7 Night Peak District Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

A view towards Baslow Edge in the Derbyshire Dales, Peak District, UK
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided walking for solos
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £1,179pp

Country walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy like minded company and a great selection of walks in the Peak District. Discover the famous limestone valleys and timeless villages or soak up panoramic views from gritstone edges.

What you’ll love

  • Discovering the best landscapes the Peak District has to offer
  • Admiring open moorlands and stunning countryside
  • Being close to the famous Dovedale Stepping Stones
  • Spending time with like-minded people in the great outdoors
  • Finding new routes and places to explore with your HF Holidays Leader
  • Staying at The Peveril of the Peak, our country house in Thorpe

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Cream tea on arrival day
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee
  • Guided walking with experienced HF Holidays Leaders
  • Choice of up to three different-grade daily walks
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary
  • Easy-to-follow routes, maps, and information in our Discovery Point if you want to explore independently

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Cat & Fiddle Inn to Buxton

Distance: 5 miles (8.5km) 

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

In summary: This walk begins at the Cat & Fiddle, the 2nd highest pub in England. We descend to the Victorian folly of Solomon’s Temple, then onwards to Poole’s Cavern before arriving in the beautiful spa town of Buxton

Highlight: There's time to explore Buxton and enjoy the elegant and imposing buildings of this famous spa town. 

Option 2 - Goyt Valley and Buxton Pavilion

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

In summary: Starting from the former Cat and Fiddle Inn, set high on the moors, we descend to Errwood Hall and the dam between the Fernilee and Errwood Reservoirs in the Goyt Valley. From here we cross the moors to Buxton.

Highlight: Great views from the old Cat & Fiddle Inn with its lofty position high on the moors.

Option 3 - Shining Tor & Windgather Rocks

Distance: 12 miles (19.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m) 

In summary: An enjoyable hilltop route ascending to Shining Tor then following a broad grassy ridge to Cats Tor, Pym Chair to Windgather Rocks. From here we descend to the reservoirs and cross Wild Moor to Buxton. 

Highlight: The ridge between Shining Tor and Cat's Tor enjoys great views westwards over the Cheshire Plain towards the Mersey Estuary.


Option 1 - Blore and Ilam Circuit

Distance:  6 miles  (9 Km)

Ascent and descent:  935ft (285m)

In summary: The walk descends to cross the River Dove into Staffordshire on an historic bridge before ascending to the hamlet of Blore.   We then visit Ilam with it’s  Park, Hall and village before crossing back into Derbyshire and back to Peveril of the Peak.

Highlight: Blore and Ilam churches both have interesting memorials. In beautiful Ilam Park we can see the River Manifold as it emerges from its underground route.

Option 2 - Blore, Ilam and Musden

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

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 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: 12½ miles (20km)

Ascent: 1,900 feet (600m)

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.


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


Option 1 - Crich to Cromford

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) 

Total ascent: 500 feet (160m) 

In summary: Walk from Crich village up to the monument on Crich Stand. After an undulating walk through the Derbyshire countryside we'll follow the Cromford Canal towpath, to Cromford Wharf and Arkwright’s Mill.  

Highlight: The Derwent Valley was one of birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, for it was here that Richard Arkwright set up his pioneering cotton mill. Its importance is now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Option 2 - The Derwent Valley and Cromford

Distance: 9½ miles (15km) 

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In summarySoak up the views from Crich Stand, then walk over the green hills above the Derwent Valley to the timeless hamlets of Lea, Dethick and Riber. Finally we follow the canal to Cromford.

HighlightCrich is home to the National Tramways Museum. Look out for these vintage vehicles when you cross the tram tracks at Crich Stand.

Option 3 - Ambergate to Crich

Distance: 12 miles (19.5km) 

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m) 

In summaryStarting from Ambergate in the Derwent Valley we'll ascend the wooded valley side to Crich Stand, then continue over rolling green hills to Cromford. 

HighlightCrich Stand is dominated by the Sherwood Foresters Memorial with its commanding view over the Derwent Valley.


Option 1 - Dovedale Gorge

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)  

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 - Tissington and Dovedale

Distance: 9½ miles (15km) 

Ascent: 680 feet (200m) 

In summary: Follow the river through the delightful surroundings of Dovedale to Milldale. Having climbed to the top of Shining Tor our return route takes us via the villages of Alsop-en-le-Dale and Tissington. 

Highlight: Tissington is particularly attractive estate village with a fine Jacobean hall built by the FitzHerbert family in 1609. If you visit around Ascension Day you'll see the six well-dressings around the village. 

Option 3 - Dovedale & Villages of the White Peak

Distance: 11 miles (18km) 

Ascent: 1,650 feet (520m)

In summary: Our outward route takes us through the rolling Derbyshire countryside passing the villages of Tissington, Parwich and Alsop-en-le-Dale. We then make the steep descent into Dove Dale and follow this glorious valley back to the stepping stones and our country house. 

Highlight: If you still have the energy, the mini-Matterhorn of Thorpe Cloud is just outside our Country House. Climb to the top for a great view over Dove Dale. 


Option 1 - Upper Dove Valley & Pilsbury Castle

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In summary: From the village of Hollinsclough nestling beneath Hollins Hill close to the source of the Dove we traverse beneath the jagged outlines of the Dragon's Back to Glutton Bridge. We climb Hitter Hill to view the shapely cone of High Wheeldon with it’s prehistoric secrets, then journey south to the fascinating site of Pilsbury Castle. From there we contour the eastern flank of the upper Dove beneath Carder Low with great views of 'The Dragon', Sheen Hill and Axe Edge to finish in the splendid market town of Hartington.

Highlight: Sample the local Stilton and Dovedale cheeses at the famous Hartington cheese shop. 

Option 2 - Hollinsclough to Hartington via Hitter Hill

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In summary: From the village of Hollinsclough we contour Hollins Hill in the shadow of Axe Edge (source of both the River Dove and Manifold) and Leap Edge. We swing north up Dowel Dale then ascend Hitter Hill before heading south to Pilsbury Castle. We then cross the fledgling River Dove and ascend to the ridgeline of Sheen Hill for panoramic views west over the Manifold valley before descending into Hartington. 

Highlight: Explore the site and remains of Pilsbury Castle, an 11th Century Motte and Bailey Fortress, with fantastic views back towards Chrome Hill.

Option 3 - Hollinsclough to Hartington via Chrome Hill and Dowel Dale

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In summary: From the village of Hollinsclough we contour Hollins Hill in the shadow of Axe Edge (source of both the River Dove and Manifold) and Leap Edge (don't!) to climb the rocky spine of Chrome Hill, known as the Dragon's Back of Derbyshire. We swing north up Dowel Dale then ascend Hitter Hill before heading south to Pilsbury Castle. We then cross the fledgling River Dove and ascend to the ridgeline of Sheen Hill for panoramic views west over the Manifold valley before descending into Hartington. 

Highlight: Panoramic views both south back to Longnor and down the Dove Valley from the peaks and ridgeline of the Dragon's Back.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


The Peveril of the Peak

For those easily seduced by the charm of the Peak District, this characterful country house is a dealbreaker. Set in the tiny village of Thorpe, you’ll be less than a mile from the famous Dovedale Stepping Stones – a series of 16 limestone-capped stones that were laid out in the 19th century to allow for a safe crossing over the River Dove. There’s plenty of big-name attractions nearby, most fabulously the Twelve Apostles that is best viewed from the limestone promontory known as Lover’s Leap. And there’s no shortage of walking thrills, either, especially around the Roaches and the impressive Stanage Edge. Equally fabulous is the cone-shaped Thorpe Cloud, a limestone hill on the southern end of Dovedale and along the rolling green hills of the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border.

 

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, The Peveril of the Peak has 46 well-appointed guest rooms available in three categories: Classic, Premium, and Superior. 

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

Superior Rooms are even more spacious en-suite guest rooms offering upgraded views of the surrounds. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

We love: Room 2 on the ground floor for its extra space (it also has a door opening on to the grounds). Also lovely is the Chatsworth Room for its four-poster bed. 

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

Check in & check out
You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.  

Room supplements

Superior Premium single Premium double/twin Choose your room
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About your stay

A warm welcome
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

Evening entertainment
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

Walks talks 
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (held before dinner every evening). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

The walking day
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear. If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licensed bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day.

HF Holidays understands the importance of managing allergens effectively to ensure food is safe for guests with food allergies. Whilst we are always able to confidently inform guests which allergens are present in our ingredients and dishes, we are unable to guarantee absolute freedom from the 14 main allergens in our kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan menu choices are available. If you have allergies, food intolerances, or any special dietary requirements, please inform our reservation team at the time of booking.

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

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.  

Essentials 

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip 
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket, preferably insulated 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable) 
  • Waterproof overtrousers 
  • Gloves and a warm hat (or sunhat) 
  • Rucksack 
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity) 
  • A small torch 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Mobile phone and portable charger 
  • Watch 
  • UV sunglasses 

Recommended 

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve) 
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters 
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent
  • Midge net
  • Sit mat  
  • Spare pair of socks 
  • Energy snacks 
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables 
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace) 
  • Wallet/purse 

Optional extras

  • Walking poles, useful for descents 
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box 
  • Gaiters 
  • Blister kit  
  • Waterproof rucksack liner 
  • Head torch 
  • GPS device
  • Swimsuit

The Peveril of the Peak Calendar

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  • Self-Guided Walking
  • Special Interests
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Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take an alternative route, or vary the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.


Holiday prices

Date (Start - End) Itinerary Double / Twin Room Single Room Notes / Offers Trip Notes Book
2024

23 Aug - 30 Aug 2024

7 nights

Solos Walking

Single from

£1,179

Double from

£1,179 pp

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£1,179 pp

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£1,179

Trip Notes
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided walking for solos
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

7 nights from £1,179pp

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