Edale

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Edale is a small village in the Derbyshire Peak District, England. It is best known as the start (or southern end) of the Pennine Way. As spelt, the name is first recorded in 1732. Earlier recorded versions of the name are Aidele (1086), Heydale (1251), Eydale (1275), Eydal (1285) and Edall (1550).

Historically, Edale was the name of the valley of the River Noe. Settlement in the valley consists of several booths, originally established in the 13th century as 'vaccaries' (cattle farms) along the valley of the River Noe, which have since developed into the hamlets of Upper Booth (once Crowdenley Booth and Over Booth), Barber Booth (once Whitmorely Booth), Grindsbrook Booth, Ollerbrook Booth and Nether Booth (also known as Lady Booth and, formerly, Lower Booth). After a railway station on the Sheffield to Manchester (Hope Valley) line was opened, to the south of Grindsbrook Booth, this became known as Edale, and more loosely, all the settlements in the parish are referred to as the village of Edale.

There is a youth hostel in the village to cater for the steady stream of walkers, as the Edale area is excellent walking country, the village being surrounded by hills: the plateau of Kinder Scout to the north, the Great Ridge (running west to east between Rushup Edge over Mam Tor to Lose Hill) to the south and east, Win Hill to the east, and Dalehead (Brown Knoll, Horsehill Tor and Colborne) to the west.

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