Travels to Tideswell
One of the best things about living in Congleton is having the Peak District on your doorstep, where a 15 minute car journey can land you right in the heart of it and having the opportunity to explore it from the other side. I couldn’t wait to take a few days off and head out in to it. We first headed to Buxton for a day trip, having heard so many great things it was nice to see it first hand and have a wander round and explore the area.
Buxton is coined as the “gateway to the Peak District” and it’s not far off, it’s a wonderful representation of the peaks and life around it, the first thing you can’t miss is the architecture, as we drove in you could see the Opera house, the Palace Hotel and the Baths; and if you’re gonna get a picture of a town from first impressions then that’s a definite winner!
Wasn’t the best weather unfortunately but didn’t stop the buildings looking fantastic!
One of the best things about Buxton is the mixture of old and new, for example we walked into a book store and as you’d expect there are loads of books and the usual book shop features and fittings, however having a wander down to the lower basement you come across an old Victorian fireplace that remains and you instantly get an image of how life could’ve been and what it might’ve looked like before it ever became a book shop (which by the way has loads of rare and hard to find books)
Following on from Buxton we went to our cottage that we had rented out from AirB&B and once again, managed to pick a winner! It was a lovely 2 bed cottage with log fire and WiFi meaning people like me could sneak some work in when no one was looking, fortunately though I didn’t get much chance cause being in the Peak District you’d be made to not want to venture out and explore the area. You’ll see from the gallery above the images I took while out walking and the reason I chose Tideswell is a) it’s closeness to areas like Buxton but b) the variety of walks that cater to confident walkers to newbie’s who just want to enjoy the area.
The main thing is Tideswell which sits beautifully in this quaint little village is the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ or better known as the Church of St John the Baptist which is 14th Century parish church and while I’m not one for Church’s or things related you can’t help but look and go WOW! – that is an amazing structure and your welcome to inside and read more on the church, it’s history and how the locals connect with this lovely Church on a daily basis. What Tideswell also has is a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants and having sampled a few I can’t help but admit they were lovely pub food at a reasonable rate, all except one scenario where I ordered steak with peppercorn sauce yet upon arrival it did not taste or look like peppercorn sauce. I did ask the staff but never found out so it remains the “Peppercorn mystery in Tideswell”…yeah I don’t see Hollywood making a movie out of it anytime soon.
If your ever in the Peak and close to Tideswell, I would recommend visiting. Drop me a message if your interested which cottage I rented, you won’t be disappointed.