Peak District: Edale Village

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Edale is a little village in Derbyshire, in the Peak District, or, to be more accurate, part of a small group of settlements or hamlets, and has a population of just 353, according to the 2011 Census.

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The village has two popular pubs, a cafe, a local shop and post office, a school, a church, and a railway station that is on the route of one of England’s most scenic train routes.

Despite its seemingly remote location, the village is a very popular place where walkers and hikers camp and pass through to explore the picturesque village and the surrounding countryside.

Hiking in Grindsbrook, Edale

When I first visited this place, I had intended to go Mam Tor, but I was unable to find it due to poor planning and lack of a GPS, so I decided to turn around and walk in the opposite direction to see where I ended up.

I recall walking as far up the footpath as I could and seeing a sign that said “Grindsbrook. I followed the sign and went through Grindsbrook Clough and headed straight up toward the mountains, through the gate, and followed the footpath.

I arrive at the first vantage point with views overlooking the beautiful Edale and further afield.

The more I walked along the footpath, the better the views got. I just knew that this was going to be another place I was going to want to explore further.

The views were amazing. It was such a beautiful day, and there weren’t that many people around on this randomly scheduled Tuesday walk. I felt like for the most part I had the whole place to myself.

I’d say despite my clumsy planning, it was quite a successful first hike in this part of the Peak District.

I returned to Edale the following week in search of Mam Tor; I didn’t find it, but I did end up on another beautiful trail, which I’ll tell you about in my next and upcoming blog.

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