Walking In The Hope Valley

The Peak District has always attracted lovers of the outdoors due to its unspoilt scenery and stunning views. Typified by gritstone escarpments and wild moors, it has been enjoyed by visitors in all seasons.

It is an ideal area for families in the summer, but for those who appreciate the change of the seasons, the area exhibits beautiful red and golden hues in autumn and snow covered hills in winter. One of the most dramatic areas to visit is The Hope Valley, stretching from Mam Tor near Castleton, to Calver.

There are plenty of campsites to choose from, or if you prefer a little more comfort then you can either stay at the pub in Bradwell, or in our holiday cottage.

There are plenty of walks in the area, either around Bradwell itself or in nearby Castleton, where the dramatic peaks and caverns can be found. Several of the caverns are open to the public including Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Peak Cavern. In the village you can find several gift shops selling the locally mined semi-precious mineral Blue John. Speedwell Cavern is worth a visit because of its unique feature of being accessed via underground boat!

Above the 4 show caves towers the impressive Mam Tor, where walkers can enjoy excellent views of the surrounding Peak District landscape. The hill is 517 metres high and on a clear day visitors can see the buildings of Manchester to the West of the Peaks. On a warm day the skies are usually full of paragliders and hang gliders taking advantage of this ideal spot for catching the thermal breezes.

The valley is easily accessible via car, bus or train, with train stations at Hathersage, Hope and Edale. There are walks of varying degrees of difficulty, so you can choose one that suits whether you are a seasoned walker or a novice.

This popular walk from the centre of Bradwell takes you through some beautiful countryside and includes the Grey Ditch, and the site of the Roman fort of Navio.


After your walk don’t forget to join us for a meal and a drink at The Shoulder of Mutton!