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Car-free adventures: 48 hours on the Hope Valley Line

48 hours on the Hope Valley Line

Take in dramatic scenery, quaint villages and some of the Peak District's most iconic attractions along the Hope Valley Line between Manchester Piccadilly and Sheffield. Operated by Northern, this scenic lines offers the perfect opportunity to admire rugged hillsides and beautiful valleys, dramatic cliff edges and famous viewpoints. It also provides easy access to this stunning area of Britain's original National Park, perfect for outdoor adventures.

All the towns and villages along the Hope Valley Line offer accommodation in abundance, from quirky self-catering cottages to Bed & Breakfasts, campsites and comfortable hotels. Make the most of your trip and find places to stay here.

Day 1

Get your walking boots ready and explore Britain’s original National Park in Edale! 

Start your day in this small and charming village, well-known by ramblers and outdoor enthusiasts as the famous starting point of the long-distance Pennine Way National Trail, which stretches from here all the way to the Scottish Borders (270 miles away!)

Edale was recently revealed by Ordnance Survey as the most popular place to start a walk in the UK, and from the scenic train station (which has regular links to Manchester and Sheffield) you can access stunning walks in seconds.

Before heading out, pop into The Moorland Centre, run by the Peak District National Park, for local routes and interesting facts about the history, geography and wildlife of the area, weather updates and safety information, plus stocking up on essential food and drinks. Then sample a short slice of the Pennine Way route on a scenic hike up Jacob’s Ladder and onto the Kinder Scout plateau, the highest point in the Peak District National Park.

Discover breathtaking views, interesting rock formations and even a waterfall - the dramatic Kinder Downfall - before heading back down for well-deserved refreshments at The Old Nags Head. This traditional coaching inn dates back to 1577 and marks the official starting point of the Pennine Way; it's the ultimate place to recharge your batteries with a local ale by the fire.

Enjoy riverside walks and afternoon tea in the village of Hope

Just a short trip down the line, Hope Station is the access point for the pretty villages of Hope, Bradwell and Castleton. The historic village of Hope was mentioned in the Domesday book and its unique church is famous for its gargoyles, Norman font and Saxon Cross in the churchyard.

From here, it’s just a short two mile riverside walk to the honeypot village of Castleton, famous for the hilltop ruin of Peveril Castle (one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses, built sometime between 1066 and 1086), and underground show caverns - the only place in the world where you can find the unique Blue John Stone!

End the day with a special treat at Losehill House Hotel, the only 4-star hotel located within the the Peak District National Park. Nestled in scenic surroundings just a stone's throw from Hope Station, you can enjoy afternoon tea, dine on seasonal delights in the Grafene restaurant or sample the spa – which includes an outdoor hot tub with glorious views – before spending the night in one of the comfortable rooms.

Don't miss: If you're visiting over the summer months, look out for the Hope Valley Explorer bus service which takes in some of the area's most famous sights, including the nearby caves at Treak Cliff Cavern, through a hop-on, hop-off service running weekends and Bank Holidays until 30 October 2021.
The bus service connects with trains at Hope or Bamford and highlights on route include the Upper Derwent Valley and Castleton, offering an easy way to experience all of your favourite places.

Day 2

Discover Dambusters history and dramatic views in Bamford

Take the train to the beautiful village of Bamford. Situated in the Upper Derwent Valley, Bamford is the nearest station (about 2 miles away) to the Derwent Dams, famously used by the Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron in World War ll to practice using their bouncing bombs for the “Dambuster Raids” against Germany.

It’s also a great place to discover stunning waterside landscapes on two wheels: from Derwent Bike Hire you can discover miles of varied off-road routes to suit all ages and abilities, through woodland and beside the historic reservoirs.

Bamford Edge

There's also a number of lovely waterside walks around Ladybower Reservoir, plus breathtaking viewpoints such as Bamford Edge. After all that fresh air, rest and recharge your batteries at one of the traditional local pubs such as the Yorkshire Bridge Inn, which serves delicious home-cooked food, or visit the community-owned Angler’s Rest.

Explore literary links and legends in Hathersage

Head to the outdoor hub of Hathersage, a part of the Peak District that has inspired writers and artists for centuries, to discover the area's unique literary links and legends.

Charlotte Brontë is said to have been inspired to write her classic novel Jane Eyre after visiting the village of Hathersage in the summer of 1845. She is believed to have based Thornfield Hall on nearby North Lees Hall, taking the name for her heroine from the local Eyre family.

The local churchyard also has a unique tale to tell: it is home to the grave of Robin Hood's sidekick, Little John, who was reputedly born in Hathersage! 

A popular base for exploring the Hope Valley, either on foot or by vehicle, there is plenty to see and do here. For the ultimate panorama and magnificent views, don't miss a walk up to Stanage Edge (pictured, credit Phil Sproson) - one of the longest, and most impressive, gritstone edges in England. This scenic viewpoint also featured in the famous movie scene starring Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice.

Back in the village you'll find independent shops selling local crafts, clothing and outdoors equipment or grab a bite to eat in the local hotels, pubs, cafes and restaurants. 

Don't forget to pack a swimming costume: Hathersage has one of the UK’s finest outdoor swimming pools, opened in the 1930s. The heated 100ft pool is open year-round and provides views of Stanage Edge, Hathersage Church and the surrounding hills.

Just outside of Hathersage, you'll find a hive of creativty at the David Mellor Design Museum, where you can shop, dine or go on a guided tour of the fascinating factory, providing a uniquely stimulating day out and a must-visit for anybody with an interest in design.

Enjoy glorious walks and discover a woodland paradise near Grindleford

Alternatively, hop on the train to Grindleford, the access point for The Longshaw Estate, a large area of open moorland and rugged cliffs owned by the National Trust. Outstanding walking country with many fine scenic views, this area of the Peak District National Park is a walker's paradise.

Grindleford is also the best station to visit nearby Padley Gorge, famed for its gently flowing streams and tumbling waterfalls in a woodland setting. Unsurprisingly, it's also surrounded by great walks and is a popular spot for picnics and paddling.

From Grindleford station, you can scramble up Upper Padley, for a scenic circular walk, before heading back to Grindleford station.


  • For train tickets, timetables and more information click here

  • For more information on things to see and do on the Hope Valley Line click here

  • To discover more great car-free adventures in the Peak District & Derbyshire click here

  • - Make the most of your visit: Discover more things to doplaces to eat and drink and places to stay.

  • For information on the Hope Valley Explorer, click here
    Conventional bus services into the Hope Valley from Bakewell, Buxton and Sheffield also operate on a regular basis.

  • Did you know? The iconic spa town of Buxton is just a stone's throw from the Hope Valley. Why not extend your stay with a visit to Buxton to discover magnificent history and heritage, quirky shops, great places to eat and drink, and of course, the town's famous spa water... Simply hop on Northern's Manchester to Buxton Line at New Mills station.


To make your days out as enjoyable as possible, we encourage you to plan your trip in advance and to always visit responsibly. Stay #PeakDistrictProud by taking your litter home and looking after our great outdoors. Wearing a face covering is recommended on public transport and always remember to wash or sanitise your hands regularly to protect yourself and those around you.

Product Information

  1. Contact Details:

    Edale Road
    Hope
    Hope Valley
    Derbyshire
    S33 6AF

    Tel:

    01433 621219
  2. Edale

    Derbyshire

    Contact Details:

    Hope Valley
    Derbyshire
    S33 7ZD

    Tel:

    01433 670207
  3. Contact Details:

    Derbyshire
    SK22 2LL
  4. Treak Cliff Cavern

    Castleton Hope Valley

    Contact Details:

    Buxton Road
    Castleton Hope Valley
    Derbyshire
    S33 8WP

    Tel:

    01433 620571
  5. Hope

    Derbyshire

    Contact Details:

    Hope Valley
    Derbyshire
    S33 6AA

    Tel:

    0845 129 7777
  6. Peveril Castle

    Hope Valley

    Contact Details:

    Market Place
    Castleton
    Hope Valley
    Derbyshire
    S33 8WQ

    Tel:

    01433 620613
  7. Ladybower Reservoir

    Peak District

    Contact Details:

    Derbyshire
    Peak District
    S33 0AX
  8. Contact Details:

    Ashopton Road
    Bamford
    Hope Valley
    Derbyshire
    S33 0AZ

    Tel:

    01433 651361
  9. Contact Details:

    Derbyshire
    S32 1AG

    Tel:

    01629 813227
  10. Stanage Edge

    Hathersage

    Contact Details:

    Ringinglow Road
    Hathersage
    Derbyshire
    S32 1BR

    Tel:

    01629 813227
  11. Contact Details:

    The Round Building
    Hathersage
    HOPE VALLEY
    Derbyshire
    S32 1BA

    Tel:

    01433 650220
  12. Padley Gorge

    SHEFFIELD

    Contact Details:

    Longshaw
    SHEFFIELD
    South Yorkshire
    S11 7TZ

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Losehill House Hotel & Spa (53.36164,-1.75421)Edale (53.37053,-1.81687)3.85
Edale (53.37053,-1.81687)Kinder Scout (53.38401,-1.8708)3.5
Kinder Scout (53.38401,-1.8708)Treak Cliff Cavern (53.34506,-1.79777)5.86
Treak Cliff Cavern (53.34506,-1.79777)Hope (53.34848,-1.74255)3.32
Hope (53.34848,-1.74255)Peveril Castle (53.33819,-1.77738)2.32
Peveril Castle (53.33819,-1.77738)Ladybower Reservoir (53.37084,-1.70544)5.41
Ladybower Reservoir (53.37084,-1.70544)Yorkshire Bridge Inn (53.36287,-1.69842)0.9
Yorkshire Bridge Inn (53.36287,-1.69842)Hathersage (53.33046,-1.65321)4.23
Hathersage (53.33046,-1.65321)Stanage Edge (53.34762,-1.63276)2.11
Stanage Edge (53.34762,-1.63276)David Mellor Visitor Centre (53.32489,-1.65188)2.55
David Mellor Visitor Centre (53.32489,-1.65188)Padley Gorge (53.31554,-1.61564)2.36
Total Distance *36.4 miles
Estimated Journey Time1.17 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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