Peak District Gentle Walking Holiday

Explore the Peak District on foot


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  • Hills & moorland
  • Meadows & hills
  • Rural peace


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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 £294.00 - 3 to 7 nights


Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Peak District. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

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


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.


'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


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.


The Edges and Chatsworth

Available on: 31 Aug 2019, 2 Nov 2019

Option 1: Chatsworth Park 

Chatsworth House and gardens

Distance:  3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting in the estate village of Baslow we will enter 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.   

Don’t miss: Take time to admire Chatsworth House and its expansive landscaped grounds. 

Option 2: Curbar Gap and Chatsworth

Walker on Curbar Edge

Distance: 5 miles (8km) 

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss:  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

View along gritstone escarpment of Curbar Edge

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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. 

Don’t miss: 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.

Central Dove Valley

Available on: 1 Sep 2019, 3 Nov 2019

Option 1: Alstonefield to Hartington

Hartington Church

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.  

Don’t miss: Sample the local Stilton and Dovedale cheeses at the Hartington cheese shop.

Option 2: Along the Upper Dove

Walkers in a wooded limestone valley

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

The walk in a nutshell: 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. 

Don’t miss: Milldale is renown for its connections with Isaak Walton whose book The Compleat Angler was written in 1653. 

Option 3: Through limestone dales 

River Dove at Milldale

Distance: 9 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.  

Don’t miss: Look out for the abundant  bird life in Woldscote Dale including Dippers, Herons and Goosanders.

Around Ashbourne

Available on: 3 Sep 2019

Option 1: Tissington Trail to Ashbourne

Three walkers

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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. 

Don’t miss: Have a browse around the shops or simply relax with a coffee and cake in one of the many cafes in Ashbourne. 

Option 2: Thorpe to Ashbourne

Dovedale stepping stones

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)  

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: From the house we descend Lin Dale and cross the famous Stepping Stones then 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 to Ashbourne town centre.

Don’t miss: Explore Ashbourne 'The Gateway to Dovedale' with its many Tudor and Georgian listed buildings. 

Option 3: Okeover Park and Ashbourne

River Dove

Distance: 7½ miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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 pick up the Tissington Trail and follow this to Ashbourne town centre.   

Don’t miss: Take in the great views as we traverse the ridgeline from Marten Hill. 

Industrial Derwent Valley

Available on: 4 Sep 2019

Option 1: The Cromford Canal

Group of walkers passing a vintage tram

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (100m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.  

Don’t miss: 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

Tranquil scene on the Cromford Canal

Distance: 4 miles (7km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (90m) 

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Enjoy far reaching views from Middleton Top and the site of an engine house of the defunct High Peak Railway, with far reaching views.

Option 3: Crich and Cromford

Monument at Crich Strand

Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Crich is home to the National Tramways Museum. Look out for these vintage vehicles when you cross the tram tracks at Crich Stand.


Available on: 5 Sep 2019

Option 1: Dovedale 

Dovedale stepping stones

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Look up to see the spectacular rock features of Dove Dale as you meander through the gorge.

Option 2: Dovedale Gorge 

Rock spire in Dove Dale

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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 

Village of Tissington

 Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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.

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.

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.




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. or

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.

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.



Cromford Mill
This historic mill, dating from 1771, is a World Heritage Site, about 35 minutes' drive away.

Haddon Hall
A fortified medieval manor house, dating from the 12th century. Haddon Hall is located near Bakewell, about 45 minutes' drive away.

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 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 route planning by train visit or phone 03457 48 49 50.

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 £42 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.


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

From Ashbourne complete your journey by taxi, or use the Derbyshire Connect service. This service must be prebooked at least 48 hours in advance by calling 01335 342 951

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. 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.

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 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 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 for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
30 Aug 2019 DVBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Dovedale 7 £879.00 £829.00 Save £50 off pp - August OFFER Book Now
30 Aug 2019 DVBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Dovedale 3 £375.00 £345.00 Save £30 Per Person Book Now
2 Sep 2019 DVBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Dovedale 4 £529.00 £489.00 Save £40 Per Person Book Now
1 Nov 2019 DVBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Dovedale 3 £339.00 £294.00 Save £45 Per Person Book Now

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