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The Peak District, breath-taking landscapes and scenery.

The Old Cow Shed is situated in the Peak District which is an area of breath-taking landscapes and scenery, steeped in history and home to varied fauna and flora. In 1951 it was the first area of Britain to be declared a National Park. This was the result of the infamous Kinder Trespass; mill workers from Manchester and Sheffield converged on Kinder Scout to protest that the landowners refused them access to the moors for recreational purposes. With the exception of Mount Fuji it is the busiest national park in the world. www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

Geologically it consists of two distinct types of rock resulting in landscapes of contrasting characteristics: The Dark Peak (or High Peak) is in the shape of an inverted horseshoe and comprises of rough gritstone giving way to dramatic rock edges and sweeping heather moorland. It is the home of blanket bog peatland which is an internationally rare habitat frequented by cotton grass, Arctic Hares and ground nesting birds. The central “plug” of the horseshoe is made of limestone and this results in the White Peak, an area defined by soft verdant dales laced with streams and rivers. Where these two rock forms meet there are unstable shales and a very dramatic example of these is the old road below Mam Tor near Hope and Castleton. A visit to this is worthwhile and will make you think again before complaining about pot holes.

With such varied land it is not surprising that the Peak District is ideal for walking, fell and road running, mountain and road biking, horse riding, pony trekking, camping, climbing, caving, paragliding and bird-watching. It is rumoured to have a few nice cafes and pubs too.

The Old Cowshed is located to the side of the impressive Cown Edge, an example of the gritstone edges described above and the subject of a natural landslide over 10,000 years ago. The date was calculated by carbon dating the pollen found in the landslide deposits in the valley. We call it home along with the Sparrowhawks, Kestrels, Lapwings, Curlews, Skylarks, owls, bats, hares and badgers. We are set 1000 feet up on Ludworth Moor between the towns of Glossop, Marple and New Mills. We are a few hundred metres away from both the Cown Edge Way and the Pennine Bridleway.

For eating and drinking we recommend:


The Hunters Inn public house.

The nearest pub to us, small but perfectly formed and offering well-kept local beers. Dogs welcome.

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The Woodlands Tea Rooms

The Woodlands Tea Rooms are also close by and are consistently winner of the Best Tearoom in Derbyshire Award. Dogs welcome in their fabulous gardens.

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Website: woodlandshighpeak.co.uk
Dog Friendly: YES

The Hare and Hounds

The Hare and Hounds at Mill Brow is our favourite local pub being a 40 minute dog walk from us and offering an extremely good gastropub menu. A definite for any foodies and once again dogs welcome.

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Website: www.hareandhoundsmillbrow.co.uk
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The Little Mill Public House

In the nearby hamlet is The Little Mill public house which was previously a mill where the water wheel remains intact. A varied blackboard of food and…dogs welcome.

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Website: www.thelittlemill.co.uk
Dog Friendly: YES


Libbys at Marple Bridge is worth going to first thing in the morning just to behold the counter wobbling with sweet and savoury pastries. Great breakfasts, great bread and at night it becomes a tapas bar. Dogs welcome in the rear courtyard.

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Website: www.libbysbreadandwine.com
Dog Friendly: YES

The Bulls Head

Last but not least and a little further afield in the village of Tintwistle is The Boars Head. A real community pub run by Mick and Jane. Dating back to the 16th Century it was reputedly a hangout of Dick Turpin. Low beams and log fires set the scene for real home cooking, great beer and live local artists. Dogs welcome, unleashed!

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Website: www.bullsheadpubtintwistle.co.uk
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We would be more than pleased to help you plan your day as part of your visit and can suggest further local attractions, walking routes and places to visit. Please do not hesitate to contact us.