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The River Etherow, powerful enough in its time to carve a steep valley into the hills, has been tamed by a number of reservoirs. For centuries it has been important in trans-Pennine communications: a packhorse route for the salt trade in the Middle Ages, a turnpike road in the 18th century, and today, as you can see and hear, a busy road for cars and heavy lorries. In the 19th century the two Woodhead railway tunnels were built, and twenty eight of the men who were killed are buried here in St James's churchyard.
On the surrounding hillsides you can see the spoil heaps for the quarries from which stone was taken to build the railway and the dams.
The National Park Authority's hostel, run by the YHA, was a terrace of cottages. In 1692 the Hatfield Family built a fine Tudor-style hall. It fell into disrepair and was destroyed by Manchester Corporation in 1937. It's worth going in search of the vicarage, which still remains, a fine stone house whose front door is framed by cherry trees.
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The Peels Arms is situated in the picturesque valley of Padfield. You can find us between the Woodhead Road and Snake Pass in the heart of the Longdendale Valley. The village boasts amenities for water skiing, yachting and wind surfing on its 5 reservoirs, which also provides beautiful walking country and scenic views. The more adventurous walkers may try the famous Pennine Way route which you may join 2 miles from Padfield.
Location and supplementary information[view map] From A57 go to Tintwhistle. From there follow signs to Padfield.
The Old House is situated approximately 600 metres from the Pennine Way with magnificent views overlooking Rhodeswood reservoir in the Longdendale Valley. There are 4 en-suite rooms and a shared facilities annex with 3 rooms. If you are looking for a group booking the annex can sleep 10 in individual beds.
We also offer a Pennine Way package for the first 2 stages which includes B&B, transport to and from Edale, Snake Pass or Standedge. Please see our website for details.
Facilities and services for walkers & cyclists are, lift to and from the local pub for evening meals, drying cupboard, options for packed lunches, continental or cooked breakfasts and baggage transfer.