Guided Walking for Solos at Dovedale
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Hills & moorland
Meadows & hills
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.
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.
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
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms available at no extra charge
• 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
• 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 with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Saturday: 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 650 feet (200m) 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 1,000 feet (300m) 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 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent.
Sunday: Dales of the River Dove
Easier Walk: From the outskirts of Alstonefield, field paths lead us across the head of Narrowdale and into the village itself, before descending to the hamlet of Milldale with its famous Viator’s Bridge. We follow the River Dove downstream past spectacular rock features before a gentle ascent of Lin Dale to the Peveril of the Peak. 5.5 miles (9km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Newhaven we follow field paths to Biggin and descend Biggin Dale, a National Nature Reserve, to the River Dove in Wolfscote Dale. We continue downstream past Lode Mill to Milldale and back to the Peveril of the Peak via famous rock formations and Lin Dale. 9 miles (14km) with 1,150 feet (340m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Newhaven, Biggin and Biggin Dale we head for Hartington. Field paths bring us back to the River Dove in Beresford Dale and we walk downstream to the convergence of Wolfscote Dale with Biggin Dale before following the River Dove back to the Peveril of the Peak, via Lin Dale. 12 miles (19km) with 1,500 feet (460m) of ascent.
Tuesday: Robin Hood's Stride
Easier Walk: From Birchover we walk to the rock formation known as Robin Hood’s Stride, and also visit a hermit’s cave. Continuing on the Limestone Way we head to Bradford Dale and follow the river into Bakewell. 7.5 miles (12km) with 750 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We cross Stanton Moor to view the Bronze Age stone circle ‘The Nine Ladies’ and the famous Cork Stone before heading to Birchover, from where we too walk to Bakewell. 11 miles (18km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Monyash we follow Lathkill Dale to view Ricklow Quarry, Lathkill Head Cave and the Mandale Lead Mine. After a steep ascent we follow field paths to Sheldon, then descend Deep Dale to follow the Wye to Monsal Head with its spectacular old railway viaduct and finally to Ashford-in-the-Water. 12.5 miles (20km) with 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent.
Wednesday: The plague village of Eyam and the Edges
Easier Walk: Having explored the plague village of Eyam we walk to Stoney Middleton with its Roman Baths and octagonal toll house. We then follow the River Derwent, with Froggatt Edge towering above us, to Hathersage. We visit Padley Chapel on the way. 7.5 miles (11.5km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: 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 Abney and Offerton Moors, and finally descend into Hathersage. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,500 feet (460m) ascent.
Harder Walk: Starting in Eyam we walk to Stoney Middleton and along the Derwent Valley. We ascend the Iron Age hill fort of Carl Wark and the gritstone Stanage Edge, with spectacular views. We descend to finish in Hathersage. 11.5 miles (19km) with 1,550 feet (480m) 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. 6 miles (10km) with 750 feet (240m) 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. 8.5 miles (13.5km) with 1,300 feet (380m) 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 2,150 feet (660m) of ascent.
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.
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:
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.
Travel to Dovedale
Our address is: The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW
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).
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.
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 www.traveline.info
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.
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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- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person