Lying at the point where
Lowdale Beck merges into the River Derwent,
this superbly-placed village has an 11th
century church built on top of a nunnery
established by St Hilda in the 7th century and
an 18th century Hall, the seat of Lord Derwent,
which is not open to the public.
The area has remarkable variety and the delightful Forge Valley is replete with watercourses, forests, picturesque dales and undisturbed wildlife.