A day pottering in the Peaks

7 Sep

So after having a lovely relaxed day pottering around villages in the Peak District, I thought what an ideal opportunity to write my first proper post. One of my favourite things to do is going for a wonder through quaint little villages & towns. Living close to, and working in a city, it’s lovely to escape from the hustle & bustle and the generic looking high street, and head into the country side, even if it’s just for a day.

So Yesterday we (Martin, my boyfriend & I) headed out to Castleton, which first impressions looked so sweet & postman pat-esque, we parked up in the main car pack & being a Wednesday the village wasn’t too busy, but there were still a fair few walkers and tourists around.

 

 What I particularly like about places like this is the lack of all too familiar shop fronts that you see in every town & city. Although not entirely unexpected I was a little disappointed to discover that pretty much every small little gift shop had almost the same touristy souvenirs, mass produced home ware, jewellery and snacks in each one. Although one or two shops had a small selection of handmade items by local artists it was very limited and I would definitely have liked to see much more, especially when most of the shops seem to be independently run, why not make yourself stand out and be more original?

That being said, what did stand out was the high quality of cafes & pubs on offer! The White Horse Pub had ‘Pick & Mix’ bangers and mash, with 5 or 6 flavour options to choose from – what a marvellous idea! Unfortunately we weren’t there at an appropriate meal time, but we were in need of a drink & cake, which is when we spotted Buddy’s, a lovely retro 50’s style diner, complete with authentic American snacks and drinks, cue Martin’s eye roll as I order a very English cup of Tea *ah well*! With bright, fresh & crisp decor it’s a great little place with a good nostalgic atmosphere (helped by the Greece soundtrack playing in the background)!

As we headed back, we picked up a sandwich to eat on top of Mam Tor, bit of a hike up lots of steps (well it felt like it for me) but well worth it once we were up there. After our light lunch we were in need of Ice cream, which took us through the village of Hope and on to Hathersage where we were rewarded by a great selection of ice cream, in a small shop, The Hathersage Craft Shop & Gallery, that also offered second hand books, a few antiques, children’s toys, jewellery and handmade items, an eclectic yet lovely collection of items, which didn’t seem too muddled, being split over two levels!

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One Response to “A day pottering in the Peaks”

  1. yoyostitches September 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Wow, that cafe looks amazing! 🙂

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