Dove Holes, Derbyshire. A Peak District quarrying village.

Dove Holes, Derbyshire. A high Peak District village with limestone quarries and the Bull Ring, a neolithic henge monument.

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Dove Holes is located high up in the limestone heartland of the White Peak, with both dramatic scenery and weather. An active and lively community, it is home to many of the workers from the surrounding quarries and carries a life within it that some of the surrounding dormer and holiday villages often lack. The 'international' beer and jazz festival held annually in early July is not to be missed.

The main historical point of interest here is the Bull Ring, a Stone Age henge monument similar to Arbor Low, and the next best example in the Peak. It is situated behind the school and church and accessed via the track to the Community centre. The bank and ditch, with a raised area in the centre, are clearly visible, but there are no stones. Local tradition has it that the stones were removed to be used as sleepers for the Peak Forest Tramway, a crude early railway constructed in the 1790s to carry stone to the canal at Buxworth. Despite this loss the Bull Ring remains an impressive place and worth visiting.
 
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Local places of interest

Buxton Crescent

Buxton Crescent in the Derbyshire Peak District, is one of the finest Georgian buildings in England. The nearby Buxton Opera House is Frank Matcham's masterpiece and the former Devonshire Hospital has the largest unsupported dome in Europe.

Buxton Museum

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Buxton, Derbyshire, is housed in the former Peak Hotel and has an excellent display on the history of the Peak District as well as an Art Gallery and the Boyd Dawkins collection.

Buxton's Pavilion Gardens

Pavilion Gardens lie behind the Opera House in Buxton, Derbyshire. Built by Edward Milner in 1871, with the River Wye, the Octagon building, a bandstand and a railway.

Chestnut Centre, Chapel-en-le-Frith

The Chestnut Centre otter and owl sanctuary has otters, owls, wild cats, foxes and other animals. Based near Ford Hall, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire.

Chinley New Chapel

Chinley 'new' Chapel, Derbyshire, is a beautiful early nonconformist chapel. Founded by William Bagshawe, the 'Apostle of the Peak', and John Wesley preached here.

Eldon Hole

Eldon Hole is one of the seven wonders of the Peak. It is the deepest local pothole; an alarming, evil-looking chasm in the side of Eldon Hill to the north of the village of Peak Forest, Derbyshire.

Poole's Cavern and Grin Low Country Park

Poole's Cavern and Grin Low Country Park, Buxton, Derbyshire, on the edge of the Peak District. An interesting cavern, occupied from Roman times and before, with a country park which leads up to Solomon's Temple.

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