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Day out in the Peaks – Wincle
The small village of Wincle, just over the border in Cheshire is perfect for a day out in the Peaks.
Although not strictly in the Peaks, Wincle is just a 30-minute drive from Wheeldon Trees. It’s situated near the Roaches, which is a prominent rocky ridge in the Peak District National Park.
The Roaches, with their distinctive rock formations and stunning views, have been a significant landmark in the region for many years. The area was formed during the last Ice Age when glaciers shaped the landscape, leaving behind the gritstone outcrops that define the Roaches today.
Historically, the Roaches were used for various purposes. The rocks provided a source of building material, and evidence of quarrying activities can be found in the area. Quarrying continued until the early 20th century when the demand for gritstone diminished.
In addition to quarrying, the Roaches are a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, including rock climbers, hikers, and nature lovers.
Wincle Beer Company
Wincle is also home to the Wincle Beer Company. The brewery is situated in the picturesque countryside. It’s surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery and has gained quite a reputation for producing high-quality craft beers using traditional brewing methods.
The brewery draws inspiration from its rural setting and incorporates locally sourced ingredients, such as hops and malt, into its beer recipes. This emphasis on using local produce not only adds a unique flavour to their beers but also supports the local farming community.
Wincle Brewery is known for its wide range of beer styles, catering to various tastes and preferences. They offer a selection of classic ales, stouts, lagers, and seasonal brews, ensuring there is something for everyone. Some of their popular beers include “Old Hag” bitter, “Boundary” blonde ale, “Lamb’s Tale” pale ale, and “Wibbly Wallaby” stout.
In addition to brewing beer, Wincle Brewery also operates a taproom where visitors can enjoy their beers directly from the source. The taproom provides a warm and inviting atmosphere. It allows beer enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the brewery’s heritage and sample a variety of beers on tap. Guided tours are also available, giving visitors an opportunity to learn about the brewing process and the history of the brewery.
The tap room is open Monday to Friday from 10.00 – 16.30 and 10.00 – 17.30 Saturday and Sunday.
A short walk from Wincle
Either before or after you’ve purchased your beer, there are plenty of walks directly from Wincle.
This four-mile circular walk takes you through some of the most beautiful countryside in the Peak District. The route starts from the Wincle Brewery and follows the River Dane to the southwest. After a short uphill climb, you will pass through serene stretches of woodland and picturesque fields as you cut across the landscape of the Peak District.
Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see some of the area’s most famous landmarks, including the Wincle Crags, the Three Shires Head, and the Dane Valley. You will also have the chance to spot some of the local wildlife, such as deer, rabbits, and birds.
The walk is relatively easy and is suitable for all ages and abilities. There are a few steep sections, but they are short and manageable. The path is well-maintained and easy to follow.
- Start: Wincle Brewery
- Distance: 4 miles
- Time: 2-3 hours
- Difficulty: Easy
- Terrain: Woodland, fields, riverside paths
- Highlights: Wincle Crags, Three Shires Head, Dane Valley, local wildlife
The perfect cottage for two – Ollerenshaw
Wheeldon Trees Cottages luxury Derbyshire retreat has everything you need for your break away – free EV charging, an honesty shop packed to the brim with goodies, a fantastic games room where you can play pool, air hockey or ping pong and a range of new electric bikes for you to borrow to explore the local area.
For couples, our newly refurbed Ollerenshaw Cottage is the perfect hideaway and we also allow dogs into the cottage. It features a brand-new kitchen and vintage-style bathroom and has new oak flooring and luxury soft furnishings. The cottage was recently rated 5-Star Gold by VisitEngland. In addition, our retreat is also the winner of a Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice Award – won by just 10% of the world’s self-catering properties.
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