7-Night Peak District Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

Autumn turns to winter in the Peak District, Derbyshire, UK. Peaceful and calm reflections on the Cromford Canal near Matlock
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1 & 2

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.

Holiday Highlights

  • 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

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 5 days guided walking and 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

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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. Some of our breaks have more than one itinerary. To check which itinerary is running on your holiday date please refer to the Dates, Prices & Trip Notes tab.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - The Cromford Canal

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Ascent: Negligible

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 - Crich to Cromford

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) 

Total ascent: 500 feet (160m) 

In SummaryWalk from Crich village up to the monument on Crich Stand. After an undulating walk through the Derbyshire countryside we'll follow the Cromford Canal towpath, to Cromford Wharf and Arkwright’s Mill.  

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 3 - The Derwent Valley and Cromford

Distance: 9½ miles (15km) 

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In SummarySoak up the views from Crich Stand, then walk over the green hills above the Derwent Valley to the timeless hamlets of Lea, Dethick and Riber. Finally we follow the canal to 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 - Tissington Circular

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: We walk to Tissington on grassland, through the gates and along the tree lined Avenue. After time to look round the village the walk returns on the Tissington Trail (former London and North Western railway) to the site of Thorpe station

Highlight: The charming estate village of Tissington, home of the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years.

Option 2 - Tissington Village and Trail

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: We walk to the feudal village of Tissington on grassland and along the tree lined avenue. After exploring the village we make our way onto the Tissington Trail to the former Alsop en le Dale station before returning to the country house. 

Highlight: The charming estate village of Tissington, home of the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years.

Option 3 - Tissington and Alsop en le Dale

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (380m)

In summary: After visiting beautiful Tissington village our walk descends to Parwich and then ascends to reach the Tissington trail which we follow to Alsop en le Dale station before heading back to the country house.

Highlight: The famous Tissington Trail follows the route of the former London and North Western railway.


Discover more about Peveril of the Peak and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.


Option 1 - Tissington Trail to Ashbourne

Distance: 4 miles (6km) 

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 (12km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (300m) 

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 - Baslow and Chatsworth Park

Distance:  3½ miles (5.5km) 

Ascent: 250 feet (80m) 

In SummaryStarting 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.    

HighlightTake time to admire magnificent Chatsworth House and its expansive landscaped grounds. 

 

Option 2 - Curbar Gap and Chatsworth

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)  

Ascent: 300 feet (80m) 

In SummaryStarting 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 - Curbar Gap to Calton Lees through Chatsworth

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Ascent: 700ft (220m)

In Summary: Starting from Curbar Gap we follow Baslow Edge to the Eagle Stone and Wellington's Monument. We then drop into the pretty village of Baslow, before ascending to Dobb Edge and then following this to Chatsworth House and Edensor.

Highlight: The beautiful landscape around Chatsworth Park


Option 1 - River Dove and Coldwall Bridge

Distance: 2½ miles (4.5km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Descend round Thorpe Cloud to the River Dove.   There is then an option to take a footbridge into Staffordshire and walk to the iconic Stepping Stones.  Cross and return if you dare and then return to the footbridge and Derbyshire.  The River Dove is then followed to Coldwall Bridge.  View this 100 yard long river crossing before ascending on the old coach road and through Thorpe Village back to the house.

Highlight: Visiting the beautiful Stepping Stones.

Option 2 - Dovedale Gorge

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)  

In Summary: Beginning with a descent to the famous stepping stones we follow the River Dove to Milldale. Following the zig zag path we then return through pasture land high above the gorge.

Highlight: The famous limestone gorge of Dovedale is just a stone’s throw from our country house with its rock formations, caves and verdant flora.

Option 3 - Dovedale and Alstonefield

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (340m)

In Summary: We begin following the route of option 1 through the iconic Dovedale Gorge. From Milldale we ascend to the village of Alstonefield. We visit the Green Well before our return route takes us back across the river and on higher ground back to the country house.

Highlight: The dramatic Dovedale Gorge with its towering limestone pinnacles.


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.

 

Need to know

We appreciate that COVID-19 continues to impact the nations.  The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not always in sync, so measures in our country houses may vary between the nations. We thank all guests for adhering to the measures we have introduced to keep our guests, leaders and team members safe.

You can see our latest FAQs and guarantees at https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/coronavirus-travel-advice 

Ventilation, Physical Distancing Measures and Group Sizes around the Houses

We will keep our public areas well ventilated; for your comfort you might want to pack an extra layer to keep you comfortable.

With the relaxation of physical distancing, we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together.

Hand sanitiser stations will be made available in frequently used public areas for guests and staff use. It is advisable to bring additional hand sanitiser for whilst you are out walking.

We always follow the latest regional government advice, but our one recommendation is don’t forget your face mask! There is no requirement to wear a face covering in communal areas, but you may of course choose to. Some places throughout the UK may still require you to wear a mask even if the government legislation does not. With this in mind we suggest you bring a personal supply of face coverings for the duration of your stay.

Servicing Bedrooms:

At this stage we are not reintroducing our daily room servicing.  Extra tea, coffee, milk, towels and toiletries will be available on request from our team. Bins can be left outside your door for emptying.

COVID-19 Symptoms or Cases 

If a guest has symptoms of COVID-19 then they should inform the house team and immediately self-isolate to minimise any risk of transmission and make arrangements to request a COVID test. If a guest receives a positive test result, they should return home if they reasonably can. They should where possible use private transport but only drive themselves if they can do so safely. If a guest cannot reasonably return home, they should discuss their circumstances with the House Manager. Additional charges may be levied if a guest needs to self-isolate for longer than their planned holiday.

What can you do to help keep everyone safe?

  • Wear a face mask/covering where required and please bring plenty of face coverings for the duration of your stay
  • Carry/use hand sanitiser
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water when possible
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid passing round objects such as cameras & phones
  • If you are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not travel to an HF Holidays House

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 Classic and Premium 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 ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger televisions – 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.

Check in:

Check in opens at 4pm for all guests. Guests will be unable to access any of the Country House facilities, including leaving luggage before 4pm.

We are delighted to invite you to enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival. Relax and meet your fellow guests and leaders. 

Check out:

Check out time: 10am

Please note, you will need to settle your bill before departure and payment will only be possible by card.  Gratuities and donations to the Pathway Fund can also be made by card.

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.

Welcome Information

A Welcome Information Pack providing details about the Country House and your holiday will be available in each bedroom. This personal pack of information will detail what to expect during your stay in the house, the menu for the duration of your stay, dinner & picnic lunch order forms and the guest registration form for completion.

Our houses are locked at night-time and accessible with a door code which is available in the Welcome Pack. However, we also recommend making a note of the Duty Manager number on arrival, in case of an emergency or getting locked out.

Evenings

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings to see if you’ve got the knowledge to triumph in the HF Big Pub Quiz!  There will also be another evening of entertainment at the beginning of the week which will vary depending on the house you are visiting.

If there are leaders resident, they will be available to chat to guests about self-guided walks. You can borrow walking route notes and maps from our Discovery Point.

Walks Talks – Guided Walking Information Briefings

Self-Guided guests are always welcome to join our Guided Walking briefings to hear about the local conditions. 

Our leaders will deliver a Guided Walking Information Briefing on each arrival day before and after dinner followed by a group Walks Talk to let guests know about the following day’s walks. Walks Talks are usually before and after dinner prior to each walking day. The information is repeated so you can join whichever time suits you. 

If you are undecided which walk to do, our leaders will be available in the bar or lounge to answer any questions you might have. Our website contains up-to-date information about the walks for each holiday.

Before you leave for your walk your leader will run through a short safety briefing for the day.

Each day, the latest weather forecast will be displayed for all guests to check to ensure appropriate clothing is worn for the walks.

Please note, if you decide to do your own walks, or you are on a self-guided walking holiday, you must complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house.

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. Food at the Peveril of the Peak is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Along with many hospitality business across the UK we are presently experiencing disruption to our food and drink supply chain. COVID continues to limit the ability of suppliers to deliver and the war in Ukraine (along with several other global challenges) is impacting availability of many basic products.  We are working hard to ensure that these challenges do not negatively impact your holiday but ask for your understanding should we need to make last minute changes to dishes or menus.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for The Peveril of the Peak

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Essential Information

“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.

Essentials

  • 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)
  • Rucksack
  • 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.

Recommended

  • 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
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1

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