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7-Night Peak District Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

Sunrise of The Great Ridge at Mam Tor hill in Peak District
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £945pp £820pp

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; 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 PDFs for each holiday.

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 from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - St Mary's and Coldwall Bridges

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Ascent: 360 feet (130m)

In summary: We cross Thorpe Pasture and descend to the River Dove to walk to St. Mary’s Bridge continue along the river crossing historic Coldwall Bridge and returning to explore the village of Thorpe.

Highlight: Intriguing Coldwall Bridge dating back to 1726.  

Option 2 - Okeover Park and Mappleton

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 885 feet (270m)

In summary: From the country house we drop onto the Dove Valley crossing historic Coldwall Bridge and ascend Marten Hill. We return through lovely Okeover Park to Mappleton walking along the Dove with fine views of Thorpe Cloud.

Highlight: Check out the unusual church in Mappleton.

Option 3 - The Mayfields

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Initially following the route of option 1, we then continue south on The Limestone Way reaching the cluster of Mayfield villages. Descending through Upper Mayfield to cross Hanging Bridge and return via Mappleton and the River Dove.

Highlight: Hanging Bridge with its grim history including Bonnie Prince Charlie’s retreat in 1745.


Option 1 - Tissington Circular

Distance: 4 miles (7km)

Ascent: 380 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: 7.5 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: 10.5 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 The Peveril of the Peak and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 


Option 1 - Dovedale

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In summary: We walk out from the house to Gag Lane, from here we descend to Lover's Leap and the beautiful Dovedale Gorge. Our return takes us along the gorge to the famous stepping stones before returning to the country house. 

Highlight: Look up to see spectacular rock formations as you meander through the gorge. 

Option 2 - Dovedale Gorge

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 750 feet (230m)  

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 (330m)

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.


Option 1 - Tissington Trail and Views of Thorpe

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.5km) 

Ascent: 325 feet (100m)

In Summary: From Thorpe village we follow a path south east adjacent to Spend Lane, to reach the edge of Hinchleywood, within the Mappleton conservation area. On reaching the woodland, we take a path to reach the Tissington Trail, and return to Thorpe on the Trail.

Highlight: Magnificent views of Thorpe Cloud.

Option 2 - Along the Lower Dove

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km) 

Ascent: 550 feet (180m)

In Summary: From the house, we walk through Thorpe village before descending to the River Dove at Coldwall Bridge. We take the riverside path on the far side in Staffordshire and follow this south to cross Okeover Bridge, site of the annual bridge jump. We then return on the Derbyshire side of the river to return to Thorpe.

Highlight: A delightful riverside walk along lower Dove.

Option 3 - Tissington and its Trail

Distance: 10.5 miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 1,040 feet (320m)

In Summary: Following the Limestone Way to the estate village of Tissington, famous for its well dressings, we then take a delightful lane east with splendid views over surrounding hills and valleys. Walking south we descend Bentley Brook before turning west on undulating paths, skirting the village of Fenny Bentley eventually reaching the Tissington Trail. We follow the trail and paths north back to the country house.

Highlight: Fantastic views of Thorpe Cloud, ‘the mini Matterhorn’ from the Tissington Trail.


Option 1 - Ilam

Distance: 4miles (6.5km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Taking a route round iconic Thorpe Cloud we then cross the River Dove (bridge) and follow pasture land to the unique village of Ilam. There will be plenty of time to explore the grounds of Ilam Hall before returning by the river on the Manifold Way and then ascending back to Thorpe on an old coaching track now the Limestone Way.

Highlight: Beautiful Ilam Park with its Hall and the pseudo Alpine village of Ilam.

Option 2 - Ilam Park

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: The walk begins with a descent to cross the River Dove and then across fields to reach lofty Castern Hall. From here we follow the route of the Manifold into Ilam Park before ascending to the hamlet of Blore and follow the Limestone Way on our return to the country house.  

Highlight: Beautiful Ilam Park with its Hall, church and gardens. We can see the River Manifold as it emerges from its underground route.

Option 3 - Ilam and Blore

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,302 feet (400m)

In Summary: We head out on the Limestone Way from Thorpe, crossing the River Dove at Coldwall Bridge and ascend to Blore. The route then continues to ascend west with magnificent views of surrounding countryside to reach Calton. We then descend on a magical path through Musden Wood to Rushley Bridge before taking the riverside path through the grounds of Ilam Hall and the village of Ilam. 

Highlight: Ilam village with its grand hall, pseudo alpine cottages and memorial cross.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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


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 - Alstonefield to Hartington

 Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

In SummaryWe 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.   

HighlightSample 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 SummaryStarting 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.  

HighlightMilldale 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 SummaryThis 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.   

HighlightLook out for the abundant bird life in Woldscote Dale including Dippers, Herons and Goosanders. 

 


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


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 - Chatsworth Park

Distance:  3 miles (5km) 

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) 

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: 5 miles (8km)  

Ascent: 500 feet (150m) 

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 - The Edges and Chatsworth

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 900 feet (270m) 

In SummaryHigh 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.  

HighlightThe 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 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. 

 


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

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 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.

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.

Accessibility

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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.

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

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2021
06 Aug - 13 Aug
7 Gentle Walk £945 £820 Save £125 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1

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