Hathersage is a popular centre for walkers, and particularly climbers, who are drawn to the gritstone cliffs and overhangs of nearby Stanage Edge. The beauty of Stanage Edge was catapulted onto the global stage recently as the unmistakeable setting for actress Keira Knightley in a pivotal sequence from the film of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice.
Indeed Hathersage has many literary connections; Charlotte Bronte visited the village in the nineteenth century and based her ‘Norton’ of the novel Jane Eyre upon it, even taking her heroine’s surname from that of a prominent local family whose name crops up repeatedly throughout Peak District history. Bronte also used one of the finest Elizabethan houses in the region, North Lees Hall, as the inspiration for the place where the mad Mrs Rochester jumped to her death in the famous novel. Hathersage today has a number of shops, pubs and outdoor centres.
As well as outdoor activities, visitors to Hathersage tour the town’s church, which has a number of fine brasses of local renown but which is most famous for the grave of Little John, who lies buried under a yew tree in the church yard. Legend has it that Little John was a Hathersage man who died in a small cottage near the church.
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