Family Walking Adventure at Dovedale

Derbyshire Dales

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Activity types:

  • Families
  • Hills & moorland
  • Meadows & hills
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Easier
  • Easy
  • Medium
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Difficulty indicator

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 £375.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Dovedale, situated in the Peak District National Park, is a great destination for all ages.

Holiday highlights

  • Cross the river Dove on stepping stones and explore the Dove Dale gorge
  • Enjoy the excellent adventure playgrounds and farm at Chatsworth House
  • Find out about stalactites and stalagmites at the Castleton show caves
  • See history in action at the National Tramways Museum and the famous Cromford Mill

Great reasons to join us

  • Family friendly: KIDS GO FREE if booked by 31 December 2016. After this date children under 11 go FREE and children up to 17 get a 50% discount
  • Family-friendly walks: we've selected the best walks for families with shorter distances and plenty of interest along the routes. The shorter walks usually allow plenty of time for activities, or enjoying the grounds of our Country House
  • Adventure: each day choose from up to 4 different guided walks, with options for longer walks in the Peak District National Park
  • Activity leader: back at the Country House, our activity leader will organise games and activities which could include rounders, treasure hunts or crafts
  • Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
  • Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without walks to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions

See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.

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


We’ve a fantastic selection of walks for 2016 - see below. Please check back here in November for any variations for our 2017 holidays.


Dove Dale

Family Walk: Today we walk around Thorpe Cloud, then on to the famous Dove Dale stepping stones. Continuing on field paths we come to Ilam Hall where there’s time to explore or play in the grounds. We follow the River Manifold back to Thorpe village. 4 miles (6.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.

Easier Walk: We descend to the famous Stepping Stones. The River Dove is then followed upstream to the large caverns at Dove Holes. Leaving the river we ascend to follow field paths back to the Peveril of the Peak. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: We take the same route as the Easier Walk to the to the Stepping Stones and then follow the River Dove upstream passing the stunning rock formations of Dovedale to the hamlet of Milldale. The route then ascends to Shining Tor and joins the Tissington Trail at Alsop-en-le-Dale. We follow this old railway line to the village of Tissington. Then we take field tracks back to the house. 10 miles (16km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We take field paths through Thorpe and Fenny Bentley to Tissington. Continuing over fields and hills to Parwich and Alsop-en-le-Dale, we then follow the Medium Walk’s route through Dove Dale downstream to the stepping stones, and return to the Peveril of the Peak. 12 miles (19km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.


Castleton

Family Walk: From the village of Castleton with the ruins of Peveril Castle towering above us, we walk past Peak, Speedwell, Treak Cliff and Blue John caverns – famous for its semi-precious stone. We pass under Mam Tor and return to Castleton visiting a children’s play area. 4 miles (6.5km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.

Easier Walk: We start by ascending the narrow Cave Dale onto higher ground heading towards Blue John Cavern. We return past Treak Cliff & Speedwell caverns with an option to visit Peak Cavern or the play area when arriving back into Castleton. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: A circular walk from Castleton takes us onto the summit of Mam Tor – the ‘Shivering Mountain’. Continuing on the ridge to Hollins Cross we then descend into the Hope Valley & walk back to the village. 8 miles (13km) with 1100 feet (330m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We ascend the impressive Mam Tor but also continue on the ridge to Lose Hill. Spectacular views are seen of the Hope and Edale Valleys and the high plateau of ‘The Peak’. Our descent brings us back to the village of Castleton. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent.


Chatsworth

Family Walk: Enjoy a walk through the grounds of Chatsworth House, passing the impressive Hunting Tower overlooking the parkland and River Derwent. We will have time to visit the Chatsworth farmyard and adventure playground before our return. 4 miles (6.5km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.

Easier Walk: From Baslow we walk through Chatsworth Park – hopefully seeing deer, to the impressive Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. We continue to the estate village of Edensor, then ascend over the hill to Bakewell. Time to explore Bakewell and enjoy the famous pudding, walk along the river and feed the ducks. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: High up on the moors we take an exhilarating walk along the Gritstone Edges of Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow, passing Wellington’s Monument before we descend to Baslow village and through the parkland of Chatsworth to Edensor and onto Bakewell for its attractions. 9 miles (14.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: The Gritstone Edges see us all the way from Froggatt to Baslow Edge, continuing along Birchen Edge to reach the Hunting Tower and a descent to Chatsworth House, passing the Sowter Stone and aqueduct on the way. We end at Bakewell, via Edensor. 12 miles (19km) with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.


Cromford

Family Walk: We start at Middleton Top and descend on the High Peak Trail on the trackbed of the former Cromford & High Peak Railway to the National Stone Centre. We spend time here panning for precious stones. Continuing on the trail, we descend to the Cromford Canal and walk on the towpath to finish at Cromford. Time to discover the history of Arkwright’s Mill or play games on the green. 4 miles (6.5km) with 100 feet (30m) of ascent.

Easier Walk: We begin in the market town of Crich, home to the National Tramway Museum, and walk to the Sherwood Foresters Memorial on Crich Stand. We walk into the Derwent Valley and along the Cromford Canal, to Cromford Wharf and Arkwright’s Mill. 6 miles (9.5km) with 500 feet

(150m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From Crich we visit the hamlet of Lea, before ascending along an iron ore bridleway. We then follow the easier route along the Cromford Canal to Arkwright’s Mill. 7 miles (11km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Our route starts with a short walk along the Cromford Canal before we ascend on to Crich Chase and then on to Crich, where we follow the route of the Medium Walk down to the Cromford Canal and Arkwright’s Mill. 10 miles (16km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.


Goyt Valley & Buxton

Family Walk: We walk through Buxton Country Park, with time to play games, then ascend the hill to Solomon’s Temple from where there are extensive views over the town and the surrounding hills. We descend to pass Poole’s Cavern then into Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens with its extensive play area. 3 miles (5km) with 200 feet (60m) of ascent.

Easier Walk: From the famous hilltop Cat and Fiddle Inn we take a moorland track & descend to the pretty Goyt valley. A steady ascent takes us to Burbage Edge with its magnificent views. We now descend to Buxton to join the Family Walk group in the gardens. 6 miles (9.5km) with 600 feet

(180m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: We start at the Cat and Fiddle Inn, the second highest public house in England. We descend gradually into the valley of the River Goyt, visiting the ruins of Errwood Hall, and into the spa town of Buxton with the wonderful Pavilion Gardens. 8 miles (13km) with 600 feet (180m) of

Harder Walk: A more challenging ridge route over Shining Tor, Cats Tor and Pym Chair to Windgather Rocks before descending to the reservoirs and crossing Wild Moor to Buxton. 12 miles (19km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.


Holiday information

Terrain and transport: Family and Easier Walks follow well-graded paths. Medium Walks have some occasional steeper sections. Harder Walks have moderate gradients but some steeper sections.

On some days the walks start and finish at our Country House. On other days you’ll be transported to other parts of the Derbyshire Dales. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.

Our guests: Only families can book on this holiday. Holidays at Dovedale are suitable for children of all ages.

Free day: Each seven night holiday has a free day on the Monday for you to explore independently

Activities at the Country House: Before dinner the activity leaders will run an activity suitable for the younger children. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.

Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.

See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.

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 Aug 2016, 6:57 a.m.

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House staff were very good and nothing was too much trouble. The leaders were excellent, very good with the children and worked so hard keeping them happy and occupied. Couldn't fault them an amazing team.

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Walks were well organised, but I did think some of the coach journeys took too long for the family walks. The countryside around us was perfect for another day of activities and walking nearer to the house. This comment was made by quite a few people during the week
8 Aug 2016, 3:25 p.m.

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Great holiday

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Great service from leaders and hotel staff
4 Aug 2016, 8:07 p.m.

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Generally very good.

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Very good holiday with very good walk leaders, good food, attentive and helpful new manager and nice atmosphere. Perfect activity holiday for children.
The Hotel is now in a 'tired' condition and needs refurbishing.
4 Aug 2016, 2:05 p.m.

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Well organised,very helpful and friendly staff. Good meals, have recommended it to friends.

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The itinerary could be improved. first days walk was excellent but we were taken by coach for an hour before starting the second days walk. This is not a good idea when people are only visiting for the weekend and may have already travelled to get to Dovedale. There are plenty of good walks from the house or nearby. For a week or 5 day holiday its nice to see a bit more of the area but not for a weekend.
4 Aug 2016, 10:51 a.m.

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No issues. Well organised.

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Excellent holiday, lovely food and service. We only did the 3 night / 2 walk holiday and found the 1 hour bus journey on the 2nd day not really necessary although it was lovely to see another part of the dales, on such a short break 2 hours travelling for a walk was a bit for younger children when I am sure there are many lovely walks nearer to the accommodation. This part of the trip should have been left for those who were there for longer.
13 Jun 2016, 6:45 p.m.

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Very friendly,helpful and the food was excellent.

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This was a family holiday. We had a 5year old and the walk on the 1st day was over 5miles. To long.
10 Jun 2016, 2:37 p.m.

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Both my son and I had a lovely week on the family walking.
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Family adventure appreciated by adults and children alike
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We all had a fabulous time. The food was excellent. Apart from one night of chicken nuggets and chips, the children ate what the adults ate which I really liked.

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The leaders were warm, knowledgeable and lots of fun.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
29 Jul 2017 DVFAM - Family Walking Adventures - Dovedale 4 £519.00 Book Now
29 Jul 2017 DVFAM - Family Walking Adventures - Dovedale 7 £839.00 Book Now
2 Aug 2017 DVFAM - Family Walking Adventures - Dovedale 3 £375.00 Book Now
5 Aug 2017 DVFAM - Family Walking Adventures - Dovedale 3 £375.00 Book Now
5 Aug 2017 DVFAM - Family Walking Adventures - Dovedale 6 £719.00 Book Now
8 Aug 2017 DVFAM - Family Walking Adventures - Dovedale 3 £375.00 Book Now

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Information

  • All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person