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Hope Valley Explorer

Unfortunately due to the situation with Covid 19, this service has now been postponed until 2021 and will not run over summer 2020. We are sorry for any disappointment with this. 

Step on-board the brand new Stagecoach Hope Valley Explorer hop on hop off  service to experience the stunning Hope Valley corner of the Peak District National Park. 

Leave the car behind, take the train from Sheffield or Manchester and join the Hope Valley Explorer at Edale, Hope or Bamford. Or hop aboard direct from Chesterfield or Dronfield.  


Don't stress over driving and parking during the summer holidays. Every trip on the Hope Valley Explorer is one less car journey in the UK’s original National Park!

Begin your National Park adventure 

The National Park visitor centres at Edale (for the Pennine Way), Castleton and the Derwent Valley are packed with information and advice from the friendly ranger teams at the Peak District National Park so that you can make the most of your day out.

Edale - Enjoy Jacobs Ladder, the start of the Pennine Way and winding village lanes in this stunning secluded valley, home to the Peak District’s innovative Moors for the Future programme (Rail Station)
Castleton - The heart of the Hope Valley, on the doorstep of the Great Ridge, Mam Tor and Winnats Pass, and gateway to the Peak District’s fascinating cave networks (Rail Station – Hope, one stop)
Derwent Valley - Set in the imposing ‘Dark Peak’ on the banks of the Derwent reservoirs, explore miles of walking and cycling trails, or immerse yourself in history – including the famous ‘Dambusters.’

Ticket prices

All tickets are valid all day on the Hope Valley Explorer. Tickets are only available to buy on the bus, not on our website or on our app.

Adult day ticket £6 - Not valid on any other service
Family day ticket (up to 2 adults and 2 children) £12 - Not valid on any other service
Single journey £4 - Not valid on any other service
ENCTS half single fare or £3 day ticket when presented with a valid concessionary pass - Not valid on any other service

Enjoy offers on presentation of your valid Hope Valley Explorer ticket at;

Blueberry Café at Castleton Visitor Centre - 15% discount for sit-down orders (this does not apply to the outside kiosk)
Derwent Bike Hire - £4 discount on each cycle hire

When can you catch this service?

Two buses (H1 and H2) run every weekend (and bank holidays) from 23rd May until 27th September as well as 7 days a week from Monday 20 July to Monday 31 August, perfect for days out.

H1 route: Fairholmes in the Derwent Valley - Bamford - Hope - Castleton - Winnats Pass - Blue John Cavern.
H2 route: as H1, but includes Edale (via Hope)

Timetable coming soon 


Map of the Hope Valley Explorer route
Hope Valley Explorer map