Walking with Sightseeing at Dovedale

Derbyshire Dales

Code: DVWOD

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Activity types:

  • History
  • Meadows & hills
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Easy
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £279.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Enjoy full days exploring the Derbyshire Dales, combining guided walks of up to 5.5 miles with plenty of time for sightseeing.

Holiday highlights

  • Fantastic views from walks along Froggatt and Curbar Edge
  • Explore the delightful spa town of Buxton and the famous plague village of Eyam
  • Visit Chatsworth House with its magnificent gardens
  • Enjoy walks exploring magical Dove Dale
  • Travel back in time at the National Stone Centre and then Arkwright’s Mill

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, the services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide, all transport to and from the walks and sightseeing, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Walks & Visits: enjoy carefully selected guided walks and sightseeing visits with a knowledgeable leader
  • Accommodation: our Country House occupies a wonderful position in the village of Thorpe, near the Dove Dale gorge
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

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

Friday: arrival day

Saturday: The Edges and Chatsworth

Our first walk is an absolute classic, taking us along the famous gritstone escarpment of Froggatt and Curbar Edges, then dropping down to Baslow and into the ever-impressive Chatsworth Park. We've the rest of the day to explore historic Chatsworth House and its beautiful Capability Brown designed gardens. 5.5 miles (9km) with 500 feet (160m) of ascent and 1,050 feet (320m) of descent.

Sunday: Ilam and the delights of Dovedale

The perfect Sunday walk discovering the delights of the natural beauty spot of Dove Dale. Our walk takes us across the River Dove into Staffordshire, to the pseudo-alpine village of Ilam. After time to explore the grounds of Ilam Hall and visit the Church of the Holy Cross, we head to the tranquil riverside village of Milldale and the River Dove. Wandering downstream, our route takes us through Dove Dale with its crags, pinnacles and famous stepping stones. 4 miles (6.5km) with 200 feet (60m) of ascent.

Monday: free day

Tuesday: The Cat & Fiddle and Victorian Buxton

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.  5 miles (8km) with 400ft (120m) of ascent.

Wednesday: Along railway and canal to Arkwright’s Mill

Our walk today 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. We continue to descend the old railway line to the Cromford Canal to end with a visit to the fascinating UNESCO World Hertigage Site of Arkwright’s Mill. 4 miles (6.5km) with negligible ascent.

Thursday: The plague village of Eyam

Our final walk takes us on a discovery of 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 and visits 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. 4.5 miles (7km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent and 1,000 feet (320m) of descent.


  • Up to 5.5 miles (9km) with up to 700 feet (220m) of ascent; Walking generally on good paths; some days have sections on rough moorland tracks which may be muddy in places
  • Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between £20 and £40 for admission
  • The seven night holiday has a free day on the Monday for you to explore independently

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

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26 Sep 2016, 7:12 a.m.

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Very efficient service
22 Sep 2016, 10:59 a.m.

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Beautiful house and setting, great staff and excellent food.

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This was a 'Discovery Walk Holiday' and I think there needs to be some clarification between this and 'Discovery Tours' which have less walking. The walking on this holiday was at least 'medium' which meant lots of people opting out at various points. The walking was so difficult for most that we got to Chatsworth House (one of the main attractions of this holiday) with no time to actually visit the house or gardens.
12 Sep 2016, 7:11 p.m.

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Good organisation, food and locations.

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Very good hotel and staff friendly and helpful. Excellent food.
8 Sep 2016, 7:36 a.m.

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Great hotels and staff, suits me very well being a single traveller

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I have sent a separate email outlining the problem on this holiday , why it got good and not excellent
18 Jul 2016, 10:11 a.m.

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It was excellent all the way....no faults at all
18 Jul 2016, 9:20 a.m.

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To have rated HF excellent would imply that the company is faultless.
The faults which I have encountered are only minor, and do not occur consistently in any one area of your service.

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I went on a Discovery Walking Holiday, not a general guided walking holiday.
The Tuesday tour of Gritstone Edges was boring as for most of the walk there was no opportunity to see over the edge.
I should have particularly liked to have mentioned the leader, who was excellent in every aspect of his role.
10 May 2016, 8:07 a.m.

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walks of an appropriate length and good choice

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walks of a suitable length and sight seeing interesting but house has seen better days and is on the shabby side
28 Sep 2015, 9:46 a.m.

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Excellent holiday with lots of variety

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Excellent combination of walking and visiting places of interest
23 Jul 2015, 4:07 p.m.

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I suffered a bad fall in Coventry 7 days before my holiday started so missed out on the 60% refund option so rather than lose everything, I managed to drive to the venue to make the best of things.

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The staff were most helpful at Dovedale and helped me to make the best of an unfortunate situation.
23 Jul 2015, 8:12 a.m.

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Hotel room and site need to be cleaner.

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Discovery Walk leader was excellent.

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14 Apr 2017 DVWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Dovedale 4 £459.00 £379.00 OFFER £80 off pp Book Now
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  • 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