Hope Valley

The Hope Valley is West of Sheffield in the Peak District National Park and served by bus service 271/272, generally on an hourly frequency, along with an hourly train service on the Sheffield-Manchester line. Additionally bus 257 runs from Sheffield a different route serving the village centres in Bamford, Hathersage and Grindleford. (Note bus 257 doesn’t serve the Hope Valley on Sundays, it instead goes over the Snake Pass to Glossop, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Castleton)

The area offers some breathtaking scenery, Castleton is also known for its show caves, including one where underground boat tours are available! There are of course many country pubs too, along with Intrepid brewery.

Note that the Hope Valley is in Derbyshire when choosing your travel ticket. Buses are operated by a combination of First South Yorkshire and Hulleys of Baslow, trains are operated primarily by Northern although there are two a day provided by East Midlands Railway. Information on public transport in Derbyshire can be found here.

Maynard, Grindleford

A large ’boutique hotel’ with modern public bar, lounge and restaurant. Impressive views from the large garden. Casual walkers and dogs welcome. Snacks are served in the bar from 12pm-9pm. Real fires in the lounge and bar area.

Get there: train, bus 65

Millstone, Hathersage

Built to serve the nearby millstone quarry, now popular with walkers and climbers. Open plan with large well furnished seating/dining areas. Extensive outdoor area partly under cover.

Get there: bus 271 or 272.

Plough Inn, Hathersage

The central bar serves the two level main lounge areas each with a splendid fire place. The building is a converted farmhouse on the banks of the river Derwent with an extensive beer garden.

Get there: bus 257 or train followed by a short walk.

Little John Hotel, Hathersage

Large stone built pub which has had extensive internal renovations refurbishment and the new bright clean interior now has a carvery style servery, dining and seating areas and a bar area. Three ever changing cask beers are on offer.

Get there: train, bus 257, 271 or 272.

George, Hathersage

Formerly a 500 year old inn, this luxury Derbyshire hotel in the heart of the Peak District has been transformed into a pub offering a range of real ales in their public bar.

Get there: train, bus 271 or 272.

Scotsman’s Pack, Hathersage

Comforting pub dating from the Edwardian period decorated with horse brasses and ornamental plates. The pub features a main bar area, two seated dining areas and a bar-side room around the central bar servery. The pleasant garden overlooks a stream.

Get there: bus 271 or 272.

Anglers Rest, Bamford

At the heart of Bamford and not far from Ladybower reservoir, this is a community hub in every sense, where the locals have been running the pub (and associated Post Office and Rest Cafe) since 2013. The main bar is the focal point and is extremely popular with families, walkers and particularly cyclists who have access to dedicated cycle parking and a DIY repair shop. There is also a quieter snug. Good value, rustic bar food is served Wednesday to Sunday. Walkers and dogs are welcome, and there is secure parking available for cyclists, and disabled car parking spaces.

Get there: bus 257

Yorkshire Bridge Inn, Bamford

Set in a glorious location adjacent to the Ladybower reservoir. Serves quality drink and food using local produce. 14 comfortable bedrooms. Cycle friendly pub, includes a cycles repair tool station in the garden.

Get there: bus 257

White Hart, Bradwell

Exposed low beams and stone walls lend a rustic feel to this quiet relaxed village local, dating from 1676 and just uphill from the village green. A popular community pub offering a very diverse range of entertainments, complemented by a choice of three real ales as well as excellent food.

Get there: bus 271 or 272 (note not all journeys serve Bradwell)

Travellers Rest, Brough

Large roadside pub, open plan but with distinct areas around the island bar. There is a big screen showing sporting events and good value pool table. Dogs and walkers welcome.

Get there: bus 271 or 272.

Old Hall Hotel, Hope

Typical village corner pub with a large open plan bar area. Traditional, relaxed and friendly atmosphere maintained. The snug features a real fire. Five B&B rooms available. Tea room adjoins building serving 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm. Beer festivals held most bank holiday weekends.

Get there: bus 271 or 272, alternatively train followed by a short walk.

Cheshire Cheese Inn, Hope

A cosy country inn dating from 1578 with an open plan bar area and a smaller room at a lower level that was probably originally used to house animals, but now is mainly used as a dining area. Home cooked meals using local produce are served lunchtimes and evenings.

Get there: bus 271 or 272 followed by a short walk.

Woodroffe Arms, Hope

Uncomplicated Greene King owned local village boozer split into two drinking areas with rear car park and outdoor seating area. Recently renovated following damage to the building.

Get there: bus 271 or 272, alternatively train followed by a short walk.

SwissTap, Castleton

A family run B&B with a bar open to non-residents offering a range of four real ales. The opening times are ‘flexible’. They serve bar snack types of food from burgers, wraps, sides and sharing platters from 3pm-8pm Tue-Sun.

Get there: bus 271 or 272.

Olde Cheshire Cheese, Castleton

An excellent traditional village inn. A central bar separates the dining and bustling lounge areas. Names of landlords inscribed on low wooden beams. Walkers welcome. Six real ales on offer, all from local brewers.

Get there: bus 271 or 272

Peak Hotel, Castleton

Refurbished under new management, offering en-suite B&B accommodation, good pub food, a range of four real ales, quiz night, live music and more.

Get there: bus 271 or 272

Olde Nag’s Head Inn, Castleton

The bar areas include a feature fireplace, exposed stone walls and carved wooden chairs. Stylish dining room and busy family food trade. Live Music every Saturday from 9pm. Excellent range of real ales including beers from several local breweries, and also real cider. Serve Breakfast from 8am until 11am each morning.

Get there: bus 271 or 272

Bulls Head Hotel, Castleton

High quality home cooked food provides the backbone of this family run hotel. A spacious wood panelled dining room, while leather sofas feature in the smaller bar area. Six different Robinsons real ales are offered. Courtyard drinking area and newly refurbished barn for indoor/outdoor eating and drinking.

Get there: bus 271 or 272

Castle Inn, Castleton

A chain pub aiming to create an authentic atmosphere with local pictures adorning the walls, candlelit tables and wooden beams. Walkers welcome. Dogs allowed in the bar and water and dog treats provided.

Get there: bus 271 or 272

George, Castleton

Cosy two roomed back street pub. The flag stoned tap room welcomes walkers and dogs, while the carpeted restaurant is for diners only. Attractive forecourt seating. Three real ales are offered.

Get there: bus 271 or 272.

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