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7-Night Peak District Walking with Sightseeing Holiday

Stone road bridge over the River Derwent at Chatsworth house estate, Derbyshire.
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade: 2
from £1,105pp £1,035pp

Take time to discover the landscape and heritage of the Peak District with this perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits. Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. For 2021 holidays, please allow approximately £35 for admissions – less if you bring your English Heritage or National Trust cards. For 2022 holidays, all admissions to places of interest will be included in the price. That’s one less thing to remember!

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk along the impressive gritstone escarpment of Froggatt and Curbar Edges
  • Visit Chatsworth House, with its magnificent Capability Brown gardens
  • Walk along the magical limestone gorge of Dove Dale
  • Explore the pseudo-alpine village of Ilam
  • Walk across the moors to  to Buxton, renowned for its Georgian and Victorian architecture
  • Discover the industrial heritage of the Peak District on a canal and railway walk
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arkwright's Mill

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Ascent: 500 feet (160m)

Descent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: An absolute classic walk along the famous gritstone escarpment of Froggatt and Curbar Edges, then dropping down to Baslow and into the ever-impressive Chatsworth Park. The rest of the day is free to explore historic Chatsworth House and its beautiful Capability Brown designed gardens. 


Distance: 4 miles (6½km) 

Ascent: 200 feet (60m)

In Summary: Discover the delights of the natural beauty spot of Dove Dale. Start the day in Staffordshire, with a walk to the pseudo-alpine village of Ilam. After time to explore the grounds of Ilam Hall and visit the Church of the Holy Cross, head to the tranquil riverside village of Milldale and the River Dove. Wandering downstream, the route continues through Dove Dale with its crags, pinnacles and famous stepping stones. 


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


Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Start high on the moors, with glorious views, before gently descending to Buxton, passing Solomon's Tower and Poole's Cavern (opportunity for a tour). There will be time to look at the spa town of Buxton (and maybe sample the water). Take a town trail around Buxton, or explore independently, there's plenty to see, including the magnificent Pavilion Gardens.  


Distance: 4 miles (6½m)

Ascent: negligible

In Summary: Today's walk starts at the imposing former engine house at Middleton Top and follows the old trackbed of the Cromford and High Peak Railway to travel back in time at the National Stone Centre. The route continues to descend the old railway line to the Cromford Canal to end with a visit to the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arkwright’s Mill.

 


Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

Descent: 1,000 feet (320m)

In Summary: A walk discovering the stories and histories of the infamous plague village of Eyam (pronunced Eem). The walk start at Mompesson's Well and descends to the outskirts of Eyam  visiting sites relating to the plague before a steep descent to Stoney Middleton with its "Roman" Baths and unusual church. We return to Eyam with time to visit the Museum.

 


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 Classic and Premium 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 ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ 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

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

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
06 May - 13 May 2022
7 Sightseeing Walk £1,105 Available Trip Notes Book Now
08 Jul - 15 Jul 2022
7 Sightseeing Walk £1,105 £1,035 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade:
2

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