Gorging on Grindleford with the Stagecoach 65

A stunning country retreat from swashbuckling Sheffield and its surrounds

Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Peak District National Park, the picturesque village of Grindleford is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Surrounded by rolling hills, lush woodlands, and meandering rivers, Grindleford offers visitors a perfect blend of natural beauty, rich history, and charming rural charm. What’s more, it’s really easy to get to Grindleford on the fantastic 65 Stagecoach bus service from Meadowhall in 59 minutes and 34 minutes from Sheffield Interchange. The service continues to the lovely spa town of Buxton. Single fares on the bus are only £2, so it really is a bumper, bargain of a scenic sojourn to remember across the most enchanted and idyllic Peak District countryside!

One of the highlights of a visit to Grindleford is exploring the stunning scenery that surrounds the village. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on an adventure along the scenic trails that crisscross the Peak District. From leisurely strolls along the banks of the River Derwent to challenging hikes up to the rugged peaks of Stanage Edge, there’s a route for every level of adventurer. Don’t forget your camera – the views from the top are simply incredible.

Trailing history to unlock hidden gems and tales of intrigue

Grindleford is situated along the route of the Monsal Trail, a former railway line converted into a scenic cycling and walking path. Stroll through tunnels, across viaducts, and past picturesque villages, taking in the beauty of the Derbyshire countryside at your own pace.

History buffs will delight in discovering Grindleford’s rich heritage, dating back centuries. Visit the 12th-century St. Helen’s Church, with its ancient stone walls and medieval architecture, and uncover the stories of the village’s past. Wander through the narrow lanes and quaint cottages, imagining life in a bygone era, and marvel at the well-preserved buildings that dot the landscape.

Grindleford is also home to a number of obscure historical facts that are sure to intrigue visitors. During World War II, the village was used as a training ground for the British Home Guard! Explore the remnants of the old training trenches and imagine the soldiers who once marched through the countryside, preparing to defend their homeland.

In addition to its historical significance, Grindleford has also been a haven for artists and writers throughout the years. The renowned novelist and playwright Alan Bennett is said to have found inspiration in the tranquil beauty of the Peak District, with Grindleford serving as the backdrop for some of his most beloved works. Follow in Bennett’s footsteps and explore the landscapes that sparked his creativity.

Butties, Bakewell and Beer (with a pint of tea or two!)

For a taste of local culture, be sure to visit one of Grindleford’s charming pubs or tearooms. Sample traditional Derbyshire fare, such as the famous Bakewell pudding or a hearty plate of Derbyshire oatcakes, washed down with a pint of locally brewed ale. Grindleford boasts two great pubs, the Sir William and the Maynard Hotel, both of which serve excellent food and have lovely gardens with views of the valley.  The village also has two fantastic cafes – the Grindleford Station Cafe has been run by the same family for 45 years and sells massive portions of honest, good quality food; its chip butties and pints of tea are rightly famous. The Grindleford Shop and Cafe in St. Helen’s Church is also a delightful community run venture with sumptuous food!

Whether you’re looking for a cosy spot to warm up after a day of hiking or a lively atmosphere to mingle with locals, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from. In the summer months, there’s a fab carnival and horticultural society show that is renowned to pull the crowds!

Gorgeous Grindleford

One of the hidden gems of Grindleford is Padley Gorge, a tranquil woodland valley that is perfect for a peaceful stroll or a refreshing dip in the river. Follow the meandering footpaths through ancient woodlands, past moss-covered rocks and babbling brooks, and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including deer, birds, and even the occasional elusive otter. Padley Gorge harbours an intriguing secret: the remains of an ancient woodland known as “yew trees cathedral.” These gnarled yews, some estimated to be over 400 years old, create an enchanting atmosphere akin to a natural cathedral, with their intertwined branches forming intricate arches and vaults. This unique grove is believed to have inspired folklore and local legends, adding a mystical aura to the already picturesque landscape. Amidst the babbling brooks and moss-covered stones, the yew trees of Padley Gorge stand as silent witnesses to centuries of history, hidden away in the tranquil embrace of nature.

As the day draws to a close, there’s no better way to unwind than by watching the sunset over the Peak District hills. Find a quiet spot to sit and reflect on the beauty of Grindleford and the memories you’ve made during your visit. Whether you’re exploring the great outdoors, delving into the village’s rich history, or simply soaking up the local atmosphere, Grindleford is sure to capture your heart and leave you longing to return again and again. To plan your adventure, check out  65 Meadowhall – Buxton – Great Scenic Journeys