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A walker's favourite Peak District cafes

Hassop Station Cafe. Photo by Gemma Thorpe.

The countryside around Sheffield is full of fabulous cafes giving warm welcome to walkers – even those with muddy boots.

Whether it’s to warm up with a cuppa and a slice of cake in winter or to cool off with an ice cream in summer, here are five Peak District cafes that we love to visit. They each make great stops on some of the walking routes we feature here on The Outdoor City.

Get your boots on, go exploring, and find your favourite.

Cafe Adventure
This little gem of a cafe is owned and run by two outdoor enthusiasts with backgrounds in fine dining, cafes and bakeries. Take a seat inside or out, and relax with a pile of outdoor magazines as you tuck into fantastic daily specials and homemade cakes.
Location: Edale Road, Hope, Derbyshire S33 6ZF.
Open: Monday & Wednesday-Sunday 9am-5pm (closed Tuesday).
Walk: try our railway walk between Hope and Hathersage stations, or follow the cafe's tips for a local adventure.

Bank View Cafe
Welcoming walkers, cyclists, kids, dogs and muddy boots, Bank View is a family-run cafe serving good home-cooked food and arguably the best egg and chips you’ll find. Known as the "spotty cafe" thanks to its 2014 Tour de France makeover, it has a lovely garden area and a cosy open fire, making it a great place to visit at any time of year.
Location: Langsett, South Yorkshire S36 4GY.
Open: every day 9am-5pm.
Walk: our waterside running route also makes a lovely walk.

Hassop Station Cafe
Located on the Victorian railway line turned cycling/walking route the Monsal Trail, this cafe is in an old station building. It serves a tasty toastie, and is also home to a great bookshop and a bike hire service. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, along with a large pay and display car park.
Location: Hassop Station, near Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1NW.
Open: every day 9am-5pm.
Walk: while the Monsal Trail is a popular bike ride, it's also great for an easy stroll suitable for families with pushchairs – either in the direction of Bakewall or Monsal Head.

Grindleford Station Cafe
This cafe has been attracting outdoor enthusiasts for years with top breakfasts, hearty meals, pints of tea, and comically curt notices posted on its walls (though they've toned these down in recent years). There's plenty of space to sit both indoors, where they light a fire in cold weather, and outdoors. While it could hardly be described as classy, it has a cosy charm and its chips are the best around.
Location: Grindleford, Derbyshire S32 2JA.
Open: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm.
Walk: our village-to-village stroll calls in on the cafe, before heading on to Padley Gorge.

The Schoolrooms
Visiting the Schoolrooms always feels like a treat. Located above a deli-butchery, the award-winning cafe serves fine food and delicious cakes from the Bakewell Pudding Shop. There’s also a garden for the kids to play in during good weather.
Location: Low Bradfield, South Yorkshire S6 6LB.
Open: Wednesday-Sunday 9am-5pm.
Walk: Agden and Damflask reservoir route – coming soon to the site.

For more great coffee and cake stops a little closer to city, our friends at Our Favourite Places have put together a top 3 guide to Sheffield's park cafes.

Written by Jacquie Budd


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