Tideswell and the Cathe­dral of the Peak FIF­TEEN East Cheshire Ram­blers re­cently en­joyed a 10-mile walk which started in the pretty Der­byshire vil­lage of Tideswell.

The vil­lage is one of the most an­cient set­tle­ments in the cen­tral Peak Dis­trict and was recorded in the Domes­day Book.

How­ever, Tideswell is per­haps best known for its mag­nif­i­cent 14th cen­tury church.

The Church of St John the Bap­tist – of­ten re­ferred to as ‘The Cathe­dral of the Peak’ – was built on the wealth cre­ated when the vil­lage was the cen­tre of the wool trade and lead min­ing in the re­gion, the lat­ter very much in ev­i­dence on the walk.

As walk leader, I chose a route which climbed steadily out of the vil­lage along nar­row lanes and tracks onto Tideswell Moor.

On reach­ing the prom­i­nent TV mast, the path me­an­dered through a worked-out lead rake – or min­eral vein – known as Tideslow Rake.

This is an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of an open­cut work­ing of lead veins and is of con­sid­er­able archaeological, his­tor­i­cal and eco­log­i­cal value.

It is also a great place to stop for a cof­fee break and en­joy the views to­wards Castle­ton and Ab­ney Moor.

The walk then con­tin­ued through the White Peak vil­lages of Lit­tle Huck­low, Great Huck­low, Grind­low and Ward­low Mires.

Later, their path en­tered Cressbrook Dale and passed the dom­i­nant lime­stone pil­lar known as Peter’s Stone.

The stone stands in an area known as Gib­bet Field, in­fa­mous as the place where the last gib­bet­ing took place in the early 1700s.

Walk­ing through an area of such mag­nif­i­cent nat­u­ral beauty, it is hard to imag­ine the area’s dark his­tory but this gave an added thrill as we passed by

Fi­nally the ram­blers re­turned to Tideswell, paus­ing as they walked down­hill into the vil­lage to ad­mire the pointed ar­chi­tec­ture of ‘The Cathe­dral of the Peak’, be­fore head­ing into one of the lo­cal cafes for a well earned cuppa!

For more in­for­ma­tion about East Cheshire Ram­blers’ cur­rent walk­ing pro­gramme, visit www.ram­blers eastcheshire.co.uk.

The Church of St John the Bap­tist – known as ‘The Cathe­dral of the Peak’

East Cheshire Ram­blers started their walk out­side The Cherry Tree cafe in Tideswell

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