Picture through hut window

Walking in the South of France

Walking now in the Peak District after this long Summer with no rain, reminds me very much of walking in the Cevennes in the south of France. The ground is dry and hard, no mud, an easy walking. Your boots … Read More

Drought in the Peak District

Here in Wincle it hasn’t rained since mid-May. It is now the end of July and it has been very hot. The consequence for farmers is that they are using up their winter feed in order to feed the cows … Read More

2018 Wincle Beer Festival

Wincle beer festival gets bigger and bigger. The village is full over the two days, all accommodation booked and bookings already taken for 2019! Over the weekend there were 5,200 pints of beer consumed which were served at the rate … Read More

Extra accommodation in Otter’s Retreat

Early in 2018 if you are looking for accommodation for up to 6 adults, then it can be achieved by booking our Shepherds hut (Shepherd’s Paradise Retreat) in conjunction with Otters Retreat. The hut sleeps 2 and has its own … Read More

people douside Wincle Brewery

Wincle Beer Festival

Wincle Beer Festival took place at the end of June and was a tremendous success. Wincle, a picturesque village in the Peak District boasts a thriving micro brewery. The brewery stages a beer festival every year where beer from all … Read More

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Waterfall with bridge in background

Three Shires Bridge

                  Three Shires Bridge is a popular walk from Wincle. It is the boundary between Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire and as well as being a much painted and photographed feature it is … Read More

New Year Gala Concert

Attended the New Year Gala Concert last night at the Buxton Opera House, which is conveniently only quarter of an hour from Otter’s Retreat, and we had a fantastic evening. The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, with some lovely singers, presented … Read More

2017 is upon us.

It is a year since I did the first blog for Otters Retreat and for some time it ha been neglected. It has been a busy year here in Wincle (which is a very attractive village in the Peak District … Read More

Visitors to The Ship Inn

What a way to travel to your lunch. The Directors of J W Leese brewery dropped in for lunch at our local pub – which is just across our front field – and parked the helicopter in the field while … Read More