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Barlow is a prime example of a typical village in this area of the Peak District and is located a little off the normal tourist routes and main areas, that doesn’t detract from its beauty though.

Although industry has now scaled down in favour of tourism in the area, Barlow was not all that long ago a busy open cast mining centre with mining activity taking place in the village as well, which gives it a unique character.

Today, the village has changed considerably.

Located 4 miles from Sheffield and Chesterfield, Barlow is a rural village on the B6051. There are a number of self-catering cottages for rental here, ideal for families and they are a great jumping off point for visitors to the area and are a peaceful destination in themselves.

For fishing the area is excellent and Barlow is a dream come true; the Barlow Trout and Coarse Fisheries are on the site of a former mine and offers four lakes and a freshwater stream. Trout is stocked weekly in the lakes and thanks to the paths and roads originally built for the mining industry, there is little mud here, even after heavy rains.

There is disabled access and ample cottages on this 50 acre site, with day tickets being easy to acquire in Barlow.

Barlow is a very old village indeed – it is even mentioned in the Domesday Book and St. Lawrence’s Church, which serves as the village church was built in the mid-twelfth century.

A self catering holiday in Barlow doesn’t mean that you’re all on your own – there are many pubs in this part of the Peak District. Valley Road’s Trout Inn is famous for its food. Barlow’s Peacock Inn is also known for its fare and is in a building dating to the 1600s.

The Three Merry Lads, The Hare and Hounds and The Old Pump are also present, with many simply choosing a pub based on proximity too their lodgings.

Between the Peacock Inn and St. Lawrence’s church is a tea shop, located in Hackney House Antiques which will show you that you needn’t be in Devon or Cornwall to get a truly outstanding cream tea.

At the edge of the Peak District National Park and striking distance from all that the city of Sheffield has to offer, Barlow is a holiday spot which definitely merits your consideration.

The Peaks are a great family or couples holiday destination and visitors often return many times later.

Courtesy of the Peak District Tourist Guide

Chris Sabian, Peak District View - 2008-12-29 10:06:49

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