Local information

Birchover is a pretty Peak District village, where 17th and 18th century cottages built of locally quarried Gritstone line the main street. Though the more recent history of the village is its quarrying heritage, the local area has burial mounds and stone circles reaching back 3500 years. Rowter Rocks, above and behind the Druids Inn is an angular outcrop almost 80 meters in length, with a subterranean passage thought to be connected to the Druids who worshipped amongst the rocks and gave the name to the pub. Chairs are carved into the rocks giving fantastic views over the village and local area.

Nearby Stanton Moor hosts bronze age archaeological remains including 4 stone circles, the most well known “Nine Ladies” has 9 visible stones of local millstone grit. Andlestone is a natural rock outcrop which, when climbed, offers great views of the area.

Robin Hoods Stride, another local landmark, was named after the outlaw who, legend has it, strode between the tower-like stones at either end of the tor. As they are some 15 metres apart, however, this seems unlikely, but there is some great walking country over Harthill Moor in this direction, including Castle Ring – an Iron Age hill fort.

The two pubs – The Druids Inn and Red Lion, are both worth a visit. The Druids is a family run gastro pub with good reputation, and the Red Lion was Matlock and District Camra Pub of the Year 2010 offering traditional ales and fine food, often with a Sardinian twist. The Red Lion also hosts the small but well stocked village shop.

Other places in the area worth visiting – distances and driving times are approximate:

Ashbourne - historic market town famous for its Shrovetide football match 13 miles 20 minutes

Bakewell – charming market town famous for Bakewell pudding 6 miles 10 minutes

Buxton – cultural capital of the Peak District – great architecture, Opera House, Pavilion Gardens and Go Ape, Pooles Cavern 17 miles 30 minutes

Carsington – reservoir with visitor centre, children’s playground and cycle hire, nearby Brackendale Spa offers relaxing treatments 9 miles 15 minutes

Chatsworth – Famous stately home set in beautiful grounds, farmyard and adventure playground, house and garden open to visitors, great for walking and picnics! 8 miles 15 minutes

Haddon Hall – beautiful medieval manor house 4 miles 8 minutes

Matlock – former spa town with pretty park with paddling pool etc for children, and Peak Rail steam trains 6 miles 15 minutes and down the impressive Limestone valley

Matlock Bath with cable cars to the Heights of Abraham 9 miles 18 minutes

Kedleston Hall - National Trust property - a grand neo-classical mansion open to the public with beautiful gardens and parkland. 19 miles, 35 minutes

Hardwick Hall, "more glass than wall" National Trust property built by Bess of Hardwick in the 16th century. 22 miles, 45 minutes.

Further into the beautiful peak district; Eyam, Hathersage, Tideswell, Dovedale and Castleton are all in easy reach.