Peak District Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Celebrate Christmas and New Year in the Peak District

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Activity types:

  • Christmas & New Year
  • Hills & moorland
  • Meadows & hills
  • Rural peace

Level

  • 1
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  • 3
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £399.00 - 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

Price includes

  • 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

In pictures...

Accommodation

Dovedale 3 stars

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.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • 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

Dining

An example of Dovedale evening mealAll 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

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust 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.

Itinerary

Festive Walking at Dovedale

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

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. Typically, easier walks are up to a maximum of 7 miles (11km), medium walks are up to a maximum of 9 miles (14.5km), while harder walks can be up to a maximum of 12 miles (19km).

The Edges, through Chatsworth to Bakewell - Monday 24 December

View along gritstone escarpment of Curbar EdgeChatsworth 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.

Dovedale - Tuesday 25 December

Dovedale stepping stonesWe can build up an appetite for our Christmas dinner with walks starting and finishing at 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 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. 

The Manifold Valley and Ilam Park - Wednesday 26 December

Group walking beside the river in Ilam ParkStarting 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.

The Derwent Valley and Cromford - Friday 28 December 

Two pheasants in the snowThe 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. 

Robin Hood's Stride - Saturday 29 December

Rocky outcrops on Robin Hood's StrideRobin 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 the Stride and continues to Bradford Dale finishing in Bakewell. The medium walk starts from Birchover and the harder walk starts from Stanton in Peak, both finishing in Bakewell.

The Edges, through Chatsworth to Bakewell - Monday 31 December

Chatsworth House and gardensChatsworth 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.

Dovedale - Tuesday 1 January

Dovedale stepping stonesWe’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.

The Manifold Valley and Ilam Park - Wednesday 2 January 

Robin in the snowStarting 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.

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. www.chatsworth.org

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. www.tramway.co.uk

 

  

 

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

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.

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. 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

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

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 £32 per taxi from Derby or £38 from Buxton. 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.

Bus

By bus:

There is a bus service as far as Ashbourne, about 3 miles from our country house. From Buxton take the 442 service or from Derby catch the SW1 service. For bus times see www.traveline.info

From Ashbourne complete your journey by taxi, or use the Derbyshire Connect service.

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 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.

 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 www.nationalrail.co.uk 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 www.nationalrail.co.uk 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 www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
23 Dec 2018 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 7 £989.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2018 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 4 £715.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 7 £919.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 3 £399.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2018 DVXFW - Festive Walking - Dovedale 4 £665.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2019 DVXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Dovedale 4 £735.00 Book Now
29 Dec 2019 DVXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Dovedale 5 £799.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

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