A gem of a village
The picturesque village of Hayfield (‘Hedfeld’ in the Doomsday Book) in the north west corner of the Peak District is a perfect destination for walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts. It offers numerous trails and footpaths throughout the surrounding hills and valleys and has several places to eat, drink and stay (including of course The Royal Hotel!).
Hayfield was the starting point for the historic Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout by ramblers in 1932 which led to the birth of the National Parks (the Peak District being the first in 1951) and increased public access to the countryside.
Hayfield was also the birthplace and childhood home of Arthur Lowe (Captain Mainwaring in the classic TV comedy, Dad’s Army) and was the setting for the BBC One drama series The Village, starring Maxine Peake, John Simm and Juliet Stevenson. Just up the road in Little Hayfield, Tony Warren, creator of Coronation Street, wrote many episodes of this well-loved soap over a pint or two in the Lantern Pike pub.
Today Hayfield is famous for its many annual events, including the May Queen Festival, fell races, well dressing, beer festival, country show and sheepdog trials. The village has a number of independent shops, including newsagent, post office, chemist, grocer, cafés, art gallery, gift shop and antiques shop.
Hayfield is also a great base from which to explore the many attractions of the Peak District and Cheshire.