy" to the locals, which sees the village come alive with a daytime carnival procession and an evening torchlight procession.  Wakes week begins with the Well Dressings around the village.  This is an anciet art which involves making pictures from petals, leaves, seeds and other natural sources.  This is then placed next to a well or water source and a Blessing of the Well takes place.  Some believe it dates back to the 14th Century as a blessing of clean water during the time of the Black Death, and others that it is a pagan ritual.  There are events around the village and surrounding areas during the week.  Tuesday is Litton night where the neighbouring village host games such as Tug 'o' War.  Each year the timetable is different and there will be a Wakes programme available during the week.

This really is a great week to stay at Riverside House. Explore the historic decorated streets, admire the welldressings, take part in the local activities and explore the cafes and shops of Tideswell.


Looking for something extra after the experience of the Monsal Trail?

The Tissington Trail is another great route for cyclists and walkers, easily accessible from our holiday homes and suitable for all the family. Running from just north of Ashbourne to Parsley Hay, the Tissington Trail is a reasonably flat route of 13 miles interspersed with car parking access areas.  There are also cycle hire points (one at each end of the trail) at Ashbourne and Parsley Hay.

The High Peak Trail starts where it joins the Tissington Trail at Parsley Hay and runs to Cromford (near Matlock).  Again, parking is provided and bicycles can be hired at Parsley Hay and Middleton Top.



Walkable from the holiday cottage is the village of Litton.  There are various walks to get there including the very atmospheric Tideswell Dale with rock formations and babbling stream as well as wooden carvings.  A steeper approach is directly up the road opposite Riverside House which soon ends in a style and field and a further short sharp climb.  Worth it for the views. There is a lovely village green at Litton with local shop serving teas and coffees and the not to be missed Red Lion pub. This old pub is full of character with real fires and serves good food and beer.  It is probably our favourite Peak District pub - dogs are welcome in the front area of the pub too.  It is lovely on a summer's day as you can sit on the village green enjoying a pint or two!

The Red Lion pub, Litton

Peak District fields and stone walls around Litton


Monsall HeadFrom Riverside House holiday cottage the spectacular Monsal Head viaduct and Monsal Head Hotel are within walking distance. The viaduct offers fabulous views and picnic spots, whilst the Monsal Head Hotel and Stable bar (dog friendly) serves good quality food and beer. Walk or cycle The Monsal Trail from very near to our holiday cottage.  It is just a short walk over the bridge round the back of the accommodation and up a short steep path and you are on the Monsal Trail.  Cycle or enjoy a Peak District walk traffic free for 8 miles.  You can walk or cycle into the Peak District market town of Bakewell or visit Hassop Station along the way with bike hire, electric bike hire, cafe, bookshop, restaurant, gift shop and outdoor seating areas.  In the other direction visit the station at Miller's Dale (public toilets available) with its traditional buildings as well as a mobile cafe and a bit further on is cycle hire in Blackwell Mill with cafe and outdoor seating area.  There are also a wide variety of Peak District walks from the Monsal Trail in all directions. You will be spoilt for choice!

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Riverside House holiday cottage, Peak District

  • Three bathrooms, one ensuite
  • Four bedrooms and sofa bed
  • Games room, wi fi, Sky, BT sports, log burner
  • Loads of space to spread out, huge lounge
  • Dog and pet friendly
  • deal direct with the owner, Wendy Boast

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