pintpot has given you a comprehensive reply to most of your requests.

Have a look at The Wayfarer ticket, it's a combined bus and rail ticket that covers the area that you will be visiting, You self-date the ticket, so you can date it for the day when it would be most advantageous.

The Tripadvisor hotels and B&Bs in the New Mills area are mostly a couple of miles from the railway and the main road. They are likely to cost 50 to 70 pounds per room per night. I have had dinner in one, the Waltzing Weasel, which has 8 rooms and would be OK to stay in my opinion.

I do hope you get out and see the Peak District whilst you're researching - it's a beautiful area

The Packhorse Inn, Crowdicote, Nr Buxton  SK17 ODB - Excellent  : 01298 83618

Bus 199 runs from Buxton to both villages every 30 minutes. The train also goes to Dove Holes but DO NOT use the train to travel to Chapel-en-le-Frith as the station is at least a mile away from the village.

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- what other things should I do or see when I'm in the area?

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The site can be very busy during the weekends and at bank holidays, so there may be some queuing at these times. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Finally, whilst the "Wayfarer" ticket is indeed good value if you are doing a lot of bus or train travel in one day, do not buy one if you only plan on making one or two short journeys, as single or day return tickets will probably work out cheaper.

Hi, If you stay in Manchester at any time during your visit these hostels get decent reviews, they are a short walk from Piccadilly Station..

Other areas that I'm going to are Chapel en le Frith (what about staying there?) and also New Mills.

Does anyone know of good websites that might have itineraries or ideas about spending a few days in the area?

I agree it would best to stay in Buxton, indeed it doesn't seem possible to stay in Dove Holes. Corbar Bank is well-rated on TripAdvisor as a B&B and is near the rail station, according to the often-inaccurate Trip Advisor map. I know nothing else about it !

The Knights Table, Leek Road, Quarnford, Nr Buxton  SK17 OSN - see www.theknightstable.co.uk : 01298 23695 Excellent, Use local family butcher & Food Hygiene rating of 5.

For cheaper accommodation, where TA doesn't go, you need to use www.smoothhound.co.uk

As you're on an ancestral trail you might want to include one of the libraries in the area for their local history collections

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Derbyshire County Council provide an excellent series of maps showing bus routes, you can access them here:

The public transport option is still open to you, since Buxton, Dove Holes, Chapel and New Mills are all on the same train line out of Manchester, and as per previous, there are plenty of buses

Waterswallows Household Waste Recycling Centre Waterswallows Industrial Estate Waterswallows Road Green Fairfield Buxton SK17 7JB

The site is situated on Waterswallows Road off the A6 Fairfield Road near Buxton.

Things to do in Dove Holes

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I would agree that staying in Buxton and commuting to Dove Holes & Chapel would probably be the best bet.

I know, Dove Holes was voted the ugliest village in the UK. Regardless, I'm planning a family history tour in September and it seems that a significant portion of my family is from Dove Holes so I would like to visit there.

The opening times and directions for the Waterswallows Household Waste Recycling Centre are on this web page.

Getting to Dove Holes would be best by train, the hire car question depends on how much local travel you will need to cover your family sites. You can get about 30 miles in a taxi for the cost of a day's car hire. Actually you can probably hire bikes in Buxton, it is a bit of a climb up to Dove Holes but not too hilly when you get there.

I am an outdoors person and love to go for walks etc. It sounds to me like I should look at renting a car to be able to get around to the nearby villages and sites etc.

I think Buxton's a better bet than Chapel - it is a larger place and also to some extent a tourist destination as it is a spa town - Chapel is an industrial place (manufacture of brake linings in particular)

From the north follow the A6 towards Buxton. The site is signposted 'Recycling Centre' to the left 0.7 miles south of Doveholes.

- what accommodation recommendations would you have for the area? What town would be best to base myself in? I'm a single female travelling alone and don't have fancy tastes - in fact hostels or the equivalent are fine. I'd prefer to stay in the 30 pound or less per night range.

As for where to stay, to some extent it depends on whether or not you have a car, but the obvious choice is Buxton, which is just down the road and has dozens of hotels and guest houses (it is a medium sized spa town, a Victorian resort)

I agree you are unlikely to get £30 pounds a night except at a Youth Hostel or similar. These have a long standing reputation for good value.

- is it better to rent a car (flying into Manchester) or take the train to the area?

The Pavilion Gardens Cafe/Restaurant on St John's Road is very convenient to have an early pre-theatre meal . 01298 23114 www.paviliongardens.co.uk

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If you decide to go to the Matlock records office, the "Transpeak" bus runs from Buxton to Matlock once per hour but be ready for a stiff up hill walk from the town centre !

There are lots of very good youth hostels in the Peak District National Park