Derbyshire Self-catering holidays in Bradwell are popular among visitors exploring the Peak District. This working village lies in a limestone dale, in the rugged Hope Valley region. It has a rich history dating back to before Roman times, and various Bronze Age artefacts have been found in the area. Bradwell grew as a centre for lead-mining, and the surrounding hills are scattered with industrial remains. The centre of Bradwell clings to a steep hillside, and is a maze of narrow lanes lined with historic homes. Follow one of the lanes uphill and you will be rewarded with breathtaking views across the valley. A brook winds its way through the village, overlooked by a pretty church.
Exploring the village from your Bradwell holiday cottage, there are many landmarks to look out for, including Hazelbadge Hall, which was built in 1549. Nearby, the White Hart is the village’s oldest pub, and serves a fine selection of local ales. The Shoulder of Mutton and Ye Olde Bowling Green are both welcoming pubs serving good food and tipples. The village is home to an excellent fish and chip shop, Bradwell Fisheries, and a renowned ice cream company. Before you head out for a day of hiking, pick up a delicious sandwich at the Bakehouse on Netherside. A grocery can be found on the opposite side of the road.
Bradwell is well known for its well dressing tradition, when the village’s wells are decorated with flowers, and for its lively annual carnival, which usually takes place in August. Just outside the village, boat tours of the 18th century mining caverns of Speedwell are not to be missed. On the doorstep of Bradwell holiday cottages, the Peak District is a wild expanse of limestone dales, where walking and wildlife-watching are a joy. The hike to Mam Tor provides spectacular views across the region.