Known as the green Valley, the history of Edale dates back to the Norman Conquest and is mentioned in The Doomsday Book, but the area really came to note with the expansion of the railways into the area in the late 19th century.
The area around Edale is perhaps one of the most beautiful and charming in this area of Derbyshire. It has always been something of a pilgrimage site for walkers as it is famously the start of The Pennine Way. Of course it is also overlooked by the stunning Kinder Scout, MamTor and Lose Hill.
Obviously there are plenty of resources and associations with walkers, but Edale village and valley also caters for the holiday maker who wants to spend time just relaxing in such a splendid location. There are numerous other natural wonders to explore such as the caves and caverns, as well as the local Iron Age Fort. A little further afield are Chatsworth House, ancient monuments and museums showing the full extent of the area's influence.
If you are staying near Edale then you will be spoilt for accommodation. Charming and traditional self catering cottages are dotted around the whole area. Beautifully appointed and ideally placed for exploring, they are very popular with visitors. They provide comfort and independence along with the freedom to relax and try the local produce from the markets.
Edale has a lot more going for it than just as a walking start point. It holds its own as a great place to take a holiday at any time of the year.