Hulme End

Hulme End is a small hamlet situated between Warslow and Hartington to the south of the Peak District National Park.

To many people, it is somewhere that they simply pass through – this is a great shame, because if you stop to look, Hulme End has a great deal going for it!

First and foremost, Hulme End houses one of the few remaining genuine village shops in the area.

This is run by Judy and Eric Prince and is a truly fantastic resource.

The shop is open from 7.30 in the morning until 7.00 in the evening and sells pretty well EVERYTHING – from groceries, postcards, sweets, cigarettes, stamps, newspapers, hot pies and fresh cakes, to fly spray, bird feeders and slug pellets…. the list is endless.

If you can’t see what you need, just ask and they will probably find one from somewhere!

Village shops are a dying breed.

This one is great and deserves our support!

If you are staying at our holiday cottage – The Barn at Ivy House Farm – and want a regular newspaper, let us know and we will get Judy to order it for the duration of your stay.

Hulme End also has a pub – the Manifold Inn – a 200 year old coaching inn and restaurant run that offers warm hospitality and quality home cooked food (www.themanifoldinn.co.uk).

It is within walking distance of the Barn at Ivy House Farm for the enthusiastic walker (about 1 mile) – but beware, it is downhill on the way there and uphill on the way back from the holiday cottage!

For those of you less inclined to expend the energy, there is also a large car park behind the pub.

The hamlet of Hulme End represents the end of the Manifold Railway cycle track, which meanders along the Manifold Valley to Waterhouses.

The Manifold Valley is a hidden gem in the Peak District National Park, with beautiful scenery and some fantastic birdlife.

There is a large car park at Hulme End, where you will also find the Manifold Valley Visitors Centre, which provides lots of useful tourist information and history on the railway line and local area.

During the summer season, you can get a cup of tea and something to eat from the Tea Junction next to the Visitors Centre (www.teajunctionhulmeend.co.uk).

For 2010, they are open Sat and Sun 10am -4pm from 6th Feb 2010 and from April 1st they are open six days a week 10.00am to 5.00pm (Tuesday to Sunday) until September.

If you prefer two wheels, you can hire a bicycle from Brown End Farm cycle hire (www.manifoldcycling-brownendfarm.co.uk) at Waterhouses and cycle from the other end back to Hulme End, passing Wetton Mill along the way where you can enjoy tea and cakes while paddling in the brook.

So, next time you are passing through Hulme End – STOP and spend some time there!