The village is often overshadowed by its larger neighbour, Hathersage, but it has loads to offer the visitor. Overlooked by the wild moorland of Eyam Moor to the west and the impressive edifice of Froggatt Edge to the east, it is situated in a particularly beautiful part of the Hope Valley. The spectacular Padley Gorge also lies very close to Grindleford, where the River Derwent rushes through stunning areas of woodland.
The earliest documents relating to Grindleford, or Grundelford, date back to 1248. It was made up of the small settlements of Eyam Woodlands, Stoke, Nether Padley and Upper Padley. The name is believed to relate to the ford where grindstones crossed the river. The present bridge over the River Derwent dates back to 1758. The village grew significantly with the opening of the railway line between Dore and Chinley in 1893, and Grindleford Station became the closest station in the Hope Valley to the city of Sheffield, and thus a magnet for visitors.
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 wonderful cafes. The Station Café is a legendary establishment that has been run by the same family for 45 years. It sells huge portions of honest, good quality food, and its chip butties and pints of tea are rightly famous. Also worth a visit is the Grindleford Shop and Café in St Helen’s Church. This is a community-run establishment, set up by a band of local volunteers who came together to save their village shop when it was threatened with closure. It sells a wide range of local produce.
This is wonderful countryside for outdoor enthusiasts, with trails from every part of the village. The wooded river valley of Padley Gorge is especially beautiful, and leads visitors on to the expanses of the National Trust estate at Longshaw. In the other direction, the beautiful hills above the village lead on to the wild, heather-clad moorland of Eyam Moor.
Climbers will love the challenges presented by the gritstone escarpment of Froggatt Edge, leading on to Curbar Edge and Baslow Edge, and mountain bike riders will enjoy the trails over those same Edges on to Big Moor, where large herds of wild red deer can be spotted (and heard) in the autumn.
Only just outside of the village, a little way beyond the railway station, lies Padley Chapel. This Grade I listed building, managed by English Heritage, is all that remains of a large manor house, Padley Hall, dating back to the 16th Century. The ruins of some sections of the Hall can still be seen in the Chapel’s grounds.
For a lovely walk from Hathersage have a look HERE.