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Peak Forest Village

Peak Forest is named after the Royal Forest of the Peak which was an open area used as a Royal hunting park rather than a forested area.

At Chamber Farm one of the courts of the Royal Forest, the Swainmote, used to meet.

Peak Forest church was founded in 1657 by the countess of Devonshire and is dedicated to King Charles the Martyr.

Until the 18th century the vicar had a large degree of freedom in conducting marriage ceremonies hence Peak Forest became a local 'Gretna Green'. One of the 'Seven Wonders of the Peak' lies close to Peak Forest - Eldon Hole.

It is one of the deepest Peak potholes - and is a major attraction to both local, and not so local, potholers. Access from the village is from Eldon Lane, to the north of the village. The area is well served by footpaths and is a popular centre for hill walking.

Peak Forest Church

Peak Forest Wells Dressing

The Wells Dressing and Rose Queen crowning are popular July events in the village and worth a visit.

In addition Peak Forest has a local garage, shop and Inn, The Devonshire Arms, serving both drinks, hearty food and also offers accommodation. For holiday accomodation try Chamber Knowle Farm, an 18th century listed residence.

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