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.
- 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
- 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
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 to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
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 to Castleton
Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)
Ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)
In Summary: Starting in the pretty village of Hope we ascend up Win Hill and then follow the classic Great Ridge walk to the summit of Mam Tor. We descend via the limestone way and Peveril Castle back into 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 Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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
Distance: 9 miles (14km)
Total ascent: 250 feet (80m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: Biggin 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 Summary: Cross 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.
Highlight: Visit 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 Summary: 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.
Highlight: When 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 Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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
Distance: 12½ miles (20km)
Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)
In Summary: Wander 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.
Highlight: Enjoy 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 Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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
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.
Highlight: Lud'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 Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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!
Option 1 - Ilam Park
Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Ascent: 750 feet (240m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: We'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 Summary: 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 valley to our Country House.
Highlight: Look 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 Summary: 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.
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.
The Peveril of the Peak
The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, stands proudly in the Peak District countryside, close to the village of Thorpe. Backed by the cone of Thorpe Cloud, which guards the entrance to Dovedale Gorge and the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the gorge, it’s an ideal base for people hoping to explore the Derbyshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive grounds and rolling countryside, it’s a picturesque retreat with 46 rooms, large shared spaces and a pleasant bar. Stride out from the house to find Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, best viewed from the grassy spur called Lovers’ Leap. While the Peak bit of the area name refers to small English hills rather than great summits, there’s superb walking to be had on the Roaches and the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 46 rooms, Peveril of the Peak has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Room 2 on the ground floor (accessible via 7 steps down from reception) is spacious and attractively styled with a door opening on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow
After a day delving into the Dovedale Gorge or exploring the Peak District, return to the house. Relax on the patio with a coffee or cold drink and soak up the wide-ranging countryside views. Take a turn through the garden and look out for the small canon on one of the lawns. Make your way inside to sit comfortably in the lounge where there’s a stash of wood and a log burner for those colder days or snag a seat in the bar with your fellow guests and sip a great local ale by the large windows.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Peveril of the Peak is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb and a homemade Bakewell tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
- Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
- Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
- Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
- Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
- Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
- Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
- Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
- Rucksack with a waterproof liner
- Thermos flask for hot drink
- Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
- Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
- Small torch
- First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)
- Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.
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