Peak District Boundary Walk Guided Trail
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
The Peak District Boundary Walk is a new long distance trail encompassing the entire Peak District National Park. Envisioned by The Friends of The Peak District, the walk is an exhilarating celebration of our First National Park. Throughout its journey it displays a wonderful mix of Peak District landscapes – crags, cloughs, moors and dales together with working landscapes, woodland and heritage.
The Peveril of the Peak occupies a wonderful position in the village of Thorpe, less than a mile from the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the Dove Dale gorge. Named after the novel by Sir Walter Scott, it offers excellent facilities and is surrounded by extensive grounds.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Your leader will give an introductory talk about the holiday.
Day 2: Thorpe to Waterfall
Descending to Coldwall Bridge we are at the Southernmost point of the entire Boundary Walk. We turn upstream to the fascinating village of Ilam and cross the Manifold river to ascend the steep flank of Musden Low. Passing through Calton village we descend into the Hamps Valley and follow the trail to the settlement of Waterhouses veering North we end the day in the picturesque hamlet of Waterfall. 8 miles (13km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.
Day 3: Waterfall to Tittesworth Reservoir
From Waterfall we head North West into the upper Hamps Valley and the hamlet of Ford. On to Onecote and its lovely grade 2 listed Church to gradually ascend for our first taste of the Staffordshire Moorlands on The Morridge. Our elevation gives glorious views across to the Roaches and beyond before descending the moor to reach the reservoir. 11½ miles (18½ km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.
Day 4: Tittesworth Reservoir to Wildboarclough
The 5 clouds of the Roaches escarpment provides a fine backdrop as we pass over the reservoir to Meerbrook village and ascend the slopes of Gun hill. Over the top and in and out of the lovely Dane Valley and into the equally lovely Greasley Hollow. From there we turn North East crossing some undulating moorland to drop into the steep sided Clough Brook Valley and on to finish in Wildboarclough. 10 miles (16km) with 1,150 feet (360m) of ascent.
Day 5: Wildboarclough to Bollington
An ascent of Shutlingsloe ‘The Cheshire Matterhorn’ giving fine views to Axe Edge along the summit ridge before descending to the tree lined reservoirs in the Macclesfield Forest. Picking up the Gritstone Trail we enter Tegg's Nose Country Park with it's industrial heritage and sweeping views. Heading North towards Rainow we ascend the splendid little ridge of The Saddle of Kerridge up to the viewpoint of ‘White Nancy’ and dropping quickly to finish in Bollington. 8½ miles (13½ km) with 1,550ft (480m) of ascent.
Day 6: Bollington to Whaley Bridge
Leaving Bollington via the beautifully named Pott Shrigley we cross little Bakestonedale Moor and descend briefly to the Macclesfield Canal. Here we ‘turn the corner' of the boundary and enter the stunning Lyme Park with it's centrepiece the magnificent Lyme House. Leaving the park via Whaley Moor we desecend to the historic transport hub of Whaley Bridge ‘Gateway to The Goyt Valley’. 9½ miles (15½km) with 1,350ft (420m) of ascent.
Day 7: Whaley Bridge to Buxton
Our last leg takes us into the Goyt Valley beneath the iconic ridge of Windgather Rocks, Pym’s Chair and Shining Tor. Crossing between the Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs we ascend the glorious Wild Moor accompanied by the cry of the Curlew. Tremendous panoramic views open out as we begin our final long descent to the Victorian splendour of Buxton. (Perchance to the King’s Head Pub – birthplace of The Peak District Boundary Walk). 9 miles (15km) with 1,200 feet (380m) of ascent.
Day 8: Departure Day
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors.
Discover the Peak District
The Peveril of the Peak occupies a wonderfully peaceful location in the village of Thorpe, and is surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Derbyshire Dales.
The nearest facilities are in the small town of Ashbourne, about 3 miles away. Here you’ll find a full range of shops plus supermarkets, banks, chemists, pubs and cafés.
During your stay you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
One of the natural wonders of the Peak District, the spectacular limestone valley of Dove Dale is less than 1 mile from The Peveril of the Peak – just follow the footpath signs from the car park.
Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is one of Britain’s most visited stately homes, which sits at the heart of a huge estate. Throughout the house there are fine displays of furniture, silver, tapestries, porcelain and paintings. The formal gardens cover 105 acres and include fountains, sculptures and a maze. Chatsworth is around 50 minutes' drive from The Peveril of the Peak. www.chatsworth.org
Crich Tramways Village
Located near the village of Crich, about 45 minutes' drive away, the National Tramway Museum has an impressive collection of vintage trams which run on a recreated historic street. www.tramway.co.uk
The Regency spa town of Buxton is about 19 miles from the Peveril of the Peak. Two key attractions are the town’s opera house, and Poole’s Cavern show cave. www.poolescavern.co.uk or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
The popular village of Castleton is an excellent starting point for walks in the ‘Dark Peak’; just under an hour's drive away. Nearby are four extensive show caves: Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern. www.castleton.co.uk/caverns
Home to the famous ‘Bakewell Pudding’, this is one of the most attractive small towns in the national park. Bakewell is around 35 minutes' drive away.
The huge Alton Towers theme park is only 30 minutes' drive away and is a very popular option for families. www.altontowers.com
This historic mill, dating from 1771, is a World Heritage Site, about 35 minutes' drive away. www.cromfordmill.co.uk
A fortified medieval manor house, dating from the 12th century. Haddon Hall is located near Bakewell, about 45 minutes' drive away. www.haddonhall.co.uk
The Tissington Trail is just half a mile away from The Peveril of the Peak. This offers 13 miles of traffic-free cycling along a disused railway line and connects with the 17 mile High Peak Trail. Cycle hire is available nearby.
Travel to Dovedale
Our address is: The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW
The nearest railway stations are Buxton or Derby. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
The 19 mile journey from Buxton railway station takes approximately 35 minutes; the 17 mile journey from Derby takes approx 40 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost £32 per taxi from Derby or £42 from Buxton. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Peveril of the Peak Manager.
There is a bus service as far as Ashbourne, about 3 miles from our country house. From Buxton take the 442 service or from Derby catch the SW1 service. For bus times see www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk
From Ashbourne complete your journey by taxi, or use the Derbyshire Connect service. This service must be prebooked at least 48 hours in advance by calling 01335 342 951
From the south leave the M1 at junction 24 and head to Ashbourne via the A50 and A515. Continue north on the A515 heading towards Buxton. 1 mile north of Ashbourne turn left, signposted to Thorpe, Dovedale and Ilam. After a further 2 miles the road bends sharply left by the Old Dog pub. The Peveril of the Peak lies ahead at the bottom of the hill. Look out for the sign.
From Buxton take the A515 south towards Ashbourne. After 17 miles turn right at a crossroads, following signs to Thorpe. After 1 mile turn right by the Old Dog pub. The Peveril of the Peak lies ahead at the bottom of the hill. Look out for the sign.
From the west leave the M6 at junction 15 and head via the A50, Cheadle (A521) and Oakamoor (A5417) to the A52. At the junction of the A52 and the A523 take the minor road signposted to Ilam. After 1½ miles turn left and descend the hill. Cross the bridge at Ilam, turn right and follow the road up a steep hill and onwards through Dovedale and Thorpe village. The Peveril of the Peak is on the left hand side at the end of the village.
Travelling from overseas
Dovedale is located in the centre of the UK, with a number of airport options.
East Midlands Airport is about 30 miles away - this is served by short-haul European flights. If you're flying here we'd recommend pre-booking a taxi direct to the Peveril of the Peak.
London Luton Airport has lots of low-cost European flights. From here take the shuttle bus to Luton Airport Parkway station, then on by train to Derby with 1 change at Leicester. Allow 1 hour 50 minutes to Derby - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).
Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Buxton with one change at Manchester Piccadilly. Allow 1 hour 40 minutes to Buxton - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).
Flying to London Heathrow Airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 3 hours to reach Derby. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London St Pancras. From here take a train to direct to Derby - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).