Alstonefield is about four miles from The Barn and Warslow at the southern end of the Peak District National Park and on the border or Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
It is a picturesque village that is a popular starting point for walkers to explore the breathtaking countryside in the area, including Wolfscote Dale and Dovedale. Importantly for walkers, Alstonefield has good parking facilities and easily accessible WCs!
Walks around Alstonefield range from a gentle stroll suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users, to serious hikes that should only be contemplated by the hardy enthusiast.
Alstonefield’s chocolate box appearance, good parking and easy access to walks does mean, however, that it gets quite busy in the summer months.
The village is much smaller than Hartington and doesn’t have a wide selection of shops. The main attraction for our holiday cottage guests is the pub – The George. (www.thegeorgeatalstonefield.com).
The George is an unspoilt, historic, family run pub that sells good food and good ales. It is a relatively small pub, with a bar, snug to the side of the bar and dining room.
The food at The George is home cooked using many locally sourced ingredients. Main courses are priced at around £10–£20 and include dishes such as wild mushroom and parmesan risotto; Fillet of Derbyshire reared beef, saffron fondant, mushroom gratin, roast tomatoes & tempura battered scallions; and Wild wood pigeon breast, shallot, red wine & pearl barley risotto.
It is always hard to recommend pubs to our guests as individual tastes vary so much, but overall the George is probably at the ‘smarter’ end of the food menu. Many of our holiday let guests go there for a special meal out and have enjoyed it very much. Given the size of the pub, and its popularity, booking is advised.
Aside from the pub, there is a farm shop that stocks Lower Hurst Farm’s organic beef and lamb (www.lowerhurstfarm.co.uk) as well as a carefully selected range of products including sausages, home cured bacon and honey from Derbyshire, fresh fruit and vegetables, artisan bread and free range eggs.
St Peter’s Church, situated toward the far end of Alstonefield, dates partly back to Norman times but has been heavily altered several times throughout the centuries, mainly in 1590 when most of the chancel was rebuilt and later in 1870. A feature of the church is its fine woodwork.
The church has regular services, details of which can be found on the Alstonefield community website www.alstonefield.org