Derbyshire Gritstone Way Guided Trail
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Choosing the level of your walks
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Discover historic and industrial archaeological interest and stunning landscapes on this Derbyshire trail. Uncover the industrial past of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Dramatic scenery along the Gritstone Edges of Chatsworth, Curbar, Frogatt and Stanage to the Great Ridge over Mam Tor. Moorland walking giving a sense of desolation faced by the jaggers (packhorse drivers) as they crossed the moors. There are tales of murdered priests, the construction of Ladybower reservoir and of "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
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
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
|All 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.
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.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Day 2: Derby to Belper
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.
Day 3: Belper to Cromford
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.
Day 4: Lea Bridge to Beeley
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.
Day 5: Beeley to Grindleford
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 (340m) of ascent.
Day 6: Grindleford to Yorkshire Bridge
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.
Day 7: Heatherdene to Edale
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 1695 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 (14½km) with 2,200 feet (670m) of ascent
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors.
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:
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.
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
Crich 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
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
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
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.
The huge Alton Towers theme park is only 30 minutes' drive away and is a very popular option for families. www.altontowers.com
This historic mill, dating from 1771, is a World Heritage Site, about 35 minutes' drive away. www.cromfordmill.co.uk
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
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
The nearest railway stations are Buxton or Derby. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
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.
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 www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk
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
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.
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 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).
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