Peak District Discovery Tour

Dovedale

Code: DVHCR

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • History
  • Meadows & hills
  • Rural peace
From £374.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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.

Holiday highlights

  • The small market town of Bakewell, where as a treat you could sample a piece of its famous ‘pudding’ 
  • Castleton, a picturesque Peak village sitting below ruined Peveril Castle, with its nearby caverns, and of course famous for the local Blue John stone
  • The superb ‘Palace of the Peak’ - Chatsworth House and gardens -  the stately home of the Dukes of Devonshire
  • The fascinating 'plague' village of Eyam
  • Optional short strolls of up to 1½ miles

Price includes

  • 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

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Accommodation

Dovedale 3 stars

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 Walter Scott, it offers excellent facilities and is surrounded by extensive grounds.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Reception area and lounge on the ground floor
  • Newly refurbished dining room and a bar
  • Function room and additional bar upstairs
  • Free WiFi available in some public rooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Extensive grounds with a patio and garden with wide ranging views of countryside
  • Famous stepping stones at the base of Dove Dale, less than a mile away through a footpath that is linked to the car park
  • Tissington Trail is also nearby

Dining

An example of Dovedale evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Itinerary

During your Discovery Tour you'll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

For maximum flexibility, admissions are not included; please remember to bring your National Trust or English Heritage cards if you have them. Otherwise please allow up to £10 per day for entrances (there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price). Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Arrival day

You're welcome to check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.

Ilam Hall & the Medieval delights of Haddon Hall

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. We then 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.

Dambusters & the plague village of Eyam

View over the Derwent Valley towards EyamWe head north to Castleton, famous for its Blue John stone, before continuing to the Derwent Dams, immortalized by The Dambusters. The afternoon will be spent in the plague village of Eyam with the option of visiting the National Trust Hall and Craft Centre before a return journey through several attractive Peak District villages and spectacular view points.

7-night holiday: Free day

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.

3-night holiday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

4-night holiday: Arrival day

You're welcome to check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.

Bakewell Tarts & Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House and gardensAfter 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. We will also visit the attractive estate village of Edensor.

Tissington, Sudbury and Ashbourne

Exterior of Sudbury HallWe 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. We then enjoy time in the picturesque market town of Ashbourne.

World Heritage Site of Cromford Canal

Tranquil scene on the Cromford CanalAfter visiting the Sherwood Foresters memorial, a tribute to WWI soldiers killed in Ireland, we can enjoy a delightful walk along the Cromford Canal. We visit Arkwright’s historic mill at Cromford, a World Heritage site and the cradle of the Industrial Revolution for the textile industry world-wide.

Depart after a leisurely breakfast

Local area

Discover the Peak District

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 and fountainChatsworth 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

Historic tram passing under a bridgeCrich 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

 

  

 

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

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.

Mine Train rollercoaster at Alton TowersAlton 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

Travel to Dovedale

Our address is: The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW

How to get to us by train

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).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 19 mile journey from Buxton railway station takes approximately 35 minutes; the 17 mile journey from Derby takes approx 40 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost £32 per taxi from Derby or £38 from Buxton. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Peveril of the Peak Manager.

Bus

By bus:

There is a bus service as far as Ashbourne, about 3 miles from our country house. From Buxton take the 442 service or from Derby catch the SW1 service. For bus times see www.traveline.info

From Ashbourne complete your journey by taxi, or use the Derbyshire Connect service.

Driving to us

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.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Dovedale is located in the centre of the UK, with a number of airport options.

East Midlands Airport is about 30 miles away - this is served by short-haul European flights. If you're flying here we'd recommend pre-booking a taxi direct to the Peveril of the Peak - cost about £60.

London Luton Airport has lots of low-cost European flights. From here take the shuttle bus to Luton Airport Parkway station, then on by train to Derby with 1 change at Leicester. Allow 1 hour 50 minutes to Derby - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Buxton with one change at Manchester Piccadilly. Allow 1 hour 40 minutes to Buxton - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

Flying to London Heathrow Airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 3 hours to reach Derby. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London St Pancras. From here take a train to direct to Derby - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

Leaders

Heather Lounds

Heather has a background in heritage conservation from both a professional and personal perspective. She has a passion for historic places and likes to find the unusual and extraordinary facts that will help to bring a visit alive. She enjoys sharing her love of historic places and her respect for contemporary architecture and always tries to cater for everyone by including a variety of places, spaces and building types to enrich the experience. She has a good knowledge of architecture and social history and a great enthusiasm for the setting of buildings.

A very pleasant person who was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and really made the holiday for us

Sandy Smith.

Sandy Smith is a university academic, specialising in geology and environmental sciences, and has written books on these topics. She is particularly interested in the origins of landscape, both natural and human-made. With her wealth of experience, she leads a wide range of HF Holidays’ Walking and Leisure Activities holidays in the UK, Europe and worldwide

Brilliant - made everything so interesting and her local knowledge was really appreciated. 

 

 

Suzanne D Clark

Suzanne Clark lives in the Peak District. She has travelled widely and has led for HF since 2013.

Her degree course in European Studies provides a solid foundation for the cultural interpretation she offers on HF holidays. This ties in with her fascination for the landscapes and countryside in HF locations in Britain such as Dorset, Isle of Wight, Cornwall and Derbyshire.

Suzanne is extremely interested in the culture, history, literature of places and she loves to share this with others. She's also a qualified teacher. 

Dates & Prices

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3 May 2019 DVHCR - Discovery Tour - Dovedale 7 £915.00 £815.00 TOP Offer - Save £100 Per Person Book Now
3 May 2019 DVHCR - Discovery Tour - Dovedale 3 £389.00 £374.00 Offer - £15.00 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
6 May 2019 DVHCR - Discovery Tour - Dovedale 4 £549.00 £524.00 Offer - £25.00 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
31 May 2019 DVHCR - Discovery Tour - Dovedale 3 £389.00 £374.00 Offer - £15.00 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
31 May 2019 DVHCR - Discovery Tour - Dovedale 7 £915.00 £815.00 TOP Offer - Save £100 Per Person Book Now
3 Jun 2019 DVHCR - Discovery Tour - Dovedale 4 £549.00 £524.00 Offer - £25.00 off pp - 4 night special Book Now
16 Aug 2019 DVHCR - Discovery Tour - Dovedale 3 £389.00 £374.00 Offer - £15.00 off pp - 3 night special Book Now
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19 Aug 2019 DVHCR - Discovery Tour - Dovedale 4 £549.00 £524.00 Offer - £25.00 off pp - 4 night special Book Now

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