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High Peak Bookstore and Cafe


Ashbourne Road
Brierlow Bar
SK17 9PY
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High Peak Bookstore and Cafe


Book browsing heaven and a great café in the heart of the Peaks!

High Peak Bookstore and Café occupies an ideal location in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, within easy reach of Buxton, Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock and close to the numerous attractions offered by the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands. With 5,000 square feet of book-buying heaven and an excellent café it’s hardly surprising we’re a Derbyshire destination for many on our own merit.

Book lovers will enjoy browsing through our many and varied book sections, from architecture to zoology, offering an extensive and eclectic range of fiction and non-fiction titles, the majority of which are less than half-price. We have a dedicated children’s room with a great selection for children of all ages.

Additionally, we sell traditional and contemporary greeting cards; music - with a selection of blues, jazz, classical, folk and big band CDs; even birdfeeders and food for our feathered friends.

Our café is a great place to relax and enjoy time with friends and family. Throughout the day we serve freshly ground local coffee, and an award winning range of loose-leaf teas, complemented by light meals, cakes and snacks. Our kitchen, open until 4.00pm daily (3.30pm on Sunday), serves delicious light breakfasts, brunch and lunch including paninis, sandwiches, soups, quiche and salad. The emphasis is very much on home-made, including our own pesto, dressings and warming soups.

High Peak Bookstore and Café is open seven days a week. The café closes half-an-hour before the bookstore. We have a large-free car park, and dogs are welcome with well behaved owners. You’ll find us on the A515 Ashbourne Road 2 miles south of Buxton.


5,000 square feet of books

Dedicated children’s room

Café serving hot and cold drinks and delicious food 

Large, free car park

Outdoor seating for finer weather

Dogs welcome

Greetings cards and CDs

Bird food and bird feeders


Book Tickets



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Leisure Facilities

  • Free WIFI


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • WiFi or internet access

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

Open New Year

* Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Close at 4.00pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
Reduced opening hours throughout January and until February half term 10.00am until 5.00pm daily (10.30am Sunday)


Map & Directions

Road Directions

We are situated 2 miles South of Buxton (a 5 minute drive) on the A515 road to Ashbourne, overlooking the beautiful Peak District countryside.

Public Transport Directions

Many of our visitors arrive on foot, by bicycle and motorbike, with the majority reaching us by car. There are regular buses from Buxton. 

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