Geology of the Derbyshire Dales

The Peveril of the Peak

Code: DVWGE

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Meadows & hills
  • Rural peace

Holiday overview

The Peak District has a marvellous range of rocks and landscapes that tell a story of moving continents, changing climates and the impact of industrialisation. Discover the secrets of deep time in Derbyshire with a local geologist who will take you on a journey through 350 million years of Earth history. We'll tackle some steep hills and go underground at the famous Blue John mineral deposits. During the course of each day we'll walk up to maximum of 6 miles (9.5km). 

Holiday highlights:

  • Enjoy learning about the geology of the Peak District with a like-minded group
  • Our expert leader will enhance your enjoyment of the walks with his local knowledge

Great Reasons to Join Us:

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, guidance from our expert leader and all essential transport
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays; eat together, relax together, enjoy days out together
  • Expert leaders: our leaders are experts in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
  • Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at the Peveril of the Peak

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Peveril of the Peak in Dovedale
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.



 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee making facilities 
• Single rooms available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• 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

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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

An example of Dovedale evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just 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.

 

Itinerary

Monday: arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday. Martin is looking forward to introducing you to your holiday.

Tuesday:  Discovering Dovedale's stunning karstic landscape

We’ll walk through one of the most spectacular limestone dales in the Peak District and climb steadily up the steep flank of the valley, examining a range of rock types and fossils along the way. Expect to see rocky pinnacles, towering crags and massive caves amidst stunning karstic scenery!

Wednesday: Blue John and igneous rocks, mineral specimens and fossils at Castleton 

Today we will drive across the southern part of the Peak District to the village of Castleton. From there a circular walk gives us the opportunity to examine igneous rocks, collect mineral specimens and look for fossils. Depending on the weather we’ll tackle the steep slopes of Mam Tor, from where there are unrivalled views across what was a tropical island surrounded by reefs 320 million years ago! A short underground visit to look at the world famous Blue John mineral deposits will round off the day.

Thursday: Exploring the National Stone Centre at Wirksworth

A shorter drive this morning, past the picturesque Carsingon Reservoir, takes us to Wirksworth, once a flourishing centre for lead mining and quarrying. We will walk around the National Stone Centre trail and look at the wide variety of limestones and fossils that are exposed in the disused quarries. After lunch we’ll move on to look at younger rocks that were formed by an enormous river system rather like the modern-day Mississippi.

Friday: depart after a leisurely breakfast

 

What to bring

  • Outdoor clothing appropriate to the season, including waterproofs
  • Strong, comfortable footwear with a good tread is essential
  • Walking poles will be useful because there are some steep slopes to negotiate
  • Binoculars and a hand lens (x10 magnification) reveal all sorts of details, so please bring
    them along if you have them
  • Thermos flask (optional but nice to have if it's chilly)
  • Camera  (optional - many of the sites are photogenic, plus you capture a visual record what you have seen)
  • Notebook and pencil (optional - but again very handy)

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. www.chatsworth.org

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. www.tramway.co.uk

 

  

 

Buxton
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. www.poolescavern.co.uk or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Castleton
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. www.castleton.co.uk/caverns

Bakewell
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. www.altontowers.com

 

 

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

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

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

Our address: 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 general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train heading to Derby 

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 approx £31 per taxi. 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.

 

Bus

By bus:

There is a limited bus service to Thorpe village. From Buxton take the 442 bus service to Ashbourne, then change to the 101 bus to Thorpe village. From Derby station take the SW1 service to Ashbourne and then the 101 bus. From Thorpe village it is a 500 metre walk along Wintercroft Lane to the Peveril of the Peak. For bus times see www.traveline.info

 

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 New 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, Ilam and Dovedale. After 1 mile turn right by the New 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 - cost about £60.

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 www.nationalrail.co.uk 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 www.nationalrail.co.uk 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 www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

 Quantas Boeing 747

Leaders

Martin Whiteley

Martin has been exploring the landscapes of Britain for the last 50 years, combining his interests in geology, climbing and challenge walks. His passion for geology began when he discovered chunks of a peculiar type of rock called Dolomitic Conglomerate in the garden, proudly showed them to his Primary School teacher and was promptly told to go away and find out how to spell it!

Martin has been fortunate enough to combine geology with careers in both the oil industry and academia. Now recently retired from Derby University he spends a good deal of time in the Peak District trying to improve the public understanding and appreciation of rocks, landforms and natural processes.

Dates & Prices

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Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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