The Village of Hope in Derbyshire
If you would like a pleasant place to stay in the northern Peak District that is not too busy with tourists, the small village of Hope may be perfect. There are plenty of holiday rentals to choose from in the village and secluded along the quiet roads that lead out into the hills.
Hope is one of a string of small villages in the Hope and Edale valleys. It's about a mile and a half east along the A6187 Castleton Road from the tourist hot spot of Castleton. Walkers from Lose Hill or Win Hill stop for a rest and snack as they pass through at the very pleasant tea shop with an open fire, which can be found on the main road. It serves good honest food, hearty soups and generous portions. It's a good place to rest and dry any damp socks beside the roaring fire.
Cottage holidays near Hope with good walks all around
There are numerous possibilites for walks in Hope Valley and plenty of self catering cottages in the Peak District to rent for holidays and weekend breaks.
A network of paths and trails circumnavigate the village and also lead to nearby villages. Each is an adventure with beautiful and curious things to discover and see. That’s why walking holidays are so relaxing; they divert the mind to the fabulous views that are in front of you.
A holiday in the village of Hope is recommended for people who like to go for a few local walks, perhaps with the dog, to enjoy a drink in the evening at the pub and plan to drive out to see a few of the nearby attractions such as Ladybower Reservoir, Hathersage and Mam Tor.
Circular drive from Hope
It is possible to do a circular drive from Hope to Castleton, past the Speedwell Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Mam Tor and follow the Edale road past Barber Booth and back to Hope. The scenery is hugely rewarding. Take a picnic or stop off for lunch at one of the pubs en-route. If you haven’t seen the caverns, it might be interesting to stop and visit one of them but above all, do it for the views.
See the Hope Valley by bicycle
Bring or hire bicycles locally to be able to get about Hope a little faster on two wheels. The village of Hope is fairly flat but if you like challenges, you will find hills if you go north out of the village.
Get fitter with a self-catering holiday in Hope
A self-catering holiday helps people to stay fit; the purchase of food, preparation, cooking and cleaning up all still need to be done. Shopping for food in Hope can be part of the pleasure of a holiday somewhere new, most of us enjoy browsing and exploring different shops and products.
Places in Hope to visit during your holiday
The main road is dominated by the church, parts of which date back to the 14th Century. It has a steeple which is unusual for churches in these parts, and a castellated roof. The stones in the graveyard make interesting reading; there are Celtic symbols, the remains of a Saxon Cross, and some very old graves. Inside the church is a Norman font and gargoyles.
There are several essential local shops including an excellent greengrocers, quality butchers, a delicatessen with tempting produce, a couple of pubs, and a Post Office. A Fine Art Gallery for some cultural browsing is tucked away by the greengrocers. It's also possible to arrange bicycle hire in the building next door. Motorists may wish to note that there is a garage and a car park with public toilets.
Hope has it's own railway station with frequent trains to Sheffield and Manchester. It can be found just over half a mile east of the village towards the hamlet of Aston.