Beginners' Navigation Skills at Dovedale

Derbyshire Dales

Code: DVNVB

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Meadows & hills
  • Rural peace

Holiday overview

  • Reading a map
  • How to relate the map to the ground
  • Estimating distances and time
  • Using a compass
  • Planning a walk

What’s covered:

An introduction to the basic skills of navigation through practical indoor and outdoor exercises.

Suitable for anyone with limited or no experience of navigating with map and compass.

What’s included:

  • 3 nights’ Full Board accommodation
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ trainer
  • All transport to and from the route is provided on activity days

Accommodation

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 3-star Visit Britain Guest AccommodationWalter Scott, it offers excellent facilities and is surrounded by extensive grounds.

Bedrooms

The Peveril of the Peak has 45 en-suite bedrooms, all located in the main building.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

On the ground floor there is a large reception area and lounge, a newly refurbished dining room and a bar.

Upstairs there is a large function room and additional bar. This is a very flexible space that can be used for dancing, or as a very comfortable room for many leisure activity holidays.

Free WiFi is available in some public rooms.  There is also a range of board games and books.

The Peveril of the Peak has extensive grounds with an attractive patio and garden with wide-ranging views of the surrounding countryside.

A footpath leads directly from the car park to the famous stepping stones at the base of Dove Dale, less than a mile away. Also nearby is the Tissington Trail, an old railway line that is now a traffic-free route for walkers and cyclists.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk talk about the local area from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Itinerary

Our friendly trainers will introduce you to the basic principles of map reading and compass work. We give expert tuition and plenty of support, so that when you return home you can put your newly acquired skills into practice in the countryside.

We work through a range of practical indoor and outdoor exercises, which cover relating the map to the ground, estimating distances and timings, and top tips for planning a walk.

The course includes two days outdoors, some map work exercises and walk planning in the evenings. You will need to bring a compass but maps will be provided for use during the course.

Local area

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:

Dove Dale
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.

Chatsworth House
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

Buxton
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

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

Castleton
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

Bakewell
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.

Alton Towers
The huge Alton Towers theme park is only 30 minutes' drive away and is a very popular option for families. www.altontowers.com

Cromford Mill
This historic mill, dating from 1771, is a World Heritage Site, about 35 minutes' drive away. www.cromfordmill.co.uk

Haddon Hall
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

Tissington Trail
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

The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW

By train: The nearest railway stations are Buxton or Derby. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

By taxi: The 19 mile journey from Buxton railway station takes approximately 35 minutes; the 17 mile journey from Derby takes approx 40 minutes. Taxis cost approx £30 per taxi. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Peveril of the Peak Manager.

By car: 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, Ilam and Dovedale. 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.

A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking. 

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

Reviews

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10 Mar 2016, 11:28 a.m.

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On the whole I think HF deliver fun walking/activity holidays which are very friendly.

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Overall a very good holiday. There were one or two niggles but on the whole a very enjoyable time.
10 Mar 2016, 8:10 a.m.

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This is my second stay at the Peveril. Richard, marek and staff amazing, unfaultable, every thing done with a happy smiley face. As a team they should be up for employees of the year. Sadly, same cannot be said for leader of the walk Paul. He lacked patience for a group of middle aged women who had possibly never held a compass in their lives. I would love todo the course again in the future, but would be very unhappy and feel I had wasted my money if I was allocated Paul.

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A very restful part of the world, which I know I will continue to return to time and time again. Having the Peveril helps.
22 Nov 2015, 9 p.m.

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The Navigation and map reading course was excellent and very informative, it would have benefitted by meeting in the classroom on the arrival day at 2.30pm, then we could have gone straight out the next morning and had more time practising out in the field.
19 Nov 2015, 4:06 p.m.

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It would have been better to start earlier on Friday and work in the classroom.
This would mean Saturday could have been outdoors all day.

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One staff member stood out, Richard well done
19 Nov 2015, 10:06 a.m.

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It would have been useful to have had details of what to bring earlier than when it was sent out.
15 Mar 2015, 9:07 a.m.

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I enjoyed my stay with HF Holidays house, Peveril of the Peak.

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The walking was good with lovely views and I learnt a lot about using map and compass.
14 Mar 2015, 1:09 p.m.

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Always interesting people on the trip and leaders interesting in helping to have a good experience.

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Enjoyed the opportunity to learn about using a map and compass. This idea of short themed vacation is one I would be interested to do more of. Dovedale is a good location because it is relatively accessible to Birmingham airport + trains. Would be great to have these learning weekend in similarly accessible locations
14 Mar 2015, 12:52 p.m.

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14 Mar 2015, 7:38 a.m.

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Welcoming and inclusive

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Unfortunately the emphasis was on learning about the compass and map reading with a bit of walking.I would have liked a full day walking ( not the 1/2 days we had) with map reading and compass included.We were only there for a very short time and I wanted to fully enjoy the countryside. There were only a few of us and it should have been possible for us to have had individual help.However although I hope I am now better informed I'm not sure I am.
2 Mar 2014, 10:08 a.m.

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I enjoyed the map reading.

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My room was shabby, the bathroom the same. The draft from the window was freezing and my room didn't warm up until the day I was going home. The shower had two temps cold and boiling I couldn't get it to anything in between. The staff were good and it didn't rain.
Thank you for your holiday review. I was pleased to hear you enjoyed our holiday - Learn to Use Map & Compass. Please accept our apologies regarding your bedroom. We will look into this and rectify the issues you raised.

Thanks, Sarah Davis
Research & Development Manager
HF Holidays Ltd

Dates & Prices

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Prices are per person

Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person