Welcome to our new series of blogs exploring in and around the Peak District.
We moved to the Peak District 3 years ago and while setting up our businesses has kept us busy we really want to explore everything that the region has to offer so we are going to share our little journeys with you. On our tour of the Peak District we will be visiting pretty villages, bustling market towns as well as sharing our favourite walks and the stunning landscape around us of course.
There is an abundance of independent & creative businesses across the Peak District so we will be seeking out and sharing our favourite finds from great coffee shops & tea rooms to great pubs, independent stores, boutiques & galleries.
We both love a good walk with glorious views, it’s what inspires us and our businesses.
I have to admit that these days I do prefer a less challenging one that ends near a tea room or pub, while Garry would always opt for one that takes him and his camera up to high limestone peaks, deep into the woods or out onto the peaceful wild moors.
Seems like the best place to start our series is with our home village of Hayfield
The village sits on the banks of the River Sett and the Pennine Bridleway and is known as the “gateway to Kinder” being set just below Kinder Scout - the highest point in the Peak District. Famous for its vast moorland plateau and waterfall known as the “Downfall” which often freezes in winter and can be seen to blow back in high winds.
Hayfield is a pretty, predominantly stone built village, the plentiful 3 -4 story weavers cottages remain reflecting its industrial heritage which was well known as a center of calico printing. There are significant listed buildings such as Fox Hall and Highgate Hall both built in 1600’s. St Matthews Church dates from 1386, the Bulls Head (now a private home) in part is also believed to date back to 1386 and The George pub dates to 1575. Plenty of ghost stories to be told over a pint or two!
The village was the start point for the Mass Trespass in 1932 which was a co-ordinated protest over the rights to roam the countryside, home to actor Arthur Lowe, and was the setting for BBC 1 Drama The Village starring Maxine Peak, Jon Simm and Juliet Stevenson. Agatha Christie spent much time in Hayfield visiting her sister at Upper House which became her inspiration for her novel The Mystery of Hunters Lodge.
Hayfield is a busy year round destination for walkers, fell runners, cyclist and outdoor lovers probably because once you are here you can reach dozens of walks without driving. When the weather conditions are right you will find ice climbers scaling the frozen waters of Kinder Downfall.
Hayfield is a creative hub in the High Peak, local art collective Hayfield Artists hold two exhibitions a year. The spring exhibition is in conjunction with Derbyshire Open Arts held on the last bank holiday weekend of May, with many artists opening up their homes & studios. The winter exhibition is held at The Packhorse, the next event runs from Friday 23rd –Sunday 25th November.
If you like handmade crafts and locally produced food & drink POP Hayfield runs the Handmade Hayfield market twice a year to coincide with Hayfield Artists events - so if you are looking for some unique gift ideas the next market will take place at The Royal Hotel on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th of November.
Our favourite walk
(moderate, circular walk - approx. 4 miles/2 hours)
There are so many incredible walks around Hayfield, in fact once you are here you don't need your car to get our an explore the area.
Garry & I are most fond of a walk that takes you up above the village, across farm land and out onto the moors below Kinder Scout. It’s a circular walk with fantastic views, which stops by many local landmarks including Twenty Trees – a copse of beech tress, the shooting cabin – a small white hut visible for miles and from here the path drops down to the side of the Kinder reservoir.
To follow this walk, head up Kinder Road where you will find this green sign directing you to Snake Path (if you pop into the gallery we have a map of the village)
Follow this path up the hill path to the kissing gates, through these gates across the field to Twenty Trees (there are only 19!) – A great spot to take in view of Hayfield and out across Cheshire towards Lyme Park.
Behind Twenty Trees is another gate, take this and follow the path along the wall – listen out for the Curlews in summer.
Following the path on a steady incline you will come to another kissing gate. Follow the path straight ahead and after a few hundred yards Kinder Scout & The Shooting Cabin will come in to view on your right.
As you get closer to the cabin you will spot another green sign, turn tight here and follow the path.
The path then forks left and right, take the right fork where you will descend down the path towards Kinder Reservoir
Once you reach the end of this path you will come to another gate, take a right and follow the cobbled path down which will lead you to Kinder Road. After about ¼ of a mile you will reach the Bowden Bridge Car Park, just follow this road back into the village (about 1 mile)
You pass The Sportsman pub on your way back to the village so it would be rude not to pop in for a drink!
In the Village
Eat & Drink - Our favourite spots
There is no shortage of great places to eat & drink in Hayfield, actually considering the size of the village we are blessed with 5 pubs, 2 cafes, an Italian restaurant and a fish & chip shop.
The Packhorse (Market Street) – Award nominated pub & chef with restaurant quality food with an ever evolving menu and speciality nights such as the Nose to Tail experience. Our personal favourites are the seasonal fish dishes, real ales, excellent selection of wines, super dog friendly, open fires & log burners in winter.
The Royal Hotel (Market Street) – Great pub classics with proper burgers and huge fish & chips. Real ales, great outside space next to the cricket pitch, dog friendly and open fires in winter. A great spot to soak up the quintessential village experience.
The George (Church Street) – Oldest pub in the village, serving a classic pub food men - home to the best steak & ale pie – seriously if you like your pies jam packed with meat then you have to try it. Real ales, dog friendly (in bar) and open range fire.
The Sportsman on Kinder Road is ideal if you are staying at the Campsite or returning from a kinder walk, they do a mean homemade cheese pie.
If you are a sports fan then head over to the Kinder Lodge who show a variety of major sporting events, with a great selection of real ales.
Colosseo Italian Restaurant – Steeple End Fold (turn off Church Street, just beside the Church) Italian classics & pizzas and their tiramisu is delicious!
Millie’s Tea Room & Chocolatiers (Church Street) - Great choice for breakfast & lunches, plus with every hot drink you get a handmade chocolate. WARNING these chocolate are amazing and you will not be able to leave without purchasing some! The homemade Bakewell tart is one of the best I have ever tried and I eat my fair share of cake!
Rosie Lee (Kinder road) - Homemade cakes to die for, fantastic selection of American style grilled sandwiches and great coffee. They serve Peak Bean coffee which is produced locally and is one of our favourite brews. The tea room also doubles as a gallery with monthly exhibitions from local artists.
The Village Fish & Chip shop can be found on Church Street (opposite the Village Store), excellent fish & chips and it has a small eat in restaurant too. (Opening times vary)
Obviously our gallery & interiors store is located in the heart of the village and you can find us on Market Street, just across from The Pack Horse.
Elephant Stone Gallery (Church Street) – specialising in some gorgeous and unique mid-century Scandinavian ceramics & glassware, gifts & photography.
Paul Pickford Antiques - Antiques, garden furniture & curios can be found at the top of the village.
Hayfield is also blessed with two grocery shops/newsagents. The Village Store on Church Street also doubles as the post office – open 8am-9pm every day (closed at 8pm Sundays) stocking every day essentials and you can withdraw cash here too. And Hayfield Newsagents (Market Street) also stocks a selection of groceries, wines & beers.
If you are staying in self-catering accommodation and want to sample some quality local meat try Joe Kemps Butchers (open Tues/Fri/Sat).
There is plenty of accommodation to choose from in Hayfield to suit every budget, you can stay in a pub, hotel, B&B, holiday cottage, Air BnB or why not check out the campsite which has ready to go fully set up glamping options too (Caravans are not permitted however due to restriction entering the site).
Millie’s Tearoom B&B
The lantern Pike (Little Hayfield about ½ mile out of the village)
There are plenty of holiday cottages to choose from like this charming cottage on Kinder Road
Take a look at what other accommodation Hayfield has to offer.
Hope you’ve enjoyed a whistle stop tour of our gorgeous village, we feel very privileged to live in this beautiful spot and highly recommend Hayfield and the High peak as a fantastic destination and a great base for a visit to the Peak District.
Bye for now