The Vale of Edale is a dramatic valley bordered by the lush green hills of Mam Tor and Rushup Edge to the south and to the north by the bleak moorland of Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District.
It is the ideal setting for outdoor pursuits such as caving, mountain biking, rock climbing, hang gliding, horse riding and pony trekking. The centre of Edale village, and the start of the Pennine Way, is around five minutes walk across the fields or a few minutes drive.
Edale has a charming peakland church, two pubs, a general store, two cafes, an information centre and railway station on the Sheffield to Manchester main line. There is also a regular bus service connecting Edale with the neighbouring villages of Hope and Castleton, and the nearby market town of Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Hope has a garage, a selection of shops and pubs. The attractive village of Castleton is a short drive or bus ride over Mam Tor and has a multitude of gift shops selling jewellery made from Blue John stone which is still mined here. There are four caverns to visit as well as a choice of pubs, cafes and restaurants and a very good outdoor pursuits shop.
Chapel-en-le-Frith is the local market town and is known as the Capital of the Peak. It has many small shops including a pharmacy, several restaurants and take-a-ways suiting a variety of tastes and a supermarket. There is also a market here on Thursday, mainly selling local produce. The nearby Chestnut Centre is well worth a visit and is a rescue and breeding centre for otters and birds of prey.
Also within easy reach is the spa town of Buxton, with it's Opera House, theatre and pavilion gardens. The spa is still operating and visitors can take their own bottle to fill with mineral water for free. Market days are Tuesday and Saturday.
If visiting stately homes interests you then Chatsworth House and Park are a must, just over half an hour drive away. The house, landscaped gardens and farmyard are open to the public, and there is an adventure playground to amuse the children. Also in that direction is the market town of Bakewell, where you can savour a real Bakewell tart or pudding, and maybe visit Haddon Hall or Cauldwell's Mill at Rowsley. For a real trip back in history a visit to Eyam, the Derbyshire plague village, is recommended. Eyam Hall and craft centre are also well worth a visit.
Situated at the heart of the Peak District, Ollerbrook Barn is an ideal base for touring the Dark Peak and Derbyshire Dales. Alton Towers, Sheffield and Manchester are within easy reach.
Mark & Theresa Skillen
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