Image: Approaching Hope from Castleton along the back lane.The Limestone plateau of the Peak District National Park is cut by many delightful valleys. However, as you travel north, you approach the Dark Peak, so called because the rock there is the darker gritstone. Hope is situated at the junction of the Carboniferous Limestone and the Edale Shale and Gritstone group and is surrounded by a magnificent landscape of dramatic hills and high moorland. To the south lie the low hills of limestone country with the more mountainous region of the High Peak to the north and west. Hope gives its name to the wide valley in which it sits. The Hope Valley lies just to the south of the popular Edale valley and the two mark the junction between the White Peak and Dark Peak.

Hope lies half way along the Hope Valley in Derbyshire, at the confluence of the River Noe and Peakshole Water. Hope is a great centre for anyone interested in the Outdoors, with some of the best mountain bike routes in Derbyshire (see picture of Hope Cross below - there are a couple of bridleways leading to it from the vicinity of Hope) plus plenty of walking and climbing nearby.

Image: Mountain biking in Derbyshire, Hope Cross.The village is built around the crossroads of the A625 Sheffield to Chapel-en-le-Frith road and the B6049 which runs northwards from Tideswell to Edale. This minor road follows roughly the line of the old Portway, an ancient trading route which ran the length of the county from south to north. The village probably originated at a point where the Portway crossed a prehistoric east-west route, which in later medieval times was used by jaggers driving teams of pack-horses carrying mainly salt and other goods from Cheshire, as names like Salter Barn, Saltergate Lane and Salto Lane suggest. Modern day Hope is a typical bustling Peak District small town with tea rooms, pubs, bed and breakfast guest houses, hotels, a Caravan Club site and self catering accommodation. There are also some shops which are fine for the basics, including a branch of Hitch and Hike and a small bike shop which is geared up for mountain bikers in particular.

Close to Hope lies the main source of mass employment in the Hope Valley - the cement works. This is one of the Peak District’s major human made landmarks and can be seen for miles around, I have often sat at the top of Stanage Edge and Bamford edge, belaying, with the view of the cement works puffing smoke. Many people hate it, regarding it as unsightly and incongruous, but it brings employment to the area and was built way before the Peak District National Park was conceived. Is it any worse than the lead mines and lead smelting works of past centuries? You make up your own mind.

The town is an ancient settlement and the church has one of the many Saxon crosses (unfortunately a headless cross) found in the Peak District. At the time of the Domesday Book, Hope had both a priest and a church, a real privilege for a Derbyshire town. It is one of the very few Derbyshire towns or villages to be mentioned prior to the Domesday Survey of 1086, the earliest surviving record dates from a charter of 926 AD which tells that King Athelstan won a battle nearby, and purchased land at Ashford and Hope from a Dane. Hope is also unusual for having kept its name with the spelling unchanged for over a thousand years.

Only the font remains of the original church. The reason for Hope’s importance? It was a key centre in the ‘Royal Forest of the Peak’, a hunting forest for medieval Royalty. There are two 13th century slabs in the church which carry what are believed to be symbols of two important forest officials (woodruffes).

Earlier, the Romans had been in the area. About a mile away lie the earthworks of their fort, Navio. This is sited at Brough and is thought to be a base used to protect Roman lead mining interests in the Peak District.

Many old buildings survive at Hope, including the Elizabethan Aston Hall, dating from the late 1500s in a nearby hamlet.

Farming is still important to the Peak District economy, Hope still hosts a market and annual agricultural show I believe. There is also an old pinfold still in existence (an enclosure in which stray animals were placed until the owner could retrieve them), pictured below with Mam Tor, "the shivering mountain" in the background ...

Image: The pinfold at Hope, Derbyshire town.

The popular 16th century Cheshire Cheese Inn on Edale Road about half a mile from the village was so-named because it was an overnight stopping point on the old trade route from Cheshire - and payment for lodging was actually paid in cheese!

There was much housing development around the turn of the last century following the arrival of the Midland Railway in 1894 which brought tourists from Manchester and Sheffield along the Hope Valley line. It also brought an influx of construction workers to the temporary ‘Tin Town’ of Birchinlee in the Upper Derwent Valley to build the Derwent and Howden Dams. Many stayed on after the work was finished and made Hope their home.

Nearby towns and villages include Bamford, Hathersage and Castleton where you can find plenty of accommodation.

Accommodation in the nearby area.

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Cherry Tree Cottage, Self-Catering, Castleton - NW of the Peak District sleeps 2,3,4

Cherry Tree Cottage in Castleton is a cosy 18th century cottage situated at the heart of Castleton giving easy access to ... More information or visit Cherry Tree Cottage web site..


Thumbnail: Self catering holiday cottage for up to 6 in Grindleford, Derbshire..

Bank Cottage, Self-Catering, Grindleford - NE of the Peak District sleeps 1,2,3,4,5.6

This delightful holiday cottage, one of a row, has been totally refurbished, yet retains the original character. Situated in an elevated position ... More information or visit Bank Cottage web site..


Thumbnail: Hope self-catering, Winhill View Cottage.

The Old Hall Barn Cottages - Winhill View Cottage, Self-Catering, Hope - NE of the Peak District sleeps 1,2,3,4

Barn conversion conveniently situated in the heart of the Peak District in the village of Hope ... More information or visit The Old Hall Barn Cottages - Winhill View Cottage web site..


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The Old Hall Barn Cottages - The Old Hall Barn, Self-Catering, Hope - NE of the Peak District sleeps 1,2,3,4

Barn conversion conveniently situated in the heart of the Peak District in the village of Hope ... More information or visit The Old Hall Barn Cottages - The Old Hall Barn web site..


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Glider View Cottage, Self-Catering, Little Hucklow - NW of the Peak District sleeps 1 or 2

Rural tranquility for two in the heart of the Peak District National Park ... More information or visit Glider View Cottage web site..


Peak District B&B, hathersage, Derbyshire

Cannon Croft, B&B, Hathersage - NE of the Peak District

Situated in the village of Hathersage, close to some of the wildest and picturesque areas of the Peak District ... More information or visit Cannon Croft web site..


Thumbnail: Pioneer House 4 star B&B accommodation, Peak District.

Pioneer House, B&B, Bamford - NE of the Peak District

Pioneer House offers luxury B&B for sightseers and outdoors enthusiasts at the heart of the Dark Peak in the village of Bamford, Hope Valley ... More information or visit Pioneer House web site..


Image: Bed and Breakfast in Derbyshire's Hope Valley, near to Castleton or Edale.

Old Hall Hotel, B and B Hope - NW of the Peak District

The Old Hall Hotel offers good pub food and a comfortable night's sleep in the heart of the Peak District ... More information or visit Old Hall Hotel web site..
Special Offer: £55 for a room when booking 2 nights or more (Sun to Thur only).


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Losehill House Hotel & Spa, B&B, Hotel, Hope - NW of the Peak District

A gem of a Peak District hotel, along a leafy lane, nestled into the hillside, peaceful and quiet location ... More information or visit Losehill House Hotel & Spa web site..


Thumbnail: Victoria Lodge, Buxton, large self-catering holiday accommodation.

Victoria Lodge, Self-Catering, Buxton - NW of the Peak District sleeps 4 to 16

A large property in the spa town of Buxton, Derbyshire ... More information or visit Victoria Lodge web site..


Thumbnail: Hathersage luxury bed and breakfast, self-catering for Large groups - Sladen Lodge.

Sladen Lodge, Self-Catering, Hathersage - NE of the Peak District sleeps 7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16

Spacious, contemporary accommodation in a superb location. More information or visit Sladen Lodge web site..


Thumbnail: Image: Barceló Shrigley Hall Hotel Peak District pub accommodation, Derbyshire.

Barceló Shrigley Hall Hotel, B&B, Hotel, Chinley - NW of the Peak District

Luxury hotel for business use or individuals, close to Manchester and the Peak District ... More information or visit Barceló Shrigley Hall Hotel web site..


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The Coach House, Self-Catering, Chapel-en-le-Frith - NE of the Peak District sleeps 1,2,3,4,

3 star graded character coach house conversion in a fabulous setting, close to Buxton and Castleton ... More information or visit The Coach House web site..


Thumbnail: Peak District Hotel Accommodation, Derbyshire - Fern Cottage, Castleton.

Fern Cottage, B&B, Hotel, Castleton - SE of the Peak District

A stone built bed and breakfast in the heart of the tourist town of Castleton ... More information or visit Fern Cottage web site..


Thumbnail: Poppies Court, Earl Sterndale. Luxury family holiday cottage to let in the Peak District of Derbyshire.

Jericho Farm - Poppies Court, Self-Catering, Earl Sterndale, Buxton - NW of the Peak District sleeps 1,2,3,4

These quality and characterful barn conversions are set in striking "White Peak" scenery and each enjoys one of the most breathtaking views in the Peak Park, across to the jagged and dramatic ... More information or visit Jericho Farm - Poppies Court web site..


Thumbnail: Bank Top Hathersage cottage, Derbyshire Peak District holiday cottage to let.

Bank Top Cottage, Self-Catering, Hathersage - NE of the Peak District Sleeps 2,3,4

This pretty, detached holiday cottage stands in the oldest part of Hathersage with lovely views over gently undulating hills ... More information or visit Bank Top Cottage web site..


Thumbnail: Callow Barn, self-catering luxury with view of the Hope Valley.

Callow Barn, Self-Catering, Hathersage - NE of the Peak District sleeps 4,5,6,7,8

Converted barn with views of the superb Hope Valley from virtually all rooms ... More information or visit Callow Barn web site..


Total number of accommodation listings: 17

Condensed in part from Tom Bates Villages leaflets, which are available through local retailers

 


Hope - Derbyshire Town

Lying in the Peak District, near Mam Tor and Castleton.

Hope, famous for its cement works, is a popular place with tourists as it has a nice church, tea shops, souvenir shops and outdoor shops. It is a popular place to start several walks and bike rides, especially to Win Hill and along the floor of the Hope Valley.

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