The Derbyshire Gritstone Way was Derby Ramblers contribution to Footpath Heritage Week in 1980. The walk goes through water meadows, ancient oak woodlands, parkland and heather clad moors. There is much of scenic, historical and industrial archaeological interest. The route to the east side of the Derwent Valley occasionally follows the valley floor but more often uses the tops of the Edges. Moorland walking gives a sense of the desolation faced by the jaggers (packhorse drivers) as they crossed the moors. There are tales to tell of murdered priests, the construction of Ladybower reservoir and “Shivering Mountain” (Mam Tor).
- Discover the Derwent Valley and famous Gritstone Edges
- Walk the Great Ridge from Lose Hill over Mam Tor to Edale, start of the Pennine Way
- Experience Chatsworth and the World Heritage Site of the Derwent Valley Mills
- High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
- Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
- The services of an HF Holidays' walks leader
- All transport on walking days
66 miles with 9-13 miles and up to 1,250 feet of ascent in a day, with one day of 2,300 feet.
From Derby the route enters Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site and follows the river. We take a brief visit to the Cathedral to view the peregrines and then on past Lombe's silk mill erected in 1717, the earliest factory in the world. Leaving the urban environment we walk through Darley Park and Darley Abbey village, home of Evan's cotton mill settlement. Turf fields are crossed en route to Little Eaton, once the terminus of various horse-drawn tramways that linked the coalfield to a spur of the Derby Canal. Other points of interest today include the Chevin (part of the ancient Portway), Jedidiah Strutt's cotton mill village of Milford and finally a moderate descent leads to Belper. Good footpaths and lanes throughout.
12 miles (19km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
The gentle ascent from Belper leads to Ridgeway with a view of Heage windmill. A short descent to Bullbridge village follows where we access the Cromford Canal tow-path. The canal is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to a population of water voles. The heart of the World Heritage Site beckons as we pass Leawood Pumping Station and then the Wharf Shed, originally the transshipment point between the canal and the Cromford and High Peak Railway. High Peak Junction is home to the oldest railway line in the world. At the terminus of the canal we reach Sir Richard Arkwright's cotton mills and industrial village with a village trail that explores listed pig sties, the village lock up and frame-work knitters' cottages. Field and woodland paths and some surfaced routes along the tow-path and in the villages.
11½ miles (18km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
We enter the Peak District National Park and after a steep ascent beyond Smedley's Mill complex we reach Bilberry Knoll, a viewpoint over the Derwent Valley. Rough bridleway and field paths lead us towards Riber Castle, a Victorian folly. Following a descent to the village of Tansley, country lanes, woodland and field paths are used to reach the moors of Chatsworth Estate. The woodland route to Beeley is below Fallinge Edge.
13 miles (21km) with 1,250 feet (380m) of ascent.
From Chatsworth Park an ascent to Nelson's monument on Birchen's Edge follows and then to Wellington's Monument on Baslow Edge. Reaching the Eagle Stone, a fine gritstone boulder, means the hard work of the day is done. Our route hugs the top of Curbar and Froggatt Edges with wide ranging views west towards the plateau of the White Peak. We'll look down on 'Colditz' and admire Chatsworth's Emperor Fountain from a distance. There's a tale to tell of the unpleasant death of two Roman Catholic priests following their arrest at nearby Padley Chapel. Today's route uses field and woodland paths and surfaced bridleways.
11½ miles (18km) with 1,100 feet
The brook-side ascent through Padley Gorge with its ancient oak woodland managed by the National Trust gives a marked contrast to the later part of the route today. We follow Burbage Brook heading for Burbage Edge. Open moorland surrounds us as we head for Stanage Edge, used by Himalayan mountaineers for their training in the 1960s. We see evidence of ancient packhorse ways that used to cross this Pennine wilderness area – the call of the red grouse often the only sound hereabouts. The descent is along a bridleway and then country lanes to Yorkshire Bridge – the village built to rehouse residents of Ashopton and Derwent when Ladybower reservoir was built. Good paths throughout.
9½ miles (15km) with 1,000 feet (330m) of ascent.
We walk across Ladybower Dam then ascend close to Parkin Clough to the summit of Win Hill, 1,518 feet (463m). A descent to cross the Vale of Edale near Townhead and then another steep ascent to the summit of Lose Hill 1,563 feet (476m) where we meet the Great Ridge. The walk follows Back Tor, then Hollins Cross (an ancient track-way through the lowest point of the ridge) and on to Mam Tor 1,695 feet (517m), site of an Iron Age hill fort. Below us we see the effects of the 'Shivering Mountain' on the old main road and views south towards Winnats Pass and Castleton village. The descent to Edale village with the National Park Information Centre with its exhibition of Moorland Management is on field paths.
9 miles (14.5km) with 2,200 feet (670m) of ascent
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.
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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.
- 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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