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Things to do in Youlgreave, Derbyshire

The village of Youlgreave (pronounced Youlgrave) is a popular starting point for walks in the White Peak.

It lies on a narrow limestone shelf, with houses spilling down the steep slope to the river Bradford.

Youlgreave church & village © Jeffrey Darlington
Youlgreave church & village

The Fountain

In the centre of the market place is a huge circular water tank or conduit head, known locally as The Fountain, which from 1829 supplied water to the villagers, initially at an annual charge of 6d.

Youlgreave Church interior © Jeffrey Darlington
Youlgreave Church interior

Youlgreave Youth Hostel was converted from the village Co-op store and retains some of its original character - the stone beehive (symbol of the Co-op) and the windows inscribed with the shop's services.

Rooms are named after the store departments and there are interesting displays.

Bradford Dale © Jeffrey Darlington
Bradford Dale

The parish church of All Saints is the second largest in the Peak District after Tideswell.

It has several fine tombs, a Norman font and an unusual carved 12th century figure of a pilgrim with staff and wallet.

Youlgreave Youth Hostel © Jeffrey Darlington
Youlgreave Youth Hostel

William Morris

The stained glass East window was made by William Morris to a design by Edward Burne-Jones.

Near the village is Long Rake, one of the most intensively worked veins of lead ore, calcite and fluorspar in the area.

River Bradford near Youlgreave © Jeffrey Darlington
River Bradford near Youlgreave

There are many traces of past mining operations around here.

Beyond Long Rake is Lathkill Dale, the heart of a beautiful and popular limestone dale walk.

Youlgreave Conduit Head © Jeffrey Darlington
Youlgreave Conduit Head

Nature Reserve

The dale is a National Nature Reserve and in spring the display of wildflowers includes rare varieties such as Jacob's Ladder.

Emerging from Lathkill Dale at Alport, walkers can continue along the attractive Bradford Dale back to Youlgreave.

Youlgreave houses © Jeffrey Darlington
Youlgreave houses

The village has pubs, shops and a Post Office, but surprisingly no teashop.

Description by Jeffrey Darlington

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