Hope Valley car free itinerary


Car-free guide: 48 hours in the Hope Valley

Take in dramatic scenery, quaint villages and some of the Peak District's most iconic attractions along the Hope Valley Line between Manchester Piccadilly and Sheffield.


Take in dramatic scenery, quaint villages and some of the Peak District's most iconic attractions along the Hope Valley Line between Manchester Piccadilly and Sheffield. Operated by Northern, this scenic lines offers the perfect opportunity to admire rugged hillsides and beautiful valleys, dramatic cliff edges and famous viewpoints. It also provides easy access to this stunning area of Britain's original National Park, perfect for outdoor adventures.

Itinerary Schedule

Edale village
Day One

Explore Britain's original National Park from Edale

Get your walking boots ready and explore Britain’s original National Park in Edale.

Start your day in this small and charming village, well-known by ramblers and outdoor enthusiasts as the famous starting point of the long-distance Pennine Way National Trail, which stretches from here all the way to the Scottish Borders (270 miles away!)

Edale was recently revealed by Ordnance Survey as the most popular place to start a walk in the UK, and from the scenic train station (which has regular links to Manchester and Sheffield) you can access stunning walks in seconds.

Before heading out, pop into The Moorland Centre, run by the Peak District National Park, for local routes and interesting facts.

Kinder Scout
Day One

Climb Kinder Scout for amazing views

Soak up the spectacular views from the highest point in the Peak District. This breathtaking moorland plateau is a walker's paradise: at 2,087ft above sea level it offers some of the most amazing views in the country. Discover breathtaking views, interesting rock formations and even a waterfall - the dramatic Kinder Downfall - before heading back down for well-deserved refreshments at The Old Nags Head. This traditional coaching inn dates back to 1577 and marks the official starting point of the Pennine Way; it's the ultimate place to recharge your batteries with a local ale by the fire.

Day 1

Enjoy riverside walks and afternoon tea in Hope and Castleton

Just a short trip down the line, Hope Station is the access point for the pretty villages of Hope, Bradwell and Castleton. The historic village of Hope was mentioned in the Domesday book and its unique church is famous for its gargoyles, Norman font and Saxon Cross in the churchyard. From here, it’s just a short 2 mile riverside walk to the honeypot village of Castleton, famous for the hilltop ruin of Peveril Castle, and underground show caverns - the only place in the world where you can find the unique Blue John Stone!

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Day One

Spend the night at Losehill House Hotel & Spa

End the day with a special treat at Losehill House Hotel, the only 4-star hotel located within the the Peak District National Park. Nestled in scenic surroundings just a stone's throw from Hope Station, you can enjoy afternoon tea, dine on seasonal delights in the restaurant or sample the spa – which includes an outdoor hot tub with glorious views – before spending the night in one of the comfortable rooms.

Bamford Edge sunset
Day 2

Discover Dambusters history and dramatic views in Bamford

Take the train to the beautiful village of Bamford. Situated in the Upper Derwent Valley, Bamford is the nearest station (about 2 miles away) to the Derwent Dams, famously used by the Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron in World War ll to practice using their bouncing bombs for the “Dambuster Raids” against Germany. It’s also a great place to discover stunning waterside landscapes on two wheels: from Derwent Bike Hire you can discover miles of varied off-road routes to suit all ages and abilities.

There's also a number of lovely waterside walks around Ladybower Reservoir, plus breathtaking viewpoints such as Bamford Edge.

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Day Two

Rest and recharge at Yorkshire Bridge Inn

After all that fresh air, rest and recharge your batteries at one of the traditional local pubs such as the Yorkshire Bridge Inn, which serves delicious home-cooked food just a short stroll from the beautiful Ladybower Reservoir.

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Day Two

Explore literary links and legend in Hathersage

Head to the outdoor hub of Hathersage, a part of the Peak District that has inspired writers and artists for centuries, to discover the area's unique literary links and legends.

Charlotte Brontë is said to have been inspired to write her classic novel Jane Eyre after visiting the village of Hathersage in the summer of 1845. She is believed to have based Thornfield Hall on nearby North Lees Hall, taking the name for her heroine from the local Eyre family.

The local churchyard also has a unique tale to tell: it is home to the grave of Robin Hood's sidekick, Little John, who was reputedly born in Hathersage!

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Day 2

Soak up the views from Stanage Edge

For the ultimate panorama and magnificent views, don't miss a walk up to Stanage Edge which looms over Hathersage. It's one of the longest, and most impressive gritstone edges in England! This scenic viewpoint also featured in the famous Pride & Prejudice movie scene starring Keira Knightley.

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Day Two

Catch the train to Grindleford and explore Padley Gorge

Hop on the train to Grindleford, the access point for The Longshaw Estate, a large area of open moorland and rugged cliffs owned by the National Trust. With great walks and views, this area of the Peak District is a walker's paradise. Grindleford is also the best station to visit nearby Padley Gorge, famed for its gently flowing streams and tumbling waterfalls in a woodland setting. Unsurprisingly, it's also surrounded by great walks and is a popular spot for picnics and paddling. From Grindleford station, you can scramble up Upper Padley, for a scenic circular walk, before heading back to Grindleford station.

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