Things to do in the Peak District
Places to eat and drink close to Hathersage in the Peak District

Places to go in the Peak District

This list is by no means complete. But it does provide a starting point from which you can explore further. 

Hathersage.

David Mellor’s factory and museum is about 15 minutes walk away, towards Grindleford. This is nothing to do with the politician, but everything to do with fine silver cutlery and imaginative industrial design. It is a pleasant surprise for all ages.

St. Michael’s church high on the hill behind ‘The Square’ is famous for housing the grave of Little John, Robin Hood’s close friend, in its grounds.

Hathersage Lido, in the summer is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. You can swim in the open air but benefit from the warm temperatures of the heated pool. The village is trying to raise funds to renovate the pool so your visit could help preserve a local treasure.

 

Eyam – Plague Village

Just over 5 miles away off the B6001 beyond Grindleford is the village of Eyam. This village quarantined itself from the outside world after the plague arrived there from London in1665. Walking around this historic village you can read the story of the village and the victims of the plague. It provides a fascinating insight into life in a time gone by.

 

Chatsworth House.

Home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the largest landowners in the region. This stately home cannot fail to impress the visitor. The building itself is surrounded by grounds that are the work of Capability Brown and include a maze where you can easily get lost for a while. There is also a great farm and adventure experience for children of all ages, as well as a good farm shop, deli and restaurant. The estate surrounding Chatsworth includes free roaming deer. The estate also includes Edensor Village, a collection of houses which all seem to be of a different design. Well worth a walk around.

 

Hassop Hall.

This is a 17th country house, but was originally recorded in the Doomsday book of 900 AD.  Now is has been converted to a hotel. It is almost 7 miles from Hathersage, on the Great Longstone road heading towards Bakewell. It has excellent gardens and is certainly worth an ‘afternoon tea’.

 

Sheffield.

An ugly picture in a beautiful frame, the greenest city in Europe, the fifth largest city in the UK and the Rome of the North (as it is set upon seven hills and with 5 rivers running through), are all phrases that have been used to describe this city.  Once famed for its steel, its cutlery and coal mining. Sheffield now is better known as home to the Arctic Monkey and a great University town with varied thriving communities in charmingly named suburbs such as ‘Hunters Bar’, ‘Sharrow Vale’ and ‘Nether Edge’.  There is something for everyone, with good sporting venues, cinemas and good city centre shops, plus Meadowhall by junction 34 of the M1.  

 

Buxton.

15 miles from Hathersage, beyond Castleton, in the High Peak, lies the beautiful spa town of Buxton. First frequentes by the Romans for its  medicinal spring waters, it is also now famous for it Opera House. It is well worth a day trip.

 

Bakewell.

11 miles south of Hathersage, lies the market town of Bakewell. It is fine for a stroll, a shop and and afternoon tea. Be sure to try the famous Bakewell tarts. The Bakewell Show is one of the UK’s oldest agricultural shows and takes place each August. It is well worth a trip.

 

Matlock Bath

17 miles due south of Hathersage lies the spectacular village of Matlock Bath. Built along the river Derwent, the village boasts many tourist attractions such as The Heights of Abraham (reached by cable car), Gulliver’s Kingdom, High Tor (for climbers) and the Peak District Mining Museum. 

 

Various.

During late spring and early summer many of the villages in both the White and Dark Peak will hold ‘Well Dressings’. These are well worth visiting and each village has a carnival like atmosphere and local schools and community organisations are heavily involved in the ancient pagan tradition which has more recently taken on a Christian flavour. You will need to pick-up a leaflet in a local shop, or read a local paper for the details of dates for each villages’ dressing.