Whether you’re roadtrippin’ around the Peak District or just fancy a day out, the charming village of Edale represents the perfect place to visit.
Located in the Hope Valley, Edale is home to just 353 people but attracts thousands more each year. Being just a 30-minute train ride from Sheffield, or 40-minutes from Manchester, its combined beauty and accessibility is one of the main reasons this is a Peak District favourite.
Upon arriving in Edale, you’re almost spoilt for choice for how to spend your day, despite its small stature! Head to one of the two cafes in the village and fuel up before deciding which walk you’re going to tackle for the day ahead.
Marking the start of the Pennine Way, one of the UK’s most famous long-distance walking tracks, don’t be deterred if you see some seriously well-kitted out hikers escapading around Edale. Kinder Scout, Mam Tor and Jacob’s Ladder all prove great, shorter options and offer different challenges suitable for all walkers, whether you’re a Sunday stroller or an experienced hiker. If the views along each of the routes don’t keep you coming back, then the local ales and homecooked food on offer certainly will!
If you’d rather explore below you than climb high above, head to the nearby Blue John Cavern home to eight varieties of Blue John Stone. Mined for centuries, the cavern is full of narrow mining passageways and old mining equipment – and eight of the fourteen known varieties of Blue John Stone. The caves are an Edale treasure, perfect for history enthusiasts, geologists and caving lovers.