The attractive village of Hathersage (‘Heathers Edge’) is situated on the Eastern side of the Peak District National Park at the beginning of the Hope Valley and close to the start of the Peninine Way in Edale.
It is an excellent base for Peak District visitors take a holiday break, as it is only 10 miles from the bustling University City of Sheffield and 10 miles from Bakewell which is close to beautiful stately homes such as Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall.
Many visitors come to Hathersage to visit the churchyard and the grave of “Little John”. Whether or not the large grave beneath the yew trees in the south-west of the churchyard is that of Robin Hood's lieutenant will probably always be open to dispute.
The village of Morton in Charlotte Bronte’s famous novel Jane Eyre is thought to have been based upon Hathersage. Bronte stayed at Hathersage vicarage in 1845.
For a village with a population of less than 2,000 people there is a very good selection of shops including outdoor activity shops, grocers, bakers, butchers and several pubs and cafes.
For those looking for activities there are public tennis courts, childrens play areas, village bowls and a large open air heated swimming pool. Link to Hathersage Swimming Pool.
The railway station is 10 minutes stroll from the cottage and links the village with other Peak District hamlets such as Grindleford, Hope and Edale as well as the major cities of Sheffield and Manchester which are each only a short journey away. Link to Hathersage Railway Station.
The 272 bus runs regularly and links Sheffield with Hathersage and on to Bradwell, Hope and Castleton. The Hathersage bus stop is a 5 minute walk from Rokeby Cottage. Link to 272 bus information.
Hathersage is a great centre for activities in the Peak District. If like many you are looking to enjoy hill walking in the area then you can either use public transport or your own transport to help you get the most out of the area. The region has also become a mecca for both road cyclist and mountain bikers and there are many journeys you can make from Hathersage; though some hill climbing may be required.
If you are about to visit Hathersage on a holiday or business break, then here is a summary of the weather you shoul expect.