Why Grindleford is one of the Top Places to Visit in the Peak District
If you’re looking for a slice of traditional Peak District village life then pay a visit to the village of Grindleford. Nestled up against the Padley Gorge and rubbing shoulders with the surrounding moorland, the Grindleford and the Padley area offers a great base for a classic Peak District getaway and it’s a great alternative to the larger centres such as Bakewell.
Grindleford village itself has a number of assets that should be visited in their own right, regardless of if you’re staying there. At the top of the hill on the road to Sheffield lies the glorious Longshawe Estate, currently owned by the National Trust. The Estate offers breathtaking moorland walking and beautiful old woodland. The twisted and warped shapes of the trees lend a real otherworldly atmosphere to this enchanting place. After a walk through (or paddle in) the ever popular Padley Gorge, you can take a trip to the Estate’s visitors’ centre and cafe for the all important refreshments.
The Grindleford area is full of hidden gems of historical interest. Padley Chapel, in Upper Padley, is the only remaining portion of Padley Hall and is steeped in Catholic history and is a modest, yet charming building to stumble across on your way back down the hill to the main village.
Being the small, yet functional Peak District village it is, Grindleford even has its own railway station. The Totley Tunnel, built in the 1800s, ploughs straight underneath Totley Moor all the way from Sheffield and emerges triumphantly from the hillside. At one end of the tunnel you will be surrounded by Sheffield’s city suburbs and at the other end you’ll be in the heart of the Peak District’s beautiful countryside! The station itself is worth a visit, if not for the romantic railway setting, but for the no frills and hugely popular cafe, located in the old station house. Nobody comes here for the haute cuisine, but they do a great line in hand written signs (you will see what we mean!) and egg and chips.
The location, the setting...Grindleford has it all!
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