The Local Area  

Parwich is a quiet and secluded village. It is the proud owner of one of each: a pub, church, chapel, village school, football pitch, tennis courts, cricket pitch and crown bowling green - a quintessential English village. You will be able to find out an amazing amount of history and information about this small village by simply putting 'Parwich' into a web search engine.

Croft Holiday Cottage Derbyshire, Images: Pawich Village pond, Parwich Village from hillside, Parwich Village Green in autumn

The village is situated in the Peak District National Park, in the southern limestone dales. This National Park was the first to be set up in Britain in 1951and covers over 1,500 sq kms.

The White Peak takes its name from the underlying limestone rock which dominates in the central and south of the district. This broad rolling plateau at 300m is split by river valleys into the dramatic, craggy dales so popular with visitors. Its limestone flora and beautiful villages famous for well-dressings help to create a walker's paradise with an abundance of the National Park's public footpaths to be explored.

The Dark Peak, in contrast is named after the grey millstone grit rocks which underlie the moorland areas enclosing the limestone to the north, west and east like an upturned horseshoe. Fringed with steep edges, famous for rock climbing and weirdly-weathered tors, this is the highest and wildest ground in the National Park, rising to over 600 m on the bleak tableland of Kinder Scout, north of Edale where the long distance footpath of the Pennine Way starts.

In between these two distinct landscapes, the broad shale historically rich valleys of the River Derwent and Wye are lined with trees. Here are found relics of the industrial heritage, the Arkwright Mills and and the stately homes of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall.

Local market towns are Ashbourne (7 miles), Bakewell (12 miles) and Buxton (13 miles). All three towns have Market Days and good facilities with supermarkets, farm shops and other quality shops, art galleries, information centres and a swimming pool to name but a few.

There is a regular bus service between Parwich and Ashbourne. Free transport provided to and from main bus or rail stations on arrival and departure for those guests who would like to try a car-free stay.

Croft Holiday Cottage Derbyshire, Images: Parwich - Sycamore Pub, Winter View, Croft Cottage - meadow

Things to Do

We have listed a number of activities and attractions below but the sky is the limit: hot air ballooning, para- and hang-gliding are even on the menu. There is ample information available in the cottage in the form of books, guides, leaflets and maps.


Excellent walking and cycling in the Peak District National Park right from the front door, or simply relax in the peaceful and quiet surroundings of the cottage.

Stretch your legs on the many footpaths criss-crossing the Peak National Park. The well-known limestone Dales of Dovedale and the Manifold Valley are within easy reach. The National Park Rangers organise regular themed guided walks from the very gentle, easy walks along some of the dales to the strenuous walks on the Dark Peak moors.

Cycle along the old railway lines of the Tissington and High Peak Trails or the quiet lanes. Cycle hire centres with a wide choice of bikes are available not far from Parwich.

  Croft Holiday Cottage Derbyshire, Upper Dove Valley - Parkhurst Hill (Ray Manley)  

For a taste of history, there are the Bronze-age stone circles of Arbor Low and the Nine Ladies. Early history is widespread in the Peak District: from Roman roads to lead mining. A small local Roman settlement ‘Roystone Grange’ is just over the hill from Parwich. The Derwent Valley with its Spinning Mills and industrial past is a World Heritage Area.

There are many stately homes and gardens a short drive away, Chatsworth; Haddon Hall; Calke Abbey; Sudbury Hall and Kedleston Hall to name but a few.

The Peak District is unique for its many ‘Well-dressings’, an ancient custom of dressing and blessing ‘wells’ for fresh water in the villages.

  Croft Holiday Cottage Derbyshire, Images: Chatsworth House  

Parwich is ideally located for Carsington Water with its Watersports Centre, where canoes, sailing dinghies and surfboards are for hire.

Alton Towers theme park is only a 40-minute drive away for the young at heart, with exhilarating and daring rides, scary haunted rooms and fun for the youngsters.

The Potteries around Stoke-on-Trent and Hanley are home to world-famous working pottery and china museums such as Gladstone and Wedgwood.

The Spa town of Buxton with its Opera House is an excellent evening entertainment.

  Croft Holiday Cottage Derbyshire, Images: Carsington Water  

And if you are really into adventure, then there are the wild and isolated moorlands of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow, gliding at Great Hucklow . You can even book a hot-air balloon ride for stunning views of the National Park landscape.

The Peak District with its gritstone edges and limestone outcrops offers a Mecca for rock climbers, with many home-grown, and now world-famous, climbers having used the Peak District as their training playground.

Peak District

  Croft Holiday Cottage Derbyshire, Images: Hen Cloud from the Roaches Staffordshire  

Other Links

Ranger-led walks & events

Well dressings


Haddon Hall

National Trust

Alton Towers

Staffordshire Potteries

Carsington Water Visitor Centre

Carsington Watersport Centre

Peak District

  Croft Holiday Cottage Derbyshire, Image: Well Dressing