The pretty Peak District village of Hope in Derbyshire is often overshadowed by its near neighbour Castleton, but it has loads to offer the visitor, with a range of lovely shops, cafés and pubs. As the name suggests it’s located in the heart of the Hope Valley and is surrounded by stunning scenery, overlooked by the slopes of Win Hill and Lose Hill.

Hope Roman Road

Derbyshire Village of Hope

There has been a settlement here since ancient times, with Mesolithic and Neolithic artefacts found locally. There’s also a Bronze Age barrow, known as the Folly Ring, located in the village just off Pindale Road. This Scheduled Ancient Monument is a steep-sided platform cairn with a diameter of 25.5 metres, approx 1 metre high.

In the nearby hamlet of Brough, a Roman fort referred to as Navio is also well worth finding. The name means ‘on the river’ and appropriately it can be found on a bend in the River Noe. This rectangular fort was quite a substantial structure covering an area of over 2 acres. Originally constructed from wood and later rebuilt in stone, sections of the central and boundary walls are still visible.


Hope Today

The village today consists of a bustling main street with a collection of shops, cafés and pubs, and a number of quiet lanes that spread outwards into the surrounding hills, on which you’ll find pretty cottages and lush fields.


The church of St Peter is situated in the centre of Hope. The present building dates back to the 14th Century, although the village was recorded as having a church in the Domesday Book of 1086. Look out for two ancient stone crosses in its grounds, one of which is Anglo-Saxon, stands 7 feet high and is highly decorated.

Hope Church

Hope Cement Works

The village has long been a centre of industry, with the Pindale Mine producing large quantities of lead in the 19th Century. More recently, the cement factory that dominates the landscape on the outskirts of Hope was built in 1929, long before the Peak District National Park was created. It is the largest cement plant in the UK, producing around 1.5 million tonnes of cement each year, and is a major source of local employment. Love it or hate it, it’s also an icon of the area and a very obvious landmark.


Hope Walk

To explore this beautiful area to its full extent, why not try our 7 mile walk from Hope train station to Hope Cross, a medieval road marker on a packhorse route? It provides amazing views of this part of the Peak District.

Click HERE to access the full route description, with free-to-download PDF and GPX track.

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