PEAK ACTIVITIES - HATHERSAGE - logotype.......Peak Activities, Hathersage, Derbyshire......
 
HATHERSAGE VILLAGE IN THE HEART 
OF THE PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK...  

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Millstones by the roadside denote the boundaries of the very popular 
District Peak National Park. This site overlooks nearby Sheffield.


This section of our web site is intended to provide our customers 
and their guests with some pictures of and information about our
home base Hathersage.  Hathersage is a charming unspoiled village 
where Peak Activities Ltd's team of outdoor pursuits instructors 
and training specialists is based in the accessible Hope Valley.    
We're in the very heart of the Peak District  National Park in the UK's
lovely Derbyshire Dales approximately 10 miles to the West of the 
city of Sheffield which is over the county border in South Yorkshire. 

Quite a few of our competitors now claim to be based in Hathersage
 - but we've lived and worked right here in our own centre in the centre
of the village for over 22 years and we feel there's an important  difference 
between meeting someone here in a car park and actually being established 
here and owning  our own premises and facilities here.

  

View of Hathersage village in Derbyshire, England - copyright photograph.

A view across Hathersage up to Millstone Edge & the Eastern Moors.

 

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Peak Activities runs private (closed ) courses & open courses
( i.e. events open to the public ). Open events include activities
such as abseiling, caving, orienteering, mountain biking, walking
scrambles and rock climbing for complete novices. The activities
run by Peak Activities in Hathersage have enjoyed rave reviews on
BBC and ITV television travel programmes and in media such as
the Sunday Times Travel Magazine and
Sunday Telegraph Travel
Sections. Click here for media articles and press coverage of
these events at Rock Lea - our centre in Hathersage.
 

Rock Lea Activity Centre in centre of Hathersage - operated by Peak Activities Ltd.

 

Peak Activities Ltd's UK operations are based at Rock Lea Activity Centre
which is located in the very centre of Hathersage ( Heather's Edge) in the
HOPE VALLEY in the very heart of the fabulous Peak District National Park.
We have owned our own centre in Hathersage for over 22 years.

From our popular base in Hathersage we run events for private groups 
and also run regular events which are open to individual members of 
the general public. Dates & prices of open courses at our centre in Hathersage.
Hathersage Village Railway Station Sign - Hathersage railway station is an unmanned station on the main line bewteen Sheffield and Manchester, the Hope Valley Line.   Copyright image.

Hathersage Railway Station Sign

HATHERSAGE Green UK Location Map : This is a copyright Map - Copyright Peak Activities Ltd.  No unauthorised use allowed without a repro licence.

 

Peak Activities are based where the lush green
dales of the White Peak's limestone scenery
meet the wild and craggy heather moorlands &
edges on the rugged Dark Peak's Millstone Grit.
 
 
 


  

 

 

| Getting to Hathersage is really easy by road rail or air |

| Accommodation in and around Hathersage |

| Events in Hathersage open to the public |

Hathersage simple railway station comprises two well lit platforms
with small diesel passenger units stopping here approx every hour.
There's no taxi rank here ( the station is unmanned ) but we can
arrange transport from the station to your accommodation venue
if you're one of our clients having booked your training or outdoor
activities with us. Our
minibuses are available for transferring groups
from the station to local conference venues for example.

 

 

| Services & Activities offered by Peak Activities Ltd in and around Hathersage |

 

 
Hathersage in the Peak National ParkHathersage, looking North East
Hathersage Parish Church is located on a ridge of high ground above 
the rest of the village and overshadowed by craggy hills and moorlands. 
The crag shown in this photograph is one where we sometimes take our 
customers rock climbing and scrambling  and mountain biking. The area
around the village of Hathersage is full of ancient monuments including
"La Tene" Iron Age Hill Forts and burial mounds and Roman causeways.



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Walking around the edge of Kinder Plateau with an expert guide from 
Rock Lea Centre -Hathersage.  Click on the image for more information
about walking in this wonderful region of the UK.



The village of Hathersage and the surrounding Hope Valley has dozens of 
excellent varied  upland and lowland walks  - many of which start right at 
on the doorstep of base here ( Rock Lea ).  As you can see from some of 
the pictures on this page, the crags which loom above the village are just 
a 4 or 5 minutes minibus or car ride away...or a slightly longer walk or bike 
ride away if you're feeling energetic !

Hathersage has long enjoyed a reputation for being an ideal base for walkers, 
ramblers and a host of outdoor pursuits such as rock-climbing, abseiling, caving, 
gliding, orienteering, potholing, & mountain biking.  It is a superb place for our 
various team building and staff development training courses - and as we have 
exclusive access and use of a 2,000 acre estate in the wonderful Hope Valley, 
Peak Activities Ltd. is the first choice for many well known companies wanting 
team challenges, corporate events and private management development training 
programmes.



Places to eat and stay in and around HATHERSAGE...


Accommodation in and around Hathersage includes numerous hotels & inns,
B&B's farmhouses, and camping sites.  There are several tried and tested
conference centres nearby too.


 PUBS & INNS IN HATHERSAGE....

The Millstone Inn, the Plough, the Scotsman's Pack and 
the Little John Inn are just a few of the many attractions 
for people staying over in Hathersage.  If you like the 
atmosphere of traditional inns and  pub food and their 
hospitality you'll enjoy visiting the many charming inns in 
and around Hathersage.  
 
Image of the Plough Inn located by the River Derwent just outside Hathersage a little way. A charming pub and great food too...The Scotsman's Pack in the centre of Hathersage. Copyright image.
The Plough Inn (left) &  Scotsman Pack Inn (right) - two of the many places to eat & stay in Hathersage.

 
Within a three mile radius of the village centre there are no less than
eight pubs, several smart hotels, dozens of guest-houses ( known as
B&B's locally) and a good choice of youth hostels, camp sites, camping
barns and several well appointed conference & training centres.

There are some great places to eat in Hathersage including Sangham's 
excellent Indian Balti Restaurant and Sintra's cafe and restaurant. 
Longlands is a pleasant place to eat over one of the climbing shops. 
The Hathersage Pool Cafe provide a great venue for those looking for 
good low cost meals.   
An excellent place to stay. We can book our activity clients and training customers into this Three star hotel accommodation only 60 metres away from our base at Rock Lea.
The George Hotel is a three star Best Western hotel in Hathersage 
is just 80 metres from our centre. We have had hundreds of customers 
staying at this hotel over the past 28+ years that we've been running 
successful training events from Rock Lea.  If you are booked into our 
centre for activities you can phone us on 01433-650345 and we can 
often arrange special rates for our groups of guests staying at such
local hotels.
Snake Pass Inn A57

The surrounding Hope Valley has many really pleasant 
inns and pubs offering good food and hospitality.  One of 
our favourite remoter inns is the Snake Pass Inn on the 
Snake Road ( A57 ) close to the summit of one of the high 
passes between Hathersage and Glossop.  This is run by
two very close friends of ours John and Sandra Atkin.
Whether you're looking for a nice farmhouse B&B or a well organised
conference centre or a luxurious hotel - there's almost every kind of
accommodation you can think of. One of the advantages of using
Peak Activities is that we have used most of the local accommodation
options hundreds of times before - so we know all the best places to
stay ( as well as one or two to avoid too ! ) We can also arrange special
rates at some of the venues we regularly use with our clients.
 
Copyright image. Cycles passing a charming farmhouse Bed and Breakfast venue on the outskirtys of Hathersage and Outseats..Peak Activities Ltd's logo. Copyright....CLICK TO GO TO OUR HOME PAGE
A friendly farmhouse B&B we often recommend.


In and around the village of Hathersage there are lots of 
excellent low cost inns, hostels, private camping barns,
lots of great B&B's. farmhouse accommodation, hotels,
camp sites, and lots of other great places where you can
stay on your own or with family or friends.  If you're booking
activities with Peak Activities we  operate an accommodation
booking helpline - but we regret we cannot help people who
are NOT paying to use our company's tuition services....the 
general public wanting help with accommodation need to 
contact local tourist information offices for such assistance. 


Most of the local TIC's ( Tourist Information Centres ) are also listed 
on our links pages. The staff at the tourist information centres are very 
professional and very helpful...and it is possible to book & pay for 
accommodation via some of the TIC's.




WALKS WITHIN EASY REACH OF OUR BASE IN HATHERSAGE 

Close by is the start of the famous Pennine Way in the stunning valley 
of Edale and Ladybower Reservoir and the Derwent Dams are just a short 
walk from our base here too.  By using our centre's fleet of minibuses we 
can quickly get our customers all around the local area - and visit places
far from the crowded local honey pots !  The Gritstone crags of Stanage 
& Froggatt are just a few minutes away from our centre in Hathersage.


Photograph : Autumnal image of Ladybower Reservoiur and the Ashopton Viaduct viewed from the heather up on Bamford Edge.
Ladybower Reservoir in the Derwent Valley. Bleaklow's wild moorlands are beyond.
 
Our charming unspoiled stone-built village nestles a short walk beneath
several world famous rock-climbing crags such as Stanage Edge, Gritstone
Edge, Burbage & Bamford Edge.
If you've not experienced the Derbyshire Dales and the High Peak before 
you'll be very pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the mountain and 
moorland and dales scenery can be...constantly changing with the turn 
of the seasons.  It's a great place for relaxing walks and tougher hikes,
treasure hunts, scrambles, and a terrific place to base residential 
courses that call for quiet reflection and a chance to take a fresh 
look at things in a new light.  Whether you experience the area with
Peak Activities staff in winter or summer, autumn or spring, you'll have 
a great time - even if it's raining !



Hathersage open air heated outdoor swimming pool is just a hundred metres from Rock Lea Activity Centre. Copyright Image : Peak Activities Ltd.
Hathersage's  heated swimming pool is open from April to September/October.



Image : Selling everything to enjoy the Great Outdoors ! One of no less than three popular outdoor shops in the heart of Hathersage village is CCC.   Copyright image..."Outside" the popular climbing and camping shop for outdoor pursuits enthusiasts in the centre of Hathersage village. Copyright image.

"CCC" & "Outside" are two of the four excellent  outdoor gear shops in the main street of 
Hathersage.  One new addition is the "Patagonia" shop which now occupies the site of the 
old post office just 100 metres from Rock Lea.  The main street has numerous shops, banks
estate agents and other shops selling books, fruit, meat and general groceries.



The charming stone built Peakland village of Hathersage sits
above the River Derwent in the spectacular Hope Valley which
runs from Castleton & Mam Tor in the West across to Calver 
near Chatsworth House over the East. The village of hathersage
is popular with day visitors and longer stay tourists all year round 
and offers our guests a great range of charming inns and pubs, 
lots of charming tea shops, cafes, gift shops, and no less than 
four excellent outdoor equipment & outdoor clothing stores. 
These gear shops sell anoraks, rucksacs, tents, walking poles, 
maps, films and skiing equipment. ( Outside, and CCC ).  

Our visitors to Hathersage can also enjoy the superb 
outdoor swimming pool, some great hotels, a fantastic 
Indian Balti restaurant, a delicatessen, & so much more !  


Click on the picture below to see links to all the many 
different outdoor sports activities now offered from 
our popular base Rock Lea by Peak Activities Ltd.





The Post Office in Hathersage is close to Rock Lea Activity Centre. One of the best shops in Hathersage !  Copyright image.....Peak Activities Ltd 's base in Hathersage is ROCK LEA - copyright image.
The village's post office is now a Patagonia shop. Peak Activities popular base - Rock Lea


If you need a new film, a new waterproof jacket or a postcard,
Hathersage village has lots of shops, including a well stocked 
new post office, book & gift shops,  a fruit shop, butchers, 
a cutlery factory outlet, & a useful pharmacy. Some of the local 
shops in Hathersage including the One Stop off licence and the 
Spar are open 7 days a week until 10-00 pm.




One of the more unusual buildings to be discovered in
Hathersage is the David Mellor "Round Building" which
sits on the foundations of Hathersage's former gasworks
on the southern edge of the village. This former gas works
site is now a popular destination for visitors celebrating
the life and works of designer and industrialist David Mellor.  
Inside this round building with its award winning " floating roof " 
is a busy cutlery workshops. Adjacent are a cafe, a shop and
a museum.  The building has won prestigious architectural 
awards. 


Self catering cottages on flanks on Win Hill. Copyright image. No reproduction allowed without permission.

Lose Hill from Win Hill seen from one near one of our spectacular outdoor 
training locations high up on the side of Win Hill.
 
 
The surrounding Hope Valley forms a box of outdoor delights that is 
( hard though it is to believe)  just one hour's drive away from the homes
 and work places of 18 million people.  No wonder the Peak District is the
most-visited National Park in the world * ...and is now a "must visit" 
place for discerning outdoors enthusiasts of all ages.

( * Mt. Fuji National Park in Japan is now No.2 most visited national park in the world )


A beautiful and exclusive B&B establsihment on the edge of Hathersage.
 
One of the many B&B Farmhouses in Hathersage.
 
 
We have a carefully vetted & approved suppliers accommodation list
for our
clients which is sent to customers once they've booked their
tuiton / outdoor activities with us.
 
 
 
Getting here is so easy by road, rail or train !
 
Peak Activities offer individuals and groups so many different activities - all year round !
 
 
 

Mountain bikes from Rock Lea pause to admire the views up at Ladybower Reservoir. Copyright image....Training party from TRANSCO BG working at Brookfield Manor in Hathersage during a three day training programme.

 
 
 
Local maps/street plan
Aerial photographs & relief maps
 
 
 
Nordic Walking - Copyright Image.
 
Nordic Walking is one of our new activities for groups
which we have inmported from our base in Austria.
 
 
 
 
Our base in Hathersage is increasingly becoming a very popular venue
for our team building outdoor training events...possibly because it's so
friendly and informal and is surrounded by incredibly lovely scenery.
Also it's so accessible compared with other remote mountain areas.
It may also be because we have a great team of friendly, highly qualified
trainers and tutors and we also offer a good value, top quality, reliable
service all year round..which gets loads of unsolicted endorsements
and praise from our various customers..as well as being highly acclaimed
by national radio and television and media such as the Sunday Times and
Telegraph..
 
 
Peak Activities Ltd was the first organisation to run outdoor events from
Hathersage over 25 years ago - and we've never looked back since !
There so much you can do in this area...and it is so accessible.
Why spend hours driving to get away from it all when the accessible
Hope Valley offers a host of off-the-beaten track options within easy
reach of most parts of the United Kingdom and abroad ?
 
 
Whether you are coming by yourself or with a group of people,
there are loads of things to do and lots of places for you to stay
overnight and enjoy eating out...with options to suit most budgets
and every mood.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
ABSEILING - copyright image.
 
 
 
 

 

The village of Hathersage has many historical connections. Long ago
it was the centre of a thriving business manufacturing grinding wheels
using the local Gritstone rock. The millstone wheel now forms the
National Park's logotype. Strings of pack horses used to ply back
and forth through the village and many of the inns and buildings date
back to the days when thirsty travellers and their animals spent a
welcome break in the village before setting off up into the hills to
get over the moors to Sheffield before nightfall.
 
The village was the setting for much of the story of Charlotte Bronte's
Jayne Eyre story, which was written whilst the authoress stayed in the
old vicarage. In the book Hathersage is described as the village of "Moreton".
 
 
 
In the adjacent church yard Robin Hood's friend Little John is reputed to be
buried in the village's church, and the modern steel-framed umbrella was
invented in the village in the 1850's when the village had many small thriving
metalworking workshops. Samuel Fox who founded a great steel works later
in Sheffield once started with a modest mill ( now demolished ) in the centre
of Hathersage which produced pins and nails.

 

 

Volkswagen Caravelle.

Our centre in Hathersage has several minibuses which are great for getting around 
exploring the local area and going from activity site to site. Why spend your time in 
a car park of a conference centre when there's the whole National Park to play in ?

 

GETTING TO HATHERSAGE IS EASY...

 

The village of Hathersage lies in the wonderful Hope Valley
which is in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park
on the junction of the A6187 (formerly A625) and the B6001
c. 10 miles West of Sheffield. There are good road links to the
M1 to the East ( junction 29 to London and the South is just
16 miles away) and the M6 in the West. Service buses link the
village to Sheffield and nearby market towns such as Bakewell.
 
 
click for road maps
 
 
Hathersage has a modest railway station which lies on
the main line between Sheffield to the east and Manchester
over in the West. The scenic mountain and moorland views
seen from the train coming into Hathersage from either
direction are superb. Trains from Sheffield and Manchester
are frequent and stop regularly here. Sheffield is a major
communications hub with a main line railway station and an
adjacent bus interchange. We are in easy reach of airports.
Manchester Ringway airport and East Midlands airport are
both within 30 to 50 minutes drive of the centre of Hathersage
and we can easily arrange transfers from the airport for clients
who require that service. Click here for more travel information.

Clients visiting Rock Lea frequently fly in to Manchester, Leeds
& East Midlands which are approx one hour away. Liverpool &
Birmingham airport is about 90 mins drive away. Rock Lea's
own minibuses are available for collecting groups of guests from
the nearby airports. Groups have often used air transport to
Manchester to reduce journey times from the Channel Island and
from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. The journey from the
airport at Manchester can include a scenic trip over the wild
moorland wildernesses of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow.

 

 

Hathersage's night life revolves around the many local pubs, some
of which
offer pool, live music, dances, discos, quiz-nights, darts,
pool & unusual sessions of bingo !


For those with more exotic preferences the modern city of Sheffield
is just a short
taxi ride, bus journey or train ride away. Sheffield offers
late night shopping at the
huge Meadowhall shopping mall, cine-complexes,
a dry skiing slope, hundreds of
bars, loads of cinemas, discos & night clubs.
There's also
ice-skating, ten pin bowling & several indoor rock climbing
venues for those with excess energy to burn !
( After a busy day with our
tutors you might only have enough energy
left to go just across the road
into the Little John pub ! ).
 

Weekends and Days of Caving, Abseiling, Climbing and much more in & around Hathersage

 
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