Events and Activities for 2015 in or around Hathersage in the Derbyshire Peak District

General

There are many events throughout the year in the Peak District. There are detailed listings at the Peak District Vistors website here, or on the Chatsworth House website here. So below you will only find a selection which we have attended and can offer some first-hand recommendations.

The Peak District National Park has a calendar of Ranger led guided walks and 'Summer of Cycling' events. Details for 2015 are not complete at the time of writing this, but full details can be found here.

January & February

From December 2014 until mid-February 2015. The Heads and Tails exhibition by Barbara Sykes at Buxton Museum & Art Gallery. Full details are here.

18-21 The Hathersage Players Pantomime production of The Princess and the Pea. See the parish website here for more information.

19 Whirlow Hall Farm - "February Farm Fun". Just over the border into South Yorkshire, on the outskirts of Sheffield is Whirlow Hall Farm. Great for young children. Details here

March

6 Legendary doo-wop, R&B and Soul group, The Drifters play at Buxton Opera House for one night only. See here for more details.

21 Opening of Hathersage open air swimming pool. This is 100ft x 33ft and heated to 82 degrees F (28 degrees C), and one of a dwindling few open air pools in Britain. It will be open until October. Further details are here

29 Wedding Open Day at Haddon Hall. Come to see a dream venue and what you could expect if you were to tie the knot here. Details on this link.

April

1-7 Easter at Haddon Hall. This includes a great Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday. Further details are here.

8-9 Easter Lambing at Whirlow Hall Farm. See details here

10 Folk Music at Haddon Hall with Piva. See this link for more details.

May

3-4 Bakewell Showground Spectacular. Details here

5 Free Guided Tour of Haddon Hall. See here for more details.

15-17 Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth Internation Horse Trials. Further details here.  

From May until the end of August there are are variety of Well Dressings throughout the Peak District. These originate from pagan fertility rites, but have become more Christian and community creativity events in recent times. You can plan your visit around the calendar which is here.

 June

4 Ranger-led Guided Walk. Springtime over Hathersage. See here to book and for further details.

19-21 L'Eroica Brittannia. This is a family friendly festival at the Bakewell Showground and include a vintage bike rally.  See here for further details.

July

1-5 Ashbourne Festival. Actually starts on June 19th. Details here.

11 Rangers Guided Walk along the valley Edale to Bamford. See here for more details. 

19 Rander-led Guided Walk. In and around Eyam. See here for more details. 

August

4-6 The Bakewell Show. One of Britain's oldest agricultural shows, this was first held in 1819. It is great fun for the whole family. Further details are here.

8 Ranger-led Guided Walk. North Lees and Stanage through Time. Details here.

September

4-6. The Chatsworth Country Fair is set in the beautify Chatsworth Estate which surrounds Chatsworth House. The fair includes many heritage country sports, a vintage car rally, terrier racing and hot air ballooning. Further details here.

18-19. The Peak District Challenge.  This is a walking or running challenge and varies in difficulty from a good size hike of 25kms to an ultra marathon of 100kms. It starts and ends in Hathersage. Further details can be obtained here.

27 The Wiggle Peak District 'Punisher' Cycling Sportiv takes place between Hathersage and Bakewell. There are several distance options for road cyclists to test their fitness and determination. Further details here.

 October

17 Ranger-led activity. Navigation grade B at Fairholmes. Details here

November

12-22 Chatsworth Christmas Market. As well as shopping for presents, you can enjoy glasses of mulled wine and cider as well as local real ales. There is also live festive musical entertainment to help to keep you merry! More details are here.

 December

5-16 Christmas at Haddon Hall. See details here

 


Things to do in the Peak District

Hill Walking.

There are walks to suit ever taste and every level of fitness. From a short stroll across the railway line, some fields and the ‘stepping stones’ to the Plough Inn for lunch; to a fairly serious traversal of Kinder Scout at the start of the Pennine Way. Local shops have great book, there are also some walking guides in the cottage.

 

Rock Climbing.

Almost legendary gritstone crags such as Stanage Edge, Millstone Edge, Burbage, Froggatt Edge and Curbar are all a short drive or cycle from the cottage. Stanage Plantation Area and Burbage North and South both contain fantastic bouldering rocks also. If you are looking for some steeper, then the limestone cliffs of Stony Middleton and adjacent Horseshoe Quarry, is only a short 6 mile drive away. For somewhere more sheltered, go to Cressbrook Dale and visit Water Cum Jolly, Ravens Tor and Cheedale. There are some guides in the cottage, and local shops stock a far greater range, but climbing should not be undertaken without adequate ability, knowledge and experience.

 

Road Cycling

From Hathersage you can set-off in many directions. You can go from Jaggers Lane up Coggers Lane towards Stanage and then go via small roads to Bamford and return on the main road. You can head out towards Hope, turn to Edale and scale the almost alpine ascent to Mam Nick before descending the steepest of drops in Winnats Pass down to Castleton and then back to Hathersage. You can also head out through Bamford and towards Snake Pass beyond, before breaking off and following the line of reservoirs to the Kings Tree for a 25m circular route. You can also head in the direction of Grindleford and then scale the long climb to Abney, stopping for a well earned drink at The Barrel pub at the top, or you can head off towards Sheffield and cross over towards Chesterfield and descend down to Baslow and from there go to Bakewell, Chatsworth or return to Hathersage via Grindleford. All you really need is a map, suitable equipment, moderate fitness and a little time.

 

Mountain Biking

There are many off-road routes in the Peak District.  The best way to find these is probably to either get a book or a map or to follow someone else. The cottage should have one or two books and several maps. Local shops such as ‘Outside’ in Hathersage will have more up to date local publications. You can also hire bikes and get great guidance at The Bike Garage (Tel: 01433659345) in nearby Bamford.

 

Caving

Close by Castleton has four ‘show’ caves which are regularly open to the public. These include Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern.  Speedwell Cavern has underground boat rides. For the keenest speleologists who have local knowledge there are plenty of cold, cramped and damp entrances to caves very close by.

 

Climbing Walls

If the weather really is too bad to climb outside, or it is too dark. Then there are several climbing walls in Sheffield. These include The Foundary (Tel: 01142796331), The Edge (Tel: 01142758899) and The Works (01142509990). As it is some distance to travel to Sheffield, it is worth ringing ahead to find out whether the walls are open and whether you will be able to climb as a casual visitor.


Well Dressings 2013

Peak District Well Dressings 2013

One of the great summer features of the Peak District is the pagan fertility ritual of Well Dressings. This has almost been adopted by Christian churches, and results in all kinds of colourful displays to decorate local villages. Rokeby Cottage is in a great location if this is something you want to see, and as you are self-catering you can easily be flexible about your day trips to these great events. 

The full listing of Well Dressings for 2013 is now out. Here are a few dates of the activity in the local area:

Hathersage Well Dressing is on from July 6th to 13th. 

Hope Well Dressing is on from July 22nd until July 27th.

Eyam Well Dressing is from August 22nd until September 1st.

Some of the more spectacular Well Dressings are in the While Peak area such as Tideswell, Tissington, Cressbook and Ashford in the Water. These are all no more than a short drive from where you will be staying in Hathersage.

You should allow at least an hour to stroll through the village and see all the Well Dressing elements which generally are put together by the local school, church and other aspects of the community.

Full details about the history of Well Dressing and the dates for all locations can be found on the Peak District Visitor Information site. 


Hathersage Swimming Pool Open for 2013

Hathersage Swimming Pool

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Hathersage Swimming Pool is now open for the new season. But it has been a chilly start. See the full story on the ITN Calendar News website. There are also a number of evenings when nigh swimming is available from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. This is a fantastic activity and as well as the swimming there is also live music and home made refreshments. The broccolli soup is a real winner!

 


Road Cycling

The Peak District is a paradise for road cyclists.

Cycling from Hathersage up to Stanage Edge
Cyclist below Stanage Edge above Hathersage

With hundreds of miles of roads to ride, beautiful villages and landscapes around every corner, challenging hills to climb and plenty of warm and dry cafes and pubs to welcome you. It is no wonder that so many people are visiting this area with cycling in mind.

Rokeby Cottage in Hathersage offers the road cyclist a great bike-in-bike-out experience.  Cyclists can set out from the cottage and head North up to Stanage Edge and over to Redmires Reservoirs, even going over to Strines Inn in Bradfield. Heading East from Hathersage takes the rider over the moorland towards Sheffield. Heading West following the Derwent river (Derbyshire's longest) and the Hope Valley takes the cyclist to some of the steepest hills of the High Peak. Finally South presents the rider with long valley cycles, following the Derwent river down towards Baslow, Chatsworth and Bakewell.

As you cycle West you move from the rugged gritstone rocky outcrops of the Dark Peak to the flatter plateaux of the limestone White Peak and the very steep cliffs where the rivers have cut through the ground over the centuries. Make a day of it and head over to Monsal Head and take in the best of both Peaks.

Cycling through the White Peak to reach Monsal Head
View of Headstone Viaduct from Monsal Head

Here are some great cycle routes from Rokeby Cottage:

Route 1 - Derwent Dash.

45 miles, 3 hours 15 minutes.

Cyclists at the Kings Tree, 12 miles from Hathersage.
King's Tree, Howden Reservoir

This route follows the roads which trace the Derwent River from Hathersage up to the source and then back all the way to Bakewell. 25 miles: Cycle from Hathersage to the 'Kings Tree' past the three dams in the upper Derwent valley. Note this was the site where the RAF 'Dambusters' mission was practised prior to the attack in Germany. See here for a video of the commemorative fly-by.  and back for breakfast at Hathersage Pool Cafe. Then 20 miles out to Bakewell, through the beautiful grounds of Chatsworth House, for afternoon tea and cake, before returning to Hathersage. Click here for full route details.

 Route 2 - Hope Valley.

17.5 miles, 1 hour 20 minutes.

This route heads out through the Hope Valley all the way to Edale, stopping at the Nag's Head pub. This is the official start of the Pennine Way. Stop at the Pub for some refreshment and return by road or even put your bike on the train and come back the easy way! Click here for full route details.

Route 3 - Mam Nick

18.14 miles , 1 hour 20 minutes.

Cycling from Hathersage to Mam Nick
View up to the top of Mam Nick

As with Route 2 this heads out through the Hope Valley, turning off at Hope and following the railway line to the turn to Edale village. But instead of taking the turn, continue on and up a fairly steep and sustained hill heading up towards Mam Tor. This 'nick' in the road which breaks the ridge from Rushup's Edge to Mam Tor is known as Mam Nick and is the high-point of the trip. Stop here to enjoy the views and take a drink. Even walk up to the top of Mam Tor to take in the even more spectacular views and watch the hang-glider and parapentes hovering above you. Continuing on by bike you descend to the main Chapel-en-le-Frith road and from there down the very very steep Winnats Pass, pass the famous Blue John and Speedwell Caverns, through Castleton and back to Hathersage. Click here for the full route details. It is just about possible to do this route in reverse, but you have to know how to climb very steep slopes for a sustained period of time (Max 20%, Avg. 11.7% for 1.6km). See here for some information about the steepness of Winnats Pass.

Route 4 - Baslow Loop

18.3 miles, 1 hour 12 minutes.

Cyclist heading up beneath Millstone Edge. Seen from Surprise View
Surprise View back towards Hathersage

This is a fantastic route which has a bit of everything; moorland climbing followed by a long breezy descent to Baslow and Derwent Valley return via Grindleford. Climb out from Hathersage cycling past the Millstone Pub and then beneath Millstone Edge the scene of some of Britains breakthrough climbing in the 1970s. Follow the road round the Surprise View corner (worth pulling off the road to look back at the view of Hathersage and the Hope Valley in the distance), and heading across country to the Fox House pub. Turn right and head further over the moorland to Owler Bar and the  Peacock Inn. All three of these pubs serve fine hearty meals and great beers. Descend down to Baslow and follow the Derwent Valley back to Hathersage through Grindleford.