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7-Night Peak District Gentle Tread Lightly Guided Walking

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Tread Lightly
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £735pp £635pp

This environmentally friendly variation of our best-selling Gentle Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Peak District, straight from the door of the house. The choice of three guided walks includes a very short walk of 3 or 4 miles. The Peak District National Park is home to beautiful countryside. Meander through enchanting limestone valleys at a gentle pace, visit timeless villages, with the opportunity to walk on the area's stunning gritstone edges.

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 5 days guided walking; 1 free day
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - St Mary's and Coldwall Bridges

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Ascent: 360 feet (130m)

In summary: We cross Thorpe Pasture and descend to the River Dove to walk to St. Mary’s Bridge continue along the river crossing historic Coldwall Bridge and returning to explore the village of Thorpe.

Highlight: Intriguing Coldwall Bridge dating back to 1726.  

Option 2 - 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 3 - 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 1 - Tissington Circular

Distance: 4 miles (7km)

Ascent: 380 feet (120m)

In summary: We walk to Tissington on grassland, through the gates and along the tree lined Avenue. After time to look round the village the walk returns on the Tissington Trail (former London and North Western railway) to the site of Thorpe station

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

Option 2 - 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 3 - 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.


Discover more about The Peveril of the Peak and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 


Option 1 - Dovedale

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In summary: We walk out from the house to Gag Lane, from here we descend to Lover's Leap and the beautiful Dovedale Gorge. Our return takes us along the gorge to the famous stepping stones before returning to the country house. 

Highlight: Look up to see spectacular rock formations as you meander through the gorge. 

Option 2 - 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 3 - 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 1 - Tissington Trail and Views of Thorpe

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.5km) 

Ascent: 325 feet (100m)

In Summary: From Thorpe village we follow a path south east adjacent to Spend Lane, to reach the edge of Hinchleywood, within the Mappleton conservation area. On reaching the woodland, we take a path to reach the Tissington Trail, and return to Thorpe on the Trail.

Highlight: Magnificent views of Thorpe Cloud.

Option 2 - Along the Lower Dove

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km) 

Ascent: 550 feet (180m)

In Summary: From the house, we walk through Thorpe village before descending to the River Dove at Coldwall Bridge. We take the riverside path on the far side in Staffordshire and follow this south to cross Okeover Bridge, site of the annual bridge jump. We then return on the Derbyshire side of the river to return to Thorpe.

Highlight: A delightful riverside walk along lower Dove.

Option 3 - Tissington and its Trail

Distance: 10.5 miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 1,040 feet (320m)

In Summary: Following the Limestone Way to the estate village of Tissington, famous for its well dressings, we then take a delightful lane east with splendid views over surrounding hills and valleys. Walking south we descend Bentley Brook before turning west on undulating paths, skirting the village of Fenny Bentley eventually reaching the Tissington Trail. We follow the trail and paths north back to the country house.

Highlight: Fantastic views of Thorpe Cloud, ‘the mini Matterhorn’ from the Tissington Trail.


Option 1 - Ilam

Distance: 4miles (6.5km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Taking a route round iconic Thorpe Cloud we then cross the River Dove (bridge) and follow pasture land to the unique village of Ilam. There will be plenty of time to explore the grounds of Ilam Hall before returning by the river on the Manifold Way and then ascending back to Thorpe on an old coaching track now the Limestone Way.

Highlight: Beautiful Ilam Park with its Hall and the pseudo Alpine village of Ilam.

Option 2 - 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 3 - Ilam and Blore

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 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.


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

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

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 will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. Swimming Pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

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 or view the accessibility information online for The Peveril of the Peak

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Essential Information

Essential Equipment

  • 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. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
25 Nov - 02 Dec 2022
7 Gentle Tread Lightly Walk £735 £635 Save £100 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Tread Lightly
Walking Grade:
1

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