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. 


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’.



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.  



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.



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. 



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.

Peak District Promotional Video


Here is a promotional video from the Peak District tourist board. It is quite spectacular and shows some of the great features of the Peak District in Derbyshire. Many of these are close to Hathersage. Rokeby Cottage in featured in the 2013 Peak Distict Visitors Guide and on the Visit Peak District website under Self-Catering Cottages.


This film has been created by Visit Peak District and has a license from Warner Chappell music.

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


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!