The Dovedale valley within the beautiful Peak District makes the perfect location for a festive holiday. Spend the festive season in the Peak District, socialising and walking in this beautiful place. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. Join our festive breaks and choose from a guided walking holiday in the company of one of our knowledgeable leaders. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and great walks and activities. The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.
- Stay in the comfort of our country house in beautiful Dovedale
- Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
- An excellent variety of walks in spectacular winter scenery
- Let our experience leader bring classic winter walks to life
- Cosy country pubs with roaring log fires round off many walks
- Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
- Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
- A full programme of guided walks
- The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
- Any transport to and from the walks
- A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve
- A packed programme of evening activities offering something festive for everyone, including some old HF favourites
On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.
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.
All three walks finish in the picturesque market town of Ashbourne, with its winding cobbled streets and handsome historic buildings. There are plenty of cosy pubs and cafes brimming with festive cheer to end the walks. The easier walk takes the Limestone Way from Thorpe, crossing the ancient Coldwall Bridge, to the village of Blore and ascending Marten Hill for hilltop views, before descending through Okeover Park to Mapleton village, then taking the Tissington Trail into Ashbourne. The medium options begins with great views of the iconic peak of Thorpe Cloud before following the Limestone Way, continuing to Mayfield famous for Bonnie Prince Charlie's retreat, whilst the harder option takes in Thorpe Cloud views, crosses the River Dove, and continues to Ilam with its alpine style cottages, before picking up the River Manifold to Coldwall Bridge and the route of option 2.
Chatsworth House is the focal point of today’s walks, with all routes passing through its expansive landscaped grounds, before converging on Bakewell. The medium walk descends from Baslow Edge and through Baslow, the start of the easier walk. The harder walk extends to include the gritstone of Froggatt and Curbar with spectacular views across the Peak District.
We’ll see in the New Year on our superb local walks starting and finishing at the Peveril of the Peak. The easier walk strolls across to Tissington, famous for its well dressings on Ascension Day, before returning to the house via the Limestone Way. The medium walk follows the River Dove via the famous Stepping Stones to Milldale from where we head back to the house via field paths. The harder walk goes via Tissington to the former station at Alsop en le Dale before taking in the stunning rock formations of Dove Dale via the hamlet of Milldale.
Starting at the entrance to the Manifold Valley, the easier walk will follow the river and Victorian Paradise walk into Ilam Park. We then ascend to Blore with its Norman church before taking the Limestone Way back to the house. The medium walk starts from the village of Wetton, and the harder on the other side of Wetton Hill. Both head to Ilam where they pick up the same route as the easier option back to the house.
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.
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.
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.
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What to Bring
“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.
- 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)
- Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
- A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
- 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
- Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
- Waterproof rucksack liner
- Sun hat and sunscreen (we may just get lucky and have some festive sunshine!)
Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.
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