Stoney Middleton by Daphne Finlayson

Thirteen miles from the heart of the steel city of Sheffield, cradled in the arms of the Derbyshire Dales, and always watched over by the White Peaks lies Stoney Middleton.

As with all Peak district villages is steeped in history and surrounded by natural beauty. It has its unusual features such as the octagonal church, erected in the 15th century by Joan Padley in thanks for the safe return of her husband and made more unusual by the addition of the lantern tower.

It has a Roman baths which are fed with natural warm spring water and an octagonal chip shop which was once the toll house when the route from Chesterfield to Brough would have meandered its way through the limestone dale.

Hikers and walkers come to Stoney Middleton to walk through Coombes Dale, a beautiful valley that breaks through the underlying fluorspar to create a gaping canyon full of wild and rare flowers, where buzzards fly high above and wild rabbits run across the fields of grazing sheep. Wild strawberries grow in abundance under the hedgerows and wild orchids dazzle the eye with their pale purple flora.

Hikers can find themselves nearly able to touch the sky high above Coombes Dale with a never ending view which shows Chatsworth and Stanage edge in a way no photograph would capture.

Cavers and potholers can go down into the dark depths under the cliffs that the heartbroken Hannah Badderley in 1762 threw herself off. Afterwards they can amble to the aptly named Lovers Leap Café and Bistro and read the story of her for themselves over a warming cup of something strong and hot.