7-Night Peak District Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

The Salt Cellar on Derwent Edge in the Peak District
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Solos Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £945pp £875pp

Country walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy like minded company and a great selection of walks in the Peak District. Discover the famous limestone valleys and timeless villages or soak up panoramic views from gritstone edges.

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.

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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 - 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! 


Discover more about The Peveril of the Peak and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 

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. 

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.


Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.


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 and larger televisions – 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.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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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)
  • 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.


  • 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.

Holiday Prices

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