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7-Night Peak District Guided Walking Holiday

The Salt Cellar on Derwent Edge in the Peak District
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £775pp £625pp

From beautiful limestone valleys, to spectacular scenery on the gritstone edges, the Peak District is home to a superb contrast of landscapes. With a choice of walks each day, your holiday can be as relaxing or adventurous as you choose. Our Guided Walking holidays will introduce you to the best of the national park.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on guided walks with our experienced leader to discover the varied beauty of the Peak District on foot 
  • Enjoy panoramic views from gritstone edges
  • Admire stunning limestone dales
  • 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 - 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 2 - 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 3 - The Mayfields and Mappleton

Distance: 11.5 miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Heading out along the route of option 2, we extend our walk continuing south along the Limestone Way before descending to the historical villages of Middle Mayfield and Church Mayfield. Our return route takes us via Hanging Bridge and Mappleton.  

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


Option 1 - 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 2 - 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.

Option 3 - Tissington, Parwich and Milldale

Distance: 12.5 miles (20km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (480m)

In summary: We begin following the route of option 2 to the Tissington Trail, taking in the estate village of Tissington. We then descend to the River Dove which we follow through a quiet dale to reach Milldale. From here the walk ascends to meet a farm track which we follow back to the house.

Highlight: Quaint Tissington village and all its history is not to be missed. 



Option 1 - 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 2 - 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 3 - Dovedale and Norrowdale Hill

Distance: 11.5 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In Summary: Having first walked up the beautiful Dovedale Gorge and reached Alstonefield, our walk takes a high level loop north to Narrowdale Hill, before returning across the river and along the route of option 2. 

Highlight: Magnificent panoramic views from Narrowdale Hill


Option 1 - 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 2 - 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 3 - Villages, Brooks and Rivers

Distance: 11.5 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (340m)

In Summary: From Thorpe, this walk takes paths south towards Mappleton before heading north on the Tissington Trail. We then skirt the village of Fenny Bentley before following undulating paths towards Kniveton. The route descends to cross Bentley Brook before returning to Tissington using attractive gated road and paths, then taking the Limestone Way back to the country house.

Highlight: The unusual church in Mappleton village is worth a visit.


Option 1 - 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 2 - 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. 

Option 3 - Ilam and the Manifold Valley

Distance: 12 miles (19.5km)

Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In Summary: Beginning along the Limestone Way to Blore, we then continue to ascend, skirting the hill of Musden Low, before reaching the village of Calton. From here, the path continues north with wonderful views all around. We descend Soles Hollow to reach the River Hamps and the Manifold Way. From the confluence of the Hamps and the Manifold, the walk ascends back to the Manifold Trail to Throwley Hall. We then return through historic Ilam.

Highlight: Enjoy the panorama from Blore church over the limestone plateau and Dove Dale, with the shapely peak of Thorpe Cloud guarding the entrance.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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


Option 1 - Chatsworth and Bakewell

Distance:  miles (12km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)  

In SummaryWalk along Baslow Edge, passing the Eagle Stone before descending into Baslow village and through Chatsworth Park - admiring Capability Brown's landscape - to Chatsworth House. After exploring the estate village of Edensor we take a track and a quiet lane over the ridge into Bakewell.  

HighlightAdmire the grandeur of Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and its surrounding parkland landscaped by Capability Brown. 

 

Option 2 - Curbar Edge

Distance: 10½ miles (17km) 

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m) 

In SummaryHigh up on the Moors we take an exhilarating walk along Froggatt, and Curbar Edge. Pass Wellington’s Monument descending to Chatsworth before passing through Edensor then over a ridge and down into Bakewell. 

HighlightThe gritstone escarpment of Curbar and Froggatt Edge is one of the most popular walks in the Peak District, with sweeping views over the Derwent Valley. 

 

Option 3 - Along the Derbyshire Skyline

Distance: 12½ miles (20.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m) 

In SummaryThe fantastic gritstone edges see us all the way from Froggatt to Baslow Edge. We continue along Birchen Edge to reach the Hunting Tower and a descent to Chatsworth House, passing the Sowter Stone and aqueduct on the way. We end at Bakewell, via Edensor. 

HighlightA walk of great contrasts - magificent high-level walking along the edges, and a more in-depth exploration of the Chatsworth estate. 

 


Option 1 - Dove Dale

Distance: 6½ miles (11km) 

Total 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 across the fields. 

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 2 - Dove Dale & 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. 

 

Option 3 - Dove Dale & Peak Villages

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km) 

Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In SummaryOur outward route takes us through the rolling Derbyshire countryside passing the villages of TissingtonParwich and Alsop-en-le-Dale. We then make the steep descent into Dove Dale and follow this glorious valley back to the stepping stones and our country house. 

HighlightIf you still have the energy, the mini-Matterhorn of Thorpe Cloud is just outside our Country House. Climb to the top for a great view over Dove Dale. 

 



Option 1 - Buxton Circuit

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m) 

In SummaryEnjoy a circular walk around the fine Regency town of Buxton. Our route heads along the foot of the moors, then on through Buxton Country Park to the Victorian Folly of Solomon’s Temple, before descending past Poole’s Cavern, back into Buxton. 

HighlightThere's time to explore Buxton and enjoy the elegant and imposing buildings of this famous spa town. 

 

Option 2 - Goyt Valley

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m) 

In SummaryStarting from the former Cat and Fiddle Inn, set high on the moors, we descend to Errwood Hall and the dam between the Fernilee and Errwood Reservoirs in the Goyt Valley. From here we cross the moors to Buxton. 

HighlightGreat views from the old Cat & Fiddle Inn with its lofty position high on the moors. 

 

 

Option 3 - Shining Tor & Wingather Rocks

Distance: 12½ miles (20km) 

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (520m) 

In SummaryAn enjoyable hilltop route ascending to Shining Tor then following a broad grassy ridge to Cats Tor, Pym Chair to Windgather Rocks. From here we descend to the reservoirs and cross Wild Moor to Buxton. 

HighlightThe ridge between Shining Tor and Cat's Tor enjoys great views westwards over the Cheshire Plain towards the Mersey Estuary. 

 


Option 1 - Crich to Cromford

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) 

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In SummaryWalk from Crich village up to the monument on Crich Stand. After an undulating walk through the Derbyshire countryside we'll follow the Cromford Canal towpath, to Cromford Wharf and Arkwright’s Mill.  

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 and Cromford

Distance: 9½ miles (15km) 

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In SummarySoak up the views from Crich Stand, then walk over the green hills above the Derwent Valley to the timeless hamlets of Lea, Dethick and RiberFinally we follow the canal to 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 3 - Ambergate to Crich

Distance: 12 miles (19.5km) 

Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m) 

In SummaryStarting from Ambergate in the Derwent Valley we'll ascend the wooded valley side to Crich Stand, then continue over rolling green hills to Cromford. 

HighlightCrich Stand is dominated by the Sherwood Foresters Memorial with its commanding view over the Derwent Valley. 

 


Option 1 - Upper Dove Valley & Pilsbury Castle

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: From the village of Hollinsclough nestling beneath Hollins Hill close to the source of the Dove we traverse beneath the jagged outlines of the Dragon's Back to Glutton Bridge. We climb Hitter Hill to view the shapely cone of High Wheeldon with it’s prehistoric secrets, then journey south to the fascinating site of Pilsbury Castle. From there we contour the eastern flank of the upper Dove beneath Carder Low with great views of 'The Dragon', Sheen Hill and Axe Edge to finish in the splendid market town of Hartington.

Highlight: Sample the local Stilton and Dovedale cheeses at the famous Hartington cheese shop. 

Option 2 - Along the Dragon's Back to Hartington

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In Summary: From the village of Hollinsclough we contour Hollins Hill in the shadow of Axe Edge (source of both the River Dove and Manifold) and Leap Edge (don't!) to climb the rocky spine of Chrome Hill, known as the Dragon's Back of Derbyshire. Hitter Hill is then ascended as we head south to Pilsbury Castle and Hartington.

Highlight: Explore the site and remains of Pilsbury Castle, an 11th Century Motte and Bailey Fortress, with fantastic views back towards Chrome Hill. 

Option 3 - Peaks and Dales of the Upper Dove

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In Summary: This option also starts in the village of Hollinsclough taking a similar route to option 2 on the way to Chrome Hill. We swing north up Dowel Dale then ascend Hitter Hill before heading south to Pilsbury Castle. We then cross the fledgling River Dove and ascend to the ridgeline of Sheen Hill for panoramic views west over the Manifold valley before descending into Hartington. 

Highlight: Panoramic views both south back to Longnor and down the Dove Valley from the peaks and ridgeline of the Dragon's Back. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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


Option 1 - Mam Tor

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Ascent: 800 feet (245m) 

Descent: 1,500 feet (460m) 

In Summary: Starting high up on Winnat's Pass we will make the short steep ascent to the top of Mam Tor. At 517 metres above sea level we will hopefully be rewarded with fantastic views in all directions. We then follow the famous Great Ridge before descending to Hope and a beautiful riverside walk to Castleton. 

Highlight: If you have the energy, why not complete the short climb to Peveril Castle, or learn about village life through the ages and the unique local semi precious 'Blue John' stone at the fantastic interactive visitor centre in Castleton. 

Option 2 - The Great Ridge and Castleton

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,350 feet (400m) 

In Summary: Starting in the Castleton we ascend along the Limestone Way via the remains of Peveril Castle and Cave Dale before heading across to join the classic Great Ridge. From the summit of Mam Tor we will traverse along the length of the ridge with fantastic views in all directions to Lose Hill. A pleasant descent takes us back to Castleton.  

Highlight: Treat yourself to some jewellery crafted from the local 'Blue John' stone, or simply relax after an exhilerating walk with a cuppa and cake in one of the numerous tea shops in Castleton. 

Option 3 - Hope Valley and the Great Ridge

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: From Castleton we walk along the limestone way and gradually climb towards the summit of Mam Tor 'the Shivering Mountain' then along the Great Ridge to Win Hill. We descend to Hope Village and follow the riverside path back to Castleton.   

Highlight: Celebrate with a pint in one of the many pubs in Castleton to complete a truly memorable day on the one of the country's finest ridge walks. 


Option 1 - Dove Dale

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) 

Ascent: 340 feet (100m)

In SummaryDescend from the village of Alstonfield to the hamlet of Milldale and its much photographed bridge over the River Dove. We follow the river through the famous gorge back to our Country House. 

HighlightDon't forget to look up to see the spectacular rock features of Dove Dale as you meander through the gorge. 

 

Option 2 - Wolfescote Dale

Distance: 9 miles (14km) 

Total ascent: 250 feet (80m)

In SummaryDescend through the limestone valley of Biggin Dale to meet the river Dove at Peaseland Rocks. We then follow the river downsteam through the famous gorge to the stepping stones and our Country House. 

HighlightBiggin Dale is a National Nature Reserve. Look out for early purple orchids and rare cowslips. 

 

 

Option 3 - Along the Dove

Distance: 12 miles (19km) 

Ascent: 450 feet (140m) 

In SummaryCross the fields to the charming village of Hartington. From here you follow the river through Beresford Dale, Wolfescote Dale and Dove Dale, with the scenery getting ever grander. 

HighlightVisit the fantastic cheese shop in Hartington to sample their locally made products. Our favourite is the sticky toffee cheddar! 

 



Option 1 - Robin Hood's Stride & Bakewell

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m) 

In SummaryVisit the rock formations of Robin Hood's Stride and its hermit's cave, before continuing along the Limestone Way and the Bradford and Lathkill rivers before a ridge walk into Bakewell. 

HighlightWhen in Bakewell it would be rude not to sample the local delicacy - the Bakewell Pudding - enjoy! 

 

Option 2 - Through the Dales to Bakewell

Distance: 11 miles (18km) 

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m) 

In SummaryCross the rolling limestone hillls, taking in the 'Nine Ladies' stone circle and the rocks of Robin Hood's Stride. After following the river through Bradford Dale we'll cross the fields to Bakewell. 

HighlightThe rocks of Robin Hood's Stride are also known as 'Mock Beggars Hall' - from a distance they could be mistaken for crumbling fortifications. 

 

Option 3 - Lathkill Dale and Monsal Head

Distance: 12½ miles (20km) 

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m) 

In SummaryWander along Lathkill Dale; initiallly a dry valley, then beside the river. You will cross fields to visit the Magpie Mine and then descend Deep Dale to the Monsal Head viaduct, before heading to the village of Ashford-in-the-Water. 

HighlightEnjoy one of the Peak District's classic views over the old railway viaduct at Monsal Head. 

 


Option 1 - The Roaches

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In SummaryTraverse the gritstone escarpment of The Roaches and as we follow the skyline for almost 2 miles. We then head through the fields to the visitor centre at Tittesworth Reservoir. 

HighlightThe rocky ridge of the Roaches gaze out across the hills of Staffordshire, on the Western fringe of the Peak District. 

 

Option 2 - Lud's Church

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In Summary: Walk the wonderful Roaches ridge before continuing to the curious chasm of Lud’s Church. We continue around the hillside, then over undulating fields to the Tittesworth Reservoir. 

HighlightLud's Church is a narrow and rocky chasm hidden beneath the Roaches ridge - an unexpected highlight of the walk. 

 

Option 3 - Roaches & Dane Valley

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km) 

Ascent: 1,550 feet (480m) 

In SummaryHead along the Roaches skyline to Lud’s Church, then descend to the River Dane. After a steep ascent to the huge ‘Hanging Stone’ we continue along the ridge then through the fields to the Tittesworth Reservoir. 

HighlightKeep your eyes peeled for the Peak District's most unlikely wildlife. A colony of wallabies once inhabited the Roaches, see if you can spot one!

 


Option 1 - Ilam Park

Distance: 6 miles (10km)  

Ascent: 750 feet (240m) 

In SummaryStarting in the village of Wetton we walk high above the River Manifold to Castern Hall before descending to Ilam Park and village. We continue through the fields back to our Country House. 

HighlightWe'll explore Ilam village with its grand hall, pseudo-alpine cottages and memorial cross. 

 

Option 2 - Wetton to Ilam

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (380m)

In SummaryWalk above the Manifold Valley to Rushley Bridge from where we ascend to Blore with its Norman Church. We continue through the fields to Ilam Park, then head along the valley to our Country House. 

HighlightLook out for the disappearing river - the Manifold often flows underground between Wetton Mill and Ilam. 

 

Option 3 - Along the Manifold

Distance:  12 miles (19km) 

Ascent: 2,150 feet (660m) 

In SummaryFollow the Manifold Valley as it snakes through the rolling limestone hills. Our route takes us from Hulme End to our Country House via the villages of Wetton, Blore and Ilam. 

HighlightEnjoy the panorama from Blore church over the limestone plateau and Dove Dale, with the shapely peak of Thorpe Cloud guarding the entrance. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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


Option 1 - Hartington Circular

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 750 feet (240m)

In Summary: This walk starts and finishes in Hartington, famous for its Stilton cheese. Footpaths lead to Beresford Dale and the Upper River Dove, passing Izaak Walton's fishing hut before ascending gradually to the village of Biggin. From here, a scenic track with panoramic views leads back to Hartington.

Highlight: Visit the fantastic cheese shop in Hartington and sample their locally made products.

 

Option 2 - Alstonefield and the Tissington Trail

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (340m)

In Summary: Walking from Alstonefield in Staffordshire (The River Dove being the County Boundary) we descend to Milldale hamlet then North through Iron Tors Dale (the so-called missing link!) and then on to the Tissington Trail (the former LNWR railway) and on to Biggin and Hartington.

Highlight: Biggin Dale is a National Nature Reserve. Look out for early purple orchids and rare cowslips.

 

Option 3 - The Dovedale Gorge

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (440m) 

In Summary: Setting off from the House we pass Thorpe Cloud to take in the dramatic Dovedale gorge to reach the hamlet of Milldale. From here we follow a similar route to option 1 ending in the beautiful village of Hartington.

Highlight: The dramatic Dovedale Gorge with its towering limestone pinnacles. 

 


Option 1 - Ilam Park

Distance: 4½ miles (7.5km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In Summary: We begin at the entrance to the Manifold Valley and follow the river and Victorian Paradise walk into Ilam Park. We then ascend to Blore, before taking the Limestone Way back to the house.

Highlight: Enjoy the panorama from Blore church over the limestone plateau and Dove Dale.

 

Option 2 - Wetton to Ilam

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In Summary: Walk from Wetton village past isolated Casterne Hall then besdie the River Manifold to Ilam Park, hall and church. Our route continues to the hamlet of Blore before taking the Limestone Way back to our country house. 

Highlight: We'll explore Ilam village with its grand hall, pseudo-alpine cottages and memorial cross.

 

Option 3 - Wetton Hill

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In Summary: An extended version of option one and two, this route starts on the other side of Wetton Hill. After passing Wetton we'll continue along the Manifold Valley to Ilam, then back via the Blore church.

Highlight: Look out for the disappearing river - the Manifold often flows underground between Wetton Mill and Ilam.

 



Option 1 - Around Chatsworth

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Ascent: 750 feet (240m) 

In Summary: We walk from Baslow though Chatsworth park admiring Capability Brown's landscape to Chatsworth House. We then continue through the estate village of Edensor and on to Bakewell where we can refuel with a refreshing pint or a hot drink. 

Highlight: Take time to admire Chatsworth House and its expansive landscaped grounds.

Option 2 - Chatsworth and Bakewell

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Ascent: 750 feet (240m) 

In Summary: Walk along Baslow Edge, passing the Eagle Stone before descending into Baslow village and through Chatsworth Park - admiring Capability Brown's landscape - to Chatsworth House. After exploring the estate village of Edensor we take a track and a quiet lane over the ridge into Bakewell. 

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 - Three Edges and Chatsworth

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m) 

In Summary: High up on the Moors we take an exhilarating walk along Froggatt, and Curbar Edge. Pass Wellington’s Monument descending to Chatsworth before passing through Edensor and down into Bakewell.

Highlight: 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.


Option 1 - Brassington and Carsington

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In Summary: Starting at Middleton Top we walk the High Peak trail before descending steeply to the lead mining villages of Brassington & Carsington.  The afternoon stroll is along the reservoir shore path to finish at Carsington Water’s visitor centre. 

Highlight: Explore the Story of Carsington Exhibition or simply relax with a coffee at the Carsington Visitor Centre.

Option 2 - Carsington Water Circular

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In Summary: Starting at the Visitor Centre we will complete a circuit of Carsington Reservoir, induding walking over the dam. Carsington reservoir is the 9th largest in England.  

Highlight: Carsington Water is home to an abundance of birdlife. Stop at the bird hide to look out for Oystercatchers, Redshank, Terns and Geese.

 

Option 3 - High Peak Trail and Carsington

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Ascent: 1,600 feet (500m) 

In Summary: Taking the steep inclines of the High Peak Trail we will pass the site of the National Stone Centre and Middleton Top and should have far reaching views.  After a detour to reach the top of Harboro rocks we descent through Carsington to reach the Visitor Centre at Carsington reservoir.  

Highlight: The High Peak Trail follows the route of the Cromford & High Peak railway - an old mineral line that used a series of cable-hauled inclines.

 


Option 1 - Limestone Way and Ashbourne

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

Summary: Following the Limestone Way from Thorpe, we descend to the historic Coldwall Bridge and continue through Okeover Park to Mapleton. We then ascend to the Tissington Trail and follow this through the tunnel to Ashbourne town centre. 

Highlight: Explore Ashbourne 'The Gateway to Dovedale' with its many Tudor and Georgian listed buildings. 

Option 2 - Marten Hill and Ashbourne

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In Summary: The walk begins by heading onto Thorpe Pasture and past the iconic peak Thorpe Cloud. We descend its southwestern flank to the River Dove. We follow the river to Coldwall Bridge before picking up the route of option one continuing through Okeover Park and Mapleton onto the Tissington Trail and in to Ashbourne.  

Highlight: Wander around Ashbourne's many independent shops, or maybe you would rather kick back and relax in a tea room, you will be spoilt for choice.     

 

Option 3 - Thorpe Cloud and on to Ashbourne

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In Summary: An ascent of the iconic Thorpe Cloud is a fantastic way to start our walk and hopefully be rewarded with fantastic views. We then follow the Limestone Way over Marten Hill and on to Mayfield Village and Hanging Bridge. We cross the beautiful River Dove and traverse above Bentley Brook into Ashbourne. 

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


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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


Option 1 - Buxton Circuit

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m) 

In SummaryEnjoy a circular walk around the fine Regency town of Buxton. Our route heads along the foot of the moors, then on through Buxton Country Park to the Victorian Folly of Solomon’s Temple, before descending past Poole’s Cavern, back into Buxton. 

HighlightThere's time to explore Buxton and enjoy the elegant and imposing buildings of this famous spa town. 

 

Option 2 - Goyt Valley

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m) 

In SummaryStarting from the former Cat and Fiddle Inn, set high on the moors, we descend to Errwood Hall and the dam between the Fernilee and Errwood Reservoirs in the Goyt Valley. From here we cross the moors to Buxton. 

HighlightGreat views from the old Cat & Fiddle Inn with its lofty position high on the moors. 

 

 

Option 3 - Shining Tor & Wingather Rocks

Distance: 12½ miles (20km) 

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (520m) 

In SummaryAn enjoyable hilltop route ascending to Shining Tor then following a broad grassy ridge to Cats Tor, Pym Chair to Windgather Rocks. From here we descend to the reservoirs and cross Wild Moor to Buxton. 

HighlightThe ridge between Shining Tor and Cat's Tor enjoys great views westwards over the Cheshire Plain towards the Mersey Estuary. 

 


Option 1 - Crich to Cromford

Distance: 5½ miles (9km) 

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In SummaryWalk from Crich village up to the monument on Crich Stand. After an undulating walk through the Derbyshire countryside we'll follow the Cromford Canal towpath, to Cromford Wharf and Arkwright’s Mill.  

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 and Cromford

Distance: 9½ miles (15km) 

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In SummarySoak up the views from Crich Stand, then walk over the green hills above the Derwent Valley to the timeless hamlets of Lea, Dethick and RiberFinally we follow the canal to 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 3 - Ambergate to Crich

Distance: 12 miles (19.5km) 

Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m) 

In SummaryStarting from Ambergate in the Derwent Valley we'll ascend the wooded valley side to Crich Stand, then continue over rolling green hills to Cromford. 

HighlightCrich Stand is dominated by the Sherwood Foresters Memorial with its commanding view over the Derwent Valley. 

 


Option 1 - Upper Dove Valley & Pilsbury Castle

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: From the village of Hollinsclough nestling beneath Hollins Hill close to the source of the Dove we traverse beneath the jagged outlines of the Dragon's Back to Glutton Bridge. We climb Hitter Hill to view the shapely cone of High Wheeldon with it’s prehistoric secrets, then journey south to the fascinating site of Pilsbury Castle. From there we contour the eastern flank of the upper Dove beneath Carder Low with great views of 'The Dragon', Sheen Hill and Axe Edge to finish in the splendid market town of Hartington.

Highlight: Sample the local Stilton and Dovedale cheeses at the famous Hartington cheese shop. 

Option 2 - Along the Dragon's Back to Hartington

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In Summary: From the village of Hollinsclough we contour Hollins Hill in the shadow of Axe Edge (source of both the River Dove and Manifold) and Leap Edge (don't!) to climb the rocky spine of Chrome Hill, known as the Dragon's Back of Derbyshire. Hitter Hill is then ascended as we head south to Pilsbury Castle and Hartington.

Highlight: Explore the site and remains of Pilsbury Castle, an 11th Century Motte and Bailey Fortress, with fantastic views back towards Chrome Hill. 

Option 3 - Peaks and Dales of the Upper Dove

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In Summary: This option also starts in the village of Hollinsclough taking a similar route to option 2 on the way to Chrome Hill. We swing north up Dowel Dale then ascend Hitter Hill before heading south to Pilsbury Castle. We then cross the fledgling River Dove and ascend to the ridgeline of Sheen Hill for panoramic views west over the Manifold valley before descending into Hartington. 

Highlight: Panoramic views both south back to Longnor and down the Dove Valley from the peaks and ridgeline of the Dragon's Back. 



Option 1 - Chatsworth and Bakewell

Distance:  miles (12km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)  

In SummaryWalk along Baslow Edge, passing the Eagle Stone before descending into Baslow village and through Chatsworth Park - admiring Capability Brown's landscape - to Chatsworth House. After exploring the estate village of Edensor we take a track and a quiet lane over the ridge into Bakewell.  

HighlightAdmire the grandeur of Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and its surrounding parkland landscaped by Capability Brown. 

 

Option 2 - Curbar Edge

Distance: 10½ miles (17km) 

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m) 

In SummaryHigh up on the Moors we take an exhilarating walk along Froggatt, and Curbar Edge. Pass Wellington’s Monument descending to Chatsworth before passing through Edensor then over a ridge and down into Bakewell. 

HighlightThe gritstone escarpment of Curbar and Froggatt Edge is one of the most popular walks in the Peak District, with sweeping views over the Derwent Valley. 

 

Option 3 - Along the Derbyshire Skyline

Distance: 12½ miles (20.5km) 

Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m) 

In SummaryThe fantastic gritstone edges see us all the way from Froggatt to Baslow Edge. We continue along Birchen Edge to reach the Hunting Tower and a descent to Chatsworth House, passing the Sowter Stone and aqueduct on the way. We end at Bakewell, via Edensor. 

HighlightA walk of great contrasts - magificent high-level walking along the edges, and a more in-depth exploration of the Chatsworth estate. 

 


Option 1 - Dove Dale

Distance: 6½ miles (11km) 

Total 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 across the fields. 

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 2 - Dove Dale & 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. 

 

Option 3 - Dove Dale & Peak Villages

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km) 

Ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In SummaryOur outward route takes us through the rolling Derbyshire countryside passing the villages of TissingtonParwich and Alsop-en-le-Dale. We then make the steep descent into Dove Dale and follow this glorious valley back to the stepping stones and our country house. 

HighlightIf you still have the energy, the mini-Matterhorn of Thorpe Cloud is just outside our Country House. Climb to the top for a great view over Dove Dale. 

 


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.

 

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, 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.

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.

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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.

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