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Edale village lies at the foot of Kinder Scout, in the beautifully scenic Hope valley, through which cuts the main Manchester-Sheffield train line. Though tiny, with only a couple of pubs, the Old Nag’s Head and the aptly-named Rambler, campsites, camping barns and the train station, Edale is eternally popular with visitors of an outdoor inclination. It is the starting point for the famous Pennine Way, England’s first long-distance footpath, but also a great jumping off point for a whole variety of renowned local walks, such as Jacob’s Ladder and Crowden Clough, and an almost infinite number of rambles and cycles both short and long on the moor land around Kinder.
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Hope is similar in size to nearby Castleton, but it less frequented by tourists. The town has a popular well-dressing festival at the end of June each year but is dominated by a large cement works which rather blights the otherwise picturesque landscape. There is a fourteenth century church, several shops and a couple of pubs, but many pass through the town to enjoy the charms of the wider Hope Valley, between Hope and Edale. Ever popular with walkers, this area also attracts pony trekkers, birdwatchers, cavers and pot-holers, whilst the sight of multi-coloured hang gliders launching off from the plateau of Mam Tor, the so-called Shivering Mountain, is a common one on clear days. Many of these activities can be enjoyed by those on a holiday cottage stay in the area, with local outdoor centres and tourist offices able to advise on bookings.
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