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Things to do in Parwich, Derbyshire

Parwich is an attractive, historic village.

Parwich village green and church © Philip Cookson
Parwich village green and church

Its location between the A6 and A515, approached only by single-track roads, ensures it remains off the main tourist trail, unspoilt by modern development.

Parwich from above © Philip Cookson
Parwich from above

The stone cottages - many dating back over 200 years - are packed into the valley bottom and spread up the lower slopes of the steep hills surrounding the settlement.

Consequently, buildings are squeezed into whatever land was available and no two are alike.


An attractive corner of Parwich © Philip Cookson
An attractive corner of Parwich

Unlike some villages, it has managed to retain its charming, historic feel.

The present Norman style Church is relatively modern dating back to only 1874.

Stone cottage's at Parwich © Philip Cookson
Stone cottage's at Parwich


It incorporates features from a previous, much older building.

These include the tympanum - a Norman arch - and the font.

More stone cottage's at Parwich © Philip Cookson
More stone cottage's at Parwich

The surrounding countryside is popular with walkers; Tissington and High Peak trails are within walking distance and some of the popular Dales are only a short journey away.

The sycamore pub and church at Parwich © Philip Cookson
The Sycamore Pub and church

The local pub, 'The Sycamore', provides a friendly welcome and will cater for walking groups.

Footpaths enter the village from all points of the compass making it easy to include in a walking route.

The village centre, Parwich © Philip Cookson
The village centre

Although there are not that many facilities to attract the tourist - one shop, a primary school, limited bus service and a small campsite - Parwich is that rare combination of attractive historical settlement and real living rural community.

Description by R Seadon

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