Scarthin Books

January 7, 2011 at 11:39 PM 5 comments

So this is our favourite place to go for an outing: Scarthin Books.

It is crammed full of books, in all its odd little corners, which makes it great fun to explore. It sells both new and second hand books and it is rare that we leave empty handed.

Rooms full of books

There are lots of books everywhere. It is a bibliophile’s paradise.

I took lots of photos when we went yesterday, the shop is very photogenic.

Me in Scarthin

I even managed to get me in this shot!

Books up the stairs

Everywhere possible to put books, books are put. Although it is rather awkward to browse the history books, and even harder to get some of them off the shelves.

Books in nooks

I like the books in hidden nooks.

And as the sign says, there’s a cafe to peruse potential purchases in while sipping latte or eating healthy food, but it’s hidden behind the curvy door.

The way to the cafe

There are even books in the cafe, as well as magazines to read if you haven’t picked up any books yet.

Scarthin cafe

The other room in the cafe has a vine growing in it. There are grapes on it in summer and they use them in the salad.

Vine in cafe

The orange sign on the door is interesting. It leads to the mystery room!


I like the mystery room. It has shelves full of Scandinavian books! And a random piano.

We found it by accident last year, guided by a cat.

The way to the mystery room

The cafe is bottom right, the secret room top left.

Here you can see the piano, just about.

The Hidden Room

It’s a great little room if you like foreign languages. I got a nice old Zoega Icelandic Dictionary from there.

It was jolly cold there yesterday though, so I didn’t stay to browse for long!

I hope this post has piqued your interest in visiting this lovely shop in Cromford, Derbyshire.

Have you been to this shop or do you want to go now? What’s your favourite place?


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Apryl  |  January 8, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    great posts. Scarthin Books is one of my favourite places to spend the afternoon.

    • 2. knotrune  |  January 10, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      Thanks πŸ™‚ it is a treasure trove indeed.

  • 3. Caroline  |  January 15, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    I am spending too long reading your blog and i should be getting up and getting dressed ready for my driving lesson! This scarthin books place looks interesting too, maybe we could go here too on a family day out?

    • 4. knotrune  |  January 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      Have you seriously not been there?!!! This is major and MUST be rectified asap! I feel a family outing coming on… πŸ˜€ I’m sure we could fit the wild plughole in too !

  • 5. murraylaidlaw  |  June 14, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    A proper bookshop, I thought they had all disappeared and been replaced by Waterstones. Good to see there are still a few out there and this one looks really special.


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