I board the First bus to Hathersage from Sheffield Interchange. I caught the No. 272 Sheffield-Castleton bus and the service is hourly (45 mins to the hour, Monday to Friday and on the hour, Saturday and Sunday). A different bus company, Hulleys of Baslow, runs some of the scheduled services.
It cost me 5.50 gbp for a day return from Sheffield to Hathersage.
Hathersage can be found on the Hope Valley line which links Sheffield and Manchester. The line is a local services line and, therefore, trains stop at many stations.
From Manchester, an off-peak return ticket for an adult will cost you £9.60 (at May 2011).
From Manchester, the journey takes approximately 55 minutes.
Alternatively, you can make the journey from Sheffield which takes approximately 20 minutes and will cost you £4.70 for an off-peak return (at May 2011).
This is a very pleasant train journey which, from Manchester, takes you along almost the full length of Hope Valley, passing through Edale, Bamford, and other villages which are popular with walkers and hikers.
Hathersage is one of the stations on the Hope Valley line, that links Sheffield and Manchester.
Northern Rail runs a regular service between these two Northern cities, and it is one of my favourite train journeys.
Leaving Sheffield, it isn't too long before you're into the scenic Derbyshire Peak District
Hathersage Station has 2 platforms, with sheltered waiting areas. It is unmanned and there is no taxi rank.
5 minutes walk to Main Road, Hathersage.
Tickets can be purchased from the conductor on the train if travelling from Hathersage.
Hathersage Station Information
Station Car Park - 15 spaces
Open 24 hours
There is no charge for railway users to park their car in this car park
Most of these trains have space for up to 2 bicycles. For further details call customer relations team on 0845 0000 125.
Some discounts for ten or more passengers travelling together as a group. For more details call 0113 247 9659 (09.00 -17.00hrs Monday – Friday).
High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership For more information about train routes in Derbyshire and services such as guided walks and the Folk Trains (Sheffield-Edale, Manchester-Glossop and Manchester - Hathersage Folk Train
"The train departs Manchester Piccadilly at 1145 calling at all stations from Reddish North to Hathersage. The band plays at the Little John Hotel, Hathersage. Return on the 1432 train from Hathersage, calling at all the same stations, except Strines, arriving at Manchester Piccadilly at 1532."
For up-to-date information on the Manchester Folk Trains, call (01663) 746377.
It is quite easy to get to Sheffield by train, coach or bus.
The Stagecoach bus company and National Express Coach
Service run coaches to Sheffield from throughout the UK
www.nationalexpress.com Tel. 08705-80 80 80.
Sheffield's major transport interchange is on Pond Street, in the centre of Sheffield,
just across the road from Sheffield's Midland railway station .
First Line Service 272 runs regularly from Sheffield to Castleton, stopping at Surprise View and Hathersage. Service 272 timetable etc
Check out First Line Day Saver tickets etc
Derbyshire Wayfarer Day Rover Ticket also covers Sheffield (as well as Leek, Uttoxeter, Macclesfield and Burton upon Trent - this allows unlimited train and bus travel throughout Derbyshire in a single day (after 09.00)
Prices 2010 - group-2 adults and up to 3 children* £15.10
adult + 1 child* £8.90
concessions- Senior Citizens or child* Child=5-15 years inclusive.
Tickets from driver or in advance
Although I haven't used the 272 service for quite a while, it is one of my favourite bus journeys.
Arrive at Sheffield interchange early for this bus if travelling at weekends or during school hols etc, as it is popular with walking groups etc.
Aim to get a seat on the upper deck on the left hand side (unless you suffer from vertigo) as you'll get the best views of Surprise view etc.
Award yourself bonus points if you nab the front seat!
Leaving the city centre, the bus heads down Ecclesall Road (The Bond Street of Sheffield!!) stopping at Hunters Bar, and Ecclesall, Knowle Lane before hitting the moors, and Fox House (for Longshaw Estate) This service also stops at Surprise View Car Park, Millstone Inn and The George Hotel in Hathersage, then Bamford Station, Bradwell, Memorial Hall , Hope Car Park and Castleton, Bus Station .
Sheffield to Hathersage takes approx 40 minutes on a Sunday.(Hourly service on the hour - but check time table) Sheffield to Castleton 1 hour.
Parking on the streets of Hathersage can be difficult, especially at weekends.
On Oddfellows road, there is a large 24 hour Park and Display Car Park.
Costs for cars
£1.20 for up to 1 hour
£1.90 up to 2 hours
£3.00 up to 3 hours
£4.00 up to 4 hours
4 hours or more .....£5
Overnight parking 22.00 - 08.00 40p
Coaches per 2 hours £5.30
Free parking for disabled badge holders.
The train station has parking spaces too, which appeared to be free, but not sure if this is policed for non train users. The Hope Valley line links Manchester and Sheffield, so is used by commuters.
Hathersage Church is about a 20 minute walk (uphill in parts) from the car park. By the Church, there is limited free car parking. Access is by a narrow, winding, uphill road, that is probably more suited to a Mule train!
If you value your cars paintwork or your blood pressure consider parking elsewhere!
For a 'White knuckle ride' try this on busy weekends, or when a church service is imminent!!
A couple of miles outside Hathersage is Surprise View. Parking not allowed at the roadside.
There is a Pay and Display Car Park.
No coins accepted (due to repeated robberies from the machine)....... Credit/debit card only.
Charges apply between 10.00 - 18.00
Up to 1 hour £1.20
Up to 4 hours £2.50
Per Day £3.50
Coaches £4 per 2 hours
Horse boxes £1.50 -£6
Disabled Badge Holders -Free Parking