|Youlgrave (or Youlgreave as the Ordnance Survey persist in calling it) is a sleepy village. Now mainly devoted to farming it was once one of the centres of the Derbyshire lead-mining industry. Though lead is no longer mined some of the old mines are still used for the extraction of fluorspar and calcite but this is low-level and unobtrusive.|
The village was built on a ridge between the rivers Bradford and Lathkill, and is a fine centre for exploring both of these beautiful valleys. The village spills down the slope to the Bradford to the south in a topsy-turvy fashion. The river is often dry here in summer, having found an underground course to the Derwent at Darley Dale in 1881, but the dale upstream is very pretty.
At the crossroads at the eastern end of the village lie the George Hotel and the church and from here the main road goes westwards past rows of old cottages.
There are several shops and a second pub before you reach the former Market Place where the main feature is the Conduit Head, a large circular tank which was once an integral part of the village's water supply. Opposite, the former Co-op building now houses the Youth Hostel.
The church is one of the most interesting in the Peak, and the village contains many rows of lovely old cottages. Behind the Market Place is the original Hall, now Old Hall Farm, a grand building dated 1630, and there are some fine buildings along the main street.
Downstream of Youlgreave the hamlet of Alport lies at the junction of the Lathkill and Bradford rivers. It is a pretty spot and a good place to start a circular walk of the two valleys.
Youlgrave Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
0 - Fluorspar workings on Long Rake
1 - Youlgrave YHA
2 - Youlgrave water cistern
3 - Youlgrave church - exterior view
4 - Youlgrave public house
5 - Youlgrave Church - memorial to Robert Gilbert
6 - Youlgrave Church - Roger Rooe tomb
7 - Youlgrave Church - medieval pilgrim figure
8 - Youlgrave Church - tomb of Thomas Cokayne
9 - Conksbury Bridge
10 - Bradford Dale
11 - Over Haddon stile
12 - Harthill Moor - The Nine Stones
13 - Middleton by Youlgrave - Thomas Bateman\'s tomb
14 - Middleton by Youlgrave
15 - Over Haddon village
16 - Cratcliffe Tor
17 - Lathkill Dale - the remains of the aqueduct from Mandale Mine
18 - Mandale Mine buildings
19 - Mandale Mine engine house
Local places of interest
Arbor Low is a Stone Age Henge (stone circle) monument in Derbyshire, situated close to Hartington and Youlgrave. It is the finest Stone Age henge monument in Northern England.
St Oswald's Church, Ashbourne, is one of the grandest churches in Derbyshire with a fine array of alabaster tombs.
Bakewell parish church, Bakewell, Derbyshire, is built on the foundations of a Saxon church and includes some Norman sections.
Caudwell's Mill, Rowsley
Caudwell's Mill, Rowsley, Derbyshire, is a working 19th century flour mill which still mills and sells flour. It is open for guided tours and there is also a mill shop and tea room.
Haddon Hall, a medieval manor house and home of the Dukes of Rutland, the Manners family, formerly home of the Vernons, in the Peak District by the River Wye near Bakewell, Derbyshire.
The Magpie Mine, just South of Sheldon, was one of the most famous lead mines in the Derbyshire Peak District and was worked until the 1950s. Many of the buildings still stand.
Old House Museum, Bakewell
The Old House Museum, Bakewell, Derbyshire, has a small exhibition of local life and artefacts, housed in a typical yeoman's house of the 16th century.
Peak Rail have re-opened a section of the former Midland railway which ran between Matlock and Buxton. They are based at Rowsley South station and run services from there to Matlock.
Robin Hood's Stride
Robin Hood's Stride is a spectacular tor of gritstone rocks perched on a ridge between Harthill Moor and the Alport-Winster road in the Derbyshire Peak District.
Stanton Moor, and the Nine Ladies stone circle, Derbyshire - a scenic area with many bronze age relics and burial mounds overlooking Stanton in Peak and the Wye and Derwent valleys.
Youlgrave or Youlgreave Church, Derbyshire, is one of the finest churches in the Peak District. The tombs of Thomas Cockayne, Sir John Rossington and Roger Rooe are especially fine.