Guided Walking at Dovedale

Derbyshire Dales


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Holiday overview

Whether you prefer the challenge of the Roaches, Stanage Edge and the Dark Peak, or meandering through green valleys and pretty villages, the Peak District is home to a superb contrast of landscapes. With a daily 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.

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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
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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


• 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


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.
 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.


Discover the Derbyshire Dales on Foot

Explore the beautiful Peak District National Park on our guided walks. We offer a great range of walks to suit everyone - from beautiful limestone valleys, to spectacular scenery on the gritstone edges. We'll take you to all the classic viewpoints, timeless villages and hidden corners. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this stunning national park to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of three different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at our Country House.

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

The Roaches

Available on: 12 Aug 2017, 26 Aug 2017, 9 Sep 2017, 23 Sep 2017, 7 Oct 2017, 21 Oct 2017

Option 1: The Roaches

Rocky outcrop on The Roaches

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: Traverse 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.

Don’t miss: The 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 

Rock chasm of Lud's Church

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Lud's Church (pictured) is a narrow and rocky chasm hidden beneath the Roaches ridge - an unexpected highlight of the walk.

Option 3: Roaches & Dane Valley

The Roaches ridge

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: Head 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.

Don’t miss: Keep 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!

Image 3: credit Derek Forss

Dales of the River Dove

Available on: 13 Aug 2017, 27 Aug 2017, 10 Sep 2017, 24 Sep 2017, 8 Oct 2017, 22 Oct 2017

Option 1: Dove Dale

Dovedale Stepping Stones

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: Descend 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.

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

Option 2: Wolfescote Dale

Purple orchid wild flowers

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (340m)

The walk in a nutshell: Descend 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.

Don’t miss: Biggin Dale is a National Nature Reserve. Look out for early purple orchids and rare cowslips.

Option 3: Along the Dove

River Dove

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the fields to the charming village of Hartington. From here we follow the river through Beresford Dale, Wolfescote Dale and Dove Dale, with the scenery getting ever grander.

Don’t miss: Visit the fantastic cheese shop in Hartington to sample their locally made products. Our favourite is the sticky toffee cheddar!

Robin Hood's Stride

Available on: 15 Aug 2017, 29 Aug 2017, 12 Sep 2017, 26 Sep 2017, 10 Oct 2017, 24 Oct 2017

Option 1: Robin Hood's Stride & Bakewell

Rocky outcrops on Robin Hood's Stride

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: Visit 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.

Don’t miss: When in Bakewell it would be rude not to sample the local delicacy - the Bakewell Pudding - enjoy!

Option 2: Through the Dales to Bakewell

Two walkers in Lathkilldale

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

The walk in a nutshell: Cross 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.

Don’t miss: The 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

Monsal Head viaduct

Distance: 12½ miles (20km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: Wander along Lathkill Dale; initiallly a dry valley, then beside the river. We 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.

Don’t miss: Enjoy one of the Peak District's classic views over the old railway viaduct at Monsal Head.

Images 2 & 3: credit VisitEngland/VisitPeakDistrict

The plague village of Eyam and the Edges

Available on: 16 Aug 2017, 30 Aug 2017, 13 Sep 2017, 27 Sep 2017, 11 Oct 2017, 25 Oct 2017

Option 1: Eyam to Hathersage

Friendly HF leader

Distance: 7½ miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore Eyam village then walk to Stoney Middleton with octagonal church. We then follow the River Derwent, with Froggatt Edge towering above us, past Padley Chapel to Hathersage.

Don’t miss: Discover the fascinating history of Eyam; noted for isolating itself to prevent the spread of a 17th Century plague. 

Option 2: Eyam Moor

View over the Derwent Valley towards Eyam

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

The walk in a nutshell: We have time to explore Eyam before a steady ascent up to Eyam Moor. After crossing dramatic moorland landscapes we ascend again to walk around Offerton Moors, and finally descend into Hathersage. 

Don’t miss: Enjoy sweeping views over the green valley of the River Derwent, and over the gritstone hills of the Dark Peak.

Option 3: Along the Gritstone Edges


Distance: 11½ miles (19km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: A walk with two distinct sections. We first head along the Derwent Valley to Grindleford where we ascend onto the Iron Age hill fort of Carl Wark and the gritstone Stanage Edge.

Don’t miss: The gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge is one of Britain's most popular sites for rock climbing - on a fine day you'll see numerous climbers scaling these gnarled cliffs.

The Manifold Valley and Ilam Park

Available on: 17 Aug 2017, 31 Aug 2017, 14 Sep 2017, 28 Sep 2017, 12 Oct 2017, 26 Oct 2017, 31 Oct 2017, 7 Nov 2017, 14 Nov 2017, 21 Nov 2017

Option 1: Ilam Park

Ilam Hall

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting 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.

Don’t miss: We'll explore Ilam village with its grand hall, pseudo-alpine cottages and memorial cross.

Option 2: Wetton to Ilam

Two walkers

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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 vallley to our Country House.

Don’t miss: Look out for the disappearing river - the Manifold often flows underground between Wetton Mill and Ilam.

Option 3: Along the Manifold

Manifold Valley near Wetton

Distance:  12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow 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.

Don’t miss: Enjoy the panorama from Blore church over the limestone plateau and Dove Dale, with the shapely peak of Thorpe Cloud guarding the entrance.

Chatsworth and the Edges

Available on: 19 Aug 2017, 2 Sep 2017, 16 Sep 2017, 30 Sep 2017, 28 Oct 2017, 4 Nov 2017, 11 Nov 2017, 18 Nov 2017

Option 1: Chatsworth and Bakewell

Chatsworth House and gardens

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the delightful landscapes of Chatsworth Park and the estate village of Edensor. Our route continues over Calton Pastures to the market town of Bakewell.

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 2: Curbar Edge

Walker on Curbar Edge

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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 then over a ridge and down into Bakewell.

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.

Option 3: Along the Edges

View along gritstone escarpment of Curbar Edge

Distance: 12½ miles (20½km)

Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

The walk in a nutshell: The 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.

Don’t miss: A walk of great contrasts - magificent high-level walking along the edges, and a more in-depth exploration of the Chatsworth estate.


Available on: 20 Aug 2017, 3 Sep 2017, 17 Sep 2017, 1 Oct 2017, 17 Oct 2017, 29 Oct 2017, 5 Nov 2017, 12 Nov 2017, 19 Nov 2017

Option 1: Dove Dale

Dovedale stepping stones

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 across the fields.

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 2: Dove Dale & 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.

Option 3: Dove Dale & Peak Villages

Rock spire in Dove Dale

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Total ascent: 1,850 feet (560m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our outward route takes us through the rolling Derbyshire countryside passing the villages of Tissington, Parwich 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.

Don’t miss: If 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.

Cat and Fiddle, Errwood Reservoir and Buxton

Available on: 22 Aug 2017, 5 Sep 2017, 19 Sep 2017, 3 Oct 2017

Option 1: Buxton Circuit

Grinlow tower above Buxton

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

The walk in a nutshell: Enjoy 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.

Don’t miss: There's time to explore Buxton and enjoy the elegant and imposing buildings of this famous spa town.

Option 2: Goyt Valley

View over the moors to Errwood reservoir

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting 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.

Don’t miss: Great views from the old Cat & Fiddle Inn with its lofty position high on the moors.

Option 3: Shining Tor & Reservoirs

Walkers on the ridge between Shining Tor and Cats Tor

Distance: 12½ miles (20km)

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (520m)

The walk in a nutshell: An 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.

Don’t miss: The ridge between Shining Tor and Cat's Tor enjoys great views westwards over the Cheshire Plain towards the Mersey Estuary.

The Derwent Valley and Cromford

Available on: 23 Aug 2017, 6 Sep 2017, 20 Sep 2017, 4 Oct 2017, 18 Oct 2017, 1 Nov 2017, 8 Nov 2017, 15 Nov 2017, 22 Nov 2017

Option 1: Crich to Cromford

Group of walkers passing a vintage tram

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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. 

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: Derbyshire hills & villages

Tranquil scene on the Cromford Canal

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Soak up the views from Crich Stand, then walk over the green hills above the Derwent Valley to the timeless hamlets of Lea, Dethick and Riber. Finally we follow the canal to 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.

Option 3: Above the Derwent Valley

Monument at Crich Strand

Distance: 12 miles (19½km)

Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting from Ambergate in the Derwent Valley we'll ascend the wooded valley side to Crich Stand, then continue over rolling green hills to Cromford.

Don’t miss: Crich Stand is dominated by the Sherwood Foresters Memorial with its commanding view over the Derwent Valley.

The Upper River Dove to Hartington

Available on: 24 Aug 2017, 7 Sep 2017, 21 Sep 2017, 5 Oct 2017, 19 Oct 2017, 2 Nov 2017, 9 Nov 2017, 16 Nov 2017, 23 Nov 2017

Option 1: Along the Upper Dove

Hartington Church

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore Alstonefield village then descend to the hamlet of Milldale with its picturesque Viator’s Bridge. We continue upstream through Mill Dale, Wolfscote Dale and Beresford Dale to Hartington.

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

Option 2: Wolfscote & Beresford Dales

Group of four walkers

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Hartington along the River Dove through the attractive valleys of Wolfscote Dale and Beresford Dale. We'll pass the villages of Alstonefield and Milldale before continuing across the limestone plateau to our Country House.

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: 12 miles (19½km)

Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the upper reaches of the River Dove through Beresford Dale and Wolfscote Dale. Our undulating route continues through Alstonefield and Tissington, before crossing the fields back to our Country House.

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

Which break for me

Guided Walking

Group of walkers on Guided Walking holidayOur best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot. Perhaps choose an Easier walk, then build up to something more challenging as your holiday progresses.



We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:

Guided Walking - Classic Breaks

Group of guests enjoying a drink

NEW from HF Holidays Our Classic Breaks are rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making them particularly suited to our long-standing guests

During the day enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.


Classic Breaks at Dovedale start on Fri 7 April, Mon 10 April, Fri 23 May and Mon 26 May 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab

See our full list of Classic Breaks

Guided Walking for Solos

Two guests walking along a pathWe welcome many solo guests on our holidays; however you may prefer our dedicated holidays for solos only. As well as likeminded company, there's no extra charges for our premium single, and standard twin and double rooms.

See Guided Walking for Solos at Dovedale for further details




Other Guided Walking holidays at Dovedale

Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits

Christmas & New Year Walking - enjoy guided walks, fabulous food and a great atmosphere on these special festive breaks

Family Walking Adventure - great fun for adults and children alike

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 general rail enquiries visit or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

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.


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

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 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).


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  • 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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