The World of Well Dressing

Posted on 27/05/2016

The World of Well Dressing

 

Welcome to the wonderful world of Well Dressing, a summer custom closely associated with the towns and villages of the Peak District and Staffordshire where wells, springs and other water sources are decorated with designs created from flower petals to create natural art installations.

Well Dressings are known to celebrate a number of different events ranging from biblical scenes and special anniversaries but recently have evolved to celebrate light-hearted current events and cultural references such as the hit mobile game Angry Birds.

There are different ideas as to how the practise of Well Dressing first came about, with many choosing to believe that it was first performed as a thank you for the purity of the water drawn from certain wells during the time of the Black Death. In addition to this, it is believed to have originated in the village of Tissington, Derbyshire in 1349.

 

In celebration of this summer custom, we at ViewRanger thought it would be ideal to share some routes nearby to some upcoming Well Dressing events.

 

Through Monsal Dale, the Valley of the Gods

Difficulty: Unrated

Length: 5.5 miles

By AA Publishing

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Nearby Well Dressing 

This circular walk takes you through Ashford-in-the-Water, one of Derbyshire’s prettiest villages, before leading you on a riverside walk through Little and Great Shacklow Wood - perfect for a sunny afternoon.

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© 2016 Glyn Williams

 

Youlgreave – Middleton by Youlgreave – Bradford Dale

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 4.06 miles

By Walkingworld Ltf

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Nearby Well Dressing 

The setting for this walk is a pretty dale that provides a beautiful backdrop for anyone who chooses to follow it. Walk along the riverside on mostly flat paths, following part of the River Bradford from Youlgreave to Middleton while taking in all of the local wildlife.

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© 2015 Glyn Williams

 

Monyash – Flagg – Taddington – Deep Dale – Monyash

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 7.04 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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Nearby Well Dressing 

An easy walk along green lanes and tracks, follow this route that links three villages together, stopping off in each one for a rest and a drink at their walker-friendly pubs.

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© 2015 Glyn Williams

 

Tideswell – Cressbrook – Millers Dale – Tideswell

Difficulty: Medium

Length: 9.69 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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Nearby Well Dressing 

Start in the village of Tideswell, taking in its impressive church and surrounding architecture. This route combines a mixture of traditional limestone Dale territory with a beautiful riverside walk along the Wye.

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© 2015 Bernard O’Sullivan ABIPP, Inside Out Photography

 

Biddulph – Mow Cop – Gillow Heath – Biddulph

Difficulty: Medium

Length: 7.5 miles

By Walkingworld Ltd

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Nearby Well Dressing 

This walk starts in the Staffordshire town of Biddulph, taking you along old railway lines, across fields and up pathways to the elevated village of Mow Cop where you can get outstanding views in all directions, across Cheshire, Staffordshire and beyond.

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© 2015 Glyn Williams

 

A full list of Well Dressing events can be found here.   

 

Visit ViewRanger for more routes in the UK and abroad!

 

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