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Winster is located in the south-eastern Peak District, a few kilometres from Matlock.
The village was originally founded around the lead-mining industry, and contains some interesting buildings and features to explore.
One highlight is the ancient Market House - you won't miss it because it now serves as the village information point (courtesy of the National Trust).
Other important buildings dating from the earlier period of prosperity include the Dower House and Winster Hall (with the balustraded roofline, which was added as an 'improvement' in the 18th century to the 17th century building).
Altogether there are said to be more than 50 listed buildings in the village - a fine achievement for a lead-mining village!
The village has everything else that you would expect and hope for - a village church (Saint John the Baptist), small traditional workers cottages, a couple of pubs, a sprinkling of gift shops...and is a very pleasant place to have a beer and a wander after an energetic hike across the moors.
The week starting on the first Sunday after 23rd June is party time in Winster! The carnival kicks off on the Sunday with a parade, and ends the following Saturday with street entertainments including morris dancing.
If you are unable to visit for the Wakes - what about Shrove Tuesday and the village pancake races in the 'high street'?