Edale is a pretty, unspoilt village in the heart of the Peak District. It is well known as the starting point for the Pennine Way, a trail that walks along the Pennine hills often described as the backbone of England from the Peak District to as far North as Scotland. To those with less ambition, there are also some good local walks and as such there are always a good number of hikers in the village.
The name Edale actually refers to the whole valley and was only used to refer to the village after the railway was built and the station was named.
Like many of the small villages in the area, Edale had some industrial links and there was a cotton mill built there.