Tintwistle was once a sleepy little village on the River Etherow at the bottom of Longendale but now carries the busy A628, Manchester to Sheffield road. A substantial estate of newer houses has been built below the original village, doubling or trebling its size.
Nevertheless Tintwistle is an excellent base from which to explore the Longendale Valley and the surrounding Dark Peak uplands, which offer excellent and often challenging walking.
The old village is perched on the hillside above Bottoms Reservoir, the last of the Longendale reservoir chain. The main road now bypasses the old village centre, which retains much of its old charm with rows of old cottages, a Methodist Chapel and a pub, the Bull Inn.
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