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Top Spots: Hathersage Haunts
23, Aug, 2017
You could spend all day browsing the shelves of our Hathersage store, but we recommend setting some time aside to visit these spots too!
Our hankering for a base in Hathersage goes back a long way. In fact, way back to the days when we'd zig zag across the country on bus after bus just to reach the heart of British climbing, the testing ground for aspiring rockstars. When we set up shop on Hathersage's main street, we finally realised a lifelong dream.
Come rain or shine you’ll find a hearty welcome at Alpkit Hathersage, whether you’re ogling our Sonder bikes, poring over our wetsuits, or enjoying a brew and a chinwag.
Come on in for a chat, a brew or a browse
Our doors are always open but there are lots of other things to do, so if you’re coming to visit our Hathersage store you may as well make the most of the local area whilst you are here. Here are a few of our favourite haunts:
The sights of any climber will inevitably be set on Stanage Edge at some point or another. Home to a myriad of gritstone must-dos, the boulders and crags have served as nurseries to some of the world’s best climbers. The area also supplies remarkable views and scenic trails in abundance, making it a haven for walkers, mountain bikers, runners, and nature lovers alike.
Titanic Exposure, Stanage
Hathersage Open Air Swimming Pool
Where better to test out your new open water swimming wetsuit than in an open air heated pool? Okay, it may not quite be cold enough to don your full open water garb, but you’ll at least be able to make the most of the café and atmosphere.
Ideal if you’ve got a head for small spaces. One of the many caverns in the area, Bagshaw Cavern was discovered by lead miners in 1806. We like it because it reminds us of the mining heritage of the area, and because it’s open to the public on summer weekends for Adventure Caving.
Whiling away the afternoon at Kinder, you can stumble upon so awesome scenery
The highest point in the Peak District, you can see as far as Wales from the Kinder Plateau. But it doesn’t just yield magnificent panoramas, there is plentiful remote bouldering to be found, along with excellent walking, scrambling, challenging, and the highest waterfall in the Peak District. Hero Fran would happily while away an afternoon wandering among the strangely shaped rocks, whereas buyer Dave heads to Kinder in pursuit of the 7 minute crossing. Whatever your motives, Kinder Scout isn’t one to miss.
Derwent Dams and Ladybower Reservoir
A marvel for historians and walkers alike, Ladybower and the Derwent Dams provide family friendly walks complete with the customary Peak District scenery. If you're feeling particularly brave you could run up Win Hill (Buyer Dave is currently King of the Mountain on Strava, so why not try to knock him off his podium?).
A historical whodunnit on Hathersage Moor. Well, a historical ‘who built the rampart?’. Believed to have been originally fortified in the Iron Ages, Carl Wark is in a fine naturally defensive position. Okay, so its suitability for hillforts may not be a priority for the modern-day adventurer, but it does mean that Carl Wark provides excellent viewpoints and forms part of a pleasant circular walk up from the Fox House Inn. Alternatively, you could park at Burbage North car park and make the Fox House Inn the half-way point on your walk.
It's not just about the climbing, sunset at Stanage
Peak District Walks20 classic Peak District walks on durable, weatherproof walking cards.£11.99
Peak District Trail Running22 off-road routes for trail and fell runners from 5 km to 28 kmSale: £10.53Was: £11.70
Best Tea Shop Walks in the Peak DistrictNever miss out on afternoon tea again with Norman and June Buckley's collection of easy-going Peak District walks.Sale: £7.29Was: £8.10
Peak BoulderingIn this comprehensive 2014 guide Adrian Berry and Alan James compile a list of all the bouldering problems within the Peak DistrictSale: £24.30Was: £27.00
Peak RockThe most comprehensive history of climbing in the Peak District published since 1966Sale: £30.78Was: £34.20