Elton sits high up on the limestone plateau where there are some stunning views across to Robin Hood Stride or Mockbeggars Hall.
Elton developed around lead mining and agriculture and both are still in evidence. Mining may have gone, but the surrounding area is rich in remnants of the industry, whilst agriculture is still very active. The village spreads along a single street that roughly marks the spring line and an underlying junction of rock types; north of the village are limestone outcrops, just to the south are old gritstone quarries and rocky tors. There are some fine stone cottages and the 17th century Derbyshire pink gritstone Elton Old Hall, and the church of All Saints. The village is slightly quirky; up to a few years ago it had its’ own fire brigade that had to be disbanded when the volunteers became too old.
Elton is on a hillside overlooking a rock formation known as Robin Hood’s Stride. It lies on the division between gritstone and limestone countryside and there are examples of buildings and walls constructed with both types of stone in the village. The nearest towns are Bakewell and Matlock.
At 271 metres (889 ft) above sea level, Elton is less sheltered from the wind than settlements at lower elevation, and it therefore has a reputation for being cold. The highest point on Elton Moor, known as Blake Low, is 330 metres (1,080 ft) above sea level; at this location is Elton Common trig point (TP3057). There is an interpretation board here that explains how the landscape has changed from the past mining activities and points out the effects on a scarred adjacent field. It shows notable points of the Peak District that can be seen from this viewpoint, including Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, some distance away. It states how this is one of the best viewpoints of the Peak District
The Limestone Way, a long-distance ancient trade route which lies just to the east of the village, and the many footpaths leading to and from Elton make it a popular place for hikers. Elton also attracts a large number of cyclists, particularly at the weekends, with events regularly routed through the village.
The 19th-century Duke of York is a Grade II listed public house. The unchanged interior from the 1940s makes the “Duke”, as it known locally, a tourist attraction in its own right. It is on the Campaign for Real Ale’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. But note the pub does have very restricted opening hours and does not serve food. There is also 2 pubs in Winster.
Hulleys of Baslow provide a bus service (route 172), linking Elton and the surrounding villages to the towns of Bakewell and Matlock. There are no shops in the village – the nearest is in Winster, 1.2 miles away.
What do we need to bring?
We have tried to make the cottages a home-from-home so hopefully you will find most things you need at the cottage. These are self-catering cottages so you will need to bring (or buy locally) your own food and other supplies you may need. The cost of your holiday includes bed linen, quality towels and face flannels for each guest. As part of your starter pack, we will also equip the cottage with:
- A pint of milk, some tea, coffee and sugar
- Two clean tea towels & oven gloves
- Clean table cloth on dining table
- An initial supply of toilet rolls
- Roll of kitchen paper
- Bottle of washing-up liquid, new J-cloth & new washing-up sponge / scourer
- Spare bin-liners for kitchen bin
- An initial supply of dishwasher tablets
- An initial basket of logs, some eco-fire-lighters and a box of matches
- Salt & pepper in grinders
- Liquid soap in dispensers at hand basins
- A small supply of toiletries in case you forget something!
The full address of the cottage is Westdale Cottage, West End, Elton, DE4 2BZ
The key safe is to the left of the front door, down the path and a few steps, on the gate post in front of you.
The code for the safe is in the arrival details email that has been sent to you.
The cottage does not have private parking, but you should usually find on-street parking outside the cottage
Keeping Safe & Secure
We care about your safety. We suggest that you familiarise yourself with the layout of the property and how you would escape should fire occur. To help minimise the risk of fire:
- Don’t let children play with matches or lighters;
- Don’t leave children alone near the cooker when it is in use;
- Watch chip pans;
- Check heaters;
- Make sure everything is switched off last thing at night;
- Do not smoke inside the cottage;
- Make sure the young or elderly take special care.
There are fire alarms in the cottage. They are sensitive so they may let you know very quickly if a piece of toast is getting a little ‘well done’. Once the ‘smoke’ has cleared they will re-set themselves in about a minute.
There is a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in the kitchen situated near the back door. Familiarise yourself with their instructions for use but do not tackle a fire if you think it will put you at personal risk. Above all, if there is a fire:
GET OUT – CALL THE FIRE BRIGADE – DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING
Your location is Westdale Cottage, West End, Elton, DE4 2BZ
In an emergency, should you need to turn off any of the services to the cottage:
- The stop-tap for water in located by
- The fuse-box is in the cupboard at the foot of the stairs;
Mobile reception is reasonable on most networks in the village, but .
Free WiFi is available at the cottage. You will need to enter a security key into your computer to access the network.
The central heating is run by a electric heaters, which work together to act like a central heating system. You should not need to touch the settings on the radiators
Hot water is made by an immersion heater, which is left on.
Log Burning Stove
To light the fire, place about 6 sheets of scrunched up newspaper in the grate. Put 3 or 4 pieces of kindling on top of the paper and one small log on the top of the kindling. Then light the newspaper and ensure the door is closed.
The stove works best when it only has a small number of logs in it at any time – one or two logs is sufficient and will keep the sitting room warm. Do not leave the door of the fire open at any time. Coal should not be used on the fire
TV & DVD
There are 3 components to the TV & DVD system:
- A Satellite set-top box on which you select TV channels (101 for BBC1, 102 for BBC2 etc). This device has its own remote control.
- The DVD player.
- A TV set. This has no aerial, so only receives pictures from the DVD player or the set-top box.
- The Set-top box is connected to AV1
- The DVD player is connected to SCART
To watch TV: turn on the Set-top box & the TV. If you cant see anything, use the TV remote control to change the source to AV1 – top right hand of TV remote control AV button
Out of consideration to other visitors who will subsequently occupy the cottage, we ask guests not to smoke inside.
Dogs really enjoy a holiday in the country with their families, so we have made our cottages dog-friendly where we can. We ask you to ensure that your dog is well-behaved, remains downstairs and off the furniture at all times. You should never leave your dog alone in the cottage or the garden areas.
There are no shops in the village. The nearest local shop is in Winster.
The main shopping centre is in the nearby market town of Bakewell where you will find many local shops and some of the high street names – Co-op supermarket, Aldi (on A6 towards Buxton), Boots, Banks and Post-office – and a general and farmers’ market (Mondays).
Matlock, Ashbourne are also major shopping centres.
We ask that you vacate the cottage by 10am on your day of departure. Please can you lock the cottage and put the keys back in the key safe.
The dustbin is located in the front yard of the cottage.
Black bin – general waste
Blue Bin – recycling
You will also find a supply of toilet rolls, kitchen towels and cleaning materials should you need them.
But should anything else break or get broken, please let us know so we can get it replaced.
If you have any problems at the cottage please call: 01629 828 301