9 lesser known Peak District towns and villages commutable to Sheffield that are breathtakingly beautiful

Sheffield is a vibrant place but one of its main selling points is its proximity to the stunning and peaceful Peak District.

Thursday, 25th February 2021, 3:00 pm
Tideswell attracts commuters. Picture: Anne Shelley.

Happily people can enjoy the benefits of city and countryside by looking for a home in one of the National Park’s towns or villages, which are surrounded by beautiful rural scenery yet within commutable distance of central Sheffield.

Hathersage, Baslow, Bakewell, Grindleford and Hope are some of the familiar spots – but there are numerous lesser-known locations worth considering.

Here are nine of the finest.

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Tideswell is 'so well-served for a village of its size', director and valuer Tim Venn, of estate agent ELR, said last year. "People do commute there from Manchester and to Sheffield." The place has a large church, St John the Baptist, known as the 'Cathedral of the Peak'.

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Edale, in the Hope Valley, has pubs and offers walks up nearby Kinder Scout, as well as benefiting from regular trains to Sheffield and Manchester.
Ashford in the Water, on the River Wye one-and-a-half miles away from Bakewell, is home to the Grade II-listed Sheepwash Bridge, which was indeed used by farmers who wanted to bathe their flocks. The village, which has pubs and amenities, is close to the A621 to drive into Sheffield.
Curbar - closely linked to adjoining village Calver - has some 'very fine residential properties', comments tourism body Visit Peak District. It has a church, has a school nearby and sits below Curbar Edge, a mecca for climbers.
And here's Calver, which boasts some attractive old cottages off the main through road. One of its best facilities is the upmarket White's Spar, which is a cut above most convenience stores. The A625 nearby goes straight into Sheffield.
Bradwell - known locally as 'Bradda' - is one of the Peak District's bigger villages. Home to luxury ice cream maker Bradwell's, it has an active parish council, pubs and a chip shop. Commuters can drive into Sheffield via Hathersage, or get the train from Hope.
"Quaint little cottages with pretty gardens nestle below the rugged crags of Froggatt Edge, forming a peaceful scene that has changed little over the centuries," is how Visit Peak District describes Froggatt, situated on the A625 into Sheffield.
Bamford - not far from the A57 into Sheffield - offers shops, a petrol station and pubs including The Anglers Rest, a community-owned pub, post office and cafe.
Great Longstone - set around a classic village green - has a 13th century church, traditional cottages and two pubs, The Crispin Inn and The White Lion. Two miles from Bakewell, the drive to Sheffield takes about half an hour via the A625.