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Self Catering Accommodation
New Hanson Grange,
Nr. Milldale,
Tel/Fax:(+44)(0)1335 310258
E.Mail: newhanson@hotmail.co.uk


The Milldale Area

Lode Mill

As you descend into the valley under the shadow of Pinch Wood you arrive at Lode Mill , with Shining Tor standing high to your left, a limestone rock feature one of many along this wonderful Peak District gorge. The mill was once a lead ore chrushing mill which is where its name derived, it was later used as a corn mill grinding flour for the local community.

As you follow the river down stream notice the many weirs on the river and watch out for the heron and kingfisher looking for a meal as the trout jump.

Milledale & Viator's Bridge

This leads to the picturesque hamlet of Milldale which grew from an early farming community and today is very popular with visitors. Discover its charm and beauty with its quaint limestone cottages with the chapel in the valley up on the hill side .

The water mill is no longer standing but a mill stone in the river on the site of The Mill Race or water channel that directed the water to the wheel is still visible. This part of the river was once used to wash sheep in preparation for shearing by previous generations in the farming community.


From here the River Dove continues its journey under a little twin arched bridge 'Pack Horse bridge' or the Viators bridge so named from the character the Izaak Waltons 'The Complete Angler' who said: "why a mouse can hardly go over it , it is only two fingers broad" but every year thousands of people do walk over its cobbles to walk though the dale to the famous Stepping Stones in DoveDale.

Once over the bridge to the left a path can be seen zig zagging up the steep bank. This being the original trade route for pack horses before the building of the road system.

Places to Visit


New Hanson Bungalow is 6 miles from the delightful market town of Ashbourne and there are many interesting towns and villages to explore in the Peak District. Buxton has a newly renovated Opera House with full programme of entertainments throughout and an annual Opera Festival. Bakewell, is a market town with a livestock market. It is of course renowned for the Bakewell Pudding.
Castleton is dominated by the keep of a Norman castle as well as a fine range of showcaves with gift shops selling jewellery made from Blue John - a gemstone unique to the area.
Discover the tradition of Welldressing - the creation of beautiful pictures made from flower petals.

High Peak Trail

The Peak District has facilities for a very wide range of outdoor activities. We are close to Carsington Water which is a very popular visitor attraction offering walks, views, birdwatching and the chance to hire windsurfers, dinghies or cycles.
The High Peak Trail follows the bed of former railway lines and provides a car free route across the limestone uplands of the White Peak and cycle hire is available.
Rock climbing is popular on both limestone and gritstone or you may choose to venture underground in the showcaves or, for the experienced, in the numerous potholes, mines and caves.
Other activities available include hang-gliding, paragliding, gliding, fishing , golf and swimming.

Chatsworth House

The Peak District boasts impressive stately homes such as Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and set within dramatic grounds and extravagant gardens. Not to be missed, however, is Haddon Hall the unspoilt nature of which has made it a popular set for films and dramas.
There are a number of National Trust estates in the area and Hardwick Hall, Kedleston Hall and Calke Abbey are within a reasonable drive.

Whatever your interest you will find endless places to explore and activities to undertake.

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Mrs L.A. Bonsall
New Hanson Grange, Nr. Milldale,
Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1NN
Tel/Fax:(+44)(0)1335 310258