Bradfield and the Surrounding Area

Bradfield is a beautiful agricultural area in the northeastern fringes of the Peak District National Park perfect for walkers and cyclists or those who simply want to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of an unspoilt landscape.  It is made up of two villages - Low and High Bradfield.  High Bradfield is centered around the beautiful church of St Nicholas, a Grade 1 Listed Building thought to date from the 12th Century,  and  Bailey Hill  believed to have been the site of a Norman motte-and bailey castle with breath taking views of the surrounding countryside  up Bradfield Dale towards Derwent Edge and the village of  Low Bradfield below. The most spectacular views can be seen from the summer terrace of the Old Horns Inn, the lovely village public house and restaurant. 

Just half a mile down the road Low Bradfield is home to the village cricket and recreation ground – the Ibbotson Memorial Field  which draws visitors from many miles around for picnics and family visits to watch the cricket bowls and tennis. Bradfield today is a thriving community offering a range of amenities including a Post Office with shop and cafe, village hall,  deli and café, and a public house.  

 This region is   dominated by a magnificent  array of reservoirs and dams.  Damflask reservoir lies downstream of the village and upstream there are Agden, Strines and Dale Dike reservoirs. In 1864 Bradfield Dale was the site of the country's biggest natural disaster, when the dam burst and its 600 million gallons rushed down the Loxley valley killing 250 people. Beyond Strines is the impressive Ladybower Dams, made famous by the "Dambuster" squadron to practice for their raid on the Ruhr Dams in 1945.

 

 

Despite its tranquil setting Bradfield is only 7 miles from the centre of Sheffield and only an hour away by car  from Manchester, Leeds or Nottingham making it an excellent base for exploring  the surrounding areas. 

Also close by is the village of  Hathersage (about 15 minutes by car)  thought to be the inspiration for Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, and home to a wide selection of shops, pubs and inviting eateries and Castleton (about 30 minutes by car)  with its famous caverns and home of the  Blue John stone). Edale, the very start of the Pennine Way and the market town of Bakewell as well as Chatsworth House are all within easy reach.