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Bell's Box

‘Bell’s Box’ is a Greenfield Bunkhouse/Campsite located within a working farm and provides comfortable bunk bed accommodation for 10 people in two rooms.

The interior is carpeted throughout with a sink unit and running water with ceramic water filters. The building is equipped with a chemical toilet, with Public toilets within short walking distance. There is no electricity. Users should bring their own sleeping bags although mattresses are provided.

Please note that No cooking is currently allowed inside building

Pots and pans are provided and there is cutlery and crockery available, however groups may prefer to bring their own.

Within the boundary there is room for a 4 person tent to use as cooking / accommodation tent.



Bell’s Box is available for hire and provides an ideal base for exploring the Peak District National Park. It is surrounded by superb open countryside as far as the eye can see, and is within short walking distance of Stanage Edge (noted for it’s climbing & Robin Hood’s Cave) and close to Hathersage village. There is also a stream nearby.


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Booking Information

Hire cost of Bell's Box are for the whole Hut and regardless of numbers in the party.

£50.00 for the first night and £40.00 for subsequent nights.

Deposit - £20.00 (Returnable, subject to conditions)

To enquire about availability and make a booking please email the Bookings Secretary at


Bell's Box has been in the proud ownership of the 79th Sheffield (St. Timothy's) Scout Group since the 1960's and was a generous gift of a local businessman called Mr. “Ting” Bell, who owned a box manufacturing company – hence the name “Bell's Box”.

Mr. Bell had been involved with the 79th Scout Group, and wished to leave a legacy for future generations of Scouts & Guides to enjoy the Peak District.

Bell's Box is available for hire to Scout & Guide groups around the country and is ideal as a base for Petrol camps, as a base for exploring and climbing on Stanage Edge, or undertaking badge work including night sky study with no light pollution. Leaders can use it to plan their Group activities, and it has been used as a Duke of Edinburgh Award training base.




The Google Map above shows you exactly where Bell's Box is located just to the West of Sheffield near Hathersage. You can use this for detailed directions as far as North Lees Hall.

The Grid Ref for Bell's Box is: SK 235835

From Hathersage;

1. From the Village you need to go up Jaggers Lane.

If you are traveling west towards Bamford on the A625 it is Just before the railway bridge. (Which is just beyond the George Hotel, opposite the school & Butchers Shop).

If you are travelling east, (from Bamford towards Hathersage) You will need the First left turn after the railway bridge.

2. Near the brow of the hill (opposite Cannon House on the left) Turn right into Coggers Lane, Keep climbing, and just past the Bunk House sign (on the left)

3. Take a right into Burley Lane,

It is a downhill narrow twisting road with a sharp right hand bend at the bottom, go past Bronte Cottage (on the left)

4. After about 30 meters, Take the first wide opening in the wall onthe left and through a wide gate. (Close behind you please)

5. Go up the single track road, and park on the right in front of the big house - North Lees Hall.

As you look up the hill, to the right of the Hall you will see a green wooden building this is Bell’s Box.

It is quite an uphill trek, so we would suggest that it might be a good idea to take at least some of the luggage / equipment with you on the first climb up to Bell’s Box.


Local Places of interest:

North Lees Hall and Farm (where Bell’s Box is situated) is featured in Charlotte Bronte’s book Jane Eyre.  It is also reported that Charlotte stayed at North Lees Hall next to the farm.

Hathersage Village (also featured in Jane Eyre) and Hathersage Church where Little John’s grave can be seen. There is also a heated outdoor swimming pool in Hathersage (check locally for times of opening).

Castleton for caves and caverns open to the public (Famous Blue John & Speedwell Caverns)

Bakewell; busy market town with river and the Bakewell Trail. (Monday is market day)

Chatsworth House and Estate; Stately Home of the Duke of Devonshire. Nr. Bakewell, Derbyshire 

Haddon Hall; home of Bess of Hardwick Bakewell, Derbyshire

National Tramway Museum; Crich

Matlock & Matlock Bath; ‘Gullivers Kingdom’