Guided Walking for Solos at Dovedale

Derbyshire Dales

Code: DVBOS

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  • Hills & moorland
  • Meadows & hills
  • Rural peace

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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

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 likeminded company and a great selection of walks in the Derbyshire Dales. Discover the famous limestone gorge of Dove Dale, and soak up the panoramic views from the Roaches.

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Accommodation

Peveril of the Peak

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

Facilities

• 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

Dining

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.

Itinerary

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.

 

Saturday: The Roaches

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 wel 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, with rare sightings in recent years.

Image 3: credit Derek Forss

 

Sunday: Dales of the River Dove

Option 1: Dove Dale

Dove Dale gorge

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 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!

 

Tuesday: Robin Hood's Stride

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 via the valley of Bradford Dale to Bakewell.

Don’t miss: The walk ends in the market town of Bakewell where you can sample the local delicacy - the Bakewell Pudding.

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 cross the limestone plateau and 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

 

Wednesday: The plague village of Eyam and the Edges

Option 1: Eyam to Hathersage

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Distance: 7½ miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore Eyam village then walk to Stoney Middleton with its Roman Baths and octagonal toll house. 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 Mooor

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

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Distance: 11½ miles (19km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: A walk with two distinct section. 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.

 

Thursday: The Manifold Valley and Ilam Park

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.

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. www.chatsworth.org

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. www.tramway.co.uk

 

  

 

Buxton
The Regency spa town of Buxton is about 19 miles from the Peveril of the Peak. Two key attractions are the town’s opera house, and Poole’s Cavern show cave. www.poolescavern.co.uk or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Castleton
The popular village of Castleton is an excellent starting point for walks in the ‘Dark Peak’; just under an hour's  drive away. Nearby are four extensive show caves: Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern. www.castleton.co.uk/caverns

Bakewell
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. www.altontowers.com

 

 

Cromford Mill
This historic mill, dating from 1771, is a World Heritage Site, about 35 minutes' drive away. www.cromfordmill.co.uk

Haddon Hall
A fortified medieval manor house, dating from the 12th century. Haddon Hall is located near Bakewell, about 45 minutes' drive away. www.haddonhall.co.uk

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

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 www.nationalrail.co.uk 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.

Please note that the phone number for Peak Cars has changed to 07890 811 292.

Bus

By bus:

There is a bus service as far as Ashbourne, about 3 miles from our country house. From Buxton take the 442 service or from Derby catch the SW1 service. For bus times see www.traveline.info

From Ashbourne complete your journey by taxi, or use the Derbyshire Connect service.

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 Old Dog pub. The Peveril of the Peak lies ahead at the bottom of the hill. Look out for the sign. 

From Buxton take the A515 south towards Ashbourne. After 17 miles turn right at a crossroads, following signs to Thorpe, Ilam and Dovedale. After 1 mile turn right by the Old Dog pub. The Peveril of the Peak lies ahead at the bottom of the hill. Look out for the sign. 

From the west leave the M6 at junction 15 and head via the A50, Cheadle (A521) and Oakamoor (A5417) to the A52. At the junction of the A52 and the A523 take the minor road signposted to Ilam. After 1½ miles turn left and descend the hill. Cross the bridge at Ilam, turn right and follow the road up a steep hill and onwards through Dovedale and Thorpe village. The Peveril of the Peak is on the left hand side at the end of the village.

 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 www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Buxton with one change at Manchester Piccadilly. Allow 1 hour 40 minutes to Buxton - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

Flying to London Heathrow Airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 3 hours to reach Derby. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London St Pancras. From here take a train to direct to Derby - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).

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