Winster was once a bustling town, built on a thriving lead mining industry. Today it is one of the Peak District's most prized villages. Its narrow streets, listed cottages, rural isolation and unique community spirit mark it out as a fantastic place to live, and indeed holiday.
The village is a history lesson – every house tells a story. The Market House, once the commercial centre of the town, is now owned by the National Trust and open to visitors – it has a small local display and a model of the village, made by Winster residents. Its spirit lives on across the road, in the village shop – owned and run by the village and stocking nearly everything one could need.
Just up the road, almost directly opposite Brae Cottage is the Old Bowling Green, a traditional country pub offering local ales, evening meals and a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. At the other end of the village is the other public house; the Miners Standard is equally charming, laden with history and nostalgia.
Set in the White Peak, Winster has a number of fantastic walks – straight from the front door. Winster is located on the Limestone Way, a stunning track through the Derbyshire hills. I have a good index of walks which I'll lend to you during your stay. Or you could explore for yourself!
Winster, although wonderfully rural, is still very accessible. Many of the area's best haunts are only a short drive away. The market towns of Bakewell and Matlock are only 5 miles away, and are both served by a bus service. Chatsworth House (of Pride & Prejudice and The Duchess fame) is nearby, as is the lesser known Haddon Hall (itself starring in numerous Jane Eyre dramatisations).
Slightly further afield are Sheffield (25 miles) and Derby (20 miles) – two great days out if the weather doesn't quite hold out. Being so central, there is little in the Peak District area that doesn’t make sense to do from Winster. To find out more, check out the Winster Village Website.