Tideswell Church, Derbyshire, is known as the 'Cathedral of the Peak' because it is the largest and most beautiful church in the area. It has several fine carved tombs.
In the Middle Ages, Tideswell was a market town known for lead mining. The Tideswell lead miners were renowned for their strength and were much prized by the military authorities.
Once here there is lots to do in around the area. Tideswell is home to the Silva Navigation School or you can potter from café to café via a few shops. Whatever the weather, whether you’re looking for an active day, a sedate and gentle one or something in between, Tideswell has loads to offer.
Tideswell is known locally as Tidza or Tidsa. In addition, local residents are known as Sawyeds, owing to a traditional story about a farmer who freed his prize cow from a gate in which it had become entangled, by sawing its head off. Today the story is re-enacted raucously and colourfully every Wakes week by a local mummers group called the Tidza Guisers.
The Monsal Trail is Derbyshire Peak District cycle trail which follows the path of the former Midland Railway from Wye Dale to a point beyond Bakewell, mostly following the River Wye.
There is a wide variety of accommodation available in and around Tideswell from high quality bed and breakfast accommodation, to luxurious self-catering cottages, campsites for both tents and caravans and accommodation that caters for large groups.
In June every year we welcome the Eroica Brittania to Tideswell; hundreds of cyclists on vintage bikes stop in Tideswell as part of their 100 mile or 40 mile routes. It’s a must see event for cyclists, lovers of vintage things or people watchers! The event falls on the first Sunday of our wakes and Welldressing week at the end of June.
There is some debate as to how the village got its name. The English Place Name Society accept it as being named after a Saxon chieftain named Tidi, others that the name comes from a "tiding well" situated in the north of the village.
Behind the Parish Church, a small community garden has been developed to provide a training ground for those wanting to learn more about growing. There is also a small commercial kitchen available for hire by local food producers, particularly those who are looking to make the step up from home-based production. In May 2011, the first Tideswell Food Festival was held, attracting over 2,000 people, despite poor weather.
Tideswell is an attractive Derbyshire village in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Visit Tideswell and its surrounding villages and you’ll discover the perfect place to stay whether you are here for a night, a weekend, a week or longer.
Tideswell is a village and civil parish in the Peak District of Derbyshire, in England. It lies 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Buxton on the B6049, in a wide valley on a limestone plateau, at an altitude of 1,000 feet (300 m) above sea level, and is within the District of Derbyshire Dales. The population (including Wheston) was 1,820 in 2001, increasing slightly to 1,827 at the 2011 Census, making it the second-largest settlement within the National Park, after Bakewell.
Visit Tideswell look forward to welcoming you to Tideswell and are confident you’ll have a memorable visit – and will want to return again and again.
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There are two trails available that will take you around and about when you visit Tideswell. They are available from the information point in the barn at The George Inn or via Tideswell Trails link.
Bagshaw Cavern, a cave system in Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire. A largely natural cave system discovered by lead miners in 1806. Open to the public on summer weekends as a show cave and for Adventure Caving.
The town has a week-long festival near the summer solstice known as the Wakes, culminating in "Big Saturday", which includes a torchlight procession through the streets, led by a brass band playing a unique tune called the Tideswell Processional, and townsfolk dancing a traditional weaving dance.
Eldon Hole is one of the seven wonders of the Peak. It is the deepest local pothole; an alarming, evil-looking chasm in the side of Eldon Hill to the north of the village of Peak Forest, Derbyshire.