Where To Stay In The Peak District Part 4
England in and of itself is a country steeped in the mists of legend, myth, folklore and history. It has had a turbulent history, been conquered, seen revolution, the decline of monarchies and the rise of empires, but for most inner city dwellers in a new age of technology, urbanisation and deculturalization, some of this history and inherited culture may seem lost. However, if you were looking for where to stay in the Peak District, then it would be highly recommendable to consider not only the halcyon views and challenging walks, but also the areas deep and entrenched sense of history, a palpable sense of which can be felt permeating through every crumbling stone wall, aeon worn valley, and rickety village street.
In the village of Castleton, you can embark on a dark journey down into the Speedwell Cavern, where you will learn of the tortuous fate which befell two lovers in 1758, before heading up Cavedale to see the remains of Peveril Castle, which was built by William the Conqueror for his illegitimate son, William Peveril, first mentioned in the Doomsday book of 1086. Or stay in Matlock Bath, where in 1832 Queen Victoria visited in order to sample the medicinal waters for which the village is still famous. It also plays host to the children's theme park, 'Gulliver's Kingdom' and the slightly older 'Heights of Abraham', opened in 1780 to offer visitors the chance to see breathtaking views and mesmerising landscapes. Along the booths of Edale, you may be lucky enough to locate the perennial Nag's Head, a pub which has stood since 1577, or stumble across the remnants of ancient Roman roads which wind in their typical non-windy fashion straight through the valley.
In the picturesque quite literal riverside village of Ashford-in-Water, you can catch a sight of the historic sheep wash bridge, from which occasional travellers may be able to catch a glimpse of a demonstration of sheep washing in practice. Wherever the meandering rivers and idyllic sights of the Peak district should lead you, those wishing to find out where to stay in the Peak District should bear in mind more than just the hikes and trails next time they consider journeying to this little bubble of old England.
The history of these places has formed the foundations for their own individual cultures and provincial myths, folklores and mysteries that will bring entertainment and joy to many weary travellers on their way through the Peaks.
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