7-Night Peak District Festive Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Festive Breaks
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £945pp

The Dovedale valley within the beautiful Peak District makes the perfect location for a festive holiday. Spend the festive season in the Peak District, socialising and walking in this beautiful place. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. Join our festive breaks and choose from a guided walking holiday in the company of one of our knowledgeable leaders. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and great walks and activities. The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in the comfort of our country house in beautiful Dovedale
  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • An excellent variety of walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Let our experience leader bring classic winter walks to life
  • Cosy country pubs with roaring log fires round off many walks 
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us

What’s included

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A full programme of guided walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks
  • A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Chatsworth House is the focal point of today’s walks, with all routes passing through its expansive landscaped grounds, before converging on Bakewell. The medium walk descends from Baslow Edge and through Baslow, the start of the easier walk. The harder walk extends to include the gritstone of Froggatt and Curbar with spectacular views across the Peak District.


We can build up an appetite for our Christmas dinner with walks starting and finishing at Peveril of the Peak. The easier walk strolls across to Tissington, famous for its well dressings on Ascension Day, before returning to the house via the Limestone Way. The medium walk follows the River Dove via the famous Stepping Stones to Milldale from where we head back to the house via a field path. The harder walk goes via Tissington to the former station at Alsop en le Dale before taking in the stunning rock formations of Dove Dale via the hamlet of Milldale.


Starting at the entrance to the Manifold Valley, the easier walk will follow the river and Victorian Paradise walk into Ilam Park. We then ascend to Blore with its Norman church before taking the Limestone Way back to the house. The medium walk starts from the village of Wetton, and the harder on the other side of Wetton Hill. Both head to Ilam where they pick up the same route as the easier option back to the house



Robin Hood’s Stride is a spectacular tor of gritstone rocks perched on a ridge between Harthill Moor and the Alport-Winster road and is known locally as ‘Mock Beggar’s Hall’. From a distance it’s easy to imagine the formation as a turreted building, and we’ll take a good look at it on all today’s walks.

The easier walk starts near the Stride and continues to Bradford Dale finishing in Bakewell. The medium walk starts from Birchover and the harder walk starts from Stanton in Peak, both finishing in Bakewell.


The heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Arkwright's Mill, is the culminating point of today's walks. The easier walk a gentle stroll along the Cromford Canal towpath, once the main supply artery for Arkwright's Mill. The medium walk finds Crich Stand before descending into the Derwent Valley and the harder walk visits the villages of Lea, Dethick and Riber before also finding the canal and Arkwright's Mill. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Robin Hood’s Stride is a spectacular tor of gritstone rocks perched on a ridge between Harthill Moor and the Alport-Winster road and is known locally as ‘Mock Beggar’s Hall’. From a distance it’s easy to imagine the formation as a turreted building, and we’ll take a good look at it on all today’s walks.

The easier walk starts near the Stride and continues to Bradford Dale finishing in Bakewell. The medium walk starts from Birchover and the harder walk starts from Stanton in Peak, both finishing in Bakewell.


The heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Arkwright's Mill, is the culminating point of today's walks. The easier walk a gentle stroll along the Cromford Canal towpath, once the main supply artery for Arkwright's Mill. The medium walk finds Crich Stand before descending into the Derwent Valley and the harder walk visits the villages of Lea, Dethick and Riber before also finding the canal and Arkwright's Mill. 



Chatsworth House is the focal point of today’s walks, with all routes passing through its expansive landscaped grounds, before converging on Bakewell. The medium walk descends from Baslow Edge and through Baslow, the start of the easier walk. The harder walk extends to include the gritstone of Froggatt and Curbar with spectacular views across the Peak District.


We’ll see in the New Year on our superb local walks starting and finishing at the Peveril of the Peak. The easier walk strolls across to Tissington, famous for its well dressings on Ascension Day, before returning to the house via the Limestone Way. The medium walk follows the River Dove via the famous Stepping Stones to Milldale from where we head back to the house via field paths. The harder walk goes via Tissington to the former station at Alsop en le Dale before taking in the stunning rock formations of Dove Dale via the hamlet of Milldale.


Starting at the entrance to the Manifold Valley, the easier walk will follow the river and Victorian Paradise walk into Ilam Park. We then ascend to Blore with its Norman church before taking the Limestone Way back to the house. The medium walk starts from the village of Wetton, and the harder on the other side of Wetton Hill. Both head to Ilam where they pick up the same route as the easier option back to the house.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
23 Dec - 30 Dec Christmas £995 Available Book Now
27 Dec - 03 Jan New Year £945 Available Book Now
2020
23 Dec - 30 Dec Christmas £1,029 Available Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Festive Breaks
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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