Book one of the nearby Thorpe Bunkhouses for a long-overdue multi-generational family get-together, special occasion, or that long overdue short break with friends. The four independent hostels are perfect for walking and climbing groups, reunions, birthdays and other special celebrations.
Experience one of the many flavours of ice-cream in the heart of the Peak District, all made on the premises of Thorpe Farm, run by the same family for more than 300 years.
Thorpe Farm, in the scenic Hope Valley near Hathersage, has been managed by the Marsden’s ever since great great grandad moved in as a tenant, and has been passed down through the generations.
See where the family’s lovingly cared for cows are milked, then sample one of the very tempting flavours of ice cream in the cosy Ice Cream Parlour. Why not try Marsden’s Dairy, Rosemary’s Raspberry Pavlova or Ermintrude’s Chocolate, or go for something a little more unusual, such as Fuchsia’s Cinder Toffee or Gertrude’s Whisky and Ginger!
Eaten too much? Burn off the calories by taking a walk on the farm trail to watch the cows contentedly grazing in fields carefully managed to encourage wild flowers and wildlife to thrive.
Look out for water voles in the stream, and more than 74 species of bird darting amongst the hedgerows – including curlews, green woodpeckers, kestrels and little owls. During the summer, spot the swallows, who love to swoop and soar as they catch flies.
Hope Valley Ice Cream couldn’t be more conveniently located - just two miles from the historic village of Hathersage, with its links to Robin Hood and Charlotte Bronte; and dramatic Stanage Edge – a firm favourite with climbers and walkers.