4-Night Peak District Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

Sunrise of The Great Ridge at Mam Tor hill in Peak District
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £479pp

The Peak District National Park is home to beautiful countryside. Meander through enchanting limestone valleys at a gentle pace, visit timeless villages, with the opportunity to walk on the area's stunning gritstone edges.

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our Country House
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Trip Notes

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Option 1 - Tissington Trail to Ashbourne

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Ascent: 200 feet (60m) 

In SummaryWe walk from the house and join the Tissington Trail  (the former LNWR railway).  We follow this to Ashbourne reaching the centre via a 350 metre tunnel.  

HighlightHave a browse around the shops or simply relax with a coffee and cake in one of the many tea shops in Ashbourne. 

 

Option 2 - Thorpe to Ashbourne

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)   

Ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

In SummaryFrom the house we descend Lin Dale and cross the famous Stepping Stones then head south following the scenic River Dove to historic Coldwall Bridge crossing to continue along the river to Okeover Bridge and Mapleton. We then ascend the hillside to the Tissington Trail and follow this through the tunnel into Ashbourne. 

HighlightExplore Ashbourne 'The Gateway to Dovedale' with its many Tudor and Georgian listed buildings. 

 

Option 3 - Okeover Park and Ashbourne

Distance: 7½ miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (280m) 

In SummaryWe begin following the same route as option 2, but cross Coldwall Bridge and ascend to Coldwall Farm into and out of the valley and on to Marten Hill before descending into Okeover Park and the Grade II listed country house Okeover Hall. We then head up the hillside to the Tissington Trail and follow this into Ashbourne.    

HighlightTake in the great views as we traverse the ridgeline from Marten Hill. 

 


Option 1 - The Cromford Canal

Distance: 3 miles (5.5km) 

Ascent: 300 feet (100m) 

In Summary: A stroll along the remains of the Cromford Canal passing Leawood Pumping Station and High Peak Junction to reach the site of Arkwrights Mill, now a World Heritage Site. There will be ample time to take a tour of the mill and the town built for the workers.   

HighlightThe Derwent Valley was one of birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, for it was here that Richard Arkwright set up his pioneering cotton mill. Its importance is now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   

 

Option 2 - The Derwent Valley

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Ascent: 250 feet (80m) 

In SummaryOur walk starts at Middleton Top, we then descend passing the site of the National Stone Centre to reach the Cromford Canal at High Peak Junction  We then follow this to Cromford and Arkwright’s Mill. 

Highlight: Enjoy far reaching views from Middleton Top and the site of an engine house of the defunct High Peak Railway.

 

 

Option 3 - Crich and Cromford

Distance: 7½ miles (12.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In SummaryStarting at the canal in Ambergate we ascend to Crich, home of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment Memorial and the Tramway Museum (we may see some).  we then follow fields before descending back to the canal which we follow, passing Leawood Pumping Station and High Peak Junction to reach Cromford. 

HighlightCrich is home to the National Tramways Museum. Look out for these vintage vehicles when you cross the tram tracks at Crich Stand. 

 


Option 1 - Dovedale

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

In SummaryWalk from our Country House to the famous stepping stones. We then follow the river upstream through the Dove Dale gorge to Lover's Leap before returning to the house. 

HighlightLook up to see the spectacular rock features of Dove Dale as you meander through the gorge.

 

 

Option 2 - Dovedale Gorge

Distance: 6½ miles (11km) 

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m) 

In SummaryWalk from our Country House through Lin Dale to the famous stepping stones. We then follow the river upstream through the Dove Dale gorge to the hamlet of Milldale, then return at a higher level with fine views. 

HighlightThe famous limestone gorge of Dovedale is just a stones' throw from our Country House. You'll have plenty of time to admire the rock formations, caves and verdant flora of this natural beauty spot as you walk through the gorge. 

 

Option 3 - Dovedale and Tissington

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km) 

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m) 

In SummaryFollow the river through the delightful surroundings of Dove Dale to Milldale. Having climbed to the top of Shining Tor our return route takes us via the villages of Alsop-en-le-Dale and Tissington. 

HighlightTissington is particularly attractive estate village with a fine Jacobean hall built by the FitzHerbert family in 1609. If you visit around Ascension Day you'll see the six well-dressings around the village. 

 



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.

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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 and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
27 Apr - 01 May 2019 Itinerary £515 Available Book Now
29 Jun - 03 Jul 2019 Itinerary £549 £479 Save £70 Per Person Book Now
21 Sep - 25 Sep 2019 Itinerary £549 £479 Save £70 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1

4 nights from £479pp

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