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Local Info, Places of Interest in Hathersage

Lying in the heart of the beautiful Hope Valley, Hathersage is one of the more interesting villages in the area, with historical associations to Robin Hood and the Eyre family. The village centres around a road junction above the River Derwent, where the road to Sheffield branches off the route which follows the Derwent downstream. The ancient centre of the village was just above the church, which itself stands above and to the north of the modern village centre.

The village is a popular centre for walkers and rock climbers being surrounded by open moorland and a line of gritstone edges of which Stanage Edge is the largest as well as limestone crags at Stoney Middleton, Cheedale, Cheetor and Ravens Dale to name a few. There are also spectacular tors, such as Higgar Tor, and the enigmatic hill fort at Carl Wark. The centre of the village boasts numerous climbing/walking outlets as well as several cafes, local shops, ATM's an Indian restaurant and an open air swimming pool (Apr - Oct). For those with children, there is a recreational area near the pool and bowling green.

Hope Valley Local Markets

Bakewell

(Monday)

Buxton

(Tuesday)

Chesterfield

(Thursday)

Places of Interest in Hathersage

Hathersage Church

The Church at Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, stands close to an ancient Danish settlement and is linked to the Eyre family. Little John - of Robin Hood fame - is said to be buried here.
 

Stanage Edge

Stanage Edge, Hathersage, Derbyshire. Stanage is the largest and most impressive of the gritstone edges. It is a famous location for rock climbing and a popular spot for walkers.
 

Castleton

Castleton is an outstandingly pretty village situated at the head of the Hope Valley, in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District National Park and approximately 5.5 miles from Hathersage. There are numerous attractions, notably Blue John, Speedwell, Treak Cliff and Peak Caverns as well as several pubs, cafe's and craft shops.
 

Bakewell

Bakewell in Derbyshire and the Peak District , is a beautiful, small, market town situated on the River Wye which is crossed by a 13th century 5 arched bridge. Bakewell attracts many tourists and is approximately 10.5 miles from Hathersage. It offers plenty of attractions including gardens, pubs, coffee shops, and numerous shops selling books, clothes and gifts. There is also a weekly outdoor market dating from the 13th Century.
 

Chatsworth

Chatsworth House is a large country house in Chatsworth, Derbyshire, 8½ miles from Hathersage. Standing on the east bank of the River Derwent, Chatsworth looks across to the low hills that divide the Derwent and Wye valleys. The house is set in expansive parkland, and backed by wooded, rocky hills rising to heather moorland and contains a unique collection of priceless paintings, furniture, Old Master drawings, neoclassical sculptures, books and other artifacts. Chatsworth has been selected as the United Kingdom's favourite country house several times.
 

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall is a fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th Century, and is situated about 12.5 miles from Hathersage. Described by Simon Jenkins in 1000 Best houses as "the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages", this remarkable old house is surrounded by terraced Elizabethan gardens and is set amongst the rolling countryside of the Peak District National Park.
 

Gulliver's Kingdom

Gulliver's Kingdom is a family theme park designed to cater for families with children between the age of two and thirteen. All its rides and attractions are designed to offer the whole family a full day out of fun and excitement. The theme park at Matlock Bath (35-40 mins drive) is the original Gulliver's in England. Each park contains a number of themed areas each containing rides, attractions, shows, restaurants and shops. All of which combine to keep even the most active of children occupied for a full day.
 

Crich Tramway Museum

The National Tramway Museum, at Crich, in Derbyshire, England, is situated within Crich Tramway Village, a period village containing a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop, including the tram depots. The museum's collection of trams runs through the village setting. Visitors are transported one mile out into the countryside and back, aboard the varied fleet of trams. The Museum can be reached by car in approximately 40-45 mins from Hathersage.
 

Bagshaw Cavern

"Bagshaw cavern" is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in cave exploration. These caves discovered in 1806 are open by appointment, so please do make a reservation. Here you will see a variety stalagmites and experience cave exploration just like in days long ago. This is a bit of a dirty experience, so be prepared. You will also need some special equipment, which may be rented at the sight. This adventure could be a bit strenuous, so please keep that in mind.
 

Carl Wark

The hill known as Carl Wark lies close to Higgar Tor between Stanage and Burbage Edges on the moors above Hathersage. It rises high above Burbage Brook and is a fine natural defensive position, so it was used as a fort long ago, especially in the Iron Age and the Romano-British period.
 

Derwent Dams

The Derwent reservoir was used by the RAF’s Dambusters 617 Squadron to practise their low level flying techniques during 1943, in preparation for delivering Barnes Wallis’ famous bouncing bombs to German dams. The 617 Squadron Dambuster's Memorial is located just inside the gatehouse to the Western Tower of The Derwent Dam.

There is a lot of recreational activities available near the Howden and Derwent dams including cycle hire, plenty of footpaths and bridleways, fishing, and walking.The Fairholmes Visitors Centre located very near to The Derwent Dam has information, refreshments and cycle hire. Open all year to the public this area attracts over 2 million visitors a year.

The Ladybower reservoir was constructed at a later date in 1945 in order to meet increased water demands. This however required the flooding of two villages, Derwent and Ashopton which caused much controversy at the time.

Located in the West Tower of the Derwent Dam is The Derwent Valley Museum {aka: The Dambuster Museum} which houses a collection of memorabilia, photographs and other material covering all aspects of the dams raid and material relating to The Dambusters film made in 1954. There is a life size replica of the bouncing bomb as well as some rare photographs of life in the villages {that were to be flooded} before the dams construction.

Opening times for the small and free museum are from 10.00am till 4.00pm Sundays and Bank Holidays only.

There is a Forestry Commission information centre and car-park at Fairholmes, just below Derwent Dam, run in cooperation with the Peak National Park. (Open daily Easter - end October and winter weekends. Telephone 01433 650953). The centre also offers bicycle hire (tel: 01433 651261), toilets and refreshments.
 

Eyam Hall

Eyam Hall is a fine 17th Century Hall in the Plague village of Eyam, Hope Valley, which is still in the hands of its original builders, the Wright Family.
 

Eyam Museum and Plague Village

The story of how Eyam was infected with the bubonic plague in 1665-6 and chose to go into quarantine rather than spread the infection to the surrounding area is an epic tale of self-sacrifice. The village has a small museum and you can follow a signed trail around the village to see the major buildings and sites linked with the Plague.
 

Longshaw Estate and Country Park

The Longshaw Estate covers Grindleford, Millstone and Bole Hill, Hope Valley, Derbyshire. Once the shooting estate of the Dukes of Rutland, now owned by the National Trust.
 

Chestnut Centre Conservation & Wildlife Park

The Conservation and Wildlife Park is set in 50 acres of landscaped grounds and is home, not only to a unique collection of birds and animals, but to many wild birds and mammals. Walking about the Wildlife Park you'll see some of Europe's largest gathering of otters, 16 species of owls and other indigenous wildlife all in their natural surroundings including, buzzards, pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and deer. The centre is located approximately 15-20 mins drive from Hathersage.
 

Mayfield Alpacas

Situated in the Mayfield Valley, approximately 10 mins drive from Hathersage, Mayfield Alpacas is a popular attraction for all. There is a Visitor Centre that is both educational and informative and traces the history of the Alpaca from the Incas through to present day commercial fleece production.

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