The small Peak District village of Edale is located in the Peak District National Park, at about 200m of altitude and is surrounded by picturesque hills and plateaus. It’s perfect for a relaxing cottage break, outdoor lovers and walkers, as the Pennine Way starts/finishes in the village.
The name Edale was originally given to the valley of the River Noe, an area that contained a number of small herdsmen’s shelters or ‘Booths’; one of which, Grindsbrook Booth, was re-named Edale. The valley is now usually referred to as the Valley of Edale.
Edale is best known as the southern end of the Pennine Way, a long-distance walking trail that runs through the Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, Cheviots and Hadrians Wall and on to Scotland. Edale also has a number of less ambitious routes starting in, or running close to, the village. Recommended walking options include Over Hillins Cross or Mam Tor to the caves of Castleton, across Jacobs Ladder, past Edale Cross and on towards Hayfield, or up Kinder Scout or Grindsbrook Clough and on towards Kinder Downfall, Snake Pass or Hayfield.
The village has a couple of cosy pubs that serve food and supply real ale, and are the ideal place to unwind after a day’s walking in the hills. There is also a café and shop and a Visitor Centre between the village and the train station, which is on the extremely scenic railway line between Sheffield and Manchester.
Situated in the heart of the Peak District, visitors have access to other activities including cycling, climbing, horse riding and potholing, and attractions such as the Georgian spa town of Buxton, castle and show caves at Castleton, and stately homes at Lyme Park, Chatsworth, Haddon Hall.
For self-catering accommodation in this picturesque region see holiday cottages in Edale, and take the opportunity to explore the beautiful village and the Peak District National Park for yourself.