7-Night Peak District Discovery Tour
The dramatic landscape is carved out of beautiful limestone, creating a rolling backdrop rich in variety. From the White Peak to the Dark Peak, the Dales feature tranquil river valleys, rugged caves, vast moorlands and picturesque villages and market towns. Take a trip to the imposing ruins of Peveril Castle, looming over historic Castleton, and enjoy a slice of Bakewell tart in the market town that gives it its name.
- Treat yourself in the small market town of Bakewell
- Explore Castleton, a picturesque Peak village sitting below ruined Peveril Castle
- Discover the superb ‘Palace of the Peak’ - Chatsworth House and Gardens
- Learn about the fascinating 'plague' village of Eyam
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
- Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach
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.
We start our holiday with a short walk along the idyllic River Dove to view the stepping stones below Thorpe Cloud. A short drive brings us to the pseudo-alpine village of Ilam where we can take a gentle walk through the wooded grounds of Ilam Hall before travelling to Haddon Hall, arguably the best-preserved Medieval fortified manor house in the country with some stunning medieval and Elizabethan interiors, and small but exquisite gardens.
Today we reach the boundary of the Dark Peak and White Peak as we arrive in Castleton before continuing to the Derwent Dams, famous today for their connection with the heroic RAF 617 Squadron, The Dambusters. Later in the afternoon, we will travel on to Eyam, one of the worst-affected villages during the Black Death.
A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.
After spending the morning in the bustling market town of Bakewell, famous for its Bakewell Puddings, we make the short journey to Chatsworth House. Known as ‘The Palace of the Peak’ it is the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and is one of the most spectacular palaces in Britain, if not Europe. It was used as a filming location for Mr Darcy's Pemberley House in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, starring Keira Knightly. We will also visit the custom-built village of Edensor. Built in the grounds of Chatsworth by the 6th Duke of Devonshire, it features an attractive mixture of building styles from mock Tudor to Swiss cottage. He continued the work of the 4th Duke who had set about dismantling the original village because it spoiled his view!
We start today with a gentle stroll around the well-dressing village of Tissington. Well-dressing is an ancient custom growing in popularity and your holiday may include a visit to one of these beautiful floral displays. We then visit Sudbury Hall, which contains the Museum of Childhood. This is one of the most delightful National Trust properties in the country. Our final stops of the day will see us at the picturesque towns of Ashbourne and Uttoxeter.
On our final morning, we'll enjoy a delightful walk along the Cromford Canal, finishing up at Cromford Mills, World Heritage Site and the cradle of the Industrial Revolution for the textile industry worldwide. In the afternoon, we'll take the cable car up to the Heights of Abraham where we'll find a myriad of caves to explore!
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.
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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – 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.
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.
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What to Bring
To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.
All of our Discovery tours involve active sightseeing and you should, therefore, be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera, sun protection, and drinks (at least 2 litres) during the day.
Admission costs are not included within the price of this holiday. Please bring cash to cover admissions - approximately £10 per day. Your Leader will advise you of the daily admission costs throughout the holiday.
After 30 years as a Transport Planner, Graham successfully retrained as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide. He is a geographer by qualification and an explorer by instinct, and frequently has a map in his hand. Graham's travels have taken him to many parts of the country, where he enjoys discovering out-of-the-way places as well as an area's better known towns and buildings. He has a particular interest in the countryside, waterways, industrial heritage and places where history happened. Graham is also an HF Holidays' walking leader and has led at more than half of the UK's Country Houses.
Excellent leader. Did his best to make the holiday as good as possible for each one of the guests on the Discovery Tour.
Liz Lowry is a Blue Badge Guide living in the Heart of England. She has a continuing interest in history, literature and landscape and has loved sharing the heritage, people and character of this fascinating country with HF guests since 2009.
We really enjoyed her sense of fun, vast knowledge and complete devotion to the group.
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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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