The Peak District village dubbed a 'hidden gem' with an open-air swimming pool – Stoke-on-Trent Live

The village is a 90-minute drive from Hanley – so close enough to spend a day there or even a mini-break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life
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The Peak District has much to explore – from villages with quaint little cobbled streets to the beautiful surrounding countryside. Hathersage is a small village with plenty to offer.
And the picturesque village has recently been named by holiday rental company HomeToGo as one of this year's best-hidden gems to visit.
The village is situated in the Hope Valley and is a 90-minute drive from Hanley – so close enough to spend a day there or even a mini-break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It has first-rate amenities and attractions, including a heated outdoor pool and a handful of highly praised pubs including The Plough Inn which was mentioned in the Good Pub Guide Awards 2021.
Other pubs and restaurants include The George, a hotel and restaurant, The Bank House, a lovely modern restaurant with great options for lunch and tea, and The Scotsmans Pack Country Inn – which has a sizable outdoor seating area.
What's more the village also has an award-winning deli – Colemans Deli which serves pastries, toasties, cakes and fantastic sausage rolls.
The deli can be found in a little courtyard off Main Road and has outdoor and indoor seating, as well as takeout options.
A recent TripAdvisor review said: "Wow what a gem. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. Lovely friendly people serving gorgeous homemade food. Best cheese toastie ever served with their own Asian slaw and beetroot."
The deli has a 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor, with another happy customer adding: "Everything was spot on. Quick, warm and friendly service. The food was delicious as was the tea. Just what we want from a lunch. Had to take their delicious cakes away with us. The venue, decor and atmosphere were chilled and contemporary and delivered exactly what we needed but what is so often hard to find."
Hathersage is full of history too and it is here that you will find the grave of Little John – Robin Hood's mate – who was supposedly born in Hathersage. The village also inspired author Charlotte Bronte when writing ‘Jane Eyre’, and nearby North Lees Hall was visited several times by the author in 1845, becoming the main inspiration for Thornfield Hall. These hidden historical gems are just one of the reasons that Hathersage has previously been named as one of the best places to live in the Midlands, reports DerbyshireLive.
If you're a swimming fan, Hathersage contains an open-air swimming pool that is heated and open all year round. This unique opportunity offers swimmers panoramic views of Stanage Edge, Hathersage Church and the surrounding hills.
With a railway station that is part of the Hope Valley Line, Hathersage is reachable by those who don't drive. Given the lack of guaranteed parking in the village, using public transport eradicates the stress of finding a parking spot.

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