Limestone Way Guided Trail
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Take an enhanced journey along The Limestone Way (South to North), travelling from Rocester in the south to Castleton in the north taking you through the dramatically beautiful backdrop of The Derbyshire Dales. Enjoy the stunning natural landscape with the historical influences of man’s toil. A journey with sustained interest and visual treats now including the iconic Thorpe Cloud, the Matlock Spur traversing Masson Hill, the magnificent Victorian Engineering of the twin viaducts in Millers Dale and the spectacular contrasts of Upper Lathkil Dale.
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
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.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Day 2: Rocester to Thorpe
Our journey starts in the historic Roman settlement of Rocester heading north via Ellastone, bisecting the Churnet and Dove valleys. Then with the Weaver Hills to the west and the 19th Century model village of Snelston below us we ascend the ridge to Marten Hill en route to Blore. We descend through Blore pastures with the classic view of ‘The Gateway to Dovedale’ as our setting. An ascent of the iconic Thorpe Cloud rounds off our first day in panoramic style. 10 Miles (16 km) with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent.
Day 3: Thorpe to Bonsall
A brief flirtation with the Tissington Trail brings us to Tissington village, a delightful feudal estate unchanged for centuries. After exploring we cross the Bentley Brook to lovely Parwich. Heading east we cross typical limestone plateau featuring several prominent craggy outcrops, ancient barrows and burial chambers, notably Harboro’ Rocks and Mininglow. Man’s imprint on the landscape then becomes more evident as we continue to the village of Bonsall above the brooding Via Gellia. 11 miles (17 km) with 1,650 feet (510m) of ascent.
Day 4: Rest Day
A day with no walk planned giving you the opportunity to relax or explore the area independently
Day 5: Matlock to Youlgreave
From the County town and Victorian Spa of Matlock we ascend Masson Hill with far reaching views of the Derwent Valley and continue to the village of Winster via Luntor Rocks and Wyn’s Tor. Much of this section shows historical evidence of the importance of Lead Mining to the area. Above Winster we pick up the old packhorse route known as ‘The Portway’ following it to ascend to Robin Hood’s Stride where we visit a hermit before crossing Harthill Moor and descending via Bleakley Dike to the village of Youlgreave. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,540 feet (475m) of ascent.
Day 6: Youlgreave to Taddington
Dominated by the impressive All Saints’ Church, the village of Youlgreave sits above Bradford Dale into which we shall drop to uncover the story of the Bradford Dams. Extensive views then unfold as we cross the hillside of Calling Low and descend the stone staircase into Cales Dale and onto the splendour of Lathkil Dale. The Dale still shows many signs of past industrial activity and is also a National Nature reserve. It is a classic deep and dramatic White Peak dale. On to lovely Monyash via Fern Dale and then a traverse of a typical White Peak landscape criss-crossed with dry stone walls at 1,000 feet above sea level to reach Taddington. 10 miles (16 km) with 1,590 feet (490m)of ascent.
Day 7: Taddington to Castleton
The final frontier! Taddington at over 1,100 feet is one of the highest villages in Great Britain – interesting in winter! Big skies as we make our way into the Wye Valley at Millers Dale to cross the imposing viaducts of the old Buxton to Bakewell railway (now the Monsal Trail). Then a series of charming unspoilt little dales set aside as nature reserves take us up to the plateau of Old Moor. With the Great Ridge and the Kinder Plateau resplendent beyond we drop into the rocky defile of Cave Dale and on to our journey’s end in Castleton. Celebrate! 11 miles (17½ km) with 1,400 feet (430m) of ascent.
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factor.
Monsal Heaf image credit VisitEngland/VisitPeakDistrict
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 route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
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 £32 per taxi from Derby or £42 from Buxton. 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 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.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk
From Ashbourne complete your journey by taxi, or use the Derbyshire Connect service. This service must be prebooked at least 48 hours in advance by calling 01335 342 951
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. 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.
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.
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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