About Youlgrave

Youlgrave

Also known as Youlgreave by the OS and various mapping agencies. (see www.youlgrave.org.uk for the most common mis-spellings of the village through the ages).

Church from Bradford Conduit Head Youlgrave

This Derbyshire White Peak village is centrally placed in the Peak District National Park and basks in being connected to all the surrounding towns and villages by a good road network but not on the main route to any of them and with weight restrictions to keep out HGV traffic is restricted to local farm vehicles and visiting walkers. Sitting on a rise above Alport where the Lathkill and Bradford rivers meet before proceeding downstream to eventually join the Derwent it provides an excellent start point for many local walks.

Having ascended from Alport the visitor arrives on a relatively flat plateau passing: on the LEFT firstly the QE II Playing Alport Lane Playing Fields and then in turn the surgery with attached dispensary and after a few houses, the Scout & Community Hall, school and one of the finest churches in Derbyshire which boasts a full peal of 12 bells (13 hang in the tower but musically only 12 can be played together) (bell ringing practice takes place on Tuesday evenings); on the right Road Clothing Ltd, Granby House, Youlgrave Garage and the Reading Room bring you to the first pub on the corner the George Hotel serving wholesome food outside which the bus stops for passengers to Bakewell. Conksbury Lane branches off to the right at this point passing out of the village and then right down across Lathkill Dale and up the hill for a scenic back route into Bakewell. The left turn after the church drops steeply down into Bradford Dale and leaves the village heading for Gratton and Elton.

Carrying on straight ahead on the flat you are now on Church Street and almost immediately on the left brings the visitor to the bus stop dropping off from Bakewell – this driveway also forming the entrance to April Cottage and Woodturning at Christmas Cottage.

Church St Bus Stop

Church Street has many of the fine Grade II listed houses in the village and also provides a location for the Post Office which also has a mini off-licence, groceries and other essential supplies plus local walking books (closed Wednesday and Saturday afternoons).

Post Office

Beyond these the road opens into Fountain Square where the 1830 Conduit that once supplied water for the village still stands. The smallest hall in the country Thimble Hall is currently under restoration nearby and opposite is our second pub The Bulls Head again serving good food with the former Co-Op building (now a Youth Hostel).

Bulls Head conduit

Continuing, the road slightly falls and rises with The Old Hall standing opposite a wide access with the Wesleyan Chapel and leading down to the Village Hall on Holywell Lane.

Carrying on again onto Main Street you reach the final pub The Farmyard Inn boasting an excellent choice of food.

Just after the Farmyard take a left down the first part of Bankside and follow the sign to Bankside Wildlife Garden – a hidden gem.

Bankside Wildlife Garden

Beyond the road rises past the Methodist Church and British Legion’s Knoll Club to the Parish Council run car park established to relieve the congestion of walkers cars especially at weekends. The allotments beyond form the western boundary as the road winds up and branches off towards Middleton by Youlgrave and Newhaven on the A515 (to Ashbourne) to the left and keeping right leads out passing 2 quarries to Arbor Low – a large stone circle and the A515 & Buxton beyond.