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.
- Head out on guided walks to discover the varied beauty of the Peak District on foot
- Explore this beautiful national park at a very gentle pace with plenty of time to admire your surroundings
- Let our experienced leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
- Enjoy magnificent limestone dales and iconic historical sights
- Visit classic viewpoints, timeless villages and secret corners
- Look out for wildlife and learn about the 'Peaks' history
- A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of England's finest walking areas
- High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
- Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
- 5 days guided walking; 1 free day
- Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
- Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
- The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
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.
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.
Highlight: The 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 Summary: Our 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 Summary: Starting 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.
Highlight: Crich is home to the National Tramways Museum. Look out for these vintage vehicles when you cross the tram tracks at Crich Stand.
Option 1 - Alstonefield to Hartington
Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km)
Ascent: 400 feet (120m)
In Summary: We will have time to explore the village of Alstonefield before descending gently through the dry Narrowdale to reach the River Dove. Then we follow the river up stream through tranquil Beresford Dale to reach the village of Hartington, famous for it’s cheese.
Highlight: Sample the local Stilton and Dovedale cheeses at the Hartington cheese shop.
Option 2 - Along the Upper Dove
Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)
Ascent: 900 feet (280m)
In Summary: Starting in the Staffordshire village of Alstonefield we descend on a quiet lane to the hamlet of Milldale, cross the River Dove into Derbyshire and follow the river up through Wolfescote Dale and Beresford Dale to reach Hartington.
Highlight: Milldale is renown for its connections with Isaak Walton whose book The Compleat Angler was written in 1653.
Option 3 - Through limestone dales
Distance: 9 miles (13km)
Ascent: 600 feet (180m)
In Summary: This walk also starts by descending to Milldale, then takes a steep zigzag path to reach Shining Tor and fields to reach the Tissington Trail (the former LNWR railway). On a clear day there are good views from the trail before descending back to the River Dove in Wolfescote Dale and following this and Beresford Dale to reach Hartington.
Highlight: Look out for the abundant bird life in Woldscote Dale including Dippers, Herons and Goosanders.
Option 1 - Tissington Trail to Ashbourne
Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km)
Ascent: 200 feet (60m)
In Summary: We 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.
Highlight: Have 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 Summary: From 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.
Highlight: Explore 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 Summary: We 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.
Highlight: Take in the great views as we traverse the ridgeline from Marten Hill.
Option 1 - Chatsworth Park
Distance: 3 miles (5km)
Ascent: 400 feet (120m)
In Summary: Starting in the estate village of Baslow we will enter the beautiful Chatsworth Park. Our exploration of the grounds will take in The Jubillee Stone and the Hunting Tower before descending to the house for a cuppa in the magnificent stables.
Highlight: Take time to admire magnificent Chatsworth House and its expansive landscaped grounds.
Option 2 - Curbar Gap and Chatsworth
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Ascent: 500 feet (150m)
In Summary: Starting at Curbar Gap our walk will take us along one of the famous Edges, passing the Eagle Stone and Wellington Monument before descending to Baslow and taking the route of option 1 through Chatsworth grounds.
Highlight: Admire the grandeur of Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and its surrounding parkland landscaped by Capability Brown.
Option 3 - The Edges and Chatsworth
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 900 feet (270m)
In Summary: High up on the Moors we take an exhilarating walk along Froggatt, and Curbar Edge before continuing along the route of option 2 through the grounds of Chatsworth.
Highlight: The gritstone escarpment of Curbar and Froggart Edge is one of the most popular walks in the Peak District, with sweeping views over the Derwent Valley.
Option 1 - Dovedale
Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km)
Ascent: 600 feet (180m)
In Summary: Walk 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.
Highlight: Look 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 Summary: Walk 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.
Highlight: The 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 Summary: Follow 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.
Highlight: Tissington 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.
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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
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.
- Waterproof 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)
- Sun hat and sunscreen
Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.
- 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
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.
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