Beyond the Edge is lucky to be based in the heart of the Peak District and for many of our courses we walk from the door of our training base at The Sir William hotel in Grindleford.
The Sir William Hotel
UPDATE AS AT 7 June 2022
The hotel is undergoing some short term essential maintenance and will be closed until these works are completed. This is likely to be by 1 September.
Courses remain unaffected by these works.
The Sir William is a comfortable Inn with stunning views over the valley and it serves great food (try the game pie if its on!). We recommend that you stay here as they are well versed in looking after walkers and climbers and it’s a 30 second commute from the breakfast table to our meeting room!
We have an excellent relationship with the owner, and they will offer you a discount on your accommodation if you are on a course or private guiding with us.
If required they can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org which is best as it allows them to answer when they have a spare few minutes.
The hotel is within walking distance of Grindleford Station. This means you can be relaxing in the hotel only two and half hours after leaving central London!
The Peak District is very popular with visitors from all over the world and sometimes The Sir William is full or doesn’t suit your needs. There are hundreds of places to stay from campsites to luxury spa hotels within a few minutes drive. Hathersage is a small village 5 minutes drive up the valley and has a legion of B&Bs, and hotels. Whilst if the bright lights and casinos of Sheffield are tempting it’s only a 20 minute drive over the hill!
If you are arriving by train and choose to stay in Hathersage we can collect you and drop you off at the end of the day
Hotels within 5 minutes drive
The Maynard Main Road, Grindleford, S32 2HE. Tel: 01433 424 110
The George Main Road, Hathersage.S32 1BB. Tel: 01433 650 436
The Millstone Inn Sheffield Road, Hathersage. S32 1DA. Tel: 01433 650 258
Scotsman’s Pack School Lane, Hathersage. S32 1BZ. Tel: 01433 650 253
Little John Hotel Station Road, Hathersage, S32 1DD. Tel 01433 650 255
There are literally hundreds of B&B’s in the local villages of Hathersage, Bamford, Curbar, Stoney Middleton and Eyam. We have previously received positive reviews from the following:
Padley Mill cottage air BnB which is a 15 minutes walk from The Sir William and close to Grindleford station which makes arriving by train very easy.
Fold Farm air BnB which is adjacent to The Sir William hotel.
There are Youth Hostels in Hathersage (5 min drive, or we can collect you), Eyam (10 min drive), Castleton (15 minute drive) and Edale (20 min drive). They all have single rooms, but the Hathersage hostel only has one single room, so book well ahead.
Bretton Hostel was formerly a YHA, but is now an independent hostel and close to the Barrel Inn. It is about a 5 minute drive into Grindleford.
There are surprisingly few campsites near Grindleford and Hathersage. An internet search will show lots 15 – 30 minutes drive away. If you are on a leadership assessment course with us, please consider the amount of time you will take to travel, cook, dry kit etc and any impact they may have on you, especially if you camp far away.
On the outskirts of Hathersage set under the iconic Stanage Edge is the popular North Lees Campsite. It is a 15-20 minute walk along footpaths into the village / train station.
Hardhurst Farm campsite (S33 6RB) is adjacent to the Travellers Rest Inn in Brough, but also a railway! They can be contacted on 01433 620 001.
Swallowholme Camping and Caravan Park (S33 0BN) is on the outskirts of Bamford and very close to Bamford railway station if you are arriving by train.
Pindale Farm has indoor accommodation for larger groups and also a campsite. It is a 15 minute drive from Grindelford.
For our North Wales based courses we normally use the Moel Siabod cafe in Capel Curig as our meeting point as it is truly excellent (and serves amazing cakes, but that’s not the reason we meet there, honestly…). There are a wide variety of options in and close to Capel Curig.
The Rocks Hostel is next to where we meet together with the very affordable bunk barns and campsite of Bryn Tyrch farm. This is a basic site but offers good value and a the Bryn Tyrch hotel is a 3 minute walk away.
Slightly further away (5 minute drive) is the excellent and popular Dol Gam camp site www.dolgam-snowdonia.co.uk/ which benefits from being within walking distance of the Tyn Y Coed for evening relaxation (its downhill on the way back so don’t worry). Dol Gam also offers B&B accommodation.
Slightly further afield again in Betws-y-Coed (10 min drive) is Bryn Llewellyn B&B and a host of other hotels, and B&Bs.
Just a word about our tiny friends Culicoides impunctatus (the midge).
In midge season (June – late Sept), still warm evenings can be genuinely horrific if you are camping and unprepared. Make sure your tent has a good midge net, bring midge repellant, antihistamines if you get affected by bites and a hefty dose of humour.
Scotland West Coast
We normally base ourselves out of Glencoe on the West Coast as there are just so many options for great days in the hills. There are hundreds of hotel and self catering accommodation options in either Glencoe the nearby village of Ballachulish or thirty minutes away in Fort William.
If you are staying in a B&B without transport just check where the nearest place is to get evening meals. There are very few takeaways open in the winter outside of Fort William.
There is a Co-Op supermarket in Ballachulish (open 7am – 10pm usually) which you can easily stock up on food for the week if you are self catering and a very small village shop in Glencoe with sporadic opening hours.
Glencoe / Ballachulish
Loch Leven hotel: Stunning location and a personal favourite. Not mass tourism and a real character place. The Annex rooms are normally very reasonably priced.
Isles of Glencoe Hotel: Great location with swimming pool and sauna to relax in at the end of the day. Slightly soulless in comparison to the Loch Leven, but much larger so a greater choice / availability of rooms.
Clachaig Inn: This legendary climbing hang out has an epic bar full of climbers /walkers /skiers most nights. It is however at the end of Glencoe so if you want to walk to anywhere else in the evening, forget it!
Inchree Chalets: Self catering lodges between Glencoe and Fort William.
There is also a youth hostel near the Clachaig Inn and a number of independent hostels / bunk houses have popped up in the last few years. A good one with a drying room is Glencoe Independent Hostel. This and the Youth Hostel are a 15-20 minute walk from the village of Glencoe and buses do not go past them.
We don’t have any particularly strong recommendations here as there are just so many accommodation options to choose. From the Travelodge at one end of the High Street, to the Alexandra and Premier Inn (which can be great value) at the other end. There is YHA on the outskirts and multiple bunk houses catering for walkers and climbers.
The Ben Nevis Hotel & leisure Club is just outside the centre (but walkable distance if you need a change of scene): is also popular.
Bed and breakfast accommodation within Fort William are plentiful and there are enough takeaways and restaurants to allow you to eat out each night.
If you are struggling to find something or want something special, contact the office and we will endeavour to assist.