HOPE VALLEY LINE
Hathersage is noted for its beautiful natural setting, at the ‘heather’s edge’, below the gritstone crags of Stanage Edge and on the banks of the river Derwent. The village lies at the eastern end of the Hope Valley and offers a variety of shops, including outdoor kit retailers and a selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Train journeys to Hathersage station take 55 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly and 18 minutes from Sheffield and are operated by Northern Trains Ltd. Find up to date ticket and timetable information here.
Find a list of all Hathersage station facilities, including access information here.
There is a gap between the platform and train. Call the Assisted Travel Team at Northern Trains on 0800 138 5560 before you travel to inform the traincrew should you need assistance.
The nearest bus stops are at the end of Back Lane at the junction with Station Road. One side of the road does not have a bus stop pole but if you put your arm out the bus drivers will stop for you all the same.
Information about bus services at Hathersage can be found by calling Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visiting their website: www.traveline.info
Details of local taxi firms can be found on the Onward Travel posters displayed at the station.
Turn right from the station to reach the village centre. A five-minute walk brings you to Hathersage Pool, a popular heated outdoor swimming pool, worth booking on sunny days. See the pool’s website and booking information here.
Turn left from the station entrance lane to find the unusual Round Building, set back from the road. This is cutlery and kitchenware designer David Mellor’s Country Shop, incorporating a museum, café and factory as well as retail.
Charlotte Bronte stayed in Hathersage while she was writing “Jane Eyre”. Some of the book’s locations bear a close resemblance to places in the village. Her “Thornfield Hall” is commonly believed to be North Lees Hall, north of the village and now owned by the Peak District National Park.
Rumour has it that Robin Hood’s friend Little John is buried in the grounds of St. Michael’s & All Angels Parish Church.
The Dark Peak OL1 Ordnance Survey map covers this area so you can see the wide range of walk options.
And here’s a link to a great walk from the station to Stanage Edge and back which rewards you with panoramic views over the Hope Valley:
Amazing Hathersage and Stanage Edge Walk >
Friends of Hathersage Station
Volunteer Friends of the station make a colourful impact on the platforms with many well-tended planters. The edge of the car park is lined with a beautiful display of daffodils in spring and there is also an area of mixed flowers and shrubs providing colour all year round.
On the stone wall by the station entrance you’ll find attractive interpretation panels about the village and its heritage and from time-to-time artwork by the local schoolchildren is displayed inside the shelters.
Keep up with the group’s activity on facebook @Friends of Hathersage Station