Alsop en le dale
This is another of our pretty peak district villages in Derbyshire. It is after you pass Tissington and the entrance to Alsop station which is one of the access points and a car park for the Tissington trail. It is off the A 515 Ashbourne to Buxton road. The Tissington trail passes by the village and was the former rail line from Ashbourne to Buxton and is now a cycle, bridle and walking path very much used by visitors and locals alike.
I have already written a review about Tissington village and Shirley village also in Derbyshire so thought I would write about a few more of our little villages in the area.
This village is not really one that attracts many tourists but if passing by then it is worth a drive though.
This is really a very small village with a few farms, a hall and a church but was mentioned in the Domesday Book written in 1086 under Derbyshire in the lands belonging to the king.
This is a lovely old Elizabethan house which was built in the late 16th century by the original Alsop family who lived there until the late 1600s, after well over 500 years of their ownership. Since then it has been owned by various families mainly as a large farm house rather than a major family seat of an estate.
In the 1880s a Sir Henry Allsopp bought the Estate and tried unsuccessfully to revive the title Lord Alsop of Alsop. This family sold the house and it has been through several hands since and today is owned by a local family who live in the house but have no farmlands. It I a lovely peak stone house with two central three- storey gables and two storey wings either side. It has lovely large grounds and views over the hills back and front. It is not possible to view the house as it is privately owned but you can see it from the road just about.
I mentioned before that the railway line between Ashbourne and Buxton which closed after the Beeching Report used to pass by the village and indeed it had its own station which is amazing considering there are only very few houses in the village. Now the little station is where one car park is for the Tissington trial. This trial is 13 mile long and serves as a bridleway and walk/cycle path following the former railway line and was opened in 1971 as part of the National Cycle Network. I am sure we do miss the railway but it does make an excellent path to enjoy the views of the peak district from so at least we have had some positive benefits from losing our rail link.
There are a number of local B&Bs and farms offering accommodation as well as self catering cottages so if you enjoy walking and being in beautiful countryside it makes a great base to explore the area.
If staying in the area you are not only able to explore the local countryside but Alton Tower is not too far away, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall are also all nearby as well as Arbor Low which is our Stone Henge so there is lots to see and do even if this little village only has but a few houses.
This is but a short piece as really there is not a lot in the village apart from the church and Hall and a few cottages and farms but it is in a beautiful dale and the countryside around is perfect peak district hills and dales.