5-Night Peak District Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 6 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
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From beautiful limestone valleys, to spectacular scenery on the gritstone edges, the Peak District is home to a superb contrast of landscapes. With a choice of walks each day, your holiday can be as relaxing or adventurous as you choose. Our Guided Walking holidays will introduce you to the best of the national park.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on guided walks with our experienced leader to discover the varied beauty of the Peak District on foot 
  • Enjoy panoramic views from gritstone edges
  • Admire stunning limestone dales
  • Visit classic viewpoints, timeless villages and secret corners
  • Look out for wildlife and learn about the 'Peaks' history
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of England's finest walking areas

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 4 days guided walking
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Okeover Park and Mappleton

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 885 feet (270m)

In summary: From the country house we drop onto the Dove Valley crossing historic Coldwall Bridge and ascend Marten Hill. We return through lovely Okeover Park to Mappleton walking along the Dove with fine views of Thorpe Cloud.

Highlight: Check out the unusual church in Mappleton.

Option 2 - The Mayfields

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Initially following the route of option 1, we then continue south on The Limestone Way reaching the cluster of Mayfield villages. Descending through Upper Mayfield to cross Hanging Bridge and return via Mappleton and the River Dove.

Highlight: Hanging Bridge with its grim history including Bonnie Prince Charlie’s retreat in 1745.

Option 3 - The Mayfields and Mappleton

Distance: 11.5 miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Heading out along the route of option 2, we extend our walk continuing south along the Limestone Way before descending to the historical villages of Middle Mayfield and Church Mayfield. Our return route takes us via Hanging Bridge and Mappleton.  

Highlight: Hanging Bridge with its grim history including Bonnie Prince Charlie's retreat in 1745.


Option 1 - Tissington Village and Trail

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: We walk to the feudal village of Tissington on grassland and along the tree lined avenue. After exploring the village we make our way onto the Tissington Trail to the former Alsop en le Dale station before returning to the country house. 

Highlight: The charming estate village of Tissington, home of the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years.

Option 2 - Tissington and Alsop en le Dale

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In summary: After visiting beautiful Tissington village our walk descends to Parwich and then ascends to reach the Tissington trail which we follow to Alsop en le Dale station before heading back to the country house.

Highlight: The famous Tissington Trail follows the route of the former London and North Western railway.

Option 3 - Tissington, Parwich and Milldale

Distance: 12.5 miles (20km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (480m)

In summary: We begin following the route of option 2 to the Tissington Trail, taking in the estate village of Tissington. We then descend to the River Dove which we follow through a quiet dale to reach Milldale. From here the walk ascends to meet a farm track which we follow back to the house.

Highlight: Quaint Tissington village and all its history is not to be missed. 


Option 1 - Dovedale Gorge

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 750 feet (230m)  

In Summary: Beginning with a descent to the famous stepping stones we follow the River Dove to Milldale. Following the zig zag path we then return through pasture land high above the gorge.

Highlight: The famous limestone gorge of Dovedale is just a stone’s throw from our country house with its rock formations, caves and verdant flora.

Option 2 - Dovedale and Alstonefield

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (330m)

In Summary: We begin following the route of option 1 through the iconic Dovedale Gorge. From Milldale we ascend to the village of Alstonefield. We visit the Green Well before our return route takes us back across the river and on higher ground back to the country house.

Highlight: The dramatic Dovedale Gorge with its towering limestone pinnacles.

Option 3 - Dovedale and Norrowdale Hill

Distance: 11.5 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In Summary: Having first walked up the beautiful Dovedale Gorge and reached Alstonefield, our walk takes a high level loop north to Narrowdale Hill, before returning across the river and along the route of option 2. 

Highlight: Magnificent panoramic views from Narrowdale Hill


Option 1 - Ilam Park

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: The walk begins with a descent to cross the River Dove and then across fields to reach lofty Castern Hall. From here we follow the route of the Manifold into Ilam Park before ascending to the hamlet of Blore and follow the Limestone Way on our return to the country house.  

Highlight: Beautiful Ilam Park with its Hall, church and gardens. We can see the River Manifold as it emerges from its underground route.

Option 2 - Ilam and Blore

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,302 feet (400m)

In Summary: We head out on the Limestone Way from Thorpe, crossing the River Dove at Coldwall Bridge and ascend to Blore. The route then continues to ascend west with magnificent views of surrounding countryside to reach Calton. We then descend on a magical path through Musden Wood to Rushley Bridge before taking the riverside path through the grounds of Ilam Hall and the village of Ilam. 

Highlight: Ilam village with its grand hall, pseudo alpine cottages and memorial cross. 

Option 3 - Ilam and the Manifold Valley

Distance: 12 miles (19.5km)

Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In Summary: Beginning along the Limestone Way to Blore, we then continue to ascend, skirting the hill of Musden Low, before reaching the village of Calton. From here, the path continues north with wonderful views all around. We descend Soles Hollow to reach the River Hamps and the Manifold Way. From the confluence of the Hamps and the Manifold, the walk ascends back to the Manifold Trail to Throwley Hall. We then return through historic Ilam.

Highlight: Enjoy the panorama from Blore church over the limestone plateau and Dove Dale, with the shapely peak of Thorpe Cloud guarding the entrance.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Dove Dale

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) 

Ascent: 340 feet (100m)

In SummaryDescend from the village of Alstonfield to the hamlet of Milldale and its much photographed bridge over the River Dove. We follow the river through the famous gorge back to our Country House. 

HighlightDon't forget to look up to see the spectacular rock features of Dove Dale as you meander through the gorge. 

 

Option 2 - Wolfescote Dale

Distance: 9 miles (14km) 

Total ascent: 250 feet (80m)

In SummaryDescend through the limestone valley of Biggin Dale to meet the river Dove at Peaseland Rocks. We then follow the river downsteam through the famous gorge to the stepping stones and our Country House. 

HighlightBiggin Dale is a National Nature Reserve. Look out for early purple orchids and rare cowslips. 

 

 

Option 3 - Along the Dove

Distance: 12 miles (19km) 

Ascent: 450 feet (140m) 

In SummaryCross the fields to the charming village of Hartington. From here you follow the river through Beresford Dale, Wolfescote Dale and Dove Dale, with the scenery getting ever grander. 

HighlightVisit the fantastic cheese shop in Hartington to sample their locally made products. Our favourite is the sticky toffee cheddar! 

 


Option 1 - Robin Hood's Stride & Bakewell

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m) 

In SummaryVisit the rock formations of Robin Hood's Stride and its hermit's cave, before continuing along the Limestone Way and the Bradford and Lathkill rivers before a ridge walk into Bakewell. 

HighlightWhen in Bakewell it would be rude not to sample the local delicacy - the Bakewell Pudding - enjoy! 

 

Option 2 - Through the Dales to Bakewell

Distance: 11 miles (18km) 

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m) 

In SummaryCross the rolling limestone hillls, taking in the 'Nine Ladies' stone circle and the rocks of Robin Hood's Stride. After following the river through Bradford Dale we'll cross the fields to Bakewell. 

HighlightThe rocks of Robin Hood's Stride are also known as 'Mock Beggars Hall' - from a distance they could be mistaken for crumbling fortifications. 

 

Option 3 - Lathkill Dale and Monsal Head

Distance: 12½ miles (20km) 

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m) 

In SummaryWander along Lathkill Dale; initiallly a dry valley, then beside the river. You will cross fields to visit the Magpie Mine and then descend Deep Dale to the Monsal Head viaduct, before heading to the village of Ashford-in-the-Water. 

HighlightEnjoy one of the Peak District's classic views over the old railway viaduct at Monsal Head. 

 


Option 1 - Eyam to Hathersage

Distance: 7½ miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In SummaryExplore Eyam village then walk to Stoney Middleton with its octagonal church. We then follow the River Derwent, with Froggatt Edge towering above us, past Padley Chapel to Hathersage. 

HighlightDiscover the fascinating history of Eyam; noted for isolating itself to prevent the spread of a 17th Century plague. 

 

Option 2 - Eyam Moor

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m) 

In SummaryWe have time to explore Eyam before a steady ascent up to Eyam Moor. After crossing dramatic moorland landscapes we ascend again to walk around Offerton Moors, and finally descend into Hathersage 

HighlightEnjoy sweeping views over the green valley of the River Derwent, and over the gritstone hills of the Dark Peak. 

 

 

Option 3 - Gritstone Edges

Distance: 11½ miles (19km) 

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

In SummaryA walk with two distinct sections. We first head along the Derwent Valley to Grindleford where we ascend onto the Iron Age hill fort of Carl Wark and the gritstone Stanage Edge. 

HighlightThe gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge is one of Britain's most popular sites for rock climbing - on a fine day you'll see numerous climbers scaling these gnarled cliffs. 

 


Option 1 - Ilam Park

Distance: 6 miles (10km)  

Ascent: 750 feet (240m) 

In SummaryStarting in the village of Wetton we walk high above the River Manifold to Castern Hall before descending to Ilam Park and village. We continue through the fields back to our Country House. 

HighlightWe'll explore Ilam village with its grand hall, pseudo-alpine cottages and memorial cross. 

 

Option 2 - Wetton to Ilam

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (380m)

In SummaryWalk above the Manifold Valley to Rushley Bridge from where we ascend to Blore with its Norman Church. We continue through the fields to Ilam Park, then head along the valley to our Country House. 

HighlightLook out for the disappearing river - the Manifold often flows underground between Wetton Mill and Ilam. 

 

Option 3 - Along the Manifold

Distance:  12 miles (19km) 

Ascent: 2,150 feet (660m) 

In SummaryFollow the Manifold Valley as it snakes through the rolling limestone hills. Our route takes us from Hulme End to our Country House via the villages of Wetton, Blore and Ilam. 

HighlightEnjoy the panorama from Blore church over the limestone plateau and Dove Dale, with the shapely peak of Thorpe Cloud guarding the entrance. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


The Peveril of the Peak

The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, stands proudly in the Peak District countryside, close to the village of Thorpe. Backed by the cone of Thorpe Cloud, which guards the entrance to Dovedale Gorge and the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the gorge, it’s an ideal base for people hoping to explore the Derbyshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive grounds and rolling countryside, it’s a picturesque retreat with 46 rooms, large shared spaces and a pleasant bar. Stride out from the house to find Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, best viewed from the grassy spur called Lovers’ Leap. While the Peak bit of the area name refers to small English hills rather than great summits, there’s superb walking to be had on the Roaches and the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 46 rooms, Peveril of the Peak has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Room 2 on the ground floor (accessible via 7 steps down from reception) is spacious and attractively styled with a door opening on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger televisions – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day delving into the Dovedale Gorge or exploring the Peak District, return to the house. Relax on the patio with a coffee or cold drink and soak up the wide-ranging countryside views. Take a turn through the garden and look out for the small canon on one of the lawns. Make your way inside to sit comfortably in the lounge where there’s a stash of wood and a log burner for those colder days or snag a seat in the bar with your fellow guests and sip a great local ale by the large windows.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Peveril of the Peak is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb and a homemade Bakewell tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
06 Dec - 11 Dec
6 2020 Guided Walking £532 £266 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
Duration:
6 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2

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