3-Night Peak District Festive Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Glowing red light from the rising sun shining on countryside gate at Mam Tor in the Peak District with moody clouds.
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £355pp

Enjoy a festive break in the Peak District with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect Self-Guided Walking holiday. Our 3-star Country House, just a few minutes' walk from the limestone gorge of Dove Dale, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, detailed route notes, and an inspirational location from which to explore the stunning landscapes of the Derbyshire Dales.

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board - from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The use of our Discovery Point to plan your walks – maps and route notes available

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The use of our Discovery Point to plan your walks – maps and route notes available
  • A packed programme of evening activities offering something festive for everyone, including some old HF favourites

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Our easiest routes allow plenty of time to savour the beautiful scenery of the Peaks. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

Stroll around Thorpe village - 1 mile

Around Ilam - 1 mile

Dovedale Stepping Stones - 2 miles

Buxton & Grinlow Tower - 3 miles

A stroll in Chatsworth Park - 3 miles

Castleton's Caverns - 4 miles


Take in some of the stunning scenery on a longer walk, generally along good paths.

  • Tissington Trail & Village - 5 miles
  • Ilam Hall and Country Park - 5 miles
  • Exploring the Chatsworth Estate - 8 miles
  • A Dovedale Circuit - 6 miles
  • Dovedale & Milldale - 7 miles
  • Five Churches Walk - 8 miles

For those who love to stride out. Expect some rougher paths on these longer walks which take in some of the Peak District's finest hills.

  • Mam Tor - 7 miles
  • The Roaches & Lud's Church - 7 miles
  • Dovedale & Tissington Trail - 9 miles
  • Derwent Valley Heritage Way and The Edges - 10 miles
  • Milldale to Hartington - 10 miles
  • White Peak Dales & Villages - 12 miles

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.

 

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 Good and Better 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 ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – 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

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Getting to The Peveril of the Peak

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent,
  • Sun hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
27 Dec - 30 Dec
3 Self-Guided £355 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

3 nights from £355pp

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