Bradwell

Bradwell village is a hidden gem in the heart of the Peak District. It has blossomed from its roots as a simple mining village to become a charming cluster of hillside cottages. Whether you’re looking for sweeping views that overlook the Hope Valley region, a quiet getaway, or leisurely strolls along glimmering streams, Bradwell is a great place to visit.

Things to do in Bradwell

Bradwell is a residential village so the economy is built around the needs of locals. A friendly community gives it an authentic feel but also limits the amount of things you can do as a tourist. It’s a relaxing getaway from crowded hotspots while staying close to the action. Here are some of the attractions that make it worth an adventure.

Hike up Bradwell Edge

A cow on Bradwell Edge hill overlooking Bradwell village

Everyone loves the idea of hiking to the highest points in the Peak District but you can get stunning views on much easier and quieter trails. Bradwell is protected by a glorious hill to the South East that overlooks the Hope Valley region. You can get to the top in just 30 minutes, rewarding you with panoramic sightings of surrounding villages and Edale hills stretching miles into the horizon. Sometimes you’ll see a group of paragliders launching from the hilltops into the sky. Check out Bradwell Edge walk.

Pubs in Bradwell

The Shoulder of Mutton pub in Bradwell, Derbyshire

Traditionally a working man’s village, there are more pubs in Bradwell than nearly anything else. Because they are spread out in different parts, people generally go to the closest one to them. They are cosy and usually not overcrowded so you’ll be able to enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. Every pub is dog friendly, serves locally sourced beers, and offers rooms to stay the night. The White Hart is a beautiful little building tucked away on the hills with great food, service, pub quizzes, and overall friendliness. The Shoulder of Mutton is more spacious with a car park, better outside views and a wide selection of drinks and food.

Places to eat

You can find most food places on Main Street so it’s easily accessible. Catering the locals, there’s plenty of homemade grub to try. Do you remember what fresh bread tastes like? Pop into The Bakehouse to find an array of locally sourced deli food such as sandwiches, salads and hot drinks. If you have a sweet tooth, Brook cafe is king of the cake with everything from cheesecake and cookies to hot chocolate and banoffee pie. There is outdoor seating or a nearby park area and stream to walk along. Bradwell Fish & Chips is a classic British option if you want a fast and convenient meal throughout the day. And of course, the pubs offer Sunday lunch and a variety of pies. A Co-op and village shop is available for any food or drink to stock up if you’re passing by or self catering at a holiday cottage. Unfortunately, the infamous Bradwell Ice Cream shop is now permanantly closed.

Relax in the park

Bradwell park

Bradwell park is uniquely formed in a triangular shape between the intersection of three roads. Surrounded by stone walls and lush trees, this green land includes a play area for children, football posts, and benches around the edge to watch the world go by.

Explore the village

Part of the fun of travelling is finding novel places that have character and visual appeal. Bradwell is home to lots of quirky buildings elevated on different levels of the hillside with people walking their dogs, enjoying a slower paced lifestyle. At times you get a glimpse into a bygone era whether you come across historic lead mines on Bradwell moor dating back to the Bronze Age or rare sightings of horse carriages and vintage tractors. The industrial heritage is seen both within the village and the distant Cement Works, which looks straight out of the iconic Pink Floyd album, Animals, towering over the natural landscape in the nearby village of Hope. It is still active but set to expire in 2042.

Bradwell Brook

Bradwell brook stream

Bradwell Brook is a stream that flows through the Main Road in the village. Depending on the season it can cause minor flooding, grow patches of flowers or dry up during droughts. Either way, it makes for a pleasant stroll inviting you down some of the side streets and back around to the main road.

St Barnabas' Church

St. Barnabas Bradwell church

St Barnabas’ church is pretty magnificent for a lesser known village in the Peak District. The clocktower was immaculately designed in the 19th century and seemingly takes inspiration from a castle. This is quite fitting being so close to Peveril castle in the nearby village of Castleton. From time to time there are exhibitions held in the Church that include showcasing artwork and historical information about Bradwell.

War Memorial Hall

War Memorial Hall in Bradwell, Derbyshire

The War memorial hall was built in 1923 to commemorate locals who lost their lives fighting in World War 1. The hall is often used for committee meetings but also rented out for events such as birthday parties, coffee mornings, fund raisers, and yoga classes.

Getting to Bradwell

Bradwell is situated in the Hope Valley region of the Peak District, which is in rural central England. You can spot it between Hathersage and Castleton. It’s easily accessible from Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Derby, and even Birmingham.

Getting there by train: Take Northern Rail from Sheffield station in 25 minutes or Manchester Piccadilly station in 50 minutes and get off at Hope station. Walk through the carpark and continue down to the main road. At the junction there is a bus stop to your right. Take the 271, 272 First and Hulleys of Baslow buses going from Castleton to Sheffield. Bradwell is the first stop just 5 minutes away. Check the timetable as some route times skip straight on to Bamford.

Getting there by bus: Bakewell square is the main access point where you may need to switch buses to get between villages. Take the 173 Hulleys of Baslow bus from Bakewell to Castleton, which takes around 40 minutes. But if you’re already in the Hope Valley region it’s just a quick journey on the 271, 272 route, which you can also use to and from Sheffield centre.

Getting there by car: Use your GPS or Google Maps to find the village. There are multiple Bradwells so make sure you go to the one in Hope Valley, Derbyshire. Parking in residential spots can be tight on narrow roads so get close to the side as possible. There’s parking available right next to the War Memorial Hall on Main Street or Church Street going in/out of Bradwell near St. Barnabas’ church. Holiday cottages sometimes have private drives but most of the public spaces in residential streets are free to use. Try to avoid parking right outside another home because those tend to be unofficially reserved and in some cases are elderly residents who may struggle walking up steeper roads.