bamfordIn common with much of the area, Bamford was an agricultural village. Many of the people who occupied this harsh terrain eked out a living as subsistence farmers until wealthy families brought mills, industry and alternative employment to the area. In Bamford, this family was the Moores. Their cotton mill was built on the site of the old corn mill and it brought wealth to the village. The mill is now a complex of luxury apartments at the foot of the village. The other life changing event for the Valley was the construction of the Sheffield to Manchester railway line. This enabled people in the Valley to commute for employment and also brought a wave of tourists and day trippers to the area, generating great prosperity.


bamford wellBamford lies under imposing gritstone edges and although now adopted by the Hope Valley it is in fact the only remaining village of the Upper Derwent Valley. The villages of Derwent and Ashopton were both flooded in order to create the Ladybower Reservoir. For several years the ruins of Derwent village and its church clock tower could be seen in Ladybower when the water level was low. Eventually, in order to stop people from attempting to swim out to it, the clock tower was destroyed.


When the Upper Derwent Valley was flooded to create the reservoir, the workers were housed in a temporary village called Birchinlee, known locally as  ‘Tin Town’. Residents of the flooded villages were housed elsewhere in the valley, including in a hamlet created next to Yorkshire Bridge. Many of the dam builders made the valley their home too. Tin Town is remembered by a plaque that remains today in the woods above the reservoir.


ladybowerThe reservoirs and the magnificent trails around them attract visitors from all over the world and the area is a must see for the walking or nature enthusiast. With fantastic cycle trails as well, this makes a fantastic day out for the whole family and Bamford is ideally located as a base for people wishing to explore this area and the woods and hills beyond. There is also the golf course at Sickleholme at the edge of the village, what better surroundings for a golfing holiday than the beautiful and unspoilt Hope Valley, with its heather clad moorland, rich history and fresh, clean air?


 sickleholme golfingPark Rangers and the National Trust run a variety of walking, cycling and nature events through the year, many free and others for a modest contribution. Take a look at our events section or browse the directory or calendar for ideas. Many other people choose to pack a picnic and set off to explore. We have a selection of great walks to download.

bamford well dressing

As with most of the other villages of the Hope Valley, Bamford enjoys its annual Gala Week. We take great pride in our well dressings and carnivals and it is a time that the whole village and indeed the valley, comes together and shows great community spirit.

anglers rest

Testament to the community spirit of Bamford is the new post office/pub/café/community hub that is The Angler’s Rest. Faced with closure, the villagers rallied and bought the premises, moved the post office into it and in doing so, created a focus for the village from which many clubs and groups can run, such as the bi-monthly knit and natter group, a place where mums can meet with the kids, somewhere for people to get together over a pint and much more.


Bamford in the Hope Valley