High up on the limestone plateau, there are some stunning views from this small village.
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.
Things to do; On the rare occasions when there is heavy snow, the Elton Ski Club take to the piste - a farmers' field where a temporary ski lift is rigged up. The village has one pub, it may only be found open at night and not do food, but it is worth visiting for its' friendly atmosphere of bygone days. There are tearooms and visitor accommodation is available in the village.
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Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2BW
Map reference: SK 223609 Lat: 53.14477 Long: -1.66804