Family Walking Adventure at Dovedale

Derbyshire Dales


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Activity types:

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


  • 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 £374.00 - 3 to 7 nights


Prices are per person

Holiday overview

Dovedale, situated in the Peak District National Park, is a great destination for all ages. On our guided walks we'll cross the river Dove on stepping stones and explore the Dove Dale gorge, enjoy the excellent adventure playgrounds and farm at Chatsworth House, and discover stalactites and stalagmites at the Castleton show caves. 

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HF Holidays' Peveril of the Peak in Dovedale

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.



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Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities 
• Single rooms available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children


• 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


All 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

An example of Dovedale evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar

Just 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.


Two teenage boys about to go walkingFamily-friendly walks

Our family holidays offer the choice of up to 4 guided walks each day  – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Our routes range from short strolls that are ideal for little legs, to more challenging hill walks that will appeal to active teenagers.



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Dove Dale

River through Dove DaleFamily 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.


Mam Tor and CastletonFamily 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 House and gardensFamily 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.


Tranquil scene on the Cromford CanalFamily 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

Walkers on the ridge between Shining Tor and Cats TorFamily 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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.




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. or

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.

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.



Cromford Mill
This historic mill, dating from 1771, is a World Heritage Site, about 35 minutes' drive away.

Haddon Hall
A fortified medieval manor house, dating from the 12th century. Haddon Hall is located near Bakewell, about 45 minutes' drive away.

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 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 or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train heading to Derby 

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 approx £31 per taxi. 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.



By bus:

There is a limited bus service to Thorpe village. From Buxton take the 442 bus service to Ashbourne, then change to the 101 bus to Thorpe village. From Derby station take the SW1 service to Ashbourne and then the 101 bus. From Thorpe village it is a 500 metre walk along Wintercroft Lane to the Peveril of the Peak. For bus times see


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 New 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 New 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 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 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 for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

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Dates & Prices

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29 Jul 2017 DVFAM - Family Walking Adventures - Dovedale 4 £519.00 £518.00 Supersaver - Kids Go Free call Reservations to book 0345 470 7558 Book Now
29 Jul 2017 DVFAM - Family Walking Adventures - Dovedale 7 £839.00 £838.00 Supersaver - Kids Go Free call Reservations to book 0345 470 7558 Book Now
2 Aug 2017 DVFAM - Family Walking Adventures - Dovedale 3 £375.00 £374.00 Supersaver - Kids Go Free call Reservations to book 0345 470 7558 Book Now

Prices are per person


  • 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.
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