Local Area

Bradwell dates back to pre-roman times and is a typical Derbyshire village in that it's always been a working village. Bradwell is often referred to locally and by neighbouring villages as the friendliest village.

Historically there have always been various smaller industries in the area that have kept the inhabitants of Bradwell busy. The Bradda Beaver, a felt hat, was supposedly the original design of the First World War tin hat and at least eight hatting shops existed in the early 19th century. But Bradwell's most famous son was probably Samuel Fox the industrialist, benefactor and inventor of the umbrella frame, though there are a few present characters that may dispute this position!

The village benefits from a grocery shop, a bread and sandwich shop, post office, newsagents, hairdresser, florist and a fish and chip shop. Bradwell also has four pubs, providing good food at reasonable prices.

Hope Valley is a short distance for anybody wishing to try other eating places and easily accessible by car, bus or train, though the nearest rail station is two miles away at Hope Village itself.

Bradwell is located between the Dark Peak and White Peak and within a twelve mile radius you will be able to visit Buxton and Bakewell and the villages of Tideswell, Eyam, Castleton, Edale and Hathersage. You also have the Chatsworth and Haddon Estates and the magnificent scenery of Ladybower and the Derwent Valley.

Not to be missed is the annual event  and festive tradition of Wells Dressing.

Bradwell dresses four Wells in in the age old style which generally depicts a biblical scene. These very unique crafted structures involve a years work from design to completion, with the work being done entirely by local people.

A week long series of events and entertainments coincide around the Wells Dressings and Bradwell's time is the first week of August.  

Not to be missed is a visit to Castleton (3 miles) the home of the world famous Blue John Stone and Caves. We are also in close proximity to Bakewell and Buxton only a twenty minute drive away where you can explore many 

activities including beautiful walks in stunning countryside. Also a chance to look at the Ladybower Reservoirs where the Dambusters was filmed.