Better to live in Hope they say, and generations of families would agree. The village which gave name to a beautiful valley played major roles in Peakland history. Hope church lies alongside the point where a Roman road forded Peakshole Water, but even in Saxon times Hope was one of the largest parishes in the land, evidenced by a Saxon cross shaft in the churchyard. In medieval times Hope lay at the heart of the Royal Forest of the Peak, jealously guarded royal hunting lands with wolf, bear and deer all the preserve of the king. The village pinfold still houses an occasional beast, though nothing wilder than a stray cow or sheep. August Bank Holiday sees Hope Show and Sheepdog Trials - a real country day out amidst stunning scenery.