An old lead mining village dominated by nearby quarrying activities.
Old limestone cottages climb along the single street so typical of an old mining community. Still a busy working village, with pubs and a small shop, there is some spectacular limestone scenery lies nearby.
Things to do; Industrial archaeology is very prominent in this area. In an old quarry south of the village is the National Stone Centre, adjacent to the High Peak Trail, which follows the route taken by the Cromford and High Peak Railway over the limestone uplands. Now popular with walkers and cyclists, there is a visitor centre at nearby Middleton Top where there is a visitor centre, cycle hire, café and the old engine house that is in steam on some summer weekends. On the edge of the village is the Steeple Grange Light Railway, once serving the quarries, it now carries passengers along a narrow gauge line.
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From Derby, take the A6 north. Just before reaching Duffield, take a sign posted left turn onto the B5023, which is where Middleton is situated.