Christmas & New Year Walking at Dovedale

Derbyshire Dales

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Activity types:

  • 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

Holiday Highlights

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes, carol evenings and New Year celebrations
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

What’s included?

  • 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 programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

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

Our House Manager and leaders have put together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday.


The Walks programme

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: 
Easier: up to a maximum of 7 miles (11km)
Medium: up to a maximum of 9 miles (14.5km)
Harder: up to a maximum of 12 miles 19km)


Christmas – Festive Guided Walking 

Saturday 24 December 2016 – Christmas Eve

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, towards the ‘Palace of the Peak.’ The harder walk extends to include the gritstone edges of Froggatt and Curbar with spectacular views across the Peak District.


Sunday 25 December 2016 – Christmas Day

We can build up an appetite for our Christmas dinner with 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 Nabs Dale from where we head back to the house via a field path. 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.

When you return to the Peveril of the Peak there will be presents under the Christmas tree before our Christmas lunch. Our celebration Christmas dinner is the highlight of the evening - enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer.


Monday 26 December 2016 – Boxing Day

The easier walk goes via the famous stepping stones in Dove Dale and heads for the pseudo Alpine village of Ilam on an easy circular route from the Peveril of the Peak. The medium walk reaches Ilam from Wetton, and the harder walk also starts from Wetton but then goes up to Blore with its Norman church before following a similar route to the medium group, both walking all the way back to the house.


Wednesday 28 December 2016

The heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site, Arkwright’s Mill is the culminating point of today’s walks. The easier walk is a gentle stroll along the Cromford Canal towpath, once the main supply artery for Arkwright’s Mill. The medium walk finds Crich Stand before descending into the Derwent Valley and the harder walk visits the villages of Lea, Dethick and Riber before also finding the canal and Arkwright’s Mill.


Thursday 29 December 2016

Robin Hood's Stride is a spectacular tor of gritstone rocks perched on a ridge between Harthill Moor and the Alport-Winster road, and is known locally as 'Mock Beggar's Hall'. From a distance it’s easy to imagine the formation as a turreted building, and we’ll take a good look at it on all today’s walks. The easier walk starts near it and continues to Bradford Dale finishing in Bakewell. The medium walk starts from Birchover and the harder walk starts from Stanton in the Moor, both finishing in Bakewell.


New Year – Festive Guided Walking

Saturday 31 December 2016 – New Year’s Eve

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, towards the ‘Palace of the Peak.’ The harder walk extends to include the gritstone edges of Froggatt and Curbar with spectacular views across the Peak District.  

In the evening, we will see in the New Year with a celebration dinner - guests are invited to 'dress to impress'.


Sunday 1 January 2017

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 Nabs Dale from where we head back to the house via a field path. 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.


Monday 2 January 2017

The easier walk goes via the famous stepping stones in Dove Dale and heads for the pseudo Alpine village of Ilam on an easy circular route from the Peveril of the Peak. The medium walk reaches Ilam from Wetton, and the harder walk also starts from Wetton but then goes up to Blore with its Norman church before following a similar route to the medium group, both walking all the way back to the house.

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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I had expected competent or professional callers to lead the country dancing but unfortunately the leaders although they tried but were just not up to the job! (This was over New Year period)
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Absolutely no problem at all booking via the phone.

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A lovely holiday in a great hotel with good meals and very good accomodation
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HF holidays are well organized and reliable.

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it was a very relaxing and enjoyable break, with great walks, great food and great company.
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Holidays always good. Booking and invoicing less satisfactory recently.
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easy to deal with but on the expensive side

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our poorest HF holiday so far and we have been on many
Thank you for your feedback.

We usually have very good comments in regards to this popular destination and I am sorry to read that, on this occasion, you were disappointed.

I do hope that, overall, you enjoyed your holiday with HF and thank you for taking the time to leave feedback which is extremely important for us as this helps with our continued improvement and planning of holidays for our guests.

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Facility is a bit tired. Needs upgrades.
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Excellent format of Guided Walking holidays that really suits me

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One of the best HF houses I've been to (done most in England) - homely, good lounges.
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evening meals very good. choice of walks not so good.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
23 Dec 2016 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 4 £675.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2016 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 7 £939.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2016 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 3 £375.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2016 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 7 £875.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2016 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 4 £625.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 4 £695.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 7 £969.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 3 £389.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 7 £899.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2017 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 4 £645.00 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