Hathersage Trip - 28th-31st August 2020


Lots more information about the walks - with full details and maps - from Roy below : 

4th May 2020:
Perk up.
I've found time to prepare the walk programme for the BBN Holiday to Hathersage in August.

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I've had a few people interested in coming and some have booked accommodation.
Hopefully, depending on travel restrictions and the like, this holiday will take place?
The only cost at the moment is my time - there's plenty of it.
Keep on walking. 
roycarter367@hotmail.com or 01234 301182



The walking weekend is centred on Hathersage at the eastern end of the Hope Valley, a large busy village with rich historical, industrial and literary associations. The main walks are on Saturday and Sunday – both walks being a comfortable 17 miles. There is an introductory walk on Friday afternoon and a departing walk on Monday – 9 miles and 14 miles respectively. See below for full details of all the walks.

Accommodation will need to be obtained in Hathersage or in the surrounding villages. There are many Guest Houses, B&B’s, Rental Properties, Campsites and Youth Hostels in the area but they do get booked up early – please contact the holiday organiser – Roy Carter to indicate interest. roycarter367@hotmail.com or 01234 301182


Hathersage has become a popular place to visit for those in search of legendary heroes and literary heroines. By the south door of the church of St Michael is the grave of Robin Hood's lieutenant, Little John, who was reputedly born in Hathersage. Near the village other associated sites with the outlaw are Robin Hood's Cave, Well and Stoop. Charlotte Bronte has close connections with the village and it is said to be featured in her novels. North Lees Hall is thought to have been the model for Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre. Hathersage was once an important centre for the manufacture of millstones, needles and pins. There are some outstanding areas of natural beauty surrounding the village, including Stanage, Froggatt and Burbage Edges, Offerton and Abney Moor and Bretton Clough. The river Derwent passes just south of the village at Leadmill, where there is a picturesque bridge and country inn

Walk Itinerary

Friday 28th August @ 1:30pm – Elbow Grit – 9 miles

The walk starts from the George Hotel in Hathersage and heads east on the A6187 to take the High Lees footpath up to Fiddler’s Elbow onto Burbage Rocks. Good views as we traverse the escarpment to Burbage Bridge and onward to Owler Tor and Mother Cap to reach Millstone Edge. Taking the path through the millstone quarries to Bolehill, we descend to Grindleford station and down to the river Derwent. Following the river course we gently walk back into Hathersage via Leadmill Bridge.

Saturday 29th August @ 9:30am – Edges & Dales – 17 miles

The walk starts from Hathersage Station to catch 09:45 train to Grindleford (single ticket £2.70). From here we ascend through Nether Padley onto the spectacular “Edges” of Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow to reach Wellington’s Monument. Descending through Calver for a morning break we head up Coombs Dale and over into Middleton Dale. From here it’s a small distance into the plague village of Eyam and a long lunch (much to see). In the afternoon we ascend Eyam Edge into the secret valleys of Bretton and Abney Clough, over Offerton Moor and down to the challenge of using stepping stones to cross the river Derwent. It is just a short distance into Hathersage.

Sunday 30th August @ 9:30am – Edges & Reservoirs – 18 miles

The walk starts from the George Hotel in Hathersage and heads north up onto Stanage Edge with good views over the village. Following the escarpment we use a little bit of roaming to cross Cutthroat Bridge and onto Derwent Edge. Now on a defined path we are treated to a whole set of rock outcrops with names like Wheel Stones, Salt Cellar, Dove Stone, Cakes of Bread and the highest point, Lost Lad before descending into Derwent reservoir for lunch at the NT centre. Crossing the headwaters of Ladybower reservoir, we climb onto Win Hill and descend towards the Dam (famous in the film Dambusters) into Bamford. From here, Hathersage isn’t too far away.

Monday 31st August @ 10:00am – 14 miles – Tors & Ladders – 14 miles

The walk starts from the large carpark in Castleton, just 6 miles west of Hathersage. From here it’s straight up onto Hollins Cross and along the ridge to Mam Tor with good views over the vale of Edale and Hope valley. We then head onto the dark peat of the High Peak District towards Kinderscout but before reaching it, descend down Jacob’s Ladder on the Pennine Way to Upper Booth and onto Edale for lunch. In the afternoon we cross the vale and rise onto Backtor to reach the panoramic view at Lose Hill, then descend back into Castleton for tea in a café before the homeward journey.