Peak District villages
Hathersage has to be one of our favourite villages in the Peak District. It is a popular centre for walkers and rock climbers having both moorland and gritstone edges, of which Stanage Edge is one of themost imposing. The village has a whole range of places to eat, including the fabulous Plough Inn with superb food, ale and wine, as well as cafes, delis, The Walnut Club restaurant (Michelin Star aspiring and recommended), and an Indian restaurant. Shops include Outside the outdoor equipment suppliers, cycle hire, amongst many others. In the summer do take in a visit to the outdoor swimming pool with its cafe and Hathersage is on the Manchester to Sheffield railway line too.
Located in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District National Park, Castleton village is a popular tourist destination set in the middle with boundaries on the Dark and White Peak. It is known as the ‘Gem of the Peaks’ with attractions such as the ruins of Peveril castle, four different caves (Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern), St Edmunds Church as well as some beautiful scenery. Castleton is surrounded on three sides by steep hills and the most prominent is Great Ridge. The most imposing section is Mam Tor a famous spot in the Peak District. Castleton has four pubs and there is a farmers market on the first Sunday in the month. Tourists love the shops as they include a selection of jewellery shops, gift shops and a second hand book shop.
Edale village is found within the valley of the same name in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. It is a set in a beautiful location below Kinder Scout and it is the start/end of the Pennine Way, England's first and most famous long-distance footpath. As a result Edale is a very popular centre for walkers and hikers. There are two popular pubs, cafe and local shop as well as the railway station, which is on the spectacular Manchester to Sheffield line.
Regarded by many as the most picturesque village in Derbyshire, Ashford-in-the-Water is situated on the River Wye. It is a lovely village to wander around and has two pubs and a deli if you start to get peckish, and we'd recommend all of them. The Ashford Arms is in the centre of the village and has lovely gardens for a summer visit. You can take in Ashford-in-the-Water as part of a longer walk and connect with the Monsal Head or Bakewell as well as plenty of other places. One of the main attractions is the medieval Sheepwash Bridge where sheep were washed here prior to shearing and this was continued until the 1960s. Demonstations of sheep-washing are still given during Well Dressing week, which is around late May or early June. There is a 2nd ancient bridge in the village as well as a Norman church to visit.
A pretty village that is set in some of the best walking country in the Peak District and is on the central section of the valley of the Dove so is popular with walkers. There is a spacious and picturesque square and green with pond, church to the east of the village as well as Hartington Hall and several pubs. The Tow Hall is now home to a very good cafe, deli and general good quality groceries shop. Nuttalls Creamery was based in Hartington from 1900 to 2009 and was a famous supplier of Stilton and Buxton Blue cheese. There is still a cheese shop in Hartington where you can buy a range of local cheeses.