Earl Sterndale is a small, friendly village located in the beautiful Peak District National Park. It is 5 miles south of Buxton and 8 miles west of Bakewell, Derbyshire. The beautiful villages of Crowdecote, Hartington and Longnor are nearby. Earl Sterndale sits on a limestone hillside 1,100 feet (340 metres) above sea level.
The Anglican church of St. Michael and All Angels was originally built in the 14th Century and rebuilt in 1828. The church was destroyed in 1941 when it was hit by a German bomb. The church was restored in 1952.
There is a large village green, a primary school, a Methodist chapel, a village pond, a number of holiday cottages, and bed and breakfasts.
Also in the village is The Quiet Woman pub which is over 400 years old which features a headless woman on its sign. The legend says that the woman was a former landlord’s wife who constantly nagged and he eventually cut off her head!
Earl Sterndale is very popular with walkers and cyclists (cycle route 68) due to its fantastic landscapes and picturesque views. To the west are Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill while High Wheeldon is to the south east. Fox Hole Cave on High Wheeldon was excavated in the 1970s which revealed Stone Age implements and remains of animals hunted during that period. The High Peak / Tissington Trail can be joined at nearby Hurdlow.