Hucklow Parish is an interesting and beautiful rural area in the Derbyshire Peak District, lying between Tideswell and the popular tourist area of the Hope Valley. It comprises the five historic villages and farms of Coplow Dale, Great Hucklow, Grindlow, Little Hucklow and Windmill, all lying below Hucklow Edge. Many events take place during the year, including Wakes Week, where we make and display a typical Derbyshire Well Dressing.
The history of the area dates back to neolithic times. Lead mining has taken place here for many centuries and has left traces in the landscape.
The geology of the area shows Hucklow Parish on the border of the White and Dark Peaks, characterised by limestone and gritstones respectively. The rural nature and the interesting geology gives us a fascinating and diverse range of wildlife.
Parisot is between Cahors in the Lot and Montauban in the Tarn et Garonne. It has a recently restored Roman hill-top citadel and was named after the first Roman commander, Castellum Parisius. This became Parisot in the vernacular of the fourteenth century.
Farms focus on livestock, mainly cattle and sheep, ducks and poultry (including turkeys), and some goats. The average farm is 70 hectares (173 acres) with two of more than 180 hectares (445 acres). There are ten B&Bs, several with English and Dutch hosts. There are about 50 foreign residents, mainly British. About 20 of these live in Parisot all year round and the rest have second homes there.
A flourishing primary school has about 150 children on roll, aged between 3 and 12 years. There are three bakeries, a village shop, a pharmacy, a post office, a mediatheque library, a restaurant, a bar, and on Fridays, a market.
Just a 15-minute walk through the woods leads to Parisot’s lake. Created in the 1960s, this is surrounded by weeping willows and poplars and is used by fishermen. Pedalos are for hire in the summer. There is a cafe, a play area, a small campsite and a few cabins.
Hill-top castles and the beautiful medieval Abbey de Beaulieu are short drives from Parisot. The grand early sixteenth century house of Jean de la Valette, partially renovated, is just outside the village and there are many picturesque medieval villages and eighteenth century hamlets in the area. It is popular with walkers and has many way-marked paths.
Caylus, a bigger, medieval village, is a ten-minute drive away. It has a hotel, bank, and several shops.
Najac is a picturesque village known for its historic buildings. Najac is set on a ridge above a bend in the Aveyron river, dominated by a partially ruined castle. Najac is one of the 140 or so “Plus Beaux Villages de France” (most beautiful villages of France).
The beautiful medieval village of St Antonin Noble Val is 20 minutes drive away. It perches on the banks of the Aveyron at the foot of a limestone gorge and is well known for its community of artists and for its vibrant Sunday morning market.
Parisot is also close to the famous medieval pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella in Northern Spain, and there is an overnight pilgrims’ resting place in the nearby village of Varaire. The famous viaduct at Millau is about two hours’ drive away.