Guided Walking for Solos at Dovedale
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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.
“Enjoyable walking holidays" Alison Hatton
Country walking is a great way to meet new friends, and the convivial atmosphere of our Country Houses will make sure you have an enjoyable time.
Our Country House in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales 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
- Just a short stroll from the famous limestone gorge of Dove Dale
- Centrally located in the heart of England, Dovedale is great for a short break or longer holiday
- See the local tradition of well dressing (May to September)
- Opportunities to visit Chatsworth House and gardens
Great reasons to join us
For Solos: no single room charge and double rooms are available at no extra cost. Twin rooms are also available for sole occupancy at a special reduced price of £10 per night
Exclusivity: we welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests
Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities
Choice: choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides
Accommodation: our extensive Country House occupies a wonderful position in the village of Thorpe, near the Dove Dale gorge
Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together
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.
The Peveril of the Peak has 45 en-suite bedrooms, all located in the main building.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
All our Country Houses are tailored to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
On the ground floor there is a large reception area and lounge, a newly refurbished dining room and a bar.
Upstairs there is a large function room and additional bar. This is a very flexible space that can be used for dancing, or as a very comfortable room for many leisure activity holidays.
Free WiFi is available in some public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.
The Peveril of the Peak has extensive grounds with an attractive patio and garden with wide-ranging views of the surrounding countryside.
A footpath leads directly from the car park to the famous stepping stones at the base of Dove Dale, less than a mile away. Also nearby is the Tissington Trail, an old railway line that is now a traffic-free route for walkers and cyclists.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk talk about the local area from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
We’ve a fantastic selection of walks for 2016 - see below. Please check back here in November for any variations for our 2017 holidays.
Group A: Dovedale
Easier Walk: The day begins with a descent to the famous Stepping Stones. The River Dove is then followed upstream to the large caverns at Dove Holes. Leaving the river we ascend by Nabs Dale and follow field paths back to the Peveril of the Peak. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We follow field paths to Tissington, famous for its well-dressings on Ascension Day, before joining the Tissington Trail to Alsop-en-le-Dale. After crossing Shining Tor we descend to the hamlet of Milldale and follow the River Dove downstream with its stunning rock formations, returning via Lin Dale. 10 miles (16km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We follow field paths through Thorpe and Fenny Bentley to Tissington. Continuing through Parwich to Alsop-en-le-Dale we then follow the River Dove downstream all the way back to the Peveril of the Peak. 12 miles (19km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.
Group B: The Derwent Valley and Cromford
Easier Walk: We begin in the market town of Crich, home to the National Tramway Museum and Crich Stand which is dominated by the Sherwood Foresters Memorial. We walk into the Derwent Valley and along the Cromford Canal towpath, to Cromford Wharf and Arkwright’s Mill. 6 miles (9.5km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Crich we visit Lea, Dethick and Riber before descending along an iron ore bridleway. We then follow the Easier Walk along the Cromford Canal towpath to Arkwright’s Mill. 9 miles (14.5km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We begin with a short walk along the Cromford Canal before we ascend on to Crich Chase and then on to Crich, where we follow the route of the Medium Walk down to the Cromford Canal and Arkwright’s Mill. 12 miles (19km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.
Group C: Cat and Fiddle, Errwood Reservoir and Buxton
Easier Walk: We start at Cheshire’s Cat and Fiddle Inn, the second highest pub in England. We descend gradually into the valley of the River Goyt, visiting the ruins of Errwood Hall, and into the spa town of Buxton. 8 miles (13km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From the Cat and Fiddle we descend to Errwood Hall and the dam between the Fernilee and Errwood Reservoirs and on into Buxton. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: A more challenging ridge route over Shining Tor, Cats Tor and Pym Chair to Windgather Rocks before descending to the reservoirs and crossing Wild Moor to Buxton. 12 miles (19km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.
Group D: Chatsworth and the Edges
Easier Walk: From Baslow we walk through Chatsworth Park admiring Capability Brown’s landscape, to Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. We continue to the estate village of Edensor, then follow the River Derwent and down through Manners Wood to Bakewell. 7 miles (11km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: High up on the moors we take an exhilarating walk along the Gritstone Edges of Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow, passing Wellington’s Monument before we descend to Baslow village and through the parkland of Chatsworth to Edensor and Bakewell. 9 miles (14.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: The Gritstone Edges see us all the way from Froggatt to Baslow Edge, continuing 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. 12 miles (19km) with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.
Group E: The Upper River Dove to Hartington
Easier Walk: After a leisurely exploration of Alstonefield village we descend to the hamlet of Milldale with its picturesque Viator’s Bridge. We continue upstream through Mill Dale, Wolfscote Dale and Beresford Dale to finally leave the river and cross fields to Hartington. 6 miles (9.5km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We follow field paths through Bostern Grange Farm before descending steeply to cross Viator’s Bridge into Milldale. After exploring Alstonefield village, field paths lead to a steep descent to the River Dove at Coldeaton Bridge where we head to Hartington. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We follow field paths to Tissington before joining the Tissington Trail to Alsop Moor. Descending to the River Dove at Coldeaton Bridge we walk downstream to Milldale before ascending to Alstonefield. Field paths lead us to a very steep descent back to the River Dove and on to Hartington. 12 miles (19km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent.
Group F: The Roaches
Easier Walk: From Rockhall we take a leisurely pace up onto the gritstone escarpment of The Roaches and walk along the skyline for almost 2 miles. After descending to Clough Head, field paths, tracks and some road walking take us to the Visitor Centre at Tittesworth Reservoir. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Walking the wonderful Roaches skyline we descend after Roach End to Lud’s Church, a narrow rock chasm. We continue along the ridge over Back Forest to Clough Head and across field paths, tracks and some road walking to Tittesworth Reservoir. 8 miles (13km)with 1,100 feet (320m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: All along the Roaches skyline to Lud’s Church, we then descend to the River Dane, which we follow to Danebridge. After a steep ascent to a large rock named ‘The Hanging Stone’ we continue along the ridge over Back Forest to Clough Head and across field paths, tracks and some road walking to Tittesworth Reservoir. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent.
Group J: The Manifold Valley and Ilam Park
Easier Walk: Starting in Wetton we walk high above the River Manifold to Castern Hall before descending to Ilam Park and village, with its pseudo-alpine cottages and memorial cross. We continue on field paths back to the Peveril of the Peak. 7 miles (11km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting in Wetton we follow the route of the Easier Walk to Rushley Bridge before ascending to Blore with its Norman Church. After a descent across large fields used for sheep dog trials, we enter Ilam Park across the ancient St Bertram’s Bridge, before following the route of the Easier Walk to the Peveril of the Peak. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Hulme End, once a railway terminus which closed in 1934, we head for Wetton and walk south with great views of the Manifold Valley to Ilam. We continue on field paths back to the Peveril of the Peak at Thorpe 12 miles (19km) with 2,100 feet (630m) of ascent.
7 night holiday: 5 days of walking and a free day on the Monday
Walks A-E: 26 Aug
5 night holidays: 4 days of walking
Walks B, F, J, E: Sun 13 Nov
4 night holidays: 3 days of walking
Walks C, D, E: 29 Aug
3 night holidays: 2 days of walking
Walks B & D: Fri 12 Feb
Walks A & B: 26 Aug
Terrain and transport
Easier Walks follow well-graded paths. Medium Walks also have some occasional steeper sections. Harder Walks have moderate gradients but some steeper sections.
On some days the walks start or finish at the Peveril of the Peak; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas. On our Guided Walking for Solos holidays, the holiday is especially for single guests.
Each seven night holiday has a day without any organised walks, so you can explore the Derbyshire Dales independently.
In the evenings
Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities.
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:
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.
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
Crich 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
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
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
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.
The huge Alton Towers theme park is only 30 minutes' drive away and is a very popular option for families. www.altontowers.com
This historic mill, dating from 1771, is a World Heritage Site, about 35 minutes' drive away. www.cromfordmill.co.uk
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
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.
The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW
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).
By taxi: The 19 mile journey from Buxton railway station takes approximately 35 minutes; the 17 mile journey from Derby takes approx 40 minutes. Taxis cost approx £30 per taxi. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Peveril of the Peak Manager.
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.
A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking.
To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
2 Oct 2016, 9:56 p.m.
All staff, leaders etc were extremely helpful & hardworking at all times. The holiday was extremely enjoyable & I am eagerly awaiting my next HF HOLIDAY!
My initial anxiety of being on my first solo holiday evaporated within minutes of arrival! Everyone.. From the leaders, staff & fellow walkers were extremely friendly & made the walks, mealtimes & social activities very enjoyable. There was never a dull moment. I'm really looking forward to my next HF walking holiday in a few weeks' time!
13 Sep 2016, 9:57 a.m.
No review provided
well organised and welcoming for 'solos'
12 Sep 2016, 6:57 p.m.
It is good that single people can go on holiday and feel part of the group.
I get the feeling that the walks are somewhat contrived - it it difficult to get a fortnights set of walks that each have something different. Just wonder how many of your clients stay for more than week. Changing the walks annually might be attractive to those who have been to a particular centre before.
Thank you for your feedback
I am sorry that you felt our walks at Dovedale were not quite right. Usually this is one of our best scoring walk programmes. I will pass your comments onto my colleagues who plan our UK walking holidays to take note.
I do hope that we will be able to welcome you on another HF holiday in the future.
Customer Relations Manager
8 Sep 2016, 1:59 p.m.
It was good. I can't give an excellent as my room was in the vicinity of the horrible noise of the air conditioning system. There was no other room available, apparently. The assistant manager was surprised that no-one had mentioned this to me when booking. I wouldn't have booked that room. One very important reason for me when booking walking holidays in rural areas is to have peace and quiet. So, this was a great disappointment, to find I had a room with that mechanical noise.
The guides were good.
I wish there was a better system for knowing how to assess the walk difficulty. Some people in the groups were clearly struggling, while others were pushing on ahead when asked by the guides to wait at a certain spot for the others to catch up.
Some people in the groups only walked on holidays and hadn't experienced regular walking, so found it hard.
Is there any way to inform people before they choose?
Also, Hard in Dovedale won't be the same as Hard in the Scottish Highlands!
Just a thought!
8 Sep 2016, 9:14 a.m.
the directions could be improved eg the pub is shown as 'New Dog' whereas it is actually 'Old Dog'
Why were the Sunday walk and that on the Thurs returning to the house on much the same route
7 Sep 2016, 8:27 p.m.
My first HF holiday _ I'll be back!
Great choice of walks from a delightful centre.
6 Sep 2016, 7:51 p.m.
Holidays are always well run.
Exceptionally helpful staff at Peveril of the Peak
5 Sep 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Lovely venue and lovely walks with a good choice of difficulties.
5 Sep 2016, 3:19 p.m.
No review provided
As always HF are and excellent organisation and give value for money
5 Sep 2016, 1:47 p.m.
Generally good the only downside on occasions was that everything on the plate was covered in a creamy sauce. Far more sensible to perhaps put some sauce on the fish or meat and not over everything on the plate.A number of the other walkers were making similar comments.
Very good. Leaders and staff excellent Very good evening entertainment with the disco and Barn dancing on the last night supported by virtually everyone
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Dates & Prices
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|13 Nov 2016||DVBOS - Guided Walking for Solos - Dovedale||5||£399.00||£349.00||Book Now|
|25 Aug 2017||DVBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Dovedale||3||£359.00||£294.00||Book Now|
|25 Aug 2017||DVBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Dovedale||7||£819.00||£694.00||Book Now|
|28 Aug 2017||DVBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Dovedale||4||£499.00||£419.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
- Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
- Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person