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Hathersage is moorland village located near the bottom of Stanage Edge in the Peak District. It’s especially popular with walkers and rock-climbers because of its proximity to Higgar Tor, Carl Wark and the gritstone bulk of Stanage Edge.
Hathersage is also well known for its former reputation, in the 19th century, as an industrial centre from making brass buttons and wire. Several of the nearby hills and edges were quarried for source materials to make millstones too.
The village was a source of inspiration for author Charlotte Bronte’s story Jane Eyre. In the book it was called Norton and the heroine borrowed her surname from a local family. North Lees Hall, which is close to Hathersage also inspired the fictional Thornfield where the titular Jane worked as governess for Lord Rochester. North Lees Hall is rarely open to the public but does open a few days a year.Hope Valley Railway
During the summer there is an open air swimming pool with its own band stand. Long open hours through the summer ensure its popularity with locals and holidaymakers alike. Hathersage village has a small range of pubs and shops including banks and a cycle hire outlet. There’s also an outdoor / camping supplies store with an upstairs café that is worth a visit, called Outside.
Hathersage is connected by rail via its own station to the Hope Valley Line that runs between Manchester and Sheffield. A lot of visitors set off and walk to Stanage Edge from the village, which is a long gritstone outcrop with views for miles from the top of the plateau. The makers of Pride and Prejudice (2005) starring Keira Knightley came to this spot to film its romantic conclusion. For a romantic meal in Hathersage why not try The Plough Inn for its selection of traditional meals, it has an AA Rosette, and a 4 Star and Silver award from Visit Peak Britain. Elsewhere in the village there is Coleman’s Deli & Café for pleasant and varied lunches.
For something a little different why not spend an afternoon at the David Mellor Cutlery Factory, the new design museum, and the Country Shop & Café. If you like modern art and architecture in a wooded habitat, this place is for you.
"Hathersage is very popular with walkers and rock climbers…"
Hathersage has a few more amenities than the majority of the surrounding villages but for serious supplies and shopping Chesterfield is your best bet for chain stores and well-staffed banks. Castleton has the nearest staffed tourist information centre so it’s worth a drive up the road to get stocked up on local knowledge and any news that may not have made it onto the Internet.