Visit Buxton and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Buxton, Derbyshire. Buxton's fame rests on both its air and its water. This is the highest town in England - just over 1,000 ft above sea-level; it is also one of the oldest spas in the country. The Romans were the first to appreciate the value of the waters which come to the surface here but it was the efforts of the 5th Duke of Devonshire from 1780 onwards - and those of his two successors to the title - which established Buxton as a second Bath. The 5th Duke had the sweeping Crescent, still the finest sight in the town, built close to the original St Ann's Well which is open daily throughout the season. In the Crescent, too, are the Natural Baths which stand upon the site of a Roman Bath. Today the nine springs, which are estimated to be between 3,500 and 5,000 ft below ground, produce about a quarter of a million gallons of warm water each day. It gushes into a beautiful white Italian marble basin which emphasizes the colour of the pale blue water. It is also Buxton's claim that this natural mineral water is without the unpleasant smell and taste usually associated with spa waters.
Buxton sets out with firm purpose to entertain the visitor and nowhere more so than in the Pavilion Gardens, 23 acres of lovely grounds surrounding the Pavilion itself, which contains a large concert hail and a ballroom. In the grounds are putting and bowling greens and tennis courts; there is boating on the lake; and there is a children's play area which includes both model and miniature railways. There are other pleasing open spaces, such as the Serpentine Walks by the Wye and the walk to Grinlow Woods and the strange tower known as Solomon's Temple on the south side of the town. Corbar Woods are another worthwhile goal for the walker and there are paths to the top of Corbar Crags with their fine views.
In Buxton Museum in Terrace Road can be seen collections of local rocks and fossils, and ornaments made of Blue John stone and Ashford marble. There is another museum at Poole's Cavern housing ancient British, Roman and animal remains found in the Cavern; the cave itself is also open to the public. Derbyshire play county cricket at the charming ground just off the town centre; and there are two 18-hole golf courses, one high above the town on the road to Glossop which is reckoned one of the driest courses in the country.
Buxton is in the heart of impressive scenery, some of the best being seen by taking the minor road to the small villages of Peak Dale and Peak Forest to the north east. Here you cross the roof of England, a wide, almost prehistoric landscape, criss-crossed with grey, drystone walls, here and there a hill rearing up, and the bareness relieved only by the occasional cluster of trees in a sheltered hollow, rarely enough to make a wood.
Nearby towns: Bakewell, Chapel-en-le-frith, Leek, Macclesfield
Nearby villages: Ashford-in-the-Water, Cat and Fiddle, Dove Holes, Sterndale Moor, Tideswell, Wheston
Have you decided to visit Buxton or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Buxton bed and breakfast (a Buxton B&B or Buxton b and b)
- a Buxton guesthouse
- a Buxton hotel (or motel)
- a Buxton self-catering establishment, or
- other Buxton accommodation