Quaint Peak District village that many won't have heard of named as one of UK's best holiday destinations

Monyash, Derbyshire
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A quaint Derbyshire village, perhaps unfamiliar to many, has been highlighted as a top destination for its idyllic charm and exceptionally low crime rates. While the Peak District is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, dramatic valleys, and wild moorland, the lesser-known village of Monyash is gaining recognition.

Tucked away at the beginning of one of the most scenic walks in the National Park, Monyash may not be widely known, but it has recently been acclaimed as one of the UK's prime spots for holidaymakers. Its appeal lies not only in its picturesque setting and strong community spirit but also in its status as one of the safest places to visit, boasting a "remarkably low" crime rate.

Schofields, a holiday home insurance company, considered various factors including crime statistics and rental yields to compile their list of the UK's must-visit locations, reports the Mirror. A spokesperson from Schofields said: "Instead of usual picks like Bakewell, Derbyshire's Monyash was selected as a top location for holidaymakers due to its outstanding crime rates and proximity to a range of local tourist attractions.

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"This is a hidden gem of a village with a remarkably low crime rate of 12.05 crimes per 100 thousand people, making it the 32nd safest village in Derbyshire." The village's unique features and location were highlighted, with the spokesperson saying: "It is famed for its five ponds, 20 wells and thriving community, but it is also located perfectly in the rolling hills of the stunning Lathkill Dale making it an excellent base to explore the Peak District. You can walk straight out of the village across the White Peak landscape with walks to suit everyone, from four-mile circulars to the long-distance trail, The Limestone Way."

Lathkill Dale, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is a limestone valley featuring caves, waterfalls, meadows, scree, and abundant trees and wildlife. It's a favourite spot for tourists and picnic-goers during summer but is more than able of catering for all thanks to its size.

For those with a car, just a short car journey away are more Peak District attractions, such as the Monsal Dale Headstone viaduct and the Monsal Trail cycling route along the old railway line, the iconic Chatsworth House and the spa town of Buxton. Not to mention the delicious food the area is famous for.

"And of course, you're just a stone's throw from Bakewell's famed tarts, puddings and pies," the spokesperson added.

Monyash also boasts a highly-rated pub, The Bull's Head, with a 'celebrated' beer garden and a huge children's playground. The pretty village green has the remnants of an old market cross and during warmer months is often full of locals enjoying picnics, you may even be lucky enough to see some Morris dancers.

The annual Well Dressings, a tradition unique to the Peak District and Derbyshire, are set to take place on the green in May and June. This ancient custom is a way of expressing gratitude for the county's fresh water springs.

Local volunteers craft these Well Dressings, which are essentially works of art made from natural materials like petals and seeds. These are then proudly exhibited next to the wells and water features throughout the summer months.