The Village of Youlgrave

Granby House is situated in the popular and picturesque village of Youlgrave. Just a short walk from Granby House you will find a Post Office, newsagent and two butchers /general stores which can provide most basic provisions. There are three pubs in the village and the former Co-op Stores is now a thriving Youth Hostel. Marking the centre of the village is the Fountain, a large round stone edifice. Visitors often mistake it variously for a tomb, an air vent, or perhaps a war memorial; it was in fact a reservoir, dating from the early 19th century, that filled with fresh spring water, piped from the hillside behind Mawstone Mine.

The parish Church of All Saints dates back to the14th century and its rich and varying architectural styles and ornamentation are evident throughout. The painted glass window behind the altar was designed by Edward Burne-Jones and made in the William Morris workshops. Morris himself evidently designed the four angels at the top of the picture.

The ancient art of Well Dressing, unique to the Derbyshire area, thrives in Youlgrave. Each year, during June, five wells are dressed in Youlgrave with intricate and detailed pictures created from flowers, berries, leaves and other natural materials. The origins of well dressing may date back as far as Celtic times and are generally believed to have stemmed from a desire to give thanks for the blessed gift of water. Villages all over Derbyshire uphold the tradition and well dressing events take place from May to September.

Youlgrave is popular with walkers, cyclists and fans of the great outdoors in general. Nearby Bradford Dale is an ideal starting point for a number of walks, from a short stroll to an all-day excursion. Three long distance footpaths pass through Youlgrave, the Alternative Pennine Way, The White Peak Way and the Limestone Way. There are also many local footpaths and bridleways for circular walks.

Local attractions and traditions

Three and a half miles north of Youlgrave is the pleasant market town of Bakewell. It's famous weekly market takes place each Monday with household goods and gifts to be found within the town centre alongside the important livestock market in the modern new agricultural centre. A Farmers Market, featuring wonderful local produce, is held in the Agrcultural Centre on the last Saturday of each month and is well worth a visit. There is a wide range of shops to be found in Bakewell from food -including local specialities such as the Bakewell Pudding and Hartington cheese - to gifts, clothes and and all kinds of household goods.

Derbyshire abounds with interesting attractions. Haddon Hall is a beautiful Tudor house situated between Youlgrave and Bakewell. The magnificent Chatsworth House and estate, with its famous gardens and art collection is just 15 minutes drive away.