onsal head hotel

Commanding superb views over Monsal Dale, a valley in an area of Derbyshire’s Peak District known as the White Peak, the Monsal Head Hotel offers guests real food, with well priced seasonal menus, real ales from local micro breweries, a large outdoor seating area, and 7 en-suite bedrooms.  The Hotel and Coaching Inn are in one of the most popular beauty spots in Derbyshire, with views over the valley and its famous viaduct, and a short distance from Chatsworth Estate, Ashford in the Water, Bakewell, Buxton and Matlock.

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The Monsal Head Hotel

Monsal Head, Nr Bakewell

Derbyshire, DE45 1NL


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Derbyshire’s White Peak was formed by an uplift of limestone in an area of sandstone and shale, and millions of years ago lay under a shallow sea.  If you look closely you will observe marine artefacts such as crinoids and brachiopods from the geologic period known as the Lower Carboniferous.  The Dale is actually a site of Special Scientific Interest and conservation, and part of a Europe-wide network called Natura 2000.


The Peak District National Park, the first of its kind in Britain, is extremely popular with tourists from all over the world, who come to take in the scenery, the history, the culture, and participate in the many outdoor pursuits and sports the area offers, such as walking and hiking, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, country pursuits, climbing, potholing, gliding, etc.


The Monsal Head Hotel is a perfect base from which to explore the White Peak region; on foot, bicycle, or by motorised transport.  The Spa Town of Buxton is just a few miles away, Bakewell and Matlock are within easy reach, and there is the Chatsworth Estate and the many sites of historic interest; stately homes, etc. run by English Heritage and The National Trust.


For those who like a walk, the Monsal Trail is just less than 9 miles in length, and can be accessed from the Hotel, which is also a good starting point for a variety of other walks.


The trail runs from just south of Bakewell, to Blackwell Mill junction, 3 miles or so from Buxton, and runs along the course of the old Midland Railway.  The Dukes of Devonshire and Rutland actually didn’t want the line to be built, as it was to pass close to their estates, and Devonshire actually refused to let it be routed through Chatsworth Park, while Rutland refused a line up the Wye Valley through Haddon Hall lands.  Rutland eventually compromised, and the line was screened from Haddon using a tunnel.  The line was completed in 1863, and closed a century later in 1968 as part of the notorious ‘Beeching reforms’ - The Peak Park authority bought the line, and opened it as the Monsal Trail in 1980.


For those interested in industrial archaeology, to the east and west of Millers Dale station are many limekilns, which were used to produce quicklime, and down from the station is Litton Mill, notorious for the mistreatment of orphans who were used as cheap labour - The graves of many of these children, from London and many parts of the country, can be found in nearby churchyards, while the mill itself by stark contrast has been converted into luxury apartments!  Further downstream is Cressbrook Mill, opened in 1783, and used by Richard Arkwright, a famous local industrialist, to supplement his Cromford Mills - It remained in use until the mid 1960s.  The imposing building seen on the site today was built in the early 19th century to house the workforce, and like Litton has now been converted.

Take a trip with Sidecar Safari on a great escape into the heart of the Peak District.