An attractive, historic former lead-mining village set in steep-sided converging limestone dales.
Up in the hills 2 miles south-east of Matlock, Bonsall has a harming atmosphere all of its' own. In the sloping market square is the unusual 17th century cross, set on top of 13 circular stone steps. All around the village are fine looking houses and quaint cottages, some clinging to the sides of the dale. The ancient King's Head is a notable building in the Market Place, while the Barley Mow is another traditional pub worth finding. The fine church with its' tower, sits high up, overlooking the village. The surrounding area, especially on Bonsall Moor, is rich in old mine workings, reflecting the importance of lead to the area. Bonsall has also attracted much worldwide interest as a centre of paranormal activity, including many sightings of UFO's!
Things to do in Bonsall:
Well Dressings and Carnival Week are popular events held in July and August and the eccentric Bonsall Hen Races attract many visitors. The village is on the Limestone Way footpath and the area is excellent for walkers. The lower dale along the Via Gellia road has some glorious woodland, a haven for wildlife and flora - look out for Kingfishers near the millpond.
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