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The Tissington Trail on the east of the village follows the tracks of the former London and North Western Railways branch line from Ashbourne to Buxton.Ashbourne never got the mainline it wanted and had to be content with a branch line this may have been no bad thing as the additional development that would have ensued might have detracted from its present day charm.As with so many towns and villages in Derbyshire, there is a problem with either the pronunciation, or the spelling - with Mapleton (or should it be Mappleton? Locals invariably pronounce the name according to the latter spelling, but the church notice board, many local guidebooks and the Ordnance Survey prefer the former.
The village borders the Peak District and acts as a gateway to the Dove Valley.
The houses stretch out in a line along the road through the village mostly looking over the river in the direction of Okeover Hall, a private residence not open to the public.
The grounds covering 44 acres with splendid views from the Hotels elevated position of the valleys of the Bentley Brook and the River Dove.
Once the property of the Rev H Buckston, it is a handsome Elizabethan style stone mansion.
When the line closed after a short life of only 70 years, the railway track was removed and a path was laid in its place for the use of walkers, pedal cyclists and horse riders.