- Dove Holes
- Harpur Hill
- King Sterndale
- Peak Dale
- Upper End
Although Buxton is one of the highest towns in England, at 1000 ft feet above sea level, it is sheltered by the even higher hills surrounding it and is known as “the gateway to the National Park of the Peak District”. Buxton is a spa town and owes its fame to the 5th Duke of Devonshire who, at the end of the 18th century, built the town's beautiful Crescent as a rival to fashionable Bath. The Devonshire Royal Hospital, opened in 1859, has a dome 156 ft in diameter, one of the widest in the world, is now part of campus of the University of Derby. Buxton's springs, charged with nitrogen and carbon gas, well up from great depths at a constant temperature of 28°C (82°F), just as they did in Roman times. The water, unlike most spa water, is pleasant to drink. Spas have lost much of their appeal today, but Buxton is still attracting visitors because of its fine situation and the facilities it offers for every kind of sport, as well as concerts and drama. Visit Poole's Limestone Cavern, St Ann's Well filled by a geothermal spring and the Buxton Opera House. There is a wealth of interesting things to do at The Pavilion, which is set in 23 acres of gardens. Corbar Woods, only half a mile from the Crescent, offer pleasant walks, and there are splendid views from nearby Corbar Hill. Ashwood Dale is an attractive valley, about a mile from the town centre to the east. Lovers' Leap, in the dale, is a huge natural cleft in the limestone rock where, according to tradition, two runaway lovers on a horse leapt the chasm to avoid pursuit. To the north-west there are splendid views of the Goyt Valley from the main road which zigzags its way down towards Whaley Bridge.
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