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Taylors' Croft Cottage , Edale in the Derbyshire Peak District

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About the Edale Valley

Edale is a valley in North Derbyshire, situated about 15 miles west of Sheffield, in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Edale valley is a loose collection of scattered farmsteads or 'booths' as they are known which grew up around the original shelters or 'boothies' used by shepherds when tending their sheep on the hillsides. There are 5 main ones in Edale valley, Nether Booth, Ollerbooth, Upper Booth, Barber booth and Grindsbrook Booth of which the village called Edale is part.

Great ridge between Castleton and EdaleBarn in Edale Valley

Edale village is in a lovely setting below Kinder Scout and is the start of the Pennine way, the first and longest footpath in England, opened in 1965. The valley provides some of the finest walking in England as well as many other activities which include tennis, golf, swimming, mountain biking, and horse riding. The valley is also within eay reach of many Derbyshire and Peak District attractions which include, the Castleton Caverns, the towns of Bakewell and Buxton as well as the Derwent reservoirs and their famous dams. The magnificent houses of Chatsworth and Haddon are also a short drive away.

In 1894 the railway was built between Manchester and Sheffield, with the line running through Edale. It was necessary to dig the 2 mile long Cowburn tunnel under Colbourne Moor, the 9th longest tunnel in the country. With the railway came the day trippers and a flourishing tourist industry was started.

Edale ChurchEdale from the Great Ridge

The buildings are of local gritstone. Edale village school is still in use today having been built in 1819. The old Parsonage, originally a barn was converted into a house in 1615 and housed the church Minister until a new vicarage was built in 1894.

Edale church, dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity was built in 1885 to a design by William Dawes of Manchester. It is aisleless and has a broach spire. A chapel did exist here before but there was a time when villagers had to go to Castleton church and even carry their dead via Hollins Cross to be buried.

There are 2 pubs in the village of Edale, the Ramblers ( formerly the Church Hotel ) and the Old Nags Head which is the official start of the Pennine way. The Old Nags head was formerly the village blacksmiths, and offers as does the Ramblers, accommodation and refreshments. Here is also a post office and a general stores as well as a camp site. The valley has another pub called the Cheshire Cheese which is closer to the village of Hope.

Kinder Scout at 2088ft is the highest point in Derbyshire. It can be reached by either heading north up Grindsbrook or west up Jacobs ladder. The 2 paths rejoin at Kinder Downfall on the western edge of the plateau, then cross the peat bogs towards Bleaklow.

The National Trust owns much of the moorland around Edale including most of Kinder Scout. Upper Booth farm is rented from the National Trust and the tenants run a campsite on the farm as well as an information centre in one of their barns - services much appreciated by the many ramblers who come here to walk the pennine way, which passes through the farm on its way to Jacob's Ladder and Edale Cross.

Barber Booth is a tight knit settlement squeezed between Broadleebank Tor and a bend in the River Noe as it flows through the valley west to east.

Edale Visitor Centre
The Moorland Centre
Field Head
Hope Valley
Derbyshire s33 7za
Tel: 01433 670207

Opening times:
Easter until 31 October
Weekdays 9:30am - 5:00pm (closed for lunch)
Weekends 9:30am - 5:30pm (closed for lunch)
1 November until Easter
Weekdays 10:00am - 3.30pm
Weekends 9:30am - 4.30pm (closed for lunch)

Recently opened and built near the start of the Pennine Way, the Moorland Centre’s design reflects its upland setting. It has a living roof of sedum turf, intersected by a waterfall tumbling over glass panels into a pool at the entrance. The turf acts as an eco-friendly insulator, and the building is fuelled by an energy-saving ground-source heat pump.

For Peak District information try Derbyshire and the Peak District

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