This is a linear walk through the Peak District's Hope Valley, from Castleton to Hathersage. It's quite a gentle route taking you through the middle of the Hope Valley along three of the waterways running through the district. There's nice waterside sections along streams and rivers with great views of the surrounding Peak District Hills.
Starting at Castleton you head east along the pretty Peakshole Water stream. The stream joins the River Noe at the village of Hope before passing Bamford and joining the River Derwent. Here you join a section of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way to take you into Hathersage.
Around Bamford you have the option of picking up the Thornhill Trail cycling and walking route. If you head north from the river at Shatton you can pick up the trail. It will take you along a disused railway line to the nearby Ladybower Reservoir.
Near the end of the Thornhill trail there is the option to climb to Win Hill. From here you can enjoy fabulous views over the reservoir and the Hope Valley.
Also nearby are the climbs to Bamford Edge and Stanage Edge. Here you will find interesting rock formations and more great views over the valley below.
Other good options for exploring this beautiful area include the Castleton Circular Walk. This will take you to up to Mam Tor where you can explore the Great Ridge and Lose Hill.
Hope Valley Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hope Valley Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hope Valley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hope Valley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Hope Valley Pubs/Cafes
Head to the Cheshire Cheese in Hope for refreshments in a wonderful setting. The wonderful old pub dates from the 1500s, has a lovely beer garden and is very walker friendly. It's located just north of Hope, on the Edale Road at postcode S33 6ZF.
The Angler's Rest in Bamford village is another good option. The community-owned pub and cafe includes facilities such as a post office, log burner, beer garden, large car park and secure bike racks. In the bar area there's a fine selection of real ales, while the cafe offers light meals, delicious cakes baked on the premises, as well as hot and cold drinks. The cafe also hosts a nice art gallery with a monthly exhibition of original work by local artists that not only brightens the walls but is also available to buy. It's a great place to go because you are not just enjoying a pint, a coffee or buying a stamp, you are also helping to sustain a community! You can easiliy find the pub on the Main Road in Bamford with a postcode of S33 0DY for your sat navs.
Also in the village you will find the Yorkshire Bridge Inn. This fine inn was awarded the Gold Award in the East Midlands Tourism Enjoy England Excellence Award 2009. There's an excellent menu and they also provide good quality accommodation if you need to stay over. Outside there's a lovely beer garden to relax in when the weather is good. You can find the pub on Ashopton Road with a postcode of S33 0AZ.