Modern Chapel is a community of some 8,000 people but, as one would expect in a town with a history which stretches across seven centuries, a substantial Old Town survives its core. Old stone houses cling to the hillside below the Parish Church, which occupies the sire of the original thirteenth century chapel, and ancient inns are clustered about the Market Place as evident of the town’s historic role as a market centre and staging post.
Old Chapel is one of the Peak District's best kept secrets, for it is largely hidden from the view of passing motorists. The oldest part of the town is on rising land behind the main road and even the Market Place is raised above street level.
On you next visit to the Peak District, pause in Chapel-en-le-Frith, and discover the fascinating old buildings and picturesque streets and alleyways in the Old Town of Chapel-en-le-Frith.
A free copy of the Town Trail can be obtained in the Information Centre at the Town Hall. Alternatively download the trial below.
The tour of Chapel-en-le-Frith’s “Old Town” The trail begins at the CAR PARK on Thornbrook Road.
Follow Thornbrook Road to its junction with the main road (Market Street). Cross to the north side of the street and walk up the hill towards the Market Place.